PSL season is upon us. I have been seeing all the sweet treats and drinks advertised endlessly all around me and it has been difficult not to pay any attention and not be tempted. I decided to make a healthy smoothie that has all the pumpkin spice flavor without all the sugar. I have had this for breakfast three days in a row and I’m still not tired of it.
Makes 2 Smoothies
1 very large handful of spinach
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 date, pitted (you could use more if you want it sweeter)
2-3 tsp of Pumpkin Spice depending on taste (see below if making your own)
1 frozen banana
1 cup ice
1 cup coconut milk ( start with that and add more if needed)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Optional add-ins (I add all of these)
1 TBS chia seeds
1 TBS dried gogi berries
3 TBS hemp hearts (or add protein powder)
1 tsp each spirulina and chlorella
Pumpkin Spice Blend DIY
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice
1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves
Put all ingredients in the blender in the order listed and blend until smooth. I have also made it adding 1 TBS of dark cocoa powder and it is delicious but a very ugly shade of poop green- leave out the spinach and the spirulina and chlorella for the sake of appearance if you add the cocoa.
This is my husband’s absolute favorite smoothie. We go through about 2 bunches of bananas a week just because of this smoothie. I wish I could get him to drink more green smoothies but, at least we are starting our morning off better than with a Starbucks gutbomb sandwhich (easier on the wallet too). It’s really quick to make, and easy to eat on the go. This recipe fills a mason jar which I always put it in because it’s the perfect size, can go in the dishwasher, and travels well with a sealed lid.
This smoothie is sweetened with dates but honey is good too if you don’t have dates. I also like to throw in some other add-ins on occasion: cacao nibs, cocoa powder, shredded unsweetened coconut, sometimes I use walnuts or pecans instead of almonds. The recipe below is the basic one and actually my favorite.
Want to know a secret? Sometimes when I write banana I accidentally write bananda, like Amanda+banana. I also have been known to write my name as Amandanda or Amanda Rowlanda- mostly when I was in college and running on 3 hours of sleep per night. You’re not judging me right? Can we still be friends? Smeeeh….why am I so embarrassing sometimes?
Green smoothies are a great way to start the morning- get your veggies and your fruit and drink on the go- Perfect. But sometimes you just need something different. I typically don’t like sweet Breakfast foods- they make my tummy hurt. But occasionally I crave something on the sweet side in the morning.
A green smoothie bowl that tastes nothing like veggies (or even fruit) can keep me from eating that donut, pancake, or muffin. This green smoothie bowl is packed full of antioxidants, protein, minerals like iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, K, and B and aids digestion and concentration. Wow- doesn’t that make you want to have this every. single. morning. And you what makes it EVEN BETTER? It tastes like mint chip. Seriously. It’s a nutrient packed and delicious blend of spinach, banana, spirulina powder, cacao nibs, cocoa powder, oats, shredded unsweetened coconut, honey, peppermint, and almond milk. It could even pass as dessert- really healthy dessert.
If you aren’t using spirulina powder in your smoothies you are missing out on some pretty amazing benefits- it’s 65% protein in one of the most highly digestible forms and it has tons of iron and minerals and B vitamins. 1 serving (1 TSP) has 4 grams of protein. The only downside to spirulina is that it kinda tastes and smells like pond water, but that taste is also easily hidden by flavors like mint, lemon or citrus, and red berries. I buy mine from Mountain Rose Herbs online, which is also were I get my cacao nibs.
What a great way to start the morning- with a breakfast that tastes like dessert and is super healthy for you.
1 banana (cut into pieces and frozen)
1 cup tighly packed spinach leaves
1 TBS Spirulina powder
1 TBS cacao nibs
1 TBS cocoa powder
1 c almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 drop of pure pepermint oil
4-5 peppermint leaves
1 TBS honey
1 TBS shredded unsweetened coconut
Place all ingredients in the blender on blend on high until smooth. If you wish to make it a smoothie you will need to add additional almond milk. Top with extra shredded coconut, cacao nibs and maybe some sliced banana (all mine were frozen or I would have added on mine too).
What’s the deal with eggs and toast lately? It seems like no one can get enough. All anyone wants to talk about it that perfect egg, how to achieve it, how to consume it. And we all thought cooking eggs was like the easiest thing to do and now our whole world is being turned upside down because we just found out that we have been cooking eggs wrong our whole lives.
And don’t even get me started with the toast thing…. I’m actually having a hard time posting about toast. Like stick in the toaster, smear some PB and honey on it call it good amiright? Wrong. Toast has decided to ditch the ball cap and jeans in favor of a ball gown and diamond accessories. Toast is a fancy thing now. While I’ve been fancying up my toasts (formerly known as an open faced sandwich) for years, it has never seemed to me like the kind of thing that needed a recipe. Yet here I am, jumping on the bandwagon.
So anyways here’s my toast today. Jalapeño cheddar loaf, cottage cheese, chilies in adobo, smoked salmon- because you know that’s my thing right now- avocado, sunny side up egg, cracked black pepper and Hepp’s Applewood Smoked Salt. It’s pretty damn delicious. The smokiness and spice of the adobo pairs so well with the smoked salmon and what better way to tame spiciness than with avocado? It’s a simple meal (toast is a meal when you make it like this- who knew?), but oh so good.
Toast a thick slice of bread to your desired toastiness.
Smear on 2 heaping TBS of cottage cheese.
Smear with 1/2 tsp of chopped chilies in adobo.
Layer on 3 slices of smoked salmon.
Add three slices of avocado.
Top with an egg, sunny side up cooked in ghee (clarified butter) was my choice but make it how you like. Eggs don’t have to be complicated. Heck scramble it if that’s how you like it.
Too with fresh cracked black pepper and smoked salt.