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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! 

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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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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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Baked spinach-beets balls with yogurt cinnamon chili pepper dip

Don’t you think I’m getting tired of spinach smoothies. No. 

I think those will stay in my diet forever. Love those green energetic morning shots. ALMOST better than a cup of black coffee… almost.

Last night I had a craving for something with spinach… but for dinner. A few weeks ago I spotted “Bake Spinach Balls” at Frugal Feeding blog. Since then I wanted to make them really bad. Finally it happened.

Looking for spinach in my fridge I saw one little and forgotten beet. And I had an idea. As a result of it I ended up with delicious spinach-beet balls. I was so excited and thrilled that I’m finally making it that I actually forgot to add cheese and to coat them with bread crumbs (as in original recipe). Despite that those were really good and didn’t fall apart.  

Not having coriander and greek yogurt I fixed plain yogurt dip spiced with cinnamon, chili powder, herbs the provence and all spice. I know it sounds crazy and right at this point you would think… “gosh, she must be pregnant!”, but I can assure you that even when I am not pregnant anymore I’ll be coming back to this dip… and to this entire dish.

Recipe for spinach-beets balls:

2 handfuls baby spinach,

1 small beet, steamed, peeled and grated,

1 egg,

1/3 cup bread crumb (or more)

1 Tbsp butter,

1 clove garlic,

salt,

pepper,

Original recipe calls for parmesan cheese. I forgot about it but even if I used it I wouldn’t have used parmesan. I’m not the biggest fan of it and every time a recipe calls for parmesan I use cheddar, jack or swiss and never feel bad about it 😉

Those 3 are always in my fridge.

Directions:

Melt the butter in a pan add minced garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add the spinach and sauté for about 2 minutes. Drain the liquids and transfer the spinach to a mixing bowl. Add grated beet, egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Mixed everything until you are able to shape a small balls. You might need to add more breadcrumbs for that purpose. 

Preheat oven to 350 F. Place the balls on baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes.

In original recipe those balls are coated in bread crumbs before placed in the oven. I forgot and they were still delicious. 

All of those pictures I took outside. I was dinner time and our apartment is way too dark to take a decent photo indoors. So I went outside… of course with our barefoot daughter who wanted to eat that dip right from my plate. She knew it’s a yogurt and she LOVES yogurt but she had to wait, so she sat next to me and started playing with dirt.

Ingredients for my weird dip:

1/3 cup plain yogurt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. chili pepper

1/2 tsp. herb de provence

pinch of all spice

Feel free to try it but if you don’t like it I won’t get upset 😉

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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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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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Iced Inka & Milk Drink

I don’t know if that happened to you, but it happened to me twice.

First time when I got coffee maker. Before, I used to drink a la Turkish coffee and I was just fine. I was saying that I actually don’t need a coffee maker. After I got it I though: how could I lived for soooo long without it?!

The same happened this year. I feel like I’m happy with what I have, speaking about my kitchen tools. I mean, I need this or that, but at the end I always can go around and find a substitute if I’m missing one or two things (like, for example cookie cutter). I think everybody does that.

Till now, when (which these days means “every day”) I wanted a smoothie I would use my blender. This poor thing blends and chops almost anything for me.

NOT ANYMORE.

Now I have “frozen treat & drink maker”. To not to sound like I’m writing a review for which I got paid (I didn’t) I will just say it’s called Ninja and I love it. I don’t know how I could lived without a mixer like that for so many years 😉

A few days ago when I made a smoothie it actually looked and tasted like ice cram. Gosh… so good!

Today for breakfast, I fixed myself something I call “Iced Inka Milk Drink”… with whipped cream and chocolate on top(!!!!). That’s right – for breakfast.

What’s Inka?

This is Inka:

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Simply it tastes like coffee. Not quite the same but very similar.

Iced Inka Milk Drink:

Ice cubes of milk and inka (equal amount of each). I used 12 small cubes of each.

Blend it together adding a little bit of not frozen milk.

Topped with whipped cream and shredded chocolate.

And the whole world just stopped turning for a few minutes.

Me, my breakfast and an interesting email… .

…and if you remember me talking about my daughter sleeping with almost all her teddy bears (toys) and books – here is the evidence: