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What I Ate Wednesday 4-16-14

Most times I try to protect myself.  You know, if I post something about me drinking something GREEN, I’ll justify it in some way so people don’t make fun or talk about me.  Seriously, that stuff happens over the color GREEN.

But today, I’m celebrating.  I love GREEN drinks.  I won’t justify it. I love them. Yes, I do.

So, here’s my beautiful breakfast:  a Power Green Smoothie.

Green Power Smoothie

Yes, it looks like grass. But it takes like apple & kiwi, with only a hint of grass 😉

The recipe will be here soon 🙂

For lunch, I made something incredible.  I’ve never liked tuna fish, even in my processed food days, but I love the idea of a cold salad.

This is a “mock” tuna fish salad, which means it looks like it & has the flavor of the salad but it actually contains no tuna.  There’s no crazy ingredients.  Not at all!

This was INCREDIBLE.  Even my husband who thinks some of my creations are weird, LOVED it.  AND he’s a tuna lover.

I served it over local buttercrunch lettuce!

lunch

For a midday snack, I had Mustard Roasted Chickpeas.  I shared with Beckham, and we devoured the whole thing 🙂

Chickpeas 4

These little boogers are addicting and flavorful.  Next time you want chips or croutons, try these 🙂

Before I explain dinner, I’ve got to explain this breakthrough I had.

spag dinner

If you’ve known me for a while or eaten a meal with me, you know I’ve got stupid food touching issues.  Anyone else like that?

As a child, I literally had the divider plates, not to be cute, but because I could not function if my food touched.  I have no explanation other than I was weird.  I also had a real phobia of people poking me.  Really?

So posting this picture with my side of Kale on  top of my spaghetti is monumental.  Like breaking chains kind of monumental.

I’m praising myself publicly for this one, y’all!

This is homemade marinara sauce (made with local tomatoes) over brown rice spaghetti noodles, topped with sauteed local kale and red onion.  It was tasty and filling!

In honor of the recent Milkshake post, I needed to test it out for dessert one more time to make sure I liked the recipe I posted 😉  So darn it if I didn’t have to have more chocolate 🙂

dessert

This is our Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Milkshake!

 

Have a blessed day 🙂


Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Milkshake

Allergen Information: Contains Peanuts (can be substituted!). Contains coconut.

Special Equipment: Blender

Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Milkshake 2

I’ve been making a milkshake similar to this recipe for about a year now.  It inspired me to create something that my taste buds really enjoy.

Something with coconut. Something way chocolate-y. Something with Peanut Butter.

I know some of you are thinking: PEANUT BUTTER?!

Yes, we have a kid with an anaphylactic reactions to peanut butter.

So, this is my process: Make sure McCall gets to school (or to bed at night). Come home & make the smoothie.  Wash everything thoroughly. Wash my hands. Drink smoothie. Wash smoothie cup. Wash hands again. Brush teeth.  Sanitize toothbrush.

I know, I know it sounds crazy, but life-threatening allergies are no joke.

BUT, if I go to all this trouble just to drink this milkshake, it’s probably THAT good 🙂

Next time you’re wanting a milkshake, try this one out.  I don’t calorie count, but I can guarantee it’s better for your body than the ones from fast food joints that can have as much as 1,500 calories–and contain NOTHING good for your body.

This milkshake?  Cacao nibs, bananas, coconut milk–all nutrient rich foods.

So, yes, you can have your milkshake and eat it too!!

Substitution ideas:  If you don’t like peanut butter, or can’t have peanut butter in your household, try almond butter.  If you are on the top 8 Elimination diet, try Sunbutter (sunflower seed butter). For the milk, you could also use almond milk or rice milk.

Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Milkshake
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas, frozen & broken into small pieces
  • 1 T cacao nibs
  • 1 T cocoa powder
  • 2 T peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter)
  • ½ T maple syrup
  • ½ t vanilla
  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut milk (boxed variety)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides if necessary.
  2. Add more liquid if it won't blend well!

 


Classic Green Smoothie

Allergen Information: Contains Tree Nuts (can substitute)

Special Equipment: High powered blender

Ok…What’s wrong with the color green?

It’s the color of healthy, beautiful grass and trees.

We go crazy over it in March, and even think little Leprechauns are cute when any other time of the year, we might actually admit they are creepy!

We don’t hesitate to reach for a green apple.

We admire the Green Jacket, especially THIS week in Augusta, GA!

Shoot, money is GREEN!

So I ask again, what’s wrong with the color green?  Or more specifically, what’s wrong with the color of green when it comes to food?

It’s apparently some mind game we’re all a part of—that green = yuck.

THAT was the old me.

The new me?

I’m the person who posts recipes like this.

See, I did it.  And I used to think Laffy Taffy and Spaghettios from a can was a “good lunch.” (I know, I was warped!)

But seriously, look at that beautiful color!  If it were an apple, you’d pick it.  If it were a shirt, you’d buy it.

At the beginning of my food journey, I’ll admit this looked a little weird.  Drinking spinach?

BUT I quickly learned that I couldn’t taste it.  I mean AT ALL!

This one tastes more like Vanilla Ice Cream to me than spinach.

So the point is….just give it a try 😉

If you are struggling with the green color (or your kids are), try one of these tips:

  • Don’t let you children see you making the smoothie.  If they see the green, they will automatically be turned off.  Then pour it directly into a cup that has an opaque straw, or one you can’t see through.  If they taste it and like it, no reason to tell them it’s green just yet.  Later, that will be a great parent-child talk 🙂
  • If YOU are struggling with the color, I recommend using a straw as well. Psychologically, it works.  I like stainless steel straws myself 🙂
  • Try throwing in some berries.  Dark berries like blueberries and blackberries turn it more of a purple color than green.  It might alter the taste just a little, but it’ll still be AWESOME!

I use homemade, unsweetened almond milk for this smoothie because it’s my favorite!  But if you are using sweetened almond milk, I’d omit the liquid sweetener in the recipe altogether.

Classic Green Smoothie
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 large handful of spinach
  • 1 T liquid sweetener: raw honey or maple syrup
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup of ice
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in blender (except ice) and blend until smooth.
  2. Add ice and blend again until smooth consistency.
  3. Enjoy!