They say opposites attract; that something about being so different makes you so perfectly right. I’ve never really subscribed to that theory…until I met my best friend. We’ve known each other for almost five years now but I have to be honest, we weren’t instantly besties. After being drawn together by kids that were the same age and close friends, we kinda circled each other at first. We were just so different. You see, see says anything that comes to her mind. I tend to think (and think and think) before I speak. She’s loud and rowdy (in a good way) and the life of anywhere we go. I love to have a good time but tend to sit back and let it happen quietly. She’s fierce and brave and defends her children like a mother tigress. I tend to take a quieter approach to motherhood.
I could go on and on about how we’re so different. Even the way we look is complete opposites. I’m tall and brunette. She’s short and blonde. But here’s the thing – for all our differences, we perfectly compliment each other. She makes me bolder and I tone her down in just the right amount. She gives me courage to try new things and I remind her that there are limits. Our differences build off of each other to help make us both better women. Better friends. Better moms.
My friendship with her has taught me a thing or two about how perfect opposites can complete each other. And so when we began our joint quest at the beginning of the new year to get healthier, it only made sense to think outside of the box and find opposites that fit perfectly together, just like our friendship.
You see, we decided that together that we were going to rediscover the hot mamas in ourselves. We started a healthy eating plan. We began meeting to walk. We took her fierce determination and my ability to plan and set out on a track to healthier living. And while she’s most definitely the spontaneous one who calls me up at a minute’s notice and says let’s meet or let’s exercise, it’s fallen to me to come up with a post workout smoothie that fuels all our workout fun.
Inspired by how different we really are, I wanted to create a healthy treat that took things that are very different and made them make sense. Since every time we talked we made a pact to eat more fruits and veggies and stick to our cleaner eating plan, I headed to Walmart in search of a simple way to make smoothies that would incorporate two total opposites – fruit and veggies – into a post workout harmony that was delicious and satisfying.
After discovering the new Dole® Fruit & Veggie Blends in Walmart’s frozen fruit aisle, I knew I was onto something! This frozen smoothie mix that combines fruit and vegetables together and is available in three flavors – Fruit & Greens, Mango Carrot and Orange Medley – is the perfect starting point for a post workout smoothie that is just as unique as my friendship with my bestie. And since it boasts all natural, real frozen fruits and vegetables, I knew that it could be the base to help me create something really amazing. After picking up the Fruits & Greens variety (since those two words right there perfectly matched what we’d be discussing), I added a few more healthy fresh ingredients to my cart and headed home to create a Strawberry and Kale Smoothie.
What You Will Need:
(Makes 2 Smoothies)
1 Cup of Fresh Baby Kale
1/2 Cup of Sliced Strawberries
3/4 Cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1/2 Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt
How to Make It:
Now, I totally get what you’re thinking….that strawberry in the smoothie sounds pretty amazing but drinking kale? Um, are you crazy? And my bestie asked me the same thing. But let me tell you, drinking strawberry and kale together is so wrong it’s right…especially in this amazing smoothie! And thanks to the Dole® Fruit & Veggie Blends, this is just about the easiest smoothie to make….ever! I started by measuring out my Dole® Fruit & Veggie Blends.
The fact that this great way to start my smoothie is naturally Gluten Free, NON GMO and balances the right amount of fruit and vegetables without compromising taste from a brand you can trust made it the perfect base for an unforgettable smoothie that’s just as unique as my friendship is. Plus, the variety of fruits and vegetables in includes really helped take what would have been a good smoothie and make it totally amazing! I quickly added it to my NutriBullet and then placed in my remaining ingredients.
After a few quick pulses, I had a delicious looking smoothie that combined the opposite flavors and nutrients of fruits and veggies into one amazing combination that just like my friendship, works so perfectly I can’t imagine a time when it wasn’t just right. While the kale and strawberry flavors definitely shine, the subtle undertones of banana, melons and spinach complete this smoothie in a way that makes it truly amazing!
After taking a first tentative sip, I decided right then and there that there are more things in the world than my friendship to remind me that sometimes opposites are just right for each other. Because with the sweet taste of strawberries, the crispness of kale and the smooth base created by the Dole® Fruit & Veggie Blends, this strawberry and kale smoothie proves that sometimes the last things you think would work together are actually the perfect fit.
If you’re like me and have discovered that sometimes, whether through friendship, marriage or a strawberry and kale smoothie, opposites attract in a way that makes your world a better place, you’re ready to discover the perfectly surprising blend of fruits and veggies in Dole® Fruit & Veggie Blends. Be sure to pick up your favorite variety today and then see what amazing combinations you can create that are so different but so totally right! And to help you make your smoothie just as perfect as your unexpected friendship, be sure to use the code BESTBLENDS to pick up the NutriBullet that’s best for you at 15% off (offer expires 3/31/2016).
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So there you have it! All the reasons why for me, opposites work perfectly. From friendship to smoothies to living my daily life, I’ll continue embracing the things and the people who I’ve surprisingly discovered are a perfect fit for me! Won’t you do the same? Start with my fun recipes or be inspired by this Berry Special smoothie recipe made from Dole® Fruit & Veggie blends Fruit ‘n Greens that will have you dreaming of all the amazing things you and your bestie will do!
Then tell me, how will you use Dole® Fruit & Veggie Blends to create an amazing smoothie that proves that opposites do attract?