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change is good. so are recipes.


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Before.  Going in for my typical once-every-six-month-trim.

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I finally found a stylist I love, and he gave me, my favorite haircut ever.

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Every single time I go in to get my haircut, I waver between having it cut short, but always play it safe.  I’ve chopped it only a few times, but never this much.

Today I was feelin’ it.  He had a plan for my hair, and I decided to go all in.

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Sometimes, something as small as a haircut, can really make you feel refreshed.

Just the change-up I needed. 

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Enough about me and hair. 

Change is good, but so are recipes.

This one involves zucchini.


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Zucchini Bread Smoothie

  • 1/4c rolled oats
  • 1/4c raw walnuts
  • 1/2t vanilla extract
  • 1.5-2t cinnamon
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3/4c grated zucchini
  • 1.5t brown rice syrup [maple/honey]
  • 1/3-1/2c milk of choice
  • 1.5T chia seeds [or 1/2c plain yogurt]
  • 1 serving protein powder of choice [I use Raw Protein]
  1. Soak your oats + walnuts for 3-4hrs [or overnight] in water, and drain completely before blending. [helps to prevent grittiness in your smoothie + aids in digestion]  *You can definitely make the smoothie without this step!
  2. Add ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.  Start with 1/3c milk and add more to reach desired consistency.  Add ice if desired.
  3. Let sit 1-3min to allow the ground chia seeds to absorb + thicken.  Or just drink right away.

What should you eat alongside this smoothie?

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Zucchini bread, of course.

Did you really need to ask?


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Reader Comments (101)

The new haircut looks great! And the recipe looks really good too!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrandee

Love it to death!!! So cute!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGinette

I'm loving all your zucchini recipes and your hair looks great!!!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I love the haircut! You are beautiful!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTanya @ Vegan Faith

I just took the plunge with my hair too! 7 inches to be exact! :) It felt spectacular - like a load was (literally) lifted from my shoulders

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ Jess Go Bananas

Wow, you hair looks stunning! I love changing up my appearance every now and then, especially at the beginning of a new season; it makes me feel so optimistic. I will definitely be trying that smoothie tomorrow - it looks delicious :)

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgiana

Wow that looks so refreshing and delicious!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaniella @ Runner at Heart

Your hair looks awesome! Looked great before, looks great now :) you can rock any length or pretty!! :)

Your hair looks fantastic! I love it!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Awesome recipe for a post-workout drink! Made it yesterday and it's far better (...and tastier!) than having a standard protein mixture drink!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBest Protein Powder

Your new hair cut looks fantastic on you! You are so lucky that you look great with short or long hair! Can't wait to try this recipe :)

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa S

The hair and recipe both look great! Loving them :)

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ What Lauren Likes

Love the do! The protein shake sounds delicious. May have to try.

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Love the new haircut! And can't wait to try that smoothie.

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Nice!! So stylish!!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSilvia @ skinny jeans food

Looks great :)I think it feel good to hack off a whole bunchy of hair! I am not that brave right now though ;)

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

you look fabulous! If I chopped my curly hair that short it would not be a happy ending. I have to keep mine pretty long to keep it tame.

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

!!! wow that is quite a change and i am completely in love with the new look! it looks so chic and effortless! my hair was really long too a while back (i also did the 2x yearly hair cut trick haha) and my stylist took it to my collar bone. it took me a few days to get used to it but i love it now. don't you feel sort of naked without all the extra hair?!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Delicate Place

Your hair looks great! Haircuts always feel so refreshing to me, like a new start. Your stylist did a wonderful job!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn @ Almond Oats.

Great hair cut! Definitely a fun change.

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

I love the haircut!!! So sleek. I am the same way about "playing it safe"...maybe I just need to find an adventurous stylist :)
And I literally lol-ed when I saw the zucchini bread are dedicated! I love sneaky ways to eat more veggies (and get them out of the fridge)! ;)

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Oh heck yes!! Both your haircut and this smoothie look AWESOME! I looove the hair though, seriously that suits you SO well. And I am buying a zucchini to make this stat!!! mmm.

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam

I love the hair! I'm actually getting mine cut later this afternoon. I'm in the in between phase of either getting a small trim and letting it grow out or chopping it all off again for the short look. Still not sure...
Yours looks great on you!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGina @ Running to the kitchen

YOW-SA!!!! Hair looks great!!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Love the haircut! Makes me want to chop mine, too!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill in Chicago

Wow your hair looks beautiful! I loved it before but I love the new style too! I have a haircut scheduled in like a week and a half too, I'm like you I barely ever get it trimmed... which is honestly because I just don't think of it..oops! I love the zucchini kick you're on... I'll definately try out this smoothie :)

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

omg, i love it!!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren A. @ Newest Obsession

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now this makes me realize that I need a hair cut ;) though I am trying to grow my hair out a little longer for my wedding, so planning out trims is a little tricky haha

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw Twins

Your hair is adorable! And the smoothie sounds wonderful... I think I'm going to have to start categorizing my recipes by flavor profile - "zucchini bread smoothie/oatmeal/bread/snackbread" I love it!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Your hair looks amazing! Where did you go? I moved to Fort Collins in late July and my hair is in desperate need of a trim!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChloe

Love it! I always play it safe when it comes to haircut, too. Booring.

I love zucchini, but I can't imagine it raw in a smoothie - is it detectable?

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessy (squeezetheday)

Your hair looks beautiful!!! I love it! I'm never brave enough to chop much off! I did go for bangs last time though, and that was enough of a change for me!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ iheartvegetables

Your hair looks amazing! As do you! You're single handedly making me want to chop my hair! Alas mine is curly and the shorter it is the crazier :(.

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

I LOVE it! Guh, now I want to cut my hair. Must keep repeating to myself: ponytail, ponytail... ponytail.

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne @ Healthful Pursuit

I'm such a wimp when it comes to cutting my hair, but whenever I've completely trusted my stylist I've gotten great cuts. And yours looks amazing!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaraHadley

Love the new look! Beautiful! Where do you go in Fort Collins + stylist?

I want tht smothie now! Hopefully going to the Farmer's Mkt to get some local produce..can't waittotry this recipe!

Happy weekend!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

I LOVE your hair! It is a great cut on you, and looks so healthy. I'm loving the zucchini recipes. I never would have thought of putting zucchini in a smoothie--and a zucchini bread smoothie? Genius.

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCandy @ Healthy in Candy Land

LOVE your haircut! You look so cute! I love chopping my hair off when it gets really long. Always feels liberating.

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Your hair looks awesome! :) Love it!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby @ Abz 'n' Oats

OMG I love your hair!!! I got mine cut short way back in January and then again in August. It makes my neck feel so light and my look is so cute now!!! You look amazing gurl. :) And so does that smoothie!! Your pictures have such good definition.

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria @ Beautiful Busy Bee

Thanks Maria...about the hair AND photos! :)

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

SO liberating!! Thanks Jenn! :)

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You couldn't detect the zucch at all! Yummm :) And thanks!!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Studio B - and his name was Ray. He was so thorough and meticulous. I just randomly called there and got a same day appointment. It ended up working out so well! Haven't had luck with the other 2 I 2 different salons. Happy weekend to you too!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

This new cut makes the teeniest ponytail I've ever had. I feel like a little kid..haha ;)

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I couldn't detect it at ALL, in flavor or texture, and I even left the skin on! Zucch really doesn't have too much flavor. I was using a grated zucchini from a large baking-zucch though, which have even less.

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks!! Studio B! Right downtown. I had Ray and he was seriously awesome! Called for an appointment yesterday and he was the only one available. SO glad to have finally found a stylist!! Are you loving Ft. Collins so far??

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank youuu!!!! Ah, yes, I kept mine long for the wedding too. It would be fun to get it cut right after though!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much Andrea! I'm literally always hemming + hawing on short, or trim...haha Finally took the plunge!

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks dad :)

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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