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Tony and I spent a long weekend eating our faces off in Austin (catch up on our adventures, restaurant guide and photo shoot), and I’m less than five months from having to squeeze myself into a wedding dress (1.5 months from my first fitting). In retrospect, eating breakfast tacos and ice cream every day may not have been the wisest choice. NO REGRETS! It was worth it. I just have to pay penance now.

I keep hearing that people who have their act together start their day with a green juice or smoothie, and I recently read in some trashy mag (probably Us Weekly) that Victoria’s Secret models drink daily green smoothies with Spirulina powder blended in. I’d like to look like a Victoria’s Secret model, so while at the airport eating my last cup of ice cream, I overnighted a package of the green stuff to myself. From some light Googling, it’s my understanding that Spirulina is pond algae, and the top two ingredients are protein and omega fatty acids, qualifying it as a “superfood”


The irony is not lost on me that I’m drinking it from the same jar I originally ate Cake in a Jar out of. It’s also my favorite color – Tahoe blue meets the shade of my childhood soccer team, which I tried to name the “Teal Turds” (no one went for it), with a hint of grey. I’ve had it for breakfast every day since we got home from Texas and I have to say, it’s actually pretty delish. If you want to get on this bandwagon, here’s my recipe:

Annie’s Swamp Smoothie

8 oz almond milk

5 oz nonfat greek yogurt

2 tsp Spirulina powder

1 cup frozen berries (I’ve been using a combination of blueberries, rasberries and blackberries)

4 ice cubes

Throw it in a blender and press BLEND. If you want to really up the “get gorgeous and healthy inside and out” ante, you can do as I do and throw in a scoop of Collagen Replenish, too. (You can read about my discovery of this super powder here.) This swampy concoction is the only binge drinking I plan to do this weekend, and I hope yours is healthy, happy and green(ish), too!

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