More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and former model B. Smith recently revealed that she’s one of them.
The 64-year-old restaurant owner opened up about her story with CBS News. When asked what her diagnosis meant to her, Smith said, “It meant something bad — really bad to me.” During the interview, she could not recall the date, month or year. “Things like that make me very sad,” she shared.
Barbara Smith, often known as the Black Martha Stewart, was one of the first Black models on the cover of Mademoiselle. Along with work as a designer and decorator, she opened her first B. Smith restaurant in New York City in 1986.
Despite the severity of her disease, the entrepreneur said she’s optimistic about the future and taking it day by day with her hubby and business partner of 22 years Dan Gasby.
“I think the future’s going to be fine,” she said. “I’m going to do my best to make it work out for me, and for as many people that I can possibly help, too.”
As we reported earlier, B. said goodbye to the East Coast and relocated to a warmer climate earlier this year. Along with the move, she closed the New York location of her restaurant. That decision came just one year after shutting down her Washington D.C. location.
“There’s a difference between quitting and knowing when to quit,” Gasby said in an April interview. “There is nothing noble about being old in the cold. I’m 60. My wife will be 65. We had a great run for 17 years in Sag Harbor.”
“Every time you wake up, you have something to worry about at the restaurant…I don’t want to be ‘13 Years a Slave,’” he added. “You realize it’s very important that you enjoy life to the fullest.”
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Smoothies are a great way to get in your essential nutrients in a couple sips, and since I believe healthy food should taste good, I whipped up 20 recipes you are going to flip over. Check out the first ten here: http://bit.ly/QjBTeJ Read on for delicious ideas and be sure to join #TeamBeautiful’s Smoothie Challenge this week for your chance to win a Oster blender! #BlenderBeauties
2. Peach Cobbler
Who doesn't love peach cobbler. I certainly do! Ladies, this healthy remake in a glass is so close to the real deal that you are going to love this treat (sans the cheat). 1 Cup - Vanilla Soy Milk 1 Cup - Frozen Peaches 4 Oz - 0% Honey Flavored Greek Yogurt 1 Tbl - Honey 1 Tbl - Ground Flax Seeds 2 Tbl - Granola
3. You're Gonna Flip Over This Mint Chocolate Chip Sip
Mint chocolate chip ice cream calls my name at least once a week. So I certainly had to remake this treat. Boom...minty, sweet and (now) healthy! 1 Cup - Vanilla Almond Milk 4 Oz - 0% Honey Flavored Greek Yogurt 1/2 Medium - Avocado 1/4 Cup - Fresh Mint 2 Tbl - Dark Chocolate Chips
4. Cookie Cream Dream
Dear Oreo Shakes: Take several seats! This remake is all it takes ladies to satisfy your sweet tooth. Even the cookies are healthy. One serving of "WhoKnew" Chocolate Sandwich cookies has 3 grams of fiber! Who...knew?! 1 Cup - Light Chocolate Soy Milk 4 Oz - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt 1/2 - Medium Frozen Banana 1 Scoop - Chocolate Protein Powder 3 - WhoKnew Smart Cookies (Chocolate)
5. Peanut Butter Jelly Time
This childhood treat was my favorite then and is still my favorite now. However this smoothie may have me swapping my two slices of bread for two straws (so I drink it faster). It's that good! 1 Cup - Almond Milk 4 Oz - 0% Vanilla Greek Yogurt 1/2 Cup - Frozen Raspberries 1/2 - Medium Frozen Banana 1 Tbl - Creamy Peanut Butter 1 Scoop - Vanilla Protein Powder 1/2 tsp - Vanilla Extract
6. I Aint Gonna Lie, I Love Sweet Potato Pie
Your favorite holiday dessert is even RADder as a smoothie. Let the church say Amen! Don't believe me? Blend this baby up and I bet you a Coke that you will drink it quicker than it took me to write this post. 1 Cup - Vanilla Almond Milk 2 Oz - 0% Honey Flavored Greek Yogurt 1/2 Cup - Sweet Potatoes (peeled, cooked and diced) 1 Scoop - Vanilla Protein Powder 1 tsp - Cinnamon 1 tsp - Vanilla
7. Strawberry Shortcake
Girl! You will never eat a real strawberry shortcake again after you try this RAD smoothie. Shortbread cookies, vanilla flavored healthy dairy and strawberries should always mingle in a blender. 1 Cup - Vanilla Soy Milk 4 Oz - Vanilla Greek Yogurt 1 Cup - Frozen Strawberries 1 Tsp - Vanilla Extract 1 Tsp - Honey 1 Scoop - Vanilla Protein Powder 2 - Shortbread Cookies (crumbled)
8. Sly Key Lime Pie
Key lime pie just secretly got tangy and healthy. This kitchen science project gets an A++. Graham crackers are already naturally light so hey, throw another + on there! 1 Cup -Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk 4 Oz - 0% Vanilla Greek Yogurt 1/2 Cup - Spinach 1 - Medium Frozen Banana 1 - Date (pitted) 1/2 tsp - Vanilla Extract 1 Tbl - Lime Juice 1 - Lime (just the zest) 1 Tbl - Graham Crackers (crushed)
9. Chocolate Raspberry Shake Remake
Chocolate cravings beware. This healthy remake to the chocolate shake is easy to make and tasty beyond words. Plus cocoa is known to improve brain power, so I "think" you should have on of these smoothies right away beauties. 1 Cup - Light Chocolate Soy Milk 1 Cup - Frozen Raspberries 2 Tbl - Unsweetened Cocoa 2 tsp - Honey Ice
10. Holla At This Pina Colada
You wont even miss the rum (or the calories) in this one. Coconut water is great after a hard workout and pineapple, well, is just great. Enjoy this one by the pool and still look cool (in your suit). 1/2 Cup - Plain Soy Milk 1/2 Cup - Coconut Water 1 Cup - Frozen Pineapples 1 tsp - Vanilla Extract 1 tsp - Honey 1 Tbl- Shredded Coconut
11. Mocha Mood Booster
You can spend $5 on a blended ice coffee, or you can make your own...for half the calories and price. I love having this caffeine kicking sweet treat midday. Satisfies my sweet tooth and gives me an excellent boost. 1/2 Cup - Vanilla Soy Milk 1 Cup - Coffee (chilled) 1/2 - Medium Frozen Banana 1 Scoop - Chocolate Protein Powder 1 tsp - Honey
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I had a blast making these smoothies for you beauties. Special thanks to my friends at Oster (www.osterversa.com) Ball (www.freshpreserving.com) and Cascadian Farm (www.cascadianfarm.com) for helping me make these RAD smoothies! Join our #BlenderBeauties Smoothie Challenge on Instagram & you can win your own awesome Oster blender (pictured)!