In The Heat Of The Night

April 20, 2011

For the first time, it feels like summer is on the verge!!! I woke up to hot sunshine in my eyes, and came downstairs to open our front door and was cooled off by a nice breeze. LOVE!

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Also love Dough Boy Smoothies!

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Last night I combined [for TWO smoothies] in the blender:

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This morning I added half a mango and blended away. It turned SO frothy it was like melted iced cream! I think the mango made it extra emulsified

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Topped with granola, mango chunks, and coconut butter

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Whole Foods Allegro Tea Fail #2. This was one that was supposed to be minty but it tasted too lemony to me. I warned you I was super picky about tea flavors!!

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Be on the lookout for some CLEANING advice coming soon!!!

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1 Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 20, 2011 at 7:48 am

Your dough boy smoothies are one of my favorite breakfast treats! I really feel like I have am having a true treat!

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2 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 20, 2011 at 7:49 am

Looking forward to the cleaning advice!

Your doughboy smoothies are so delicious — I’ve been having 2-3 each week ever since you introduced them. The texture is just incredible!

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3 Sarah April 20, 2011 at 7:51 am

YUM! I really need to make more smoothies.

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4 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 20, 2011 at 7:51 am

You are Ms. Picky when it comes to tea =)

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5 Alex April 20, 2011 at 7:52 am

I LOVE to wake up to the sun in my face and then breathe in the still crisp air outside…
Keep it up spring!

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6 Lisa Fine April 20, 2011 at 7:55 am

What about just a plain peppermint tea? Then you get the flavor you like without worrying about how much the other flavors distract or add to the mint.

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7 KathEats April 20, 2011 at 8:00 am

I have that and love it – I was just looking for a little variety!

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8 Baking Books April 20, 2011 at 8:06 am

Celestial Seasonings has this Tummy Mint – I think with different mints and chammomile(?). It’s good. I’m not a fan of mint just on its own and it’s still a little plain.

Sometimes, I’ll combine and use two tea bags like mint with ginger or chai – I don’t steep for long anyways – maybe try that!?

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9 Kristi April 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I’m a mint tea person, too! My fave is Moroccan Mint and it’s so perfect mixed with Nettles!
We are lucky in the NW to have Spring Nettles popping up now (in fact, the tender leaves are fabulous to eat, too).

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10 Baking Books April 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Moroccan? Do send my way please! :)…

I, uh, just found Chocolate Spice Chai today…that’s still good for you right :)

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11 Amy April 20, 2011 at 7:55 am

Hi Kath-

Went to my first ever GH Bakery yesterday (Burlington, VT), and I can surely see what attracted you guys! So exciting! Fresh bread = love in my book! :) Question- what is the calorie count on those Trek Bars? They look delish but I think I’m going to repackage mine into four smaller pieces– so I don’t accidentally have a 600 calorie snack!! lol

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12 KathEats April 20, 2011 at 8:00 am

I don’t know what the calorie count is – every store is different! Did the owners of the Burlington store have any nutrition info on the website?

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13 Khushboo April 20, 2011 at 7:57 am

I have 5 minutes left at work and it’s officially decided- tonight’s gonna be a ‘breakfast fo dinner’ kinda night :)

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14 Molly April 20, 2011 at 7:58 am

I am just as picky with tea flavors, too! Once I find one I like I stick with it for awhile. Oh and send the sunshine north, please and thank you.

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15 Susan (Oliepants) April 20, 2011 at 7:58 am

I have to try your dough smoothies – I don’t know why I’m waiting so long. I’ve been on a granola and coconut milk kick lately.

I agree – I’m very very picky with tea too. The wrong taste and the whole thing is a waste.

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16 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 20, 2011 at 8:02 am

Yummy! That looks good. I’ve never tried a doughy smoothie, but I’d probably love it. :)

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17 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 20, 2011 at 8:08 am

Hooray for summer! We’re unfortunately supposed to get a summer storm today. :(

I made a dough boy-style smoothie with some protein powder for a post-workout treat the other day and loved it. Will have to try it with mango – they are so good right now!

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18 Rebecca April 20, 2011 at 8:11 am

My mouth literally dropped open at the words “Banana Mango Yogurt” Ooooh my, my favorite smoothie combo is banana, mango, coconut. Mango definitely does something magical to smoothies. Next time, I must add oats!!! Out of curiosity, how is “drinkable yogurt” different than kefir?

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19 KathEats April 20, 2011 at 8:17 am

The process to make it is different, but they are similar in nutritional stats.

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20 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) April 20, 2011 at 8:16 am

‘Dough boy’ sounds so yummy!

Can’t wait to hear your cleaning advice! Is it to hire someone? Because that’s the kind of advice I like ;)

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21 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats April 20, 2011 at 8:28 am

Mango really does wonders to already delicious smoothies. Have a great day :)

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22 kaila @ healthy helper! April 20, 2011 at 8:36 am

I wish it felt like summer here! Even spring would do…..right now it’s snowing :(

I’ve got to try one of those dough boy smoothies….they look and sound so yummy! I am alll about creamy smoothies…so this would probably be perfect!

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23 Felicia (a taste of health with balance) April 20, 2011 at 8:38 am

at first i thought the coconut butter was goat cheese haha :) looks delicious!! and can’t wait for more cleaning info!

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24 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews April 20, 2011 at 8:39 am

Mango sounds really good in there! It makes a smoothie so creamy.

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25 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) April 20, 2011 at 8:40 am

I’m somewhat jealous you can fit a whole Vita in your fridge! There’s barely space for a plum in mine (family of 4, small fridge) let alone a blender!

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26 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 20, 2011 at 8:42 am

Aww sorry to hear about your bad luck with the tea!! The rest of your breakfast looks lovely though, as does your amazing weather!! Have a fabulous day! :)

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27 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 20, 2011 at 8:43 am

yey for summer!

we so need it here :( looking forward to that cleaning advice, I could use some!

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28 Alaina April 20, 2011 at 8:44 am

That tropical breakfast is making me long for the sunshine! I really have to break out my blender and start making these! :-)

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29 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 20, 2011 at 8:45 am

I want a Vita Mix so badly. That looks amazing and right up my alley for a smoothie. Have a great day Kath!

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30 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 20, 2011 at 8:46 am

Love when I start seeing lots of smoothies on your blog — it lets me know summer is on the way! :D

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31 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 20, 2011 at 8:47 am

If you want a good mint tea try steeping dried out fresh mint leaves in a french press. Best mint tea you’ll ever have.

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32 chloe@ 321delish April 20, 2011 at 8:52 am

mmmm mango!

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33 Hannah April 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

It’s actually you who inspired me to use my Vita-Mix for the first time in over a month. Thank you!

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34 Andie April 20, 2011 at 8:59 am

Your blog is the only one (and I read food blogs for a living) that I obsessively read all the comments for too. That means I love you. Have a good day :)

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35 KathEats April 20, 2011 at 9:41 am

<3

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36 staceyhealthylife April 20, 2011 at 9:10 am

We’ve had sun here too. It’s so nice to get outside and get moving more.

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37 Estela @ Weekly Bite April 20, 2011 at 9:11 am

Yum! I need to try one of these smoothies soon :)

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38 Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 20, 2011 at 9:36 am

The texture of that dough boy smoothie looks incredible!! And love the tropical flavor of this one – banana + mango + coconut = deliciousness!!

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39 Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 20, 2011 at 9:50 am

I love this entire post. Thank you for spreading some sunshine and smoothies. It’s still feeling like winter here in New England, but I know that warmth will be here soon. :D

I’m looking forward to the cleaning advice. I can always use some of that. ;)

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40 Karen April 20, 2011 at 9:53 am

Kath

You might like Peet’s Coffee Xaio’s blend. It’s mint based w/some additonal herbs. It’s a real nice (not too spicy, but plenty flavorful) blend. Steeping two bags in a mug yields an amazing cup of tea. Before investing in a full box of tea bags, ask for a sample or buy a half pound of coffee and you’ll get a free cup to test.

If you think you’d like ginger tea, I’d be happy to send you some loose tea cut leaves from a local spice shop. But, as you’d imagine, it’s on the spicy side. Just holler if you want to sample.

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41 KathEats April 20, 2011 at 10:03 am

Thanks for offering to send a sample Karen, but you don’t have to! I’ll keep my eye out for it in coffee shops.

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42 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

Ok, OK, I’ll try it! Stop twisting my arm!

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43 Morgan @ Life After Bagels April 20, 2011 at 10:03 am

I use frozen mango chunks sometimes in my smoothies (like today!) and it does make it really quite frothy!

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44 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 20, 2011 at 10:06 am

Glad the nice weather made its way to you! Perfect warm weather breakfast!

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45 Kaitlyn @ 7 Plates April 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

I am picky about my teas as well.. But that smoothie mix looks good! :)

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46 Natalia - a side of simple April 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

Jealous of your morning weather :) That definitely sounds like an ideal way to wake up with a fresh, summer breeze!

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47 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

I love waking up to warm weather :)

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48 Kristina April 20, 2011 at 10:18 am

Enjoy your summer weather! It is snowing here in MN :(

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49 Jack O'Brien April 20, 2011 at 10:27 am

Oh my GOD I need to get some Mangos up in my life right now. PS. I just started following your GH on FB. So cute! You and Matt are doing an amazing job!

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50 Marina April 20, 2011 at 10:27 am

It’s getting warmer here also, I love it!
The dough boy smoothies sound pretty great, I’ll have to try it sometime soon!

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51 Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 20, 2011 at 10:28 am

He hewwww (said in Pillsbury Dough Boy voice;) For a minute I thought that coconut butter was some kind of cheese, then I figured it out, whew!

Thanks for sharing!

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52 Vanessa April 20, 2011 at 10:31 am

Everytime I see a doughboy smoothie on your blog, I immediately want to know what it tastes like. Must make soon :-)

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53 Haleigh April 20, 2011 at 10:39 am

I need to try a dough boy smoothie! I love adding mango to smoothies, they make the smoothies creamier, kind of like a banana. Hope you have a good day! xoxo

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54 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

I need to get my hands on some chia seeds to make this dough boy smoothie :)

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55 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 20, 2011 at 10:46 am

Waking up to sunshine is the best feeling! It’s been rainy and cold here all week, so I’m glad I can at least live vicariously through you!

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56 Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen April 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

It’s still very much winter/spring in MT :(
But, I found out today that Farmer’s Market starts up again soon! Spring can’t be that far off if vegetables are growing, right?

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57 lynn @ the actor's diet April 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

i am picky about tea too. so much so i would prefer a cup of plain hot water to it now!

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58 Ellie@fitforthesoul April 20, 2011 at 10:54 am

oOOooO! just saw the dough boy recipe!! Looks like MY kinda recipe :) So far, I like all kinds of teas. Have you tried Indian hot chai?? it’s milky, but oh-so-good.

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59 anne April 20, 2011 at 11:09 am

I had a very similar breakfast! Overnight oats (your recipe) with mango and coconut butter chunks on top. I have also tried your Dough Boy Smoothie recently… it is wonderful! And easy too.

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60 Tracey April 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

I wish the warm weather would find it’s way to Chicago. I woke up to 30 degree temps outside this morning. So tired of this cold weather!

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61 Ashley April 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

Have you ever tried Japanese Green Sencha? I never really liked tea until I tried that. It’s very grassy/earthy, but there is something about it that I just love!

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62 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) April 20, 2011 at 11:24 am

Jealous of your sunshine! It’s been clousy and dreary here all week…

Everytime you post one of your doughy (oat) smoothie I think, I need to try that! …so today, I’m making one for breakfast. :)

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63 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 20, 2011 at 11:47 am

It just so happens that I LOVE dough boy smoothies AND I picked up some fresh mango yesterday by chance. This is SO happening soong!

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64 Hope April 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Dough boy smoothies look so good! I really need a blender! I keep seeing all these amazing looking smoothies all over the blog world. I feel left out! :(

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65 Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous April 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I’m not a huge yogurt fan (unfortunately) but I think I’ll try your doughboy smoothie anyway!

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66 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) April 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Wow your dough boy smoothies are becoming quite the hit in the blog world! I love how it’s thick and not just liquid. I never make shakes for breakfast though because they never fill me up :(

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67 Julia April 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Went to a Great Harvest for the first time and omg the bread is soooo good! Bought a loaf of the High 5 fiber!

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68 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm

You make those smoothies look oh so delicious!

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69 Emma April 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Yumm those look amazing. Do you put a frozen or fresh banana in the mix the night before?

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70 KathEats April 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Fresh, but frozen would have time to thaw too

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71 Emma April 20, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Cool, thanks! Have one prepped and waiting for me in the fridge…always love an already prepped breakfast for busy days:)

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72 maggie April 21, 2011 at 7:54 am

Hi Kath – love your blog!
quick question: why don’t you have a full tbsp of chia seeds to yourself for breakfast? do you think having a 1/2 tbsp is enough to receive the full health benefits? would love to hear your thoughts on recommended portion because I just bought a pack of them :) thanks a lot!

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73 KathEats April 21, 2011 at 7:55 am

No reason – I just dump some in every morning (I never measure) and it’s probably about 1 tbsp for the two of us. The biggest reason why I don’t use more is because chia seeds are not cheap and I need to ration them!

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74 Allison @ Happy Tales April 21, 2011 at 9:19 am

I am SOOOOO happy that summer is just around the corner!!! I *love* this time of year!

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