Two Smoothies and A TON of Gratitude

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There are a few monumental moments in a food blogger’s life. The food bloggers among us know what they are… 1) your first comment from a non-family member/friend (I have Sandra to thank for this!), 2) your first foodbuzz friend (I have Chef Dennis to thank for this!), 3) the first time someone makes one of your dishes and tells you about it (I have Jey to thank for this!), 4) the first time you get sent free products to try (I have Lightlife to thank for this!), 5) receiving awards (my most recent is from Manu, thank you, thank you, thank you MANU!!!, 6) your first site makeover (I have my little brother to thank for this!), and 7) oh, the beloved Foodbuzz Top 9 (I have all of YOU to thank for this!!!!!!!!!).

I have been on foodbuzz since October, but I had not received the honor of being featured in the Top 9… until today! As I explained in an email to Chef Dennis many months ago, there is sooooooo much to learn in the blogging world, and I feel like I am learning each and every day. Como Water has come to fruition through baby steps, but it is coming. And today I am filled with so much gratitude… I am grateful for how far Como Water has come, and of course, for being voted one of Foodbuzz’s Top 9 recipes of the day! So, with that, I leave you with two smoothies (each made with the recipe that got me on the Top 9) and a TON of gratitude! Thank you for following Como Water and for all of your encouragement and support and positive energy! It truly means more than I could ever express in words …

Strawberry-Watermelon Smoothie (Printable Recipe)


5 ice cubes

1 cup strawberries

1/2 banana

1/4 cup almond milk

1/4 cup watermelon-ginger soup

a few springs mint (leaves only)

vanilla protein powder (optional)


*Blend. Savor.

Strawberry-Watermelon Smoothie–The GREEN Version


everything in the strawberry-watermelon smoothie

2 cups fresh spinach

1 tablespoon raw agave


*Blend. Savor.


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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 mantraβ€”love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. Congrats Tiff! And yum, these smoothies look delicious, will definitely try these recipes this week.

  2. Tiffany, congratulations on that gorgeous watermelon ginger soup on Top9. Sensational! I am totally with you that it’s confusing at times, and we’re all still learning… You are on a roll, girl! Way to go.

  3. CONGRATS!!!!! That is awesome you made top 9. I am so going to be making those smoothies this summer! Wonderful flavor combos.

  4. Congratulations! I remember the first time I made it to the Top 9. Your next moment will be seeing your photo in an ad Foodbuzz is using to promote themselves or seeing a more famous blogger is following you.

  5. they all look so refreshing!
    congrats on the top 9 =)

  6. I’ll stay with the pink version, altought both looks delicious!! Congrats for your Top 9, you deserve it!!

  7. Thank you Tiff for the shout-out. I’m thrilled to have given you your first comment. And how did you know that I’m on a semi detox and gulping down smoothies like crazy? I’ve had two green smoothies and your’s is up next girlfriend along with the strawberry watermelon. I’m off to the kitchen!! Thank You!!!

  8. Congratulations! It seems like it takes a while to get to the Top 9.

    Those smoothies look delicious. I really need to try adding watermelon to my smoothies.

  9. Congrats Tiff! That is SO exciting! I’m so happy for you! And those smoothies look so good, and refreshing!

  10. Congratulations Tiffany! How exciting! The smoothies look great.

  11. Congratulations! Great to hear you made top 9!!! I haven’t been checking since I’m still catching up after my vacation – sometimes vacations are more work than we think. Your blog looks wonderful. I need to work on mine a little more also, especially the grainy photo of my garden. Well, to move on – this is a terrific smoothie. I peeked over at the watermelon-ginger soup post and the story there looks really interesting but I’ve got to go and will be back to finish reading. Oh, and don’t you just love our foodie friends! They’re great.

  12. Hey there , the smoothies look good and I agree with you foodbuzz sure is confusing but also it is perfect to meet other wonderful bloggers and congratz on your top 9 , it sure is hard to get there πŸ™‚

  13. Congratulations!! Here’s to more good news! Great smoothies. =)

  14. Congratulations on your first Top 9! I’m sure there will be many more.
    Your smoothie recipes look delicious and just in time… Summer comes pretty fast!

  15. Congratulations Tiffany! I was so happy when I saw your “pink” soup on foodbuzz. Immediately I knew it’s yours, even with a little glance at first. πŸ˜‰ You totally deserved to be Top 9 and congrats! I love how you write about momentums in food blogger’s life. We all can relate to you and thank you so much for sharing it. It was fun to read! Tiffany, it’s my pleasure really to follow your blog. I’m sure everyone here agrees with me. πŸ™‚ Fantastic smoothies. What, adding spinach? Amazing creation…see… that’s you!

  16. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Congratulations on the Top 9! Both version of the smoothie look terrific…perfect for this time of the year. Love the pictures as well. Have a wonderful week Tiffany πŸ™‚

  18. Congrats Tiffany on all your accomplishments with Como Water!!!
    I could not have said it better myself… it truly makes you feel so grateful to be a part of this amazing community.

  19. Congrats on many fronts!! You have a great blog, and great looking recipes!

  20. Congrats of your Top 9!!! The is so exciting. πŸ™‚

    I’m totally making the green version (or just adding run… I’m undecided… lol!) of this smoothie when I get back in town. It’s supposed to be 90 this week and this will be much-needed!

  21. Congratulations!!! You have done such a fabulous job with your blog and your photos are simply stunning. I would love a sip of that strawberry watermelon smoothie…I am wondering how my teens would react to a green smoothie….I am not sure they are ready for that much “good for them.”

  22. Congrats on your top 9! This is awesome! And the smoothies – awesome as well, right up my alley these days πŸ™‚

  23. Congratulations Tiffany!!! That is so cool and I still remember how great the first top 9 felt. It always feels nice though πŸ™‚ I’m big on smoothies, and totally loving yours. Have a great week and I hope you have another top 9 soon!

  24. hi Tiffany
    thank you so much for the mention! You certainly deserve a big congratulations for that milestone, making the top 9 is not an easy task! I know now that your on their radar you will see more of your images featured on the top 9!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this moment with all of us!

  25. Congratulations! It was a well deserved Top 9 and I’m honored to be beside you for this special day.

    Great job! Looking forward to seeing many more “Top 9s” from you.

  26. What a nice post Tiffany, so relatable! Congrats on your awards and Top 9! Love green smoothies, I was so afraid to try them (thought about it for 3 weeks) but now I love them!!

  27. Congrats! Wonderful smoothies..these look so refreshing.

  28. Tiff~~~CONGRATS!!! Totally deserved with that soup. It looked amazingly yummy!
    I was so happy when I saw it there, on the Top 9! I can relate completely to everything you wrote, as can anyone else that blogs—duh πŸ™‚ I just got the Top 9 on Mothers day, so I really, really, uh, REALLLLLY can relate.
    I have no doubt we will see much more of you on the Top 9!!
    Congratulations again!

  29. Congratulations Tiffany!!! I was so happy when I saw you on Top9! And thank you so much for the mention and even more for your latest comment on my blog. You know?? I really feel the same about you! We have so many things in common (Gioconda Belli is among my favorite writers too!!! I especially liked El paΓ­s bajo mi piel). I think that if we were living closer, we would have a blast! πŸ™‚ Have a fantastic day and thanks for sharing those yummy smoothies’ recipes with us!

  30. Congrats, Tiffany! I knew it was gonna be tops when I saw it!

  31. Congrats on your first Foodbuzz Top 9! I’m sure there will be many more in your future. πŸ™‚

  32. congratulations Tiffany
    the smoothies look fabulous

  33. Well done, Tiff! I personally think that most of your photos earn you a spot in the Top 9. You do a great job. Congratulations.

  34. Hi Tiffany-Congratulations on the top 9…well deserved. These smoothies are so pretty, delicious, and also with a lot of health benefits. Amazing photos, as well!
    Keep up the good work, and accept all the great advise from the experienced bloggers:DDD

  35. Non many people remembers the things you did or even bother to show gratitude in their post. It’s beautiful!!! I recently bought 2 packet strawberry and that smoothie is tempting me to give me try ..

  36. Oh Tiffany, you and your blog are so so very lovely!! Congrats on top 9- you 110% deserve it!!

  37. Tiffany, congratulations, you really deserve to be in the top 9 and I’m sure it’s the first of many features to come! These two smoothies are lovely, never tried one with spinach though…

  38. Congrats on the Top 9 and well deserved. I love your food and your attitude to life. I’m sure we will be seeing you regularly getting Top 9 recognition in the future.

  39. Simply delicious!!!!!! Can I have a glass please??

  40. Congrats on Top 9! love your smoothie recipe!

  41. You’re just so good, and I’d think you should be published earlier!!! πŸ™‚ Congrats all the same on the achievement πŸ˜€
    I love these strawberry smoothies….what lovely combinations; particularly the first one with watermelon….mmmmm, just makes me want one now πŸ˜€

  42. Congrats on making the top nine! You smoothies look so delicious! My son would love the regular one while I would love the green one!

  43. Congrats on the Top 9. Very exciting! I’m still trying to get there!

  44. Beautiful and refreshing smoothies!

  45. It is a fun thing to receive awards and companies ask you to review. It is a wonderful thing about food blogging. It had never seen dark green smoothie, worthwhile exploring.

  46. Congratulations for making it to the top 9. You have definitely earned it. Your photos are beautiful, and those smoothies look like I could drink one right off the screen!

  47. Congrats πŸ™‚ I love your smoothie recipes. I’m always looking for more recipes like this since I usually have a smoothie for breakfast or lunch πŸ˜€

  48. Oh Yay! How did I miss your top 9??? I have to go hunt it up now, because I haven’t been paying that much attention to Foodbuzz lately…too many other things going on. Yummy healthy smoothies.

  49. The smoothies look delicious! Congrats on the top nine and on a wonderful blog in general! : )

  50. Hi Tiffany…congrats on being on Top 9 Foodbuzz. Love these healthy smoothies and after reading your post I had smile on my face…you are getting more awards soon and I am here to present you the Versatile Blogger Award

    You have a great blog and I like it πŸ™‚

    Please stop by to collect it!

    Have a nice day !


  51. Woo hoo! Top 9! And two tasty smoothies! Pretty much awesome all around πŸ™‚

  52. Congrats on Top9! The two smoothies sound fantastic and the one with the spinach is really creative.

  53. Definitely adding watermelon to my smoothies from now on. Summer is a coming!! So happy for you, well done on “making it” you deserve it ! πŸ˜€

  54. Hi Tiffany, I love reading your blog and I have something to show for it on my blog!

  55. These smoothies are delightful! And congratulation on Top 9 πŸ™‚

  56. Congrats Tiffany on all your accomplishments. I have the feeling there will be lots of Como Water posts featured on Top 9 from now on.

  57. Yay! Congrats on getting on the Foodbuzz Top 9! It’s a fun accomplishment and I love the smoothies you made in gratitude πŸ™‚ There are so many fun blogger firsts!

  58. Congrats on top 9…I know exactly what you mean…blogging can be very rewarding specially when you meet great women and participate and share their histories. I have met some amazing ones. Muito prazer Tiffany. πŸ™‚

  59. I’m SO happy for you!!! I remember my first top 9 and was absolutely shocked that they would choose me, I’ll never forget that feeling. The Chef was also my first FB friend!!! Congrats on the milestones, they are steps we all will remember!

  60. CONGRATS!!!! I hear you on the first comment from a non friend/family member – I almost passed out I was so excited! Thank you for being supportive of my site – I love to visit yours. Keep up the AWESOME work! This smoothie looks beautiful.

  61. Congrats on Top 9. Your blog is beautiful as are these smoothies. I have enjoyed following you and your inspiring comments. It is nice to see a fresh face on Top 9 and an original recipe. Gorgeous pics too! You deserve it!

  62. Congrats on the top 9 and those awards! I am so happy for you….you deserve it since you offer us with the most unique and tasty recipes… I love coming to your blog πŸ™‚

  63. It’s a great feeling making the Top 9 isn’t it! Congratulations and wishing you more success for the future. Both versions of the smoothie look great too!

  64. Thank you all so much for your comments and positive energy! πŸ˜€