She Eats Shells By The Seashore

June 15, 2012

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Another night of good sleep – almonds are 2 for 2!! I really have found myself on the verge of hunger as I read in bed at night. It’s so inconvenient to get up and eat a mini meal – I don’t have an appetite for most things. But the almonds are easy to munch (and I don’t worry about sugar on my teeth…although I’m a bit concerned with all the post-tooth-brushing-and-flossing night nibbling…hope it doesn’t last long).

We’re departing on our trip shortly, so Matt is home and made smoothies for breakfast.

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The base was an unmeasured generous scooping of frozen berries, milk, raw oatmeal and ice. And the top was made with coconut butter magic shell! [Check out my coconut butter page for more info.] I picked up a jar of Artisana recently (the best) after a very unsuccessful attempt to make my own from unsweetened dry coconut. $11 is a lot, but not when it lasts for months!

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It’s best in the summer when it’s naturally drippy at room temp. Just drizzle it on a cold smoothie in a bowl and you have yourself a hardened coconut shell!

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Use your spoon to break it into bite-sizes chunks

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And crunch that smoothie away : )

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Have a great weekend!!

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1 Sana June 15, 2012 at 7:53 am

Your smoothie is super purple!

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2 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! June 15, 2012 at 7:54 am

Love the crunch of granola with the the creaminess of a smoothie!!!!

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3 Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not June 15, 2012 at 7:54 am

That magic shell is so cool – I have to try it!!

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4 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope June 15, 2012 at 7:55 am

I love the color of that smoothie bowl. I want to try the coconut shell! That sounds awesome. Have safe travels! :)

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5 Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles June 15, 2012 at 7:58 am

The shell is a great idea for a smoothie! Enjoy your trip!

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6 @FactFinderSteph June 15, 2012 at 8:01 am

I LOVE using frozen berries in the summer! I eat them in my cereal or oatmeal everyday. Anytime I am out I feel off center the rest of the morning! lol

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7 Krissy @ Shiawase Life June 15, 2012 at 8:03 am

Yum!

Have a great trip :)

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8 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh June 15, 2012 at 8:04 am

I need to get that thar coconut stuff. I told the Mr about the Magic Shell properties then put it back on the shelf. *face palm*

Have a great trip!

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9 Lindsey June 15, 2012 at 8:11 am

I have never thought to drizzle coconut oil in my smoothie bowls but will try it out next time!

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10 Courtney @ Outrunning Insecurities June 15, 2012 at 8:11 am

I tried making my own coconut butter at home. It came out pretty well, but I’m not the world’s biggest fan of coconut… probably should have considered that before I made it though.

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11 Roxanne June 15, 2012 at 11:17 am

Yeah, some ideas sounds great until you realize… hey I don’t like this!

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12 Cait's Plate June 15, 2012 at 8:12 am

Ha! That’s such a great idea!!

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13 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance June 15, 2012 at 8:16 am

That coconut butter shell is so cool! I’m not a fan of the texture of coconut but I like the flavor, so I may have to give coconut butter a try.

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14 Khushboo June 15, 2012 at 8:18 am

Is there any added sugar in that coconut butter?

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15 KathEats June 15, 2012 at 8:58 am

Nope – but it’s way sweeter on the palate than my homemade one was (which was almost savory!?)

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16 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux June 15, 2012 at 8:19 am

Gorgeous photos today, Kath! (though who am I kidding, you ALWAYS have gorgeous photos!) I love this color scheme on a sunny Friday morning :-) Have a great trip this weekend!

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17 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 15, 2012 at 8:20 am

I really need to try the whole coconut shell thing! I have a big jar of coconut butter sitting at home and you’ve convinced me that it needs using! :) Have a great trip Kath, and safe travels! :)

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18 Megan @ Megan's Munchies June 15, 2012 at 8:22 am

Love that purple color!! Have a great weekend!

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19 Kait - @runkaitrun June 15, 2012 at 8:30 am

Aaaaand I just found my Sunday morning post-race treat! Thanks, can’t wait to try it :)

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20 Erin June 15, 2012 at 8:41 am

Love the coconut magic shell. This looks great I was just thinking of making granola today what a great way to use it. Also, almonds by the bedside, a Baggie in my purse, and a stash at my desk were a must for me when I was pregnant. Theyre also great for combating the crazy hunger of a nursing mom.

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21 Liz June 15, 2012 at 8:45 am

wow that looks super yummy!.
Have a great trip

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22 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles June 15, 2012 at 8:51 am

Such the decadent breakfast! The coconut seems to be the perfect finishing touch! Safe travels!

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23 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio June 15, 2012 at 8:52 am

That looks awesome. I have a jar of coconut oil but have yet to use it. This is a great idea.

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24 Whitney June 15, 2012 at 9:15 am

Enjoy your stay in BMore!

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25 Lace @ Real Food Quest June 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

That looks great. I am dying to try out the coconut butter but won’t be home for another 2 months. While it looks yummy, I am simply too cheap to shell out $11 and then have to trash it. Glad to hear it lasts though…about how much do you typically use at a time?

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26 KathEats June 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

Maybe half a tbsp?

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27 samantha @ peach in the city June 15, 2012 at 9:26 am

I like coconut butter…but the way it looks kinda skeeves me out

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28 Angel7 June 15, 2012 at 9:29 am

Love the way the hardened coconut butter looks atop of the smoothie! It looks like icing.

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29 Karen June 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

What a gorgeous bowl o’ smoothie this morning! :)

Safe travels, guys!

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30 Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 15, 2012 at 9:52 am

Too cool! Looks delicious, too!

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31 Annette @FitnessPerks June 15, 2012 at 9:55 am

Looks very cool –and yummy!

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32 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 15, 2012 at 10:34 am

That coconut shell with granola is a fantastic idea!

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33 Mara June 15, 2012 at 11:15 am

I was so worried about cavities during my pregnancies because I couldn’t brush my teeth at night (I would get horrible heartburn/nausea from it) in combination with my morning sickness. But I came out cavity-free- and still are 6 years out. Your teethies will be just fine!

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34 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 15, 2012 at 11:20 am

$11 is relative. Something that lasts for months and gives you dozens and dozens of moments and days of pleasure is $11 well spent!

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35 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac June 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

Yum!! Love the magic shell!! Gorgeous color too! Safe travels to Bmore!!!

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36 Lyn June 15, 2012 at 11:57 am

That looks so good!

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37 Ellie@Fit for the Soul June 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm

ohhh yessss it’s my fave way of eating coconut butter! When it hardens on cold foods and it crunches~:D

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38 Living, Learning, Eating June 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm

That looks amazing, it makes me want to go out and get coconut butter ASAP! Wow, I’ve been gone for a few months and now you’re pregnant? CONGRATULATIONS, that’s amazing!!!

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39 Laura June 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I’ve never tried a smoothie in a bowl OR coconut butter so I guess this weekend will be a good time to try both:) Looks delicious!

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40 Amanda @ flecksofgreen June 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Yum! It’s just like she’ll topping for ice cream. I don’t lthink I’ve had anything like that in ages! It looks very delicious :)

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41 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm

That smoothie looks so delicious! Almost as pretty as the table it’s sitting on!

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42 Kristy @ Southern In-Law June 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Your SIAB looks divine! How I wish it was smoothie weather in Australia – though, truth be known, I just have the heating on and have them anyway :P

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43 Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Your breakfast almost looks like a cinnamon roll to me (well, a purple cinnamon roll)! Must be the coconut drizzle…looks like icing! YUM.

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44 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count June 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

What a beautiful smoothie…the color is great!

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45 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I must try coconut butter! I absolutely LOVE how it turns to a coconut hardshell. Have you ever tried it on ice cream? I would imagine it would be AMAZING!

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46 Diane June 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I have got to try the coconut butter magic shell trick. Never thought of that!

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47 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 16, 2012 at 10:57 pm

One of these days, I NEED to try artisana coconut butter! I’ve heard so much about it, and I absolutely adore coconut!

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