Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Door To Door Organics. All opinions shared are my own.
The first half of 2016 has been a roller coaster. In addition to a move to Omaha and a new public relations job, I am going through an amicable change in my relationship status. The clouds are finally clearing and I have new things in store for the blog, coming later this fall. In between all the chaos, I’m trying to adult – and retain a sense of adventure – all at the same time. But let’s be honest, a lot of being an adult isn’t really cool, and when you’re trying to build a new life, things like grocery shopping go by the wayside. Fortunately, I found Door to Door Organics.
Door To Door Organics is an online grocery purveyor and delivery company that partners with hundreds of local farmers to deliver fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, sustainably raised meats, seafood and dairy products, and local, natural foods right to your door. They’re relatively new to the Nebraska market and are now offering delivery service in Omaha and Lincoln. I’ve been using the service for a few weeks now and it’s amazing.
One of my favorite features is that you can update your shopping cart up until 10 p.m. of the night before your delivery. If you’re forgetful – or just busy – it’s easy to get in a last minute order and have your organic, natural groceries delivered to your home the next day. I’m a regular subscriber of Door To Door Organics’ weekly Bitty Mixed Fruit and Vegetable Box. Over the past few weeks, my box has been filled with organic tomatoes, zucchini, kale, bananas, pears, avocados, plums, greens, grapefruit and much more. The produce comes carefully packed in a recyclable cardboard box outfitted with ice packs, so even on days when I haven’t been home during delivery, my produce remains fresh and cool until I’m able to unpack it.
I recently added Door To Door Organics’ Organic Smoothie Starter Kit to my weekly shipment. This bundle buy includes enough smoothie fixings for an entire week. The bundle includes five bananas, 3 apples, 1 avocado, a bundle of spinach, a pack of frozen mixed berries and a week’s worth of smoothie recipes. I used the bundle as the inspiration for today’s recipe: Chai Tea Banana and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie.
My Chai Tea Banana and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie is loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, potassium and protein. For a boost of exotic, warming flavor, I added some brewed organic black Chai, redolent with cinnamon, clove, cardamom and black pepper. Bananas are rich in tryptophan, the same compound in turkey meat, known to promote a calm, relaxed mood. Combined with vitamin D, tryptophan is easily converted into serotonin, making this smoothie a natural mood enhancer. And let’s not be silly – this smoothie also tastes great. How can you go wrong with peanut butter + bananas + Chai?
To help calm your mood and ease you into the concept of “adulting,” I’ve partnered with Door To Door Organics to give one Lexi Bites’ reader a $50 gift certificate. Enter below by joining my email list, visiting my Facebook page or following me on Twitter.
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- ½ banana, sliced and frozen
- ¼ cup brewed chai tea, cooled
- ¼ cup milk (non-dairy cashew, soy or almond milk works great)
- ¼ cup oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Agave, honey or sugar, to taste
- Ice (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a blender, beginning with spinach, sliced banana, oatmeal, coffee, almond milk, cocoa powder and sweetener. Blend until smooth. For a thicker consistency, add ice and blend until frothy.
- Serve immediately or freeze for later.