Friday, March 15, 2013

Favorite pear

Today, did a riff on simple green smoothies sweet pear, but doubled the pear as I was out of bananas. Also added some flaxseed for some fat.

I find the smoothies less filling when I don't add protein powder, though.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Berry Blast & Bone Broth

I finally made a green smoothie that Z actually liked!

12 fl oz hemp milk
4 c red chard
1 c mixed berries
1/2 cucumber
1/2 avocado
1 apple
2 dates
2 scoops Aria powder

I also made an amazing bone broth over 2 days, trying to extract all the mineral goodness from some leftover chicken bits.  This is now sitting in my freezer, and I am thinking of extracting to make into a demi-glace. Z thinks that the smell was a little overpowering.

Bone broth linksBroth is beautiful

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Spin class!

Woke up at 5am (what an ungodly hour) to go to spin class at the local gym at 5:30am.  Although markedly out of shape from my high of 5 years ago, I was able to make it through the class, barely.  Mona, the instructor, was sympathetic, but gave me encouragement as I had not quit though I wanted to.  She said she expected to see me next week, and I promised to make it a habit!

This morning's smoothie was pretty basic, and used the last of my swiss chard, and the last of my almond milk. Luckily, I still have a box of hemp! milk, and some dino kale from the Farmer's market.

4 c swiss chard
300 ml almond milk
1 apple, cored and sliced
2 honey dates
2 scoops Aria protein powder

Blend till smooth.  What a refreshing post workout smoothie!  A new thing I'm doing now is that when I clean my blender & morning glass, I save the rinse water and use it to water my roses.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

chocolate avocado pudding

A simple silky, beautiful chocolate avocado pudding, where the richness comes from both avocado and greek yogurt.

2 tbsp rich dark cocoa powder
1 avocado
2 tbsp greek yogurt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
vanilla stevia to taste

Blend until smooth and creamy.  :D I couldn't wait, and I ended up eating it immediately, but I hear it gets better over time.

Other versions of this chocolate/avocado awesomeness include:
Giada de Laurentiis Chocolate Avocado Mousse
PaleOMG 5-ingredient chocolate pudding
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Balanced Bites: Dairy-free Chocolate Avocado Mousse 

Reflections, or how I became besties with my blender

Been gluten free since Valentine's Day, and (mostly) grain/sugar free since though it is hard for a Filipina to give up her rice.  I've evolved my diet to a mostly plant-based, pastured meat diet. People have started to notice that I am looking better. I have lost a pants size even though I haven't lost weight.  My skin has a nifty glow that I've only ever achieved after a skin peel.  I feel less inflammation in my joints.  I am consuming more fruit and vegetables than I ever have in my entire life, and I am no longer constipated when I go do my business in the bathroom.  I have spent more money than a girl should on a kitchen appliances, which I think of it as an investment into my health and therefore worth every penny.  

I'm resolving to go to more farmer's markets to pick up fresh produce every week, and am determined to finish all my veg before they spoil in the fridge.

Kale is my new favorite vegetable.
Spinach is a close second.

I can't help think of Dr Jillian from Britain's "You are what you eat" and wonder what she would think of what I'm doing to myself.

I wonder what my blood work will show after Lent.

Pineapple banana bliss

Tastiest experiment I've done in while!

2 c almond milk
1/2 avocado
1 banana
1 c pineapple
3 c kale/beet greens
1 c frozen mixed berries
3 honey dates
2 scoops protein powder

Yesterday's smoothie didn't make enough to last me the day at work, and so I ended up feeling peckish for most of the day. OTOH bought some kale and veggie chips to snack on if the need arises again. Guarding against hunger pangs by bringing in a qt of green smoothie...

Monday, March 4, 2013

Farmer's Market delight

Went to the Farmer's market for the first time in a long while, where I found these lovely beet greens.  When I took the beets to the Farmer to pay for the haul, he asked me if I wanted him to trim the greens as a convenience.  To which I replied, I was buying them for the greens, they were lovely!

2 handful Beet greens
300 ml Almond Milk
1 apple,sliced
1/2 avocado
1 c frozen mixed berry
2 pitted dates
1" knob of ginger

Taste notes: Spicy, almost savory smoothie, even though it had a lot of fruit -- the ginger is the most overpowering flavor in this recipe.  Dates gave the needed sweetness that I needed to satisfy my sweet tooth, no extra stevia required.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

My first Blendtec smoothie...

I picked up my new-to-me Blendtec yesterday, and I made my first green smoothie with it this morning.

1 c almond milk
2 c green spinach
1 c parsley
1 c pineapple
1 banana

2 scoops protein powder

Placed all in the Blendtec in *that* precise order, and the Blender jar looked pretty full to me.  Then pressed the smoothie button -- and boom, off to the races it went.  At first it didn't do much, but then it started working its magic.  40 seconds later, I had a wonderfully smooth smoothie!   I didn't get this result after 10 minutes of frustrated blending with the old Black and Decker, and FORGET about the Ninja.  I can totally see this shaving off a good portion of my morning routine.  Also, because it did a better job blending, the end result didn't have as much volume as the past smoothies I've logged here.

Taste notes: I do not really care for bananas as a base for smoothies, they seem to leave a chalky taste that I just do not get with my apple-based smoothies.  I can't really taste the pineapple, even though I tasted a pineapple chunk and it was plenty sweet.  Definitely am tasting the parsley though, which I love, though may be an acquired taste for some.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Paleo Meatballs, lunch

I made a few changes to this Meatball recipe from Paleo Pot for lunch today:

Finely grated zucchini, squeezed!
1 lb ground beef
1 egg
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground black pepper

Form into meatballs

4 c loose baby spinach
1/2 c sunflower seeds

Layer half in the bottom of the crockpot, the add layer of meatballs

1/2 jar marinara sauce

Cover in marinara sauce.

Layer remaining spinach and sunflower seeds, cook for 4 hours on slow cooker setting.  Nice to use my rice cooker for something else. Prepped this in the am, didn't take too long at all.

Taste notes: Tasty, but it is good to note that the meatball did not have a very meatball-y texture at all.  This is probably due to the fact that I may have not put enough binding agent into the meatball mixture.  The way the spinach melted into the meatballs gave a dolma type experience.  

Nutty Romaine

3 c romaine
2 tbsp almond butter
1 c almond milk
1 mango
6 oz blueberries
Stevia to taste

Mmm, nuttiest smoothie ever, might've overdone it with the almond butter, but it is still tasty.

Friday, March 1, 2013


I'm on my 7th day of having a green smoothie everyday, and I feel less bloated -- I must look less bloated too, as several people have commented on how I look... better. My tight jeans fit better, t-shirts a little looser, and I haven't done anything much other than drink a green smoothie every day.  I do walk my dog a mile everyday, but that hasn't changed from my pre-green-smoothie days... 

Today's green smoothie: 

2 c spinach (yes back to spinach)
1 banana
1/2 avocado 
1 c almond milk
2 tbsp protein powder 

Oh, and in blender news, my new Blendtec blender is at the UPS holding facility.  I'm returning the Ninja as soon as I can, and good riddance!