Local Gem & A Superfood Strawberry Smoothie.

Finding local gems is my favorite thing EVER! When I get to put them into a smoothie, what could be better? Head over to get your superfood smoothie recipe.

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It is officially the first day of summer and I have been waiting for this day since the last day of summer last year.. Anyways, get outside today and do something worth your while.

Sometimes in life we are given very cool opportunities to try new things, go new places and meet new people. I always love when these opportunities arise and I feel like they happen to me all the time! It’s that sense adventure and that desire to learn and know more. Recently, I had the opportunity to try something new. I have been eyeing it for awhile now and FINALLY was able to try it. As soon as I tried it, I was drying to share it with you! Finding a clean version of this ever popular junk topper was the topper on my cake.

If you haven’t skipped down to this point already, welcome and thanks for taking the time to read my rambling up there^^^. This new thing I am talking about is… maple syrup. Yep, that’s right, 100% pure, organic and delicious maple syrup. It doesn’t come in that junky “microwaveable” plastic but instead comes in a big dark glass bottle. Want to know what’s even better about it? It is made right here in Spokane, Washington! In case you didn’t know, I am a huge advocate for local for many many reasons. Local means a smaller carbon footprint, less travel time, keeping money in the community and knowing the owner/process. You can read a few of my other blog posts on local here, here & here.

So, what makes this maple syrup unique? It is rum barrel aged. Don’t worry, it’s not alcoholic.

Did you know that maple syrup is more than just a sweet delicacy for your morning pancakes and waffles? It is actually a nutritional powerhouse, in moderation, of course. Zinc and manganese are two of the nutrients maple syrup boasts. Zinc is great for appetite regulation and manganese is a trace mineral that is excellent for fighting and managing diabetes (1)! YES. When compared to the old table sugar, maple syrup has a glycemic index of 54 compared to table sugar at 65. Overall, maple syrup is a wonderful alternative to table sugar and artificial sugars like sweet n’ low, splenda and high fructose corn syrup.

Murtopia Maple Strawberry Smoothie

4 oz. filtered water / nut milk
1 T. almond butter
5 frozen strawberries
3/4 frozen banana
1 t. maca powder
1 T. murtopia maple
1 T. cacao powder

*place all ingredients in your blender & blend away
*top with granola (I use this one)



(1) https://draxe.com/manganese/



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