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Delicious Breakfast Smoothie

Now that winter is officially over in the East Bay (I hope) it’s time to enjoy the abundance of fruits and vegetables that are coming into season with a delicious breakfast smoothie!! Normally in the winter-time I discourage my patients from drinking smoothies in the morning. A smoothie is cold, damp, and raw and can often make us feel sluggish, quite the opposite of what we set out to do when we drink them. But now that it’s warm and dry outside, it’s the perfect season to start the day with a cool, refreshing, and chock-full-of-vitamins drink!!

Yesterday was actually the first time that I made my own smoothie at home. The desire came from my inclination that I should for some reason start eating yogurt, which I actually despise. It’s just not something that I can eat by itself. Even with cut up fruit, it just makes me gag! But yogurt receives so much positive hype that I decided to jump on the bandwagon. Fortunately when blended into a fruity breakfast drink, it’s not so bad. Happy days!

I downloaded a free little e-book of recipes from EatingWell.com. I chose their “Wake-up Smoothie Recipe” even though it called for bananas, which I detest more than yogurt. Supposedly they are very healthy but in actuality they are evil and I refuse to accept them. To my delight, the instructions said that I could replace them with mango. Yes please. Let’s move on. I also added flax seed for a good dose of Omega-3 fatty acids and some kale for an extra added health benefit, plus I liked the earthy bitterness it brought to this rather sweet and sour drink. Here’s my altered recipe.

Yummy Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

1 1/4 cups orange juice, preferably calcium-fortified
1 mango – NO BANANAS!!
1 1/4 cups frozen berries
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1/2 cup of chopping Kale (ribs removed)

Combine all the ingredients in a blender; cover and blend until creamy.
Serve immediately.

breakfast smoothie

Yummy, nutritious smoothies for the All-Star and I to enjoy!!

And for dinner I have to give a shout-out to Jen at My Kitchen Addiction for her absolutely delicious Ham and Bean Soup recipe. It is SOOOOO good. Here’s a photo of the little that’s left over.

ham and been soup

It’s a bit more pureed than Jen’s at My Kitchen Addition. I went a little nutty with the immersion blender. I’m in love with this tool!  Besides, we like mushy soups that look like baby food over here so it’s perfect!  😉

 

Please note that I do not judge nor discriminate against those who eat and enjoy bananas. Just please don’t eat them in front of me. Thanks!  ♥

 

Laura

Veggies for Breakfast

I can’t stress enough the importance of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Use your culinary creativity to add these disease fighting edibles to every meal.

For breakfast, why not try an egg scramble with some sauteed zucchini, onion and fresh Roma tomatoes.

veggie eggs

And don’t forget to shop local, organic, and in season whenever possible. This will insure you’re bringing the most fresh and nutrient dense produce to your table!

Laura

Not Just Plain Oats

Oatmeal may appear to be just a bowl of warm carbs, but “oh contraire!” While oats certainly do contain carbohydrates, they’re a little more complex than that. (aahh, how’s that for a pun!)

Anyway. Unlike simple carbs like refined sugar and white flour, oatmeal is full of fiber and digested slower which means two very good things. One…it makes you feel full longer, perfect for those trying to lose weight, and two…it won’t raise your blood sugar levels as much as quickly, making it a good choice for diabetics.  My favorite reason for eating oats in the morning, they go great with an array of toppings.

I went all the way with this morning’s oatmeal recipe. It was so good. Even the All-Star, an old lover of crappy instant packaged oatmeal, filled with sugar and dehydrated fruits, wished for seconds. Houston, we’ve made contact!

So this recipe was inspired by a can of pumpkin that’s been sitting in my cubbard since we moved in.

Just a couple tablespoons…

Organic Pumpkin

Some blueberries I picked up yesterday, which aren’t local but are SO good…

blueberries

A touch of vanilla extract, some crushed walnuts, coconut flakes and voila…

pumpkin and blueberry oatmeal

sprinkled with cinnamon…Breakfast deliciousness!

blueberry and pumpkin oatmeal

What’s favorite addition to oatmeal?

Laura

When in Doubt, Go Home-made

On Monday, The All-Star accompanied me on my weekly food shop.  I always enjoy when my partner in crime tags along, after-all, he eats the food too, why not get stuff that he wants.  Anyway.  I mentioned that we needed some breakfast foods.  Most mornings we have either eggs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or nothing.  It’s the nothing part that’s been looming over me. After all, breakfast is the most….yea yea yea, we got it. So, I threw it out there, and he immediately grabbed from the hot cereal shelf a box of prepackaged cinnamon and pear oatmeal.  I looked at the ingredients for a second, and then at the price, and said, “We can make this ourselves!” And straight to the bulk foods section we went.

So that box of maybe 6 packets of cinnamon and pear oatmeal was around $4, give or take.  It had dehydrated pears and seasoned rolled oats.  One of those instant, just add water, jobs.  I don’t know about you but I have never been a fan of these little oatmeal packets.  They are always too sweet and the fruit is lame and it’s hardly enough for a hearty breakfast.

I found the rolled oats in the bulk section, $1.29 a lb.  You know how many packages of hot cereal a pound of oats make?  Me neither, but it’s more than 6.  Off to the fruit section.  A 3 lb bag of organic pears for $1.68.  (That’s about 10 pears)  Hi, thank you!  What else do we need?  Cinnamon, have that at home.  Sugar?  We’ll use agave nectar.  It’s sweeter and not as likely to spike our glucose levels.  Alright, we’re ready to make oatmeal!

This morning was the first opportunity I had to make this yummy goodness.  I’ll admit that maybe, just maybe, the prepackaged deal would be a just a tiny bit easier but really, we all have time to cut a pear right?  The end result?  Home-made deliciousness for a fraction of the cost.  It was less sweet than I’d expect the boxed stuff is.  My opinion on that is that if fresh pears and a generous drizzle of pure sweetener doesn’t enlighten my sweet-tooth, then there’s probably way to much sugar-stuff in the processed counterpart.

Here’s the recipe.  No thanks, Quaker.  I’ve got my own.

Rolled Oats and Pear

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • one pear (peeled & cut into small cubes)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • Agave nectar to taste
  • dash of cinnamon

Directions

  • In small saucepan bring cup of water and a pinch of salt to boil.  Add pears and cook for a minute.
  • Add oats and cook until water is fully absorbed
  • Drizzle in agave nectar.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve!

Delicious!  And home-made with love!

rolled oats and pear

Laura