Basil Blueberry Blast (and too much good stuff)

June 22, 2010

I love alliteration, don’t you? Of course you do, because, in this case, it leads to a recipe (and some awesomely amazing artifacts, um, news). But before I get to the nitty-gritty of this flavor blast smoothie, I have a few things to say (all of which you’ll enjoy).

Question: Have you ever visited any of CSN.com‘s sites? They have literally anything and everything you can imagine needing. I love it. When I browsed their sites this weekend, I found office supplies, outdoor grills, garment bags, cutlery, All-Clad cookware (boyfriend’s favorite), even headboards! It’s amazing the selection they carry. It’s like Amazon but without books (yes…?).
I decided to take a trip over to their Cookware.com site to review a product, mostly because CSN asked me to do a review, but because I was in the market for a spiralizer… or maybe an ice cream maker

Relate items: And hey, this Saturday is my Bloggiversary (or shall I say, Blogirthday!?), and I owe my blog a present. Or at least a new food accessory to host on my blog and make yummy foods for you to drool over and me to shove stuff devour properly enjoy.

Anyway, since the fine people at CSN.com offered me a gift card for doing a review of their site and/or a products, how the heck could I resist?? Plus, it’s just in time for the Bloggiversary celebrations to begin! CSN.com review to come tomorrow.

More related news: Since I get a present, should my dear and amazing readers get one too? Well, of course you should! That’s why I’m doing a giveaway!!!!!! (Man, I love free stuff!) And before we get to the giveaway excitement, enjoy this delicious smoothie recipe. Breakfast of champions!

Basil Blueberry Blast [Smoothie]

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4-1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup almond milk (or other milk alternative)
  • 3-5 drops Vanilla Stevia (or drizzle of sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tsp Chia seeds
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I used a combo of chocolate egg white protein powder and hemp seeds- either and all completely optional)
  • Ice

Blend for 30 seconds in your powerful blender, or until basil leaves are blended, and serve in a large mason jar or two glasses to share with a loved one. This smoothie is not only extremely tasty and like an flavor explosion in your mouth, but is FULL of antioxidants, nutrients, low in sugar, and truly alkalizing to your body. Sip happily.

I know I love a good dessert, and who doesn’t, why not do a giveaway loaded with yummy, snackish desserts? Don’t twist my arm, I’ll do it!

I don’t know exactly yet what you’ll get but I promise you, it will be GOOD. I’m thinking some raw granola (either chocolatey or tropical coconut, both of which are pretty much amazing, if I do say so myself), superfood balls of joy, a raw superfood bar, or some yummy raw macaroons. All raw, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and Paleo-friendly. Maybe even a few of each. Who knows?

Completely related chaos: To enter this fantastical, magical, Blogiversary-Blogirthday Celebration Giveaway, please do one, two, a few, or all of the following:

  1. Write a comment wish my blog a very happy celebration (or just write anything you’d like, I’m not picky)
  2. Add me to your blogroll (the more links, the merrier here people)
  3. Subscribe via email to my posts! (you’ll get up to the minute emails of what I write, when I write!)
  4. Include this giveaway (and a link) in one of your blog posts this week
  5. Comment with what you would like to win in this giveaway- be specific- we’ll see if it happens! Creativity counts… for something…
  6. Comment with your alliteration of the day- have fun with this one!

Entry rules: You may do as many of these as you would like, repeatedly, but you must post a new comment for each item you perform. This way you get more entries. The contest giveaway will start today, Tuesday, June 22nd and end on my Blog’s Birthday, Sunday, June 27th at 12:00 pm (noon) PST. Get going and enter!!!


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Natalie @ cinnamonbums June 23, 2010 at 12:50 PM

youre on my blogroll!
.-= Natalie @ cinnamonbums´s last blog ..Gracias Madre por Rainbow Grocery! =-.

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Natalie @ cinnamonbums June 23, 2010 at 12:50 PM

hi lori!! happy blogiversary! so cool that you have been keeping it up so long, and the site looks so great =)
.-= Natalie @ cinnamonbums´s last blog ..Gracias Madre por Rainbow Grocery! =-.

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Ally @ Sweet & Savory June 23, 2010 at 9:06 AM

I’d love to try any of your “raw” desserts…..I’m imagining chocolate, nuts, etc.

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Ally @ Sweet & Savory June 23, 2010 at 9:06 AM

You are already on my blogroll!

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Ally @ Sweet & Savory June 23, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Happy Blogirthday!!!!
.-= Ally @ Sweet & Savory´s last blog ..Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake =-.

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Baking Serendipity June 22, 2010 at 5:12 PM

As an English teacher I absolutely adore alliteration 🙂 I always make my students write their own examples of alliteration and just give them a topic for guidance, and the things they come up with seriously crack me up. This smoothie looks fantastic. I’ve been craving a good one lately, and think this is totally it!
.-= Baking Serendipity´s last blog ..Whole Wheat English Muffins =-.

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Katie June 22, 2010 at 4:15 PM

I want to win those cahsew macroons that you posted about a while ago. Or anything really, I’m not picky!!

Great giveaway, by the way!
.-= Katie´s last blog ..Battle of the Gardens =-.

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Katie June 22, 2010 at 4:14 PM

I’m going gaga over goodies galore. Gonna get me goodies, gonna go grocery gettin’…

Hmm….not my best! 🙂
.-= Katie´s last blog ..Battle of the Gardens =-.

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Katie June 22, 2010 at 4:12 PM

How were you not on my blogroll?!?!? I need to update that thing…seriously. You’re on it now!
.-= Katie´s last blog ..Battle of the Gardens =-.

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Katie June 22, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Here’s my random comment for you: I’m going to try Crossfit when I get home! My director does it and he said I could probably get a free week if I drop his name! You are my crossfit muse.
.-= Katie´s last blog ..Battle of the Gardens =-.

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Lauren @ wwob June 22, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Aww happy bloggy birthday!
I’ll be doin more… 😉
.-= Lauren @ wwob´s last blog ..Lazing about =-.

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Kady @ Livin, Lovin, Learnin June 22, 2010 at 2:12 PM

My alliteration for today …. Holy Horrible Hot and Humid!!! I’m so glad I got up early to run today because it’s too miserable to do anything now.
.-= Kady @ Livin, Lovin, Learnin´s last blog ..The Right Size =-.

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Kady @ Livin, Lovin, Learnin June 22, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Ooooo superfood balls sound delicious!! Chocolatey granola would be great too. You eat so many good things, I’m sure anything from you would be fantastic 🙂
.-= Kady @ Livin, Lovin, Learnin´s last blog ..The Right Size =-.

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Kady @ Livin, Lovin, Learnin June 22, 2010 at 2:06 PM

You’re in my blogroll!
.-= Kady @ Livin, Lovin, Learnin´s last blog ..The Right Size =-.

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Kady @ Livin, Lovin, Learnin June 22, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Yayy Happy Blogiversary! Complete with a CSN-gift, what could be better?!
.-= Kady @ Livin, Lovin, Learnin´s last blog ..The Right Size =-.

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Pam June 22, 2010 at 1:29 PM

I would love to win this 25 pc gadget set:
http://www.csnstores.com/Rogers-by-Stanley-Roberts-327481GB-rsr1001.html
.-= Pam´s last blog ..Superfood Cereal Bars =-.

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Pam June 22, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Your on my blogroll already!
.-= Pam´s last blog ..Superfood Cereal Bars =-.

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Pam June 22, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Happy Happy Happy Bloggy Day! Love the smoothie color..mmm!

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rachel crisman June 22, 2010 at 1:25 PM

i subscribe to email

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rachel crisman June 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Happy Blogging to you,Happy blogging to you, Happy blogging What Runs Lori,Happy blogging tooooo you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Kelly Michelle June 22, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Yummy!! Happy blogiversary!

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maggie June 22, 2010 at 10:06 AM

My Alliteration of the day…

Maggie’s magnificent mango muesli!

(This mornings breakfast, a bowl of mango chunks, nuts and seeds)

That was way to fun to come up with! lol I love alliteration too 🙂
.-= maggie´s last blog ..Chocolate Mishaps and Pasta Goodness =-.

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maggie June 22, 2010 at 10:00 AM

You are added to my blogroll as well 🙂
.-= maggie´s last blog ..Chocolate Mishaps and Pasta Goodness =-.

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maggie June 22, 2010 at 9:59 AM

OOoo sounds like a yummy giveaway 🙂

*drumroll please*

Happy blogirthday to you, Happy blogirday to you, Happy blogirthday dear Lori’s blog…Happy blogirthday to you!!! (I of course sang that out loud while typing it!)
.-= maggie´s last blog ..Chocolate Mishaps and Pasta Goodness =-.

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