Bunny Blues Smoothie

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In honor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, my home for 5 years before moving to NC, I present to you—the Bunny Blues, a rather genius combination of blueberries, carrot juice, and banana that I used to drink all the time from Cafe Verde, a local coffee shop in Kerrytown. And I present this smoothie now, because this past weekend, I was back in my old stomping grounds to celebrate the professional accomplishments of two of my closest friends (one received his PhD in English and one received her PhD in Psychology and Social Work).

Being back was strange–things were, at the same time, oddly familiar, yet oddly different. It was so interesting to revisit a place laden with so many memories and then to realize that what had changed the most was actually not Ann Arbor, it was me. I was, or rather, I am different … in a good way. :)

Bunny Blues Smoothie (Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

1/2 dry pint blueberries (frozen)

1/2 banana

1/2 cup carrot juice

1 teaspoon agave (optional)

vanilla protein powder (optional)

Method:

*Blend!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

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  1. I have a raw carrot allergy, sadly, so no raw carrots for me.

    Can you think of a good substitute for the carrot juice? I love any smoothie made with blueberries.

  2. Interesting combination of ingredients.
    Kudos to your friends.
    LL

  3. Tiffany I liked you until today, then you had to tell me you were a team that shall not be mentioned fan. Go Green! :-)

    • Hilarious Greg!

  4. Great smoothie! Love when you can eat something that is almost like ice cream for breakfast!

  5. I have never thought to use carrot juice in my smoothies. Such a good idea!

    Going back can be weird… cheers to good changes and growth. :)

  6. This sounds amazing! Blueberries remind me of Michigan so this is the perfect drink (in my mind) for visiting your old stomping grounds.

  7. That sounds so great. Carrot juice is one of my favorites but I never in a million year thought about mixing it with blueberries :) Buzzed!

  8. There is something so bittersweet about visiting a former stomping ground. I have a couple as my husband and I have moved several times in several years.

    But its good that you are celebrating your time there and your accomplishes now, rather than wallowing in the past (as I tend to do)!

  9. I love smoothie, and I usually add whatever fruit I find in my fridge…yours look delicious with carrot juice and blueberry.
    Have a wonderful week ahead Tiffany :-)

  10. I, too, felt so different when I came back to my home in Indiana… I had changed a lot, but everything else seems to have stayed the same. :)

    I love smoothies and this truly is a delicious combination…the carrot juice especially!

  11. I’m adding this to my smoothie repertoire immediately!

  12. Another smoothie to give my blender a whirl

  13. That is one interesting healthy smoothie

  14. Wonderful combination..so healthy and at the same time refreshing and delicious!!!! Great job Tiff!

  15. Bunny Blues, what a cute name! Looks delish. I always find it odd to go back to places I lived for a chunk of time. Especially Vancouver, it changes so rapidly, is WAY trendier than when I lived there. Throws me for a loop every time. Or maybe it’s that I’ve become less trendy???

    • Haha… no I think you’re super trendy! 😀

  16. Tiffany…this looks so good. A great breakfast when I don’t have time for breakfast. The name is cute. It will have a different meaning for me. I have a hard time maintaining a garden because I have so many bunnies around my yard. So I will raise this in a toast to them from my deck as I am watching them eat my cucumbers! This looks fabulous! : )

  17. great combo! love the flavors :)

  18. Super delish and healthy! I need to get into the summertime breakfast smoothie mode. Great way to get in lots of fruits and veggies.

  19. I am so in awe of anyone who manages to finish a doctorate – congratulate your friends from me! I’m also in awe of this smoothie…I love the blueberry-banana combo; people tend to just throw strawberries in with bananas and call it a day way too often. Way to change it up!

  20. Congratulations to your friends. Such a great accomplishment! The smoothie looks awesome and I know what you mean about going back. Sometimes things just seem like yesterday and sometimes it just seem so foreign!

  21. This smoothie looks and sounds amazing. I have never had a smoothie with carrot juice, what a great idea! I know it feels odd to go back to a place that used to be so familiar… it happens to me when I go back to Italy… things are kind of the same, but I “see” them differently, if that makes sense! hehehe I can’t wait to see what you have in store for Friday Tiff!!!! <3

  22. Your smoothie is always different and inspired me to try with different ingredients. I don’t have carrot juice at home….but I assume it’s in your fridge all the time. hehee Very healthy drink and I don’t mind giving this juice to my kids everyday. 😉

  23. I haven’t had carrot juice for ages.. I would love this smoothies with bananas and blueberries :)

  24. I drink fruit smoothies, and I drink vegetable juices, and I have never thought before of combining the two of them together! Thanks for the good idea :-)

  25. Mmmmmm….this sounds so delicious….and being healthy is a huge bonus :) I’m planning to road trip to where I went to college this fall…it’s been decades, so I know both the town and I have changed immensely~

  26. Sounds so good. I love a nice healthy and light breakfast in the morning. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Hi Tiffany, I love, love the ingredients and name of your smoothie. Can’t wait to try it, and I know it will taste great.
    It is always strange being back to a place we once called home. But it’s also good to see what used to be a part of our lives:)

  28. First of all, congrats to your best friends. What a great combo, looks fabulous!

  29. Hi There, This is looking absolutely delightful. Loved the new combo of ingredients and the recipe is so nicely made and presented. Saving this recipe of urs and wud love to give ur version a try on the coming weekend. Have a great day….Sonia !!!

  30. This looks so fresh… I have never thought of pairing banana with blueburry…oh that sounds so delicious :)

  31. The carrot is such an interesting touch. Great smoothie.

  32. I love smoothies, and I never thought of using carrot juice, what a wonderful addition!
    I’m sure it was nice going back to Ann Arbor, but its funny how when our lives change it just never quite feels the same! Big congrats to your friends on their achievements!

  33. We just got a pint of blueberries today in our CSA – so I’m very excited to incorporate them in this smoothie! Sounds like a winner to me =)

  34. It’s always strange to go back and visit a place you used to live. I haven’t been back to Colorado since I moved 6 years ago and I can only imagine how different everything is. I love the flavors in this smoothie- I don’t think I’ve ever used carrots in smoothies before but I’m looking forward to trying it soon!

  35. A great way to start off the day!

  36. What an amazingly original smoothie. Cheers to your clever friends, cheers to old times and cheers to you finding yourself going back; bet it’s a great motivator!

  37. What a great idea…love this smoothie…with juice and fibre. Perfect.

  38. delicious healthy smoothie
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  39. Yum. Lots of good antioxidants in there:)

  40. Hi Tiffany! Wow! Move over Jamba Juice. You have got the smoothie thing down. Great recipe. Healthy, delicious, refreshing! Thank you for visiting my blog and especially thank you for leaving a comment. Those are always appreciated. Ciao!

  41. You know I’m in love with smoothies these days. And even though Ann Arbor is a really cool town I have to profess my love of all things “Green”. My daughter and my paycheck went to Sparty town!

    • Another State person! Yikes! Where are my Blue and Maize folks when I need them 😀

  42. Wow, congrats to your friends :) This looks so delicious and just perfect for our warm weather here…

  43. Thanks for the comments everyone!