This is a recipe that I’ve been drinking for a while, and for some reason it makes me happy. It’s light, fresh, and just the right amount of sweetness for me. I usually drink it for breakfast or for a mid-afternoon pick me up, sometimes changing out the mango for green apple–depending on what’s available.
Truth is, I haven’t been feeling well lately. I’ve been exhausted from “normal” life and just trying to keep all the wheels moving. Being a mom is hard work. 24/7. While I almost always eat clean and make wise choices–I don’t all the time. Once I make one bad choice, it’s so much easier to justify making another one.
I know that eating a bunch of bread and sweets makes my body not function like I need it to to make it through a day…But it’s quick and satisfying and easy to keep making that choice.
Well, this morning, I’d had enough. I drank warm lemon water (which used to be a routine of mine that I’d gotten away from) and made this smoothie. I challenged myself to share it with y’all so I would make it and drink it. I’d forgotten how much I LOVE it, how much instant energy it gives me, and how it makes my insides feel happy. It sets me up to make better decisions all day long.
I hope you enjoy this smoothie, and I hope it encourages you to get a little cleaner!
Let me say that I took these pictures on Monday…I was coming off a late night–we got back from Nashville around 10pm, and I woke up to a long list of chores, whiney kids, and no groceries.
In my fruit basket was a mound of nasty looking oranges. But I had nothing else. So I used my citrus hand juicer (the one I use for my lemon each day–super easy) and juiced these babies up. They might have had some nasty skin, but it produced the best OJ I’ve ever had. Hands down.
My next mission after taking all the kids to school was to grab a few things at the grocery store. Since we were leaving again for Greenville, SC, I didn’t buy much, especially things that go bad quickly like greens. The grocery store always stresses me out BUT I love it (anyone else?), so I grabbed a smoothie for breakfast. Yes, it made me feel better, and I was too lazy to make one on my own. So yeah, I paid $5 for this. My kind of Starbucks 😉
This smoothie had blueberries, banana, kale, almond butter, and almond milk. It’s one of my favorites!
When I’m not in my kitchen for a few days, my happy place is to come back and work there…as long as it’s clean!! So coming off my beautiful weekend in Nashville where I was SO inspired, I tried to recreate a wonderful, light dish I had at the supper club I attended. It isn’t exactly right, but I actually LOVED my own version. I’ll definitely be posting this recipe soon. This plate had one honey crisp apple, one large grapefruit, and one orange. I ate the whole plate around noon!
For a late lunch (I’ve been splitting it up lately), I made sweet potato fries and whiskey BBQ ketchup. I know you might be sick of seeing these fries, and I think I’m almost sick of eating them. Almost! I’ve had a good run with them.
Naptime at its finest. Music, magazine, food, and quiet. YES!
It was a crazy night with baseball, and washing clothes, and homework, and life, so I took my Glowing Green Smoothie to the ball field. I sat amongst the french fries and boiled peanuts. And yes, people made fun of me. Yes, I was polite. I held my ground. And I said “to each his own” a lot. I used to make excuses. Now I tell the truth. That I actually like the stuff. Nothin’ wrong with that.
Earlier in the day, I made a big bowl of pad thai. It was actually my first shot making it. I made it similar to many recipes, but to be honest, I really didn’t like it. I didn’t want to waste it, so I ate a small bowl of it. But honestly, it wasn’t good.
It really didn’t satisfy me–and I was in a bad mood- and had no idea what I wanted. I settled on sprouted Ezekiel bread toast with almond butter and honey.
This is one of those days that didn’t feel glorious. Partly because I didn’t have a lot to choose from but partly because I was blahhhhhh. 🙂
I figured I’d show Andrew’s dinner–so there’s evidence that I actually do cook meat in this house. Turkey bacon & eggs!!!
So here ya go—-my What I Ate Wednesday when I’m tired, blah, and being a total girl 🙂
It’s the week after Spring Break….and let me tell ya, I thoroughly enjoyed the break from a 6 am wake up call, lunches, packing bags, and being a personal taxi service.
We relaxed, and danced, and listened to music, and sang some music, and were lazy, and so much more.
These three faces…I didn’t see enough of them this week. I honestly cherished the time with them. <3
I didn’t do anything different with my food routines over Spring Break so I didn’t feel gross this week 🙂
Today, I started my morning like normal with a warm cup of water and the juice of half a lemon. If you don’t have one of these handy lemon squeezers, you should get one!
As I took the boys to school, I drank this juice…very sweet and tangy–a great combo! And LOOK–Turmeric is in this juice 🙂
When I got hungry mid-morning (around 11am), I drank this Glowing Green Smoothie. I’m participating in a 14 day challenge to drink one of these a day for 14 days. I remember trying this recipe a few years ago, and I didn’t like it at all. Now, I LOVE the taste and actually can’t wait to drink it each day. This is evidence that taste buds DO CHANGE!
I love juices because they give me extra servings of fruits and vegetables during the day as well as a boost of energy, but I also love smoothies because they contain very important fiber for my body! I like mixing it up or drinking both in a day!
I wasn’t going to be able to eat lunch until around 1:30, so I ate a couple kale chips on the way to pick up the kids. It’s definitely cheaper to make kale chips, but not always feasible with my schedule, so these are store bought, and oh so yummy!
Once the kids were settled in to naps, I rested and made a large salad. I forgot to make a salad dressing for the week (ahh!!), so I made a quick lemon-tahini dressing by adding two large tablespoons of tahini, juice of a lemon, and salt to some romaine lettuce.
For a mid-afternoon snack, I shared some strawberries with my sweet Beckham. He’s had a couple of really good days–where he isn’t acting two–or even three. Just a big ball of sweetness. And I’m loving it. I’ll take any days like that I can get!
Beckham ended up getting sick (is that why he was nice?!), so I had to keep dinner super simple. He demanded his mama, and I’m totally ok with that!
Look how sweet this is….Sawyer brought him a blanket and some water and scratched his arm. You know all those moments as a mother where you want to give up? Most of the time I’m banging my head on the wall wondering if I’ve done anything right as a mother. And then these moments happen. The ones that matter….my heart is overjoyed!
I was in the mood for potatoes, so I baked one sweet potato and two small russet potatoes to make french fries–paired with garlic aioli.
I’m not scared of white potatoes like a lot of people are. I like to eat REAL food–not out of a box–that is as close to nature as possible. And white potatoes fit under that rule!
Most people consume white potatoes as deep fried french fries or potato chips–but when you take them away from the oil, they actually do have many health benefits. They are rich in Vitamin B6, potassium, copper, Vitamin C and more. Plus–even when you buy them organically–they are very inexpensive, can fill you up, have lots of fiber if you eat the skins, and are low in calories…
You can actually bake them without any oil, or just a drizzle if you prefer. Since I love the sweet and salty thang, eating a regular potato with a sweet potato rocks my world.
I got Beckham in bed early so he could rest, and the other two boys were at their daddy’s baseball game, so I cuddled up with a couple (3 to be exact) of my favorite Chocolate-Banana Oat cookies!
I did my exercises (I’m dong a 12 week program at home), relaxed on the couch, and enjoyed some down time. I’m loving doing my routines (warm lemon water, a salad, fruit)…I’ve been feeling great!
With summer approaching, I find myself feeling nostalgic and longing for the days of old–like ice cream trucks, long hot days, lightning bugs, and fresh watermelon.
But since going dairy free [and since embracing a clean eating lifestyle], ice cream hasn’t been on my list. Even “good organic” ones can be filled with lots of sugar….and sugar is bad for a former sugar addict like me. While there are many dairy free alternatives out there, I haven’t found one that I like as much a simple frozen banana. Plus, speciality items like that can be very expensive. And ain’t nobody got time for that!
Many days, simple “Nice Cream” is enough, but sometimes I like to spruce it up, and this Neapolitan Nice Cream always does it for me!
I have to warn you though—it won’t taste like fake sweeteners, and if you’re new to the clean eating lifestyle, it may not be sweet enough for you. In that case, you can always add a tiny bit of maple syrup in each layer, maybe 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon. I would make it as is, and taste as you go. [the fun part!!]
It’s plenty sweet for me—and it doesn’t leave me feeling bloated like the old milk filled kinds did. Even if you enjoy dairy products, it never hurts to try something different just for a change.
This makes a large portion, so you can share, or if you’re like me, enjoy it all to yourself without any guilt. No, I’m not worried about all the bananas and fruit in the recipe, for many reasons. I don’t count calories, servings, etc. It’s just my personal philosophy that works for me–but not for everyone. I eat a diet full of many raw and cooked vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and seeds and love to “carb up” on healthy carbs like bananas. I don’t eat processed foods, eat as freshly and organically as possible, and eat food as close to nature as possible. So, no, I don’t fee bad about eating 5 bananas 🙂
If you’re following our Real Food Challenges on Facebook, you know we’ve started some routines:
-drinking warm lemon water in the morning, and citrus infused water throughout the day
-eating greens through a salad a day, or other ways
-snacking on in season fruit, or fruit in general
As you’re building your routines, hopefully you’ll start seeing changes. And next time you have a craving for ice cream [morning, noon, or night!!] give this recipe a shot.
A note: When I make this recipe, I drink the whole thing as a meal. It always gives me lots of energy. If I were eating it as a dessert, I’d most likely split it 🙂
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk, or plant based milk of choice
2 frozen bananas
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup unsweetened almond milk, or plant based milk of choice
2 frozen bananas
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
½ cup unsweetened almond milk, or plant based milk of choice.
In a blender, put the strawberry layer ingredients in, and blend. You will need to stop and push the sides down. It may take some time, but be patient. You want it more like a thick ice cream consistency--not soupy at all. You can add more almond milk if necessary, BUT be careful not to add too much, since you want the layers thick so they don't bleed into each other.
Once you've got the desired consistency, pour the strawberry layer into a large jar--or pour evenly into several smaller ones.
Rinse the blender, and repeat the same steps with the other two layers, remembering to keep the layers thick.
Today (Tuesday) was such a beautiful day in South Carolina. I’d say that if the air weren’t so yellow, that it’d be the perfect day. It kind of smelled like the Masters and the weather begged us to stay outside.
But again, enter yellow. And then coughing and sneezing and nose dripping and junk in your throat.
I notice that this year has not been as bad for me–and I have no idea why. It’s twenty million times worse for my oldest son, McCall, so I don’t have a clue what’s wrong with me. But–I’ll take it!
The lighter days continue to make me crave lighter foods, and it makes me feel light. I’ve spent the last few weeks feeling so great on the inside…and just so, so satisfied. It’s such an empowering feeling!
I ended up in a rush this morning and didn’t have time to make my warm lemon water, but I drank two glasses of water while I was rushing around.
Part of my breakfast was this smoothie on the go in the car. I decided to incorporate the in-season fruits we talked about this week, but I used frozen fruit (which is just as good, sometimes better than fresh!). For this smoothie, I used frozen banana, strawberry, and mango with hemp hearts and coconut water. It tastes like a tropical island!
When I got to Bible Study, I snacked on two oranges. One of my absolute favorite fruits!
I brought the guilt-free caramel dip with me to bible study, so I had a few bites of that with apples and grapes. It’s so, so yummy. And did I mention, guilt-free???
The middle part of the day got crazy with two doctors appointments, picking up kids at different times, and errands to run, so I made sure to pack something that would fill me up until I could get home to make a salad! I shared these Brazil nuts with my youngest Beckham….He also ate two bananas and some strawberries (I always pack snacks for the car!)
I ended up getting home too late for the kids to nap, so I let them play outside instead of sleep. Mom of the year over here! 😉
For a mid-afternoon snack, I ate a bowl of watermelon. I know it’s not in season at the moment, but I sure am getting an early taste of summer when I eat it! It helps on all those rainy days we’ve been having!
I had one of those days that was just frazzled. Usually on those days, I need to create–because that always makes this girl feel better. I used what I had in my fridge/pantry and came up with this.
This is roasted asparagus, roasted sweet potatoes, and sauteed kale over quinoa with a Smoked Paprika Tahini Dressing topped with Cashew Parmesan and Sriracha. It was so interestingly beautiful–and I’m so glad I wrote down the steps as I made it, because it’ll be coming to you soon!
I signed up to make desserts for Beckham’s Easter party. It’s really just so I have an excuse to make something chocolate :).
These chocolate covered rice krispy treats are SO EASY TO MAKE!!!! And they aren’t full of nasty ingredients like high fructose corn syrup. They are kid-friendly and are always a hit when I make them! (Great for gluten, soy, egg, and dairy free friends!)
I ate TWO large pieces!!! 🙂 I just had to make sure the kiddos would like them, right?!
How are you doing incorporating your greens and fruits??? Don’t give up, even if you have a bad day! Enjoy this Wednesday!