RECENT THOUGHTS

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“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
– George Bernard Shaw –

A FEW RECENT HAPPENINGS/THOUGHTS:

1) Splitting life between two cities has been getting easier; we’ve slipped into
a rhythm & everything is feeling normal now
(as it should after 6 months of doing it!)

2) After a few (very happy!) things fell into place we’ve decided to move permanently to Chapel Hill; I am excited and so looking forward to finally digging our
roots into one place; not so much looking forward to the whole moving/packing part (ugh!)

3) Spring is here! I think? I love warm weather + everything it brings

4) Iced Coffee + homemade cashew/almond milk = YES

5) Hebrews = full of wisdom

6) We are looking to buy our very first home & are so thrilled! After almost four years of renting various things we are excited for something permanent & something we can really call “ours”

7) Robin is still the most graceful & beautiful person I know. She has surprised all of us with her willingness to fight & press forward despite cancer’s agenda & doctors’ predictions

8) Running & I have a love/hate relationship at the moment – some days it’s mostly love & others mostly hate – will there ever be a happy in-between?!

9) I’ve been on a cooking-new-things frenzy every weekend when we’re home
(southwestern cauliflower-crust pizza / quinoa cookies / almond + coconut + honey bites / green pancakes)

10) Other Things To Look Forward To:
Beach trips; Engagement + Wedding Photos; A new job; No-more living in two places; Establishing Community; Traveling for weddings in May (one in Mexico & one in Pensacola!); Planning a 4-year anniversary (?!?) vacation + yet another new chapter in the Britt Family Book of Adventures

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GOOD MORNING GREENS

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I’m always on the lookout for healthy/yummy breakfasts because they’re kind of hard to find… I don’t like to eat a lot of carbs (because of them being converted into sugar), so unfortunately most delicious breakfast options are off of the list.

These pancakes though? They are so on the list and they are so good!

When I first made these, Charles was convinced I was trying to poison him & wouldn’t even take a bite ( I don’t really blame him – who would ever think GREEN pancakes would taste good?!). We were so happy with the results & these little guys have since made their way onto our breakfast plates several times.

Oh, and I 100% promise you that you cannot taste the spinach one bit! The protein powder & banana do a great job of masking it.

GREEN PROTEIN PANCAKES

WHAT YOU NEED
– 1 Scoop of Protein Powder (I use THIS)
– 1 Tablespoon of almond milk
-1/4 cup of almond meal (optional)
– 1/2 Banana
– 3 Egg Whites
– 1/2 Cup of Spinach
– Heavy Duty Blender (Hi, Vitamix!)

OPTIONAL TOPPING(S)
– Sprinkle of Cinnamon
– Raw Honey
– 1/2 Banana

WHAT TO DO
Combine all ingredients in a high power blender & pour the mixture onto your griddle/pancake cooker & cook as you would normal pancakes; top with a sprinkle of cinnamon + raw honey & 1/2 of a sliced banana

There you go: a quick/simple/healthy breakfast to whip up +  its FULL of protein! Perfect way to start off any day (especially when paired with a dark roast from the French Press & a splash of homemade almond/cashew milk!)

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FAITH | STRENGTH | LOVE

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.
– After the Storm  |  Mumford & Sons –

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New chapters and realms of life have become the norm for us this past year, and February has not failed to keep us our toes (or knees?). It has absolutely been the most exhausting, emotional & (strangely) rewarding month we have been through in our marriage & we’ve been experiencing the reality of wholly depending on Christ in a new light. The “month of love” has rocked my faith and skillfully crafted it into something new- something palpable – all while guiding me toward a new understanding on what Love really (really!) is.

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Until now, I thought I knew what depending on Christ looked like… now I can say that I had only scraped the surface. It was not until 3 hours of sleep a night for ten days + multiple days/nights in the hospital + lots of scary/sad news + emotional roller coasters/copious amounts of stress + being forced to make HUGE grown up decisions alone (when Robin was first admitted into the hospital Charles was at a meeting in Seattle & my brother in law was stuck in Boston) that I grasped the richness & significance of every athlete’s favorite verse: Phil 4:13 (“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”). There have been moments this month when I literally felt as if my mind would explode with all of the new information –  that all of the heaviness and fear swimming throughout my body would surely lead me in a heap of exhaustion with no energy left to give. But alas: Strength and Peace prevailed!

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While I would never wish times like these on anybody, I fully acknowledge their importance. It’s in those moments when you feel like you cannot possibly stand on your own or keep your eyes open for one more second or stop the pain of a loved one or offer anything more than a tear-filled smile that you taste indescribable reliance on Christ like never before and it is satisfying! When Robin began her cancer battle she approached it with grace saying it was “God’s opportunity to shine. I did not foresee His “shining” to manifest like this, but now, sitting with her under hospice care, I can say He is shining & oh my goodness: it is beautiful.

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(Note: Thank you to everyone for your texts/emails/prayers/meals/love this past month as we’ve entered the world of hospitals & hospice! Thank you, also, to sweet clients who have been understanding & patient- I’ve had to postpone and reschedule multiple engagement + family sessions in the past month & all of you have been the best! Also: for those who are wanting updates on Robin, feel free to join her Facebook page HEREFinally one thing to note: all  above photos are iPhone photos… hence the not-great quality.)

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SWEETNESS ON A MONDAY

“Family faces are magic mirrors.
Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future.
We make discoveries about ourselves.”

– Gail Lumet Buckley –

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Such sweet moments captured during a recent multigenerational family session – there is something
absolutely precious about families who delight in loving & discovering new things from one another!

I’m in Chapel Hill for a few days this week working on some fun things (a mini-documentary! New recipes! Design!)  for Merritt’s (the cutest restaurant in all of Chapel Hill. It’s owned by my in-laws that Charles & I are slowly beginning to help manage! Stop by sometime!).

Also? Let’s just mention how amazing North Carolina weather is! It’s currently 62* & I’m wearing a t-shirt at the end of January. Tomorrow? We’re expecting 3-5 inches of snow. We truly experience the best of both worlds weather wise & I love living here again.

Happy Monday!

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GREEN JUICE GOODNESS | RECIPE

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If you know anything about me, you know that I completely support the “juice movement” & am in 100% agreement with all of the claims regarding the health benefits of juicing. I’m convinced that the only reason I ended up with the flu this season is because I had stopped juicing regularly for a few weeks around the holidays. I think my body went into shock without all of the green/alkalizing goodness!

I’ve been sipping on this delicious mixture for the past few weeks & just had to share it – the lime & ginger add a nice “thai” flavor & it’s super refreshing + full of antioxidants (perfect for warding off all of the wintery sicknesses floating around this year!).

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  • Kale: The Queen of Greens! // Super Rich in Vitamin-K// Low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat // High in iron // Anti-inflammatory // Great for cardiovascular health // High in calcium, Vitamin C & Vitamin A // Excellent for detoxing (*Note: If you have any thyroid conditions be super careful about the amount of raw kale you consume on a daily basis – read more here
  • Cucumber: Re-hydrates the body & replenishes daily vitamins // Effective in flushing toxins // Boosts energy levels with tons of vitamins A, B, & C // Great copper & calcium levels // Beneficial in regulating the body’s pH levels & increasing alkalinity // Excellent source of silica (for connective tissue health & building) // Delicious in juices!
  • Romaine: High in vitamins C and K // Rich in potassium (great for muscle strength!) // Supports healthy skin (lots of vitamin E!) // Provides Vital Micro-minerals // Has a 2-1 ratio of omega-fatty acids // Benefits the  regulation of glycemic levels

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  • Green Apple: Beneficial for digestion // Loaded with vitamins (Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Riboflavin, Vitamin B) // Great source of iron, zinc, copper, manganese, potassium (*Note: I just stick the entire apple – seeds & stem & all into my juicer)
  • Lime: Contain calcium & folate // Anti-ancarcinogenic // Its soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol// The imonoid compounds help fight against cancer // High in antioxidants and Vitamin C (*Note: Be sure to include the skin of the lime too!)
  • Ginger Root: Anti-inflammatory & Immune Boosting // Improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body // Helps with chest & head congestion// Great for detoxing //  Aids the digestion system // Adds a nice “kick” & spice

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