No Midnight Snack Allowed

A few of the kids waiting to come in for kids camp!

A few of the kids waiting to come in for kids camp!

I tucked myself into bed last night and my first thought was “Gosh, I’m hungry.” Normally, if I were home right now I’d hop out of bed, waltz down to the kitchen and pick one of hundreds of snacks. It’d probably be goldfish, let’s be honest, but I might have chocolate ice cream instead depending on the mood I was in. I remembered that I had dried mangos and granola bars in my suitcase but I really just wanted some goldfish. Why didn’t I remember to pack goldfish?

Just as I was getting a little frustrated that I didn’t pack goldfish I stopped myself. Here I was a little bit hungry and I was complaining that I didn’t have goldfish. I had about 60 granola bars and 2 large bags of dried fruit but not goldfish. I wanted to slap myself upside the head and shake myself “Sarah Kate, you are in AFRICA, there are over 66 million kids who will go to bed hungry tonight and every 4 seconds a child will die from it.” It broke my heart. How could I be so selfish? And to add insult to injury I had just eaten 4 hours ago, not 12 hours or even a countless number of days.

The little boy in the red had only a large shirt to wear - nothing else. Yet they're still happy!

The little boy in the red had only a large shirt to wear – nothing else. Yet he’s still happy!

Instantly I started thinking of the kids I had met earlier that day. They came rushing in the gates with tattered clothes and smiling faces.  Full of energy they ran around the James Place so happy to be able to jump rope and play soccer.  Later we sat them down to teach them a message and gave them a hard boiled egg and glass of water. As we passed the food and water out one of my team members leaned over and told me “for some of them this will be the only thing they put in their mouth all day.” ONE HARD BOILED EGG. That was it. All of the sudden I wasn’t hungry anymore.

I rolled over to my other side listening to the rain again. Not only did I have food but I had a roof over my head and a dry bed to sleep in – more than many people around me. I closed my eyes and counted my blessing just like I would count sheep until I fell asleep.

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Thirsty Thursday: Apple Berry

Apple Berry

Who’s enjoying this lovely weather and needs a refreshing drink!

Today I opened my fridge and noticed my blackberries and strawberries were going to go bad soon so I decided to make a little juice. It’s nice and fruity for the summertime weather and its also packed with lots of nutrients. For example, did you know strawberries help you think? Fisetin, a naturally occurring flavonoid (vitamin) commonly found in strawberries and other berries, stimulates signaling pathways that enhance long-term memory! With that being said, DRINK UP! Not only will it quench your thirst it will also help you get ready for those dreaded finals.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Cup Blackberries 1 Cup Strawberries 3 Large Green Apples

1 Cup Blackberries
1 Cup Strawberries
3 Large Green Apples


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Green Giant

Green Giant

Happy Thirsty Thursday!

Today it’s Green, Green, and more Green.

Yes, I know it doesn’t look like it would taste good. After all, when was the last time you ate a salad and thought it was the most delicious thing in the world? I get it. But y’all- the smoothie is the most delicious smoothie in the world.

Yesterday, I made a huge batch of it. I made 5 cups. FIVE. One for each of my grandparents, one for my parents to share, and two for me. I know what you’re thinking… I originally made one for each of my parents but they were at work when I made them and I got a hankerin’ for some more juice about 3 hours later, so I drank one of theirs. I wasn’t sorry but I know they were because they all loved it- and they were reluctant to drink it too!

Not only is this smoothie relatively cheap (about $9 for all 5 servings) in the world of juicing its also has about 3 servings of vegetables in one glass. You get to drink your vegetables and actually enjoy it! Don’t be afraid of the color, close your eyes and drink it if you have to because it’s DELICIOUS! It’s just the right amount of sweetness!

Here’s how to make it:

1 Cup Spinach, Kale, Chard Mix (from Trader Joe’s)
1/2 Large Cucumber (about 5 inches)
2 Celery Sticks
1 Cup Frozen Pineapple
1.5 cup Water or Apple Juice

Just put it in the blender and you’re ready to go!

Thirsty Thursday: Avocado Pineapple Smoothie

Happy Thirsty Thursday Y’all! It’s smoothie time. Last week I was talking to my aunt and she told me how she secretly snuck avocados into my cousins smoothie’s in the morning and they never even notice. I decided to give it a shot and see if you really couldn’t taste it and *drum roll please* YOU CANNOT TASTE THE AVOCADO. To me, it’s like a non-dairy replacement to yogurt. It make’s the smoothie super creamy. It’s like magic.  Here’s how to make the magic:

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3/4 Cups Pomegranate Juice
1 Ripe Avocado
1 Cup Pineapple

 Make sure you pit and peal the ripe avocado. For the pineapples you can use frozen or fresh. I used frozen pineapples because it makes the consistency thicker and its colder. After you’ve gathered your ingredients just put it in a blender and go! I hope you enjoy 🙂

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Thirsty Thursday: Berry A-Peeling

20130930-153906.jpgHappy Thirsty Thursday Y’all! Who’s ready to get their juice on? This week I decided to try a new juice recipe and man, it was YUMMY. Who doesn’t like a good combination of apples, strawberries, and limes?

This is what you’ll need:

3 Red Apples 1/2 Lime Peeled 3 Cups Strawberries

3 Red Apples
1/2 Lime Peeled
3 Cups Strawberries

(The original recipe only called for 2 apples but after taking a sip I decided to add another because it was a little tart!)

The awesome thing about this recipe is the mass amounts of strawberries. Strawberries have a unique flavinoid that helps reduce inflamation and they have folic acid which helps with memory and concentration! They also help with detoxifying, cancer prevention, mood swings, and relaxation (by aiding in the release of serotonin). It has a high vitamin C content to fight off the cold and flu too! It’s no wonder Strawberries are considered a superfood.

So if you have a swollen ankle, arthritis, your feeling a little under the weather, or you need a snack that will help you get through your all homework try this juice and see if it helps! Even if it doesn’t, I can promise your taste buds will be satisfied.