Sick Day Miracle

standard August 14, 2011 Leave a response

Tuesday afternoon my throat started swelling up. Tuesday evening I got to stand outside in a dust haze created by 200 MBA students playing in a dodge ball tournament. By Wednesday my whole head was fuzzy and stuffy. I’ve never been more thankful to be able to work at home, so I could work in my pajamas on the couch, curled up next to the humidifier and a bottle of Dayquil. In a desperate attempt to get as many antioxidants and vitamins into my body, I pulled out the blender and made a miracle smoothie. I’ve made one every day since and I swear I feel ten times better after each glass.

Orange Berry Creamsicle Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 c mixed berries, frozen
  • 1 T flax seeds
  • 1/2 c orange juice
  • 1/2 c vanilla almond milk

Steps:

  1. Add ingredients to a blender (in order to help the blending process).
  2. Blend until smooth, adding more OJ if needed.
  3. Discover you can breathe again! 🙂

This smoothie really felt like magic. I swear it worked much better than the medicinal tasting Dayquil I’d been depending on.

Weekends are Back!

standard May 15, 2011 Leave a response

I love being HOME on a Saturday! I have missed the early morning trips to the farmer’s market, running through the neighborhood before everyone is up, baking a hot breakfast, prepping food for the week. Although the only one of those things I did this Saturday was the Farmer’s Market, I am still enjoying knowing I have more Saturdays like it to come.

I did finally get a chance to making some almond butter and cashew butter this weekend. I love how much easier it is to make in the food processor versus the mini prep chopper. I made plain roasted cashew butter and then experimented with the almond butter. I should have actually measured the ingredients so I could remake it the same way – it came out fantastic!

Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter

Makes about  1 cup.

Ingredients (measurements are approximate as I just tossed things in):

  • 2 c unsalted toasted almonds
  • 1/4 c hemp seeds
  • 2 T flax seeds
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 2 T cinnamon
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Steps:

  1. Grind almonds, hemp seeds, and flax seeds together in a food processor.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Stop and scrape down the bowl as necessary. Be patient. This may take  a few minutes to get smooth.
  3. Seal in a jar and store in the fridge (so the oils from the almonds and seeds do not go rancid).


For the cashew butter, I just processed 1 cup of toasted and unsalted cashews with a tablespoon of coconut oil and a pinch of salt. The cashews processed very easily, so I got runny cashew butter very quickly. It definitely won’t last long!



Back In Action

standard August 7, 2010 1 response

Whew. What a busy summer! Do not worry – I did not forget about you! I’ve just been too busy to plan and shop and cook and write. And I think this blog is going to change direction a bit. Since meat and most dairy is now gone from my diet, most of my meals are coming from Vegetarian Times and other food blogs that I read rather than my cookbooks. Look for an update to my “about me” page soon to see where Neat and Nutritious is heading!

I finally went back to the farmer’s market this morning. There is SO much great produce available now. Good thing I had a list, or I would have walked away with way more than I needed!

I had company this morning, too! Patty just moved down here this week and was excited to check out the market. It was nice having someone to share that time – makes it more fun than just another errand on the list. Who wants to come with me next week? 🙂

Patty was also kind enough to show me how to use my camera! I had gotten this fancy new camera for Christmas (thanks, husband!) and had no idea how to use it. If you couldn’t tell from my awesome photography so far on this blog.

I think these shots are a little better. Still working on it. Might need some more lessons, Patty!

After the market, I braved the heat and went on a 3 mile run for my 10k training. It was HOT! Post-run fuel needed to be a green monster today for sure. So refreshing!

Strawberry Pineapple Green Monster

Ingredients:

  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1 scoop rice protein powder
  • 1 T ground flax-seed
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 c frozen strawberries and pineapple

Steps:

  1. Add almond milk, protein powder, flax seed, and spinach to blender FIRST. Then add frozen fruit and blend.
  2. Enjoy!