Green (smoothie) With Envy

Finished Green Smoothie

Breakfast, man. Love it or hate it, you have to eat it. Or maybe, you don’t. Some studies are now saying that breakfast actually is NOT the most important meal of the day. Others say that you have to eat it to get your metabolism right. I know that if I don’t have breakfast on a weekday, I’m going to be one hangry B by the time 10:00 rolls around.

So the trick is, how do I eat a breakfast that is healthy, yummy, and something I can eat either on the way to work or on a quick break at my desk at work? Because I guarantee you that if I have to wake up earlier than the 5:30 that I should be waking up now to get a breakfast in before I leave the house, you’re going to see one hangry lady…

In my research for some healthy breakfast options, I’ve been reading a lot about green smoothies, made green by the addition of leafy greens like kale, spinach, or collard greens. The greens add healthy vitamins without adding any taste (so to keep the taste out, avoid things like Arugula!). Adding some fruits will bring some of that yummy sweet smoothie flavor, and using a healthy liquid base will really bring this full circle to be a filling, fiber-ful, easily digestible morning meal that will keep you full and increase your intake of fruits & veggies with little effort!

Preschooler Approved
This smoothie is preschooler approved! And that’s saying something.

The smoothies differ from juicing in that all of that fiberful veggie & fruit pulp is kept in the beverage. However – if you are on a specific diet plan, you will want to see the plan’s fine print regarding blending up your fruits & veggies. Weight Watchers Smart Points, for example, add up for fruits & veggies if they are made into a drink rather than ate whole. And while there are skeptics out there that doubt the benefits of these as a staple, well, it’s still better than grabbing a donut on your way into the office!

The first time I made these, I will admit I was a little nervous to try it. My Target cheapo blender does a great job, but the appearance of a green beverage with darker flecks of green floating in it didn’t have me clamoring for a straw. However, the reception was positive! My four year old daughter said, “Mmm – this is the most delicious smoothie ever. Thank you for making it for me, mommy!” And coming from a bed-headed grumpy 4 year old who doesn’t like most of what we put in front of her, I consider that a 5 star review!

Smoothie Ingredients

Here’s the recipe that will make your pals green with envy:

Green Smoothie!

  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 large handful leafy greens, such as kale
  • 1 – 2 cups fresh fruit, such as bananas, strawberries, kiwi, apples, berries, melon…
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1 tsp Stevia powder sweetener, or sweetener of choice to taste

Blend together, and then serve either over ice or blended with ice.

That’s it! Super easy, super nutritious, and super yummy!

Finished Breakfast

Meatless Monday – Black Bean Meatballs

Black Bean Meatballs

I’ve been really trying to go full vegetarian again – but this time with slow, small steps, so that it’s a more sustainable change for the whole family. To me, this means getting a large repertoire of meatless meals under my belt so that we don’t notice the absence of meat and don’t have to work quite as hard as it.

Yesterday I posted my Meatless Monday meal of black bean meatballs with zucchini spaghetti, and was frankly quite surprised at the interest it gained! Maybe this meatless Monday thing is catching on more than I had given it credit for. Either that, or it really did look that delicious.

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Snickerdoodle Smoothie

Snickerdoodle Smoothie Cover

Yeah, I’m still on my snickerdoodle bender. I wanted to have multiple ways on deck of filling the need – the need for snickerdoodles. If you’re into protein shakes, or just want a healthier version of a cookie milkshake, this is the drink for you. Bonus – it’s very easily made vegan depending on the type of protein powder you use. Another bonus – this could very easily be made into an adult beverage, though that would significantly alter the Weight Watchers points value 😉 Continue reading

Healthier Snickerdoodles

Healthier Snickerdoodles

Life is all fun and games, until you have to go find your fat pants in the closet because your current pants are getting a bit too snug. And when you realize that oh crap, it IS your fat pants that you are wearing and no, you aren’t just bloated, it may be time to dial back the excess a bit. It’s time to get a little less Dionysus and a little more Demeter around here. Long story short (too late), you may notice a trend here lately of healthy food posts 😉 Continue reading

Mardi Gras, take me!!!

I love New Orleans, and I LOVE Mardi Gras! The music! The food! The drinks! The parades! The balls! The food! The music! The drinks! The food! The drinks! The culture!

I may have repeated some of those, but they are worth repeating. I can feel see myself standing in line at Cafe du Monde for some dark chicory coffee and some fresh, hot beignets. It feels right. It feels like it could be part of my every Saturday morning routine. I’m a regular here. At night, drinking a hurricane and listening to the zydeco music while dancing on Burbon Street… Continue reading