Sans Meal Plan: 50 Shades of Smoothie

For this round of Sans Meal Plan, we decided to take a more alternative route and make a variety of smoothies. You could even say we made a four-course smoothie meal. These can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack, for dessert, or really at any moment that you’re craving silky frozen goodness and feeling blender-happy.

While we’d love to report that all four smoothies turned out spectacularly, we’re in the business of honesty. That being said, we’ll admit that one was pretty *controversial*. We will leave it to you to try them all for yourself and let us know what you think!

1) The Green Smoothie

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This is a classic and is so, so easy to make. The addition of kale in any smoothie makes it automatically nutritious (and #trendy). Even your skeptical friends will find it delicious – honestly, you can’t even taste the healthy!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 frozen banana (peeled and chopped beforehand)
  • 1 cup of kale or spinach
  • A generous splash of almond milk (for a thicker consistency, add less; for a thinner consistency, add more)
  • A spoonful of nut butter (we chose almond)
  • 1 date, if you prefer a sweeter smoothie

Combine all ingredients and blend. How is easy is that?! That’s why we <33 smoothies.

We messed up so you don’t have to: We started strong and didn’t actually mess this one up. It was delish. You can also add ½ an avocado for a creamier texture and more filling breakfast, or frozen blueberries if you prefer a more tart smoothie. Be warned, though, that the latter addition will result in a scary purply-black color.

2) The Creamy Pineapple Berry Smoothie (from Roxy’s Kitchen)

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We decided to try this smoothie a) because it sounded yummy and b) because it looked so freaking pretty on the food blog. Unfortunately, we were not ambitious enough to make the smoothie exactly as our good friend Roxy instructed us to (no, we don’t know her), but it was still quite refreshing and definitely worth a try.

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Amuse-Bouche: Benefit Juice Bar and Cafe

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Nestled on the corner of Benefit and Transit Streets, and adjacent to the already well-established destination, Darwin’s, Benefit Juice Bar & Café joins the College Hill culinary community. On November 17th, the small but cozy cafe opened its doors to serve spins on breakfast and lunchtime classics. The owners consider themselves lucky to be among beautifully restored homes, churches and museums, and only a block away from Providence’s historic waterfront. We consider ourselves lucky to try their fresh made-to-order juices, whole fruit smoothies, fair trade coffee, baked goodies, house-made soups, sandwiches, paninis, and seasonal salads.

But don’t venture to Benefit Juice Bar & Café if you’re boring content with mundane eats. Benefit Juice Bar & Café’s menu boasts distinctive panini combinations like the “Veggie Bahn Mi” (chunky peanut butter, sriracha, apple, and cilantro), the “Roman Holiday” (soppressata, mortadella, fontina, house pickled onions, and lemon-dressed arugula), and the “Bad Boy” (shaved roast beef, cheddar cheese sauce, and crispy fried onions). Continue Reading


Make me a smoothie: A quest for the perfect Ivy Room smoothie formula

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Almost a year ago, as excited as I was to become a Brown student, I had resigned myself to the fact that both the food and housing here could be a little better.

Coming in with lower than low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised during my first trip to the Ivy Room, where the pretty decent food is complemented by a full-service(ish) smoothie bar. But just as it was intimidating to navigate the open curriculum for myself, I found my autonomy in smoothie options overwhelming—how was I to know how guava juice or peach would affect the taste of my smoothie? Like anyone else, I just wanted to find a combo that worked and stick with it.

So, all in the name of my demonic food lust  love of investigative journalism, I decided to set out in search of the formula for the perfect Ivy Room smoothie. But, given the endless number of combinations, I knew I would never get there by myself.  So I decided to ask the people who know the ways of the smoothie best, the BuDS staff.

For five consecutive nights, I went to the Ivy Room and gave the person behind the counter the ultimate “that guy” request to make me his/her favorite smoothie. Check out what I found after the jump. Continue Reading