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

PB&J Protein Smoothie

PB&J Smoothie 2

I’ve been taking a fitness class Tuesday nights that are really, really great for burning those calories. But I come home thirsty and in need of a post-workout boost, which protein is great for! Last night, I came up with this concoction that won’t totally eat up those WW Smart Points, but tasted delicious and really helped me recover from wobbly leg syndrome 😉

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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

Waist Friendly Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary WW

One of the hardest parts of getting back on the weight watchers train was having to give up my cocktails. I swear, I’m not an alcoholic- just a full-time working mom of a preschooler.

But this is one drink that is a bit more friendly on the waist than other drinks, so I don’t feel as guilty if I indulge in one of these on a weeknight. Continue reading

Caucus Cocktails!

It’s almost Caucus time! One of the many perks of living in Iowa (yeah, I said many. Don’t get me started, haters) is being able to caucus! Granted, I’ve only been once, and it did me no good when I did go, but this campaign has proved to me that it’s high time I go again! Continue reading

Downton Abbey Cocktails

Rose's Fizz

I get ideas for blog topics in a lot of ways. Sometimes, I’ll be working on a project or thinking of a project, when it occurs to me that other people might like to hear about it, too. So a blog post is born. Other times, I reach out to friends and ask what they want to read about. That’s how my design your own shirt series was born.

 

Rarer even than that, sometimes people just say, “Hey, Emily, you should blog about blah.”

 

Which I’m totally cool with! But I was recently told that the final season of Downton Abbey is coming up, and I should really blog about that because so many people love Downton Abbey, and don’t I?

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