Carrot-Ginger Smoothie … and LOTS of Updates!

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I kept the “recipe” short and sweet because I have a lot to share with you today!

First, I found an apartment!!! For those of you who follow Como Water regularly, you know that I am moving to a new city and that I have been looking for an apartment in this city. You also know that I found an apartment, that the apartment fell through, and that I had to travel to this city again to secure another apartment. Well, I have signed a lease and sent it my deposit, so I can say with certainty that I now I have a place to live. . . in Washington, D.C.! Yes, folks, I am moving to our nation’s capitol in less than two weeks and my emotions are all over the place… The move truly, truly is bittersweet.

It’s bitter because I LOVE North Carolina. Admittedly I was initially nervous to move south of the Mason Dixon line, but now I can say that I have met some of the most amazing people in the world while living in Durham. This place is special. Special in a way that’s almost indescribable, and in my heart of hearts, I believe that I’ll be returning, but it’s sad to leave (even if temporarily) nonetheless.

It’s sweet because DC rocks (DC food bloggers out there, I’d love to connect!) … and because I’ll be completely changing what I do for work. Earlier this year I decided to leave academia (at least for now). Not quite sure what to do next, I pursued a number of potential opportunities that would allow me to use my degree in a more applied way. In the end, I obtained a position that brings me much closer to what I intended to do when I first decided to go to graduate school–connect research and policy in ways that address persistent social problems in health and education. I am absolutely and completely elated about my new position, and a bit nervous, but nervous in a really, really good way!

In gearing up for the move, I cooked my last meal with the youth at SEEDS (cucumber slaw, farfalle with homemade basil pesto, and strawberry and blueberry crostatas!), have a “bucket list” of places I “need” to eat at before I leave NC, and have a couple of recipes still in my queue, so Como Water should stay active through the transition (although I may be asking some of you to write a guest post for me in the next month or so, hint hint ;)). And between meditation and the help of the most amazing friends EVER, I am managing to stay pretty calm about things. I also wanted to thank all of YOU for your continued positive energy and comments as I have traveled back and forth searching for “home sweet home.” As you know, I totally believe in the power of positive energy, so I truly appreciate your support! And with that… enjoy the smoothie recipe below and have a Happy Monday! 😀

Carrot-Ginger Smoothie (Printable Recipe)


3/4 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 banana

3 ice cubes

1/3 cup carrot juice

1 tablespoon vanilla creamer

2-4 tablespoons ginger juice (see this post on juicing ginger, if you do not have a juicer)

protein powder (optional)



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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!


  1. Tiffany! That is superb news – congratulations. I am so pleased for you and look – it didn’t take that long in the end, did it? Exciting, too, on moving to Washington DC. My goodness, no wonder your head is buzzing right now! Enjoy this time and all the things on your bucket list! Wowza!!

  2. So excited for you, forgotten to even mention that carrot smoothie. Looks the ideal pick-me-up and energy booster with the ginger and strawberries in there, too. Way to go, girl!

  3. Congrats on all of this exciting news! DC is home for me – spent most of my adult life there – and it is a wonderful city and truly a paradise for foodies! Your new job sounds very interesting too – I also work in education policy/research, though internationally. Good luck with the transition and the move and enjoy your last days in NC!

  4. Congratulations! You have so many exciting plans ahead, and even though I know it’ll be sad to leave NC, hopefully you have good friends to visit after you move to DC.

    As for guest posts, I would love to write one for you (maybe some kind of delicious smoothie recipe?)…should I email you? Talk to you soon!

  5. Congratulations!!!!! I’m going to send you an email, I’d love to hear more about what you’re doing!

  6. Congrats on the new job Tiff- it sounds like a perfect match! Good luck with the move too. DC is such a fun place, I’m sure you’ll love it there. As for the smoothie- I love smoothies with ginger juice in them too! I used to work at a smoothie place in HS and I use to juice ginger for my smoothies all the time! (Pineapple strawberry coconut ginger was my go to combo).

  7. so you are moving! that is good because you are going to work in something you like! congrats! DC is am amazing place, i have a lot of friends there over the years!
    good luck!
    ps: lovely recipe!

  8. Awww, bummer we didn’t get to meet before you moved:( Have fun in DC, I still need to get up there:-) The food bloggers are everywhere up there, you will have soooo much fun!
    I had my first smoothie with ginger a few months ago, I loved it! This looks like a refreshing smoothie:-)
    Hugs, Terra

  9. Yay!! Congrats Tiffany, that’s so exciting! It really is so exciting moving to a new city and following your heart and your dreams. I really wish you all the best and can’t wait to see what the future holds 🙂 So happy for you!!

  10. Oh that is very exciting indeed!!! Congrats! Best of luck for sure!

    This smoothie looks very delicious!

  11. Congratulations of settling on a new home — no doubt you’ll have settled in and found a new foodie crowd in DC in no time! This smoothie looks like the perfect way to start the day (and a new stage of life?)…theresa

  12. Congrats sweetie, I wish you good luck on your new journey!!! Smoothie sound perfect, and very healthy..and look really tempting!!!

  13. Congratulations on all fronts (your new apartment and move)! You are starting a new chapter in your life and you will have a blast. I love your smoothie as well. It look so refreshing and full of flavor. I hope you have a smooth transition from one city to another. Best of luck. : )

  14. Glad you are finally settling in to your new home and that your career is on track! Lovely time to bask in the victory of it all with this wonderful smoothie- you deserve it. Hope the move goes well.

  15. Congrats on securing the apartment, must be a big relief. Living in the capital should be fun.

    That smoothie has a flavour combination that I have never seen before. It certainly looks really delicious

  16. Congratulations on your new apartment! I a thrilled for you! I think you’ll love DC – there is so much to see and do there….when I lived outside of the nations capital, I truly felt I was living on the pulse of America. You’ll have a great time and I look forward to hearing about your move!

  17. Congratulations on your new adventure! This smoothie definitely has peaked my interest. How do you juice a carrot? I’d love to try this recipe!

  18. Loving the ginger kick in the smoothie. And I hope you have tons of fun in DC. Moving to new place always gives brings a mixed feeling inside you!! 🙂

  19. You will love DC. Congratulations on the apartment, that is very exciting. I have moved 4 times in the last 5 years. Its stressful and hectic but full of excitement and new adventures. I cannot wait to hear about them.

  20. Congratulations!!! so happy that you found a place to live! DC would be an amazing place to live!

  21. I am soooo happy for you Tiff!!!! It must be so exciting! Moving always is bittersweet… I know. I was so excited when I moved here, yet I was sad to leave everything behind! But I KNOW you’ll love it in DC! It is such an amazing city… I loved it! Also, congrats on the new house and above all on the new job!!! :-)))))

    Great smoothie, btw! <3

  22. Tiffany! I am so happy for you and so excited for me! I would absolutely love to connect when you get here and get settled! Savor both the bitter and the sweet. You are about to embark on great things! I couldn’t be happier for you! And the smoothie…..yummy as usual!! : )

  23. That is so exciting about your move!! I know everything will go so smoothly! That smoothie looks awesome!!

  24. Tiffany, I just talked to the rest of Durham and we want you to stay. But you never listened to us anyway. So I have sent my daughter to live in DC, well actually southern MD. Her job is to go to the same places you go to but never meet you and then make comments on your blog about how we need to get together. This way if I miss a post she can fill in for me. Good luck in your new adventure!

    • You are HIGH-larious Greg!

  25. Yay on the new place! I’m happy for you Tiff 🙂 Awesome that you’re going to D.C.

    And now I want a smoothie 😀

  26. Hi! Glad to know you have found an apartment….I know how you feel about being in a new job, been there too:) Have a smoothie and stay cool!:P Love your previous post on the bundt cake:)

  27. Hey thanks for finding me on buzz! I went to college in North Carolina and lived in D.C.- congrats on the move!! You will love it there!! Northern Virginia is the BEST place for ethnic food… Filipino, Vietnamese, Malay, Eritrean, regional Indian cuisines… oh man. So excited for you!

  28. Congrats on the apartment! Glad this one worked out. All the good vibes pouring in … you can tell … top9’s so often 😀 Yay! This one’s a real “waker-upper” … would be great for breakfast on the run.

  29. Congrats on your new home – I hope you’ll be very happy there. I’m amazed you’ve found time to cook and post – but glad you did!

  30. I like the addition of ginger juice.

  31. Woo hoo! My best friend lived in DC for years so I was lucky enough to go there a bunch of times. Gotta tell you, even when I was there for her wedding, eating was always my top priority. Too bad you’re a veggie…Ray’s Hellburger is the most AMAZING burger on the face of the earth!

  32. Yay! Congrats on the new apartment and best of luck with the move. What and exciting time the next couple of weeks will be. The smoothie looks and sounds fabuous!

  33. Congrats on finding a place! I love DC – such a pretty city and lots to do.

  34. Love this smoothie. A perfect refreshment for these hot days + a great treat to fill me up. Thanks for sharing it.

  35. Good luck with the move, it’s never easy, but sooner than you realize it’s like you belonged all along!

  36. Congratulations on all the news! Yay for D.C.! My husband’s uncle is working for government there and maybe we might have a chance to visit! =) Such an exciting time in your life! Best wishes for your new life in D.C.!!!!

  37. It really sounds like everything is coming together for you, I’m so pleased! How exciting and nerve wracking it all sounds, but in a good way. Enjoy the ride, you deserve it!! 😀

  38. What exciting news!! Congratulations on your new job and finding an apartment! The smoothie sounds awesome!

  39. Ooh, I’m so excited for you, Tiffany! Washington, D.C.! How exciting! I’m totally jealous 🙂 I was just there in June and had an amazing time and was sad that it was such a short trip. Best of luck to you on getting prepared for the move. Yay!!!!!!!!

  40. Congrats with all the good news, Tiffany! I always find it so incredibly exiting to be moving to a new place, I’m sure everything will be going smoothly from now on 😉 Have a good weekend!

  41. Diggin the smoothie and soooooooo happy that you found a place and a place where you’re going to blossom even further. Say hello to the First Family for me!!!

  42. Wow, that sounds pretty interesting with ginger in it. I’ve been adding ginger in recipes more and more lately.

  43. Thanks for the encouragement everyone!!!! The best part of moving? I can take you all with me! LOL

  44. Great news! Congratulations. Best of luck to you. The smoothie looks delicious.

  45. definitely bittersweet. If I may speak on behalf of friends, you’ll be sorely missed, but we’re soooooooooo excited about all that awaits you in DC. You’ve gotta come back soon to visit and to finish off stuff that anything you miss on your bucket list;-)