Pirate Kitchen

Garden Fresh Green Smoothie

Mojito Smoothie

Happy Anniversary Pirate Kitchen!  I thoughtandthoughtandthought about a blog off and on for years and then three years ago *poof* it happened. The other night at yoga, our instructor said, “take your practice seriously, but don’t take  yourself too seriously.”  She added a quick, “know what I mean?”  And I did.  I still do and will try to forever infinity. There have been many times along the way here that I’ve taken this and myself way too seriously and felt the crash and burn coming.  But then I shut my eyes really tight and remind myself why I do this:  I love it.  I also have to thank Rob (cheerleader and occasional IT department) for lots of hand-holding and reminding me why I do this. It’s a capsule for many things I love that are sometimes related and sometimes not, but to me make sense. Know what I mean?

This post is a perfect example of why I do this:  my husband, growing things, making something from it, photographing it and sharing it.  Totally oversimplified, but makes sense to me.  Know what I mean?

Garden Spinach

Cut Spinach Stalks

Fresh Spinach LeavesThe garden (and nature in general) doesn’t wait for anyone and the spinach was saying YOU BETTER DO SOMETHING WITH ME RIGHT NOW ‘CAUSE IN THE NEXT SPLIT SECOND I’M GONE. Wow man, like all caps too. Well, I did do something with it. The first round was picked and washed and then torn in pieces, spread on a sheet pan and tossed in the freezer.  Two gallon-size ziploc bags later….

Bagged Frozen SpinachWow, there’s still a lot left. As luck would have it, I came across this recipe reading Sarah Britton’s wonderful blog, My New Roots. I wish I had a juicer especially now with the garden and all the wonderful goodies my local farm stands have to offer throughout the Summer.  But, since I don’t and that spinach won’t wait for me to get my act and finances together to buy one, I can make Sarah’s Mojito Smoothie in my blender. Yay for me!

Green Smoothie

Garden Fresh Green Smoothie

a.k.a. Sarah Britton’s Mojito Smoothie

Serves 2 as a snack, 1 as a meal


  •  1 1/2 Cups almond milk
  • 1 Tablespoon hemp seeds*
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon spirulina*
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 1 handful of fresh mint, about 25 leaves

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

*No you won’t get high from consuming hemp seeds and no you can’t grow pot from them-lol! Hemp seeds are a very digestible, high protein seed with all the essential amino acids. Spirulina is a blue-green microalgae that is a complete protein and also contains all the essential amino acids. More about hemp seeds here and here and spirulina.

Spirulina & Hemp Seeds

Credit: Sarah Britton’s blog My New Roots

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