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Avocado Cucumber Spinach Smoothness

This smoothie was meant to be mine. Just mine. 

You know, these days I can’t eat in peace because whatever I take there is 3 drooling mouths (No.1, No.2 and the dog) watching me carefully with those begging eyes. 
No.1 is very particular about the color or texture of her food. So if there is something that looks or feels suspicious (like green food) she won’t even try it. 

That’s why this smoothie was meant to be mine. 

I made it… 
… and I barely ate a few spoons before the kids got to it.  

They just devoured it and were asking for more.

So here is the recipe to successfully sneaking some greens into your kids diet. 

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1 cup greek yogurt (honey or vanilla flavored)

1 TBSP honey

1 medium soft avocado

1/2 english cucumber 

handful fresh baby spinach

1 tsp. coconut oil

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Blend and Enjoy!

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You might also like this green smoothie I made a long time ago. (click here for the recipe)

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So, Happy Blending my friends! 

Leftover brown sugar-cinnamon oatmeal smoothies (4 recipes)

These days my family is in a stage of eating hot oatmeal for breakfast. On weekends we are more likely to have pancakes for breakfast but during the week we eat oatmeal.

Many times while I get busy with morning chores my oatmeal gets cold.

I don’t like cold oatmeal.

Many times when my daughter is not in the mood she won’t even touch her bowl. It doesn’t happen very often but when it does and I end up with two bowls of cold oatmeal.

So a few weeks ago I had an idea how to re-use that cold oatmeal and not to throw it away (because I really don’t like to throw out a perfectly good foods).

My recipe for oatmeal:

2 cups whole milk 

1 cup oatmeal (quick oats or old-fashioned, it works with both). 

3 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Mix everything together and cook on medium high until the oatmeal is cooked and thick. 

We eat it hot topped with sliced bananas, fresh blueberries or strawberries (or nothing ;) )

As for the smoothie, so far I made four kinds based on this leftover oatmeal:

1. Strawberry-banana-oatmeal

2. Strawberry-oatmeal

3. Apple-banana-oatmeal

4. Orange-grapefruit-oatmeal

Here are the recipes:

1. Strawberry-banana

1 cup leftover oatmeal

1/4 cup plain yogurt

1 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 banana

1/8 tsp almond extract

2. Strawberry-oatmeal

1 1/2 cup leftover oatmeal

1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp honey

3. Apple-banana-oatmeal

1 cup leftover oatmeal

1 banana

1 granny smith apple, with the peel

2 Tbsp flax seed meal

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

4. Orange-grapefruit-oatmeal

1 cup leftover oatmeal

1 small orange

1 small grapefruit

3 tsp honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

Personally I  really like grapefruits. I always have. Grapefruits are my mom’s favorite fruits and I grew up watching her eating them without any sugar or any other topping. She always would eat them like oranges. These days I do the same which always surprises my husband who is used to people eating grapefruits with a spoon and sprinkled with sugar (bleh… , btw)

I think I liked the last smoothie the best. It had really great and unique flavor. The thing is that to make that smoothie the “right way” requires a very good blender. Something like Blendtec, Ninja or Vitamix. With regular blender the smoothie won’t get the “smooth” consistency without strings of orange or grapefruits here and there, and that is the key when it comes to making smoothie with those fruits. The strings don’t taste good and they always destroy the good flavor and I think that’s why people don’t like to use them in smoothies (or use only juice). 

Have a great day, my friends

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Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

My New Year Resolution was to bake a cheesecake this year.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cheesecakes. I really do… but I have never baked one on my own. The thing is that I really like to bake or cook from scratch and to make a cheesecake from scratch means to make graham crackers or whatever crackers from scratch as well. And I feel I am to lazy for that. In addition I do not have the right baking dish… and there is always something I find in order to not to make it… .

I made a cheesecakes bars this year but I feel like that doesn’t count. They were delicious, though :)

So, every time when we go grocery shopping I buy a cream cheese. Every single week I tell myself that I AM GOING TO make a cheesecake this week. 

Every single week I end up making a smoothie with it instead.

The first time I made it I wasn’t sure about the texture and the taste but after a few changes I really like it. It’s not the healthiest smoothie ever but once for a while it’s good to spoil ones self.

Ingredients:

6 big (or 12 small) cubes frozen milk,*

6 small cubes frozen vanilla yogurt,

1/3 cup strawberry yogurt,

1 cup strawberries, frozen

4 oz cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup flax seeds,

2 Tbsp honey,

* this smoothies is thick. It has a consistency of very soft ice cream. If you want it to be less thick you can substitute the frozen milk with not frozen.

Put all the ingredients in blender. Blend until really smooth. The longer it blends the more of the cream cheese texture disappears.

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Three things I love to start my day with:

Coffee, 

smoothie,

browsing the web for new recipes

(in that order)

Have a good one, my friends!

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Homemade and fresh: Coconut Milk

Coconut milk, delicious, creamy and thick, that’s how I like it… with a hit of sweetness.

It’s been a while since I bought coconut or almond milk. I like to make my own and the way I like it. It’s not only cheaper but it’s made fresh and it taste better.

Normally I buy peeled coconut which I have to open on the top and scoop out the white soft part. I keep the coconut water for smoothies or soups.

It’s pretty hard work to open it but it’s really worth it.

Most recipes for homemade coconut milk call for:

3 cups of water

1 coconut (the white soft part)

Of course, this way the milk is less thick and you get more for your buck.

I normally use only:

2 cups water, filtered,

1 coconut,

1 Tbsp agave nectar

This way I get more thick milk (if I don’t strain it, it’s even thicker).

The white part after it’s scooped out needs to be washed.

Then blend everything together, add whatever sweetener you use and blend a little more.

Enjoy or store in the fridge for further use.

It stays fresh for up to 4 days in the fridge.

All the recipes I found online say that you need to strain it after blending. I do not do that and I LOVE IT that way. It’s really thick and creamy. Yumm!!!

I think that if you have Blendtec, Ninja or Vitamix kind of blender it does pretty good job in blending and you don’t need to strain it but it’s only my opinion.

I can drink it just as it is without anything else.

Have a wonderful Monday and stay thirsty, my friends :)

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Delicious creaminess: avocado-spinach-cucumber smoothie

Fast and easy with not a lot to prepare before and to clean after… . That is my motto these days if it comes to food. If it tastes delicious it’s even better ;)

Having this motto in my mind I came up with a super delicious and creamy avocado-spinach-cucumber smoothie. I had no idea how good cucumberis for us and how much freshness it brings when blended into a smoothie.

Yesterday I fixed myself this smoothie for dinner.

I’m trying to lose my extra pounds that are seem to hold on to me for dear life. No wonder… if you look at those pictures below you’ll see not only the smoothie but a fresh-baked apple pie. I say, if it’s made with brown sugar and whole wheat flour it means it’s good for me and I feel less guilty eating it, untill I look at the mirror… .

btw, it’s a kid friendly dish with no questions asked.

Anyway,

I ate a whole jar of that smoothie and after I finished it I was THAT close to make another one but then I thought: “pie or another jar of smoothie”. Pie won.

This morning I couldn’t wait to fix myself the same smoothie with a few changes. 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup vanilla yogurt, (plain will do just fine, but using it you may want to add more honey or dates) *

1 big orange

1 avocado

1/2 medium english cucumber,

BIG handful spinach

2 Tbsp honey (or more, if you like) **

* if it’s too thick add a smal amount of pineapple juice (or whatever juice you like)

** the second time (today) I made it using dates (about 12) instead of the honey. Liked it better with the honey.


Blend it all together until creamy and smooth. It will take more time to get that consistency if you’re using dates. That’s why I didn’t like it that much as with honey because I ended up with very small, not blended very well pieces of dates in my smoothie.

… and that’s how we were working today in order to take those delicious pictures ;)

The weather is just gorgeous here, perfect for a green and refreshing treat like this smoothie!

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Avocado-kiwi-banana smoothie

This recipe had been waiting to be finally posted for weeks. I made this smoothie, but you can call it pudding or ice cream as well, for the first time when I was still pregnant with a huge iron deficiency. A few months back I have started making all kinds of smoothies with spinach, kale and avocados in them in order to boost the iron level. This one is one of my favorite so far.

It’s really fast and easy to make and it tastes delicious.

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Ingredients:

1 avocado

1 banana

1 kiwi

1 Tbsp. fresh mint

1/4 cup chia seeds (or flax seed meal or mix of both)

1 cup pineapple juice, frozen into ice cubes

For more ice cream like consistency use frozen banana slices.

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Blend all the ingredients together, garnish with fresh strawberry and enjoy!

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A few weeks ago my friend Jennifer told me she made one of my smoothies (with kiwi in it) and while it was good it was tangy. I do agree. This smoothie has a little tangy after taste and I think it’s because of the kiwi. It can be skipped or honey (or agave nectar) can be added to smooth the tanginess out or you can simply add a few tsps of lemon juice instead of the kiwi. It depends on a personal taste. I like when my smoothies taste a tiny bit sour.

btw,

this recipe makes an awesome face mask!!! I’M SERIOUS!!!

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Mixed fruit and spinach Smoothie

I’ve had many dreams about smoothies lately.

Not every single night although I’m not sure. Maybe I just don’t remember.

In my dreams I create smoothies. I mix all kids of fruits and veggies trying to figure out what taste the best. It’s silly and absurd. Oh well, welcome to pregnancy – a period of the most craziest dreams in the entire life. I mean, dreaming about smoothies is nothing compare to what my dreams look like for the most of my pregnancy.

Sometimes I can’t wait for the morning to start so I can have my smoothie. 

So far I’ve made many spinach smoothies but this one seems to be very tasty in my daughters’ opinion. The thing is that I prefer mine to be a little bit tart. Almost always I add lemon juice or very sour apple to achieve that taste… sometimes I avoid adding banana because its too much sweet for me.

Last week we went to Olive Garden – my husband’s favorite restaurant (and I have really no idea why). I wasn’t hungry so I ordered their strawberry smoothie… and let me tell you… that was one of the worst smoothies I have ever had. On the other hand my husband loved it. It was so sweet I could swear they use 1lb of sugar for this single glass.

Maybe it wasn’t that bad but me being so accustomed to not so sweet smoothies at all made it oversweet in taste.

Back to my green smoothie.

The last time I made it it was bitter-sweet and both me and my daughter loved it.

These days my daughter is so used to having those smoothies that everytime I’m taking pictures of what I just fixed (thinking it’s a good recipe to share on my blog), she stays very close to me hoping for a quick sip (or two). I don’t know if she really likes the taste of it or she just thinks that if I’m giving so much attention to this glass it has to be something good… Right!? 

As long as she eats it saying “yummy” while massaging her belly I’m happy :) (yes, she really does that).

Recipe:

1/2 cup plain yogurt (more if needed)

1 kiwi

1/2 cup strawberries

1 apple, washed, cored, with skin (granny smith for more tart taste)

1 banana

lemon juice from 1/2 lemon (its about 1 Tbsp, depends on the size of the lemon)

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 big handful baby spinach

If that smoothie is too tart I would add a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup but for us it worked perfect without it.

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365 Self-portrait Project (week 12)

I’m so happy that despite all those problems I had last week I made it to this week and the project is still up and running :)

Shots from this week are not really good. They are dark and grainy and I wasn’t very inspired in general. My contractions decreased around Monday, mostly because I stopped doing almost everything. Since then most of my time I spent on the sofa watching tv, reading a book and playing with my almost forgotten old photos because I didn’t have anything new (only my self-portraits) to play with… ah and in the meantime I wrote something for World Moms Blog. Post is up today: “From Picky Eater to Spinach Smoothie Enthusiast”. Feel free to stop by and grab a recipe for a delicious spinach smoothie!

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Saturday I was playing with my reflections in the ovens’ door and my daughter joined along :) She loves when somebody sits on the floor. She gets very excited when that happens.

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Lady Big it should say ;)

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As I said… Most of the time I’m on the sofa. Here, I’m reading Terry Pratchett’s book. I forgot how I love this guy but now I got a few of his books that I haven’t read and I’m all set for my bed rest. 

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After we came back from the doctor’s appointment where I was introduced to not so satisfying news. My doctor said she wants to keep me pregnant as long as 39 weeks despite those contractions. She just said that in case if they get really bad and regular I have to go to the hospital and most likely I will have that baby delivered. As of today I have just a few contractions during the entire day and they are not very painful. It looks like the baby will come on scheduled time. Good for her but not very comfortable for me.

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Reading my cook book I won from The Country Cook giveaway more than a month ago. I was so happy I won it! It’s actually pretty good with many great recipes. So far I made only one dish but it’s because I haven’t been feeling very creative in the kitchen lately. 

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Starting my day with a pill for heartburn. Each day, every day :)

 Today after my morning routine I saw my daughter playing with a tripod so I joined her. 


There is a photographer’s soul growing inside her.


Have a great weekend, my friends. I’m getting back to my book :)

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Almond milk dark chocolate peanut butter smoothie

I am not the biggest fan of drinking any kind of nut milk just by itself. When I had to stop breastfeeding for the first month I had to feed my daughter with almond and coconut milk because she wouldn’t drink the formula or cow milk. Btw, today she a milkaholic where milk means the real stuff :)

A few weeks ago, when I had to start taking iron supplement I’ve decided to change my diet a little bit, as well.

The easiest way for me was to make all kinds of smoothies but instead of regular milk or fruit juice I’ve decided to start using almond milk. Homemade almond milk. I buy all our nuts in bulk and the first few times I bought already blanched and cut almonds. Though, after comparing prices of not blanched and blanched (and cut) almonds I stopped acting lazy in this case ;)

The recipe couldn’t be any easier to make and to find on the Internet. So being a little redundant, here is the recipe:

1 cup raw almonds (soak overnight, peeled and rinsed)

3 cups of filtered (bottled) water

Blend, extract milk from the pulps by using a nut milk bag, a clothe, strainer…

Honestly I still don’t drink that milk by itself but in a smoothie is really delicious. I think, I’m hooked to it. In addition I do not strain pulps from the liquid. I love the thick texture and more nutty flavor it creates in smoothies. I did it once just to have a picture of it for this post :)

I kept it, though and later added to my smoothies.

As for the recipes I almost never remember the quantity of fruits and veggies I use. I always have the idea of what I want to incorporate in a smoothie and I follow the plan. Almost always, though, when I try it there is something missing in taste so I start adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that to make it taste better.

The same happened this time.

More or less the ingredients were:

1 cup of fresh made almond milk (with pulps, of course),

1 apple,

1/2 small banana,

1 Tbsp, fresh squeezed lemon juice (more if desired),

1/4 cup chia seeds,

1 Tbsp, Dark Chocolate Dreams,

fresh mint leaves, to garnish (they would work perfect if blended together, as well).

A little more about Dark Chocolate Dreams – I bought that stuff thinking that it will help me to eat more peanut butter but when I tasted it at home I didn’t like it at all. As a somebody who really doesn’t like throwing food away I kept it. Finally I found a great use for it. Smoothies. I use it instead of sugar or honey or any other sweetener. It works beautifully for that purpose.

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Spinach smoothie and beets-apple salad – because I need my iron.

Finally I know why I am so tired all the time. Why I breath like I 400 lb person trying to climb Mt. Everest every single time I’m doing more than just sitting. Why I want to sleep 24 hours a day (and it still seems not enough). Yes, first of all it’s called pregnancy, heading to the last month if it. Second of all it’s an iron deficiency.

On Monday I got a call that my iron pills are waiting for me in my pharmacy and I should go and get them. While I was trying to explain that I’d tried iron pills with my previous pregnancy and they did make me really sick (like vomiting, for example) and I had to stop taking them, the lady on the phone said: “You really must try it again”. She said if I won’t do it I probably will end up with blood transfusion during my c-section and there is not enough time to boost it up with iron rich food only.

So, here I am swallowing my pills twice a day like a good and reasonable woman. No sickness this time but mostly because I have it on VERY full stomach. I am not afraid to eat anymore because I got something stronger than milk and tums for my heartburn, as well. I wasn’t sure if I want it. My doctor said she’s going to give me the prescription anyway and I can do with it whatever I want but it’s not going to hurt the baby and I should use it because I look like I’m hurting A LOT (and she was right). So I got it.

And a miracle happened. Since yesterday late afternoon I haven’t have any pain and I am slowly forgetting what heartburn is and I’m learning how to enjoy my food again instead of being afraid of every single bite. 

Despite what my doctor said about being too late to boost my system with rich in iron food I’ve decided to change my diet anyway. Finally I have the motivation to try to cook with kale, collard greens, spinach and all kinds of beans and lentils. They’ve always intimidated me so I never cook with it. I cooked with spinach a few times and I really liked it but never was motivated enough to do it more often, though.

The first night I didn’t have any greens at the house, so I fixed myself a bowl of beets and apples salad. I was actually planning on making beets latkas but at the end I decided to go with more raw (not totally, though) and less oily plate. Good that I am not afraid of beets. In Poland we eat them a lot. Boiled, baked, raw, pickled… . So it wasn’t really hard to come up with something fast and enjoyable to my taste buds.

4 small beets, boiled, peeled and grated

2 apples, cut into desired size pieces (I cut one apple into very small pieces, and one into big) 

4 green onions (whole with white parts for spicy taste)

1/2 red bell pepper, cut into desired size pieces

Juice from 1 lemon

or

3 tsp. apple cider vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

Mix everything together and chill in the fridge for about 1 hour.

Btw, I’m writing this post while sipping on my spinach smoothie.

Which is actually pretty delicious.

baby spinach and chia seeds

because if two year old eats a spinach smoothie it’s got to taste good. Right?

and if a dog’s looking at you like that while you’re eating your smoothie…

…it means something, too (that she actually wants to be scratched behind her ear.lol).

I made two versions of this smoothie.

First version:

1 banana

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

1/2 cup canned pineapple with juice (additional 1/4 cup)

2 handfuls baby spinach

 1 Tbsp. chia seeds

The first version wasn’t really my kind. I am no the biggest fan of the taste of banana in my smoothies. Their flavor always overpowers the rest of whatever you mix together.

So my second version didn’t have it. I mixed:

1 apple

1 handful frozen blueberries

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1/2 cup ice cubes

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

1/4 pineapple juice

2 handfuls baby spinach

1 Tbsp. Chia seeds

1 Tbsp. honey (definitely not going to use it next time – smoothie was too sweet)

As with today I can say that my iron rich diet is pretty delicious. I am really excited to try a few of the ideas I got from my friend how to cook/eat greens :) I’m going to try them all!

Have a great day, My Friends… and do not forget about your iron intake ;)

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