Flamenco Fool Smoothie

"You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." - C.S. Lewis

Have you ever heard the saying that "al que anda entre la miel, algo se le pega"? Well, I hate to say this, but it's starting to apply to one of my co-workers, and big time. For the longest time, she'd gripe and complain about others being lazy, and not doing anything, and texting too much, and having an air of entitlement about them. Hate to break it to you sister, but, you've joined that group even though you might be completely unaware of it. It could all be due to how, in my opinion, laziness is contagious. Once someone sees someone being lazy and getting away with it, something gets triggered in other people's minds that if they're lazy, they can get away with it too. Hence, the honey sticking to you analogy at the beginning. It kind of goes hand-in-hand with letting other people's lifestyles affect you outside of work as well. If a co-worker is a massive spendthrift, has a ton of accounts in Collections, constantly overdrafts their bank account, and is only willing to hang out with you while drunk, eventually, some of those person's traits will stick to you, as it's also happening to my co-worker. Why don't we subconsciously pick up people's good traits, such as eating healthy, or money management, or being charitable? Imagine where people eating junk food wouldn't make people crave junk food, or where people going out for drinks doesn't make other people want to go get hammered as well. Imagine caving a little bit more into trying out the whole veggie smoothie movement, and making natural V8 smoothies or quick liquid salads? Well, I caved, and even though I'm not a huge fan of veggie smoothies, this one wasn't that bad and it was pretty filling. Next time I make it though, I'll definitely use a vanilla yogurt instead of just a plain yogurt. A touch of something sweet would make this smoothie go above and beyond.

Flamenco Fool Smoothie
adapted from: Smoothies! by Stella Murphy

*makes: 1 smoothie*

"A perfect mid-morning snack."

8 oz sparkling natural mineral water
1 red bell pepper, quartered, deseeded, and skinned
4 1/2 oz plain non-fat Greek yogurt
3 oz julienne cut sun-dried tomatoes

1) Place the water in the blender first, then add the pepper, yogurt, and sun-dried tomatoes.
2) Blend.
3) Pour into a glass over ice.

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