Unboxing Splendid Spoon

I know, I feel like an asshole for kowtowing to this whole unboxing fad, but I was so excited and curious about my first Splendid Spoon shipment that I thought it would be fun to share firsthand:

I just tried the Broccoli Hempseed soup. It was delish. And not just good-for-a-premade-healthy-soup delicious, but actually satisfying.

Photo via splendidspoon.com

My one complaint is a common pet peeve I have with portioned foods: When you read the nutrition label, it says that each of these containers includes two servings. C’mon now. Half of this little bowl is not enough to sustain anyone larger than a toddler for more than a minute. So when you’re looking at the calories, etc, you have to double it. This still puts you in at under 500 calories for lunch, not to mention all of the green goodness that comes with it. Both servings in that little container pack 40% of your daily iron!

I’m not under the delusion that five days of smoothies and soups per week alone will get me back to my happy weight, but it can’t hurt. One of the most convincing elements in the onslaught of Instagram ads was the testimonial of one woman who said she dropped five pounds in the first week. Again, not expecting miracles, but it gives me hope. Combining a healthy diet with meditation, less alcohol and more exercise (yoga, walking, and resistance band workouts) will hopefully yield some results in time for swimsuit season. Nothing like waiting ’til the last minute!

If this doesn’t work, I’m going to do my Drug Test Diet. That’s when you pretend you’re about to get drug tested for a new job. Spend seven days drinking as much water as you can and excessive exercise to sweat out as much “THC” as you can from your system and you would not believe what it will do for your figure:)

Bloody Mary Smoothie Recipe

There’s nothing I like better on a weekend morning than brunch, bluegrass and a Bloody Mary. During our stay  in Isla Bastimentos, Panama, when you run out of Bloody Mary Mix, a quick run to the store is not in the cards. But it ended up being the greatest thing that could have happened, because Lloyd came up with this Bloody Mary Smoothie:


  • fresh tomatoes
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • salt + pepper
  • lime juice (we squeezed from fresh limes!)
  • ice
  • vodka
  • Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce


Add ingredients to taste and blend.


We used Belvedere Vodka (my migraines make me a liquor snob by default). If I could have run to the store, I would have added celery salt. You can also use tomato juice instead of whole tomatoes. We probably would have, but again, used what we had. And it turned out I was glad we didn’t have canned tomato paste, bloody mary mix or tomato juice, because using all fresh ingredients made it taste truly (big surprise) fresh! Necessity truly is the mother of invention.

Also, we added ice after we blended and served on the rocks but decided it would be best to blend the ice into the Bloody the next time around. It’s the perfect refreshing, savory summer cocktail!

What’s your favorite summer cocktail?