Can I just say how happy that I am that it’s Friday? An 11 mile run tomorrow morning stands between me and enjoying the weekend!
Another thing that I’m happy about- 80 degree weather today! Even though it doesn’t really feel that warm, I made myself a big smoothie when I got home from work this afternoon. I see plenty of green smoothies in my future- my spinach is already going bad, and blending it up with fruit makes the nasty taste disappear
Take Me To The Tropics Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cup frozen fruit (I used a mix of papaya, pineapple, and mango)
- 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach
- 1/2 banana, frozen
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut
- 1 cup almond milk (you may need a little more depending on your blender)
- 1/2 tsp xantham gum (optional, but it makes it soooo spoonable)
- Feed your blender a tiny piece of fruit at a time, add way too much milk, add more fruit to try to thicken the smoothie, smack the blender hard enough to get it to work that it starts leaking, curse yourself for thinking a smoothie sounded good, stop and clean up the spill, and finish adding all the fruit until well blended.
- Oh… maybe that’s just my Magic Bullet. If you have a normal blender, just toss it all in until blended
So thick, so creamy.
Hit the spot!
I picked up this bag of frozen fruit from Costco last week and I love it in smoothies! I picked out most of the strawberries and ate them plain.
I wouldn’t consider myself a picky eater by any means, but I never considered myself a big ‘tropical fruit’ fan. I didn’t even like bananas until pretty recently (gasp!) and I’ve never liked coconut. I had a bag of shredded coconut in my freezer that I felt obligated to use, though, and I ended up loving the smoothie! Maybe I’ll turn into a coconut lover after all.
Another food I’ve recently made peace with? Cottage cheese. I have a love / hate relationship with it. I used to love it, until I made the mistake of buying it from Wal-Mart (don’t even ask why I was at Wal-Mart) and it was expired! Too bad I didn’t realize it until after I tasted it. If you want to get yourself to hate a food, just eat it when it’s expired.
I keep seeing people put cottage cheese in oats, so I decided to face my fears and give it a try.
Cottage Cheese Overnight Oats
- 1/3 cup oat bran
- 1 1/3 cup water, plus 2 tbsp
- Dash of cinnamon
- 1/3 cup cottage cheese
- The night before you want to eat these, cook the oat bran with the water and cinnamon until the water is absorbed. Let cool completely and stir in the cottage cheese. Cover and pop in the fridge overnight.
- The next morning, top with your desired toppings and enjoy!
Cottage cheese- welcome back into my life.
These oats were so thick- definitely the best overnight oats I’ve had! I topped them with honey apple butter. Heaven in a bowl, I tell you.
Since I was trying all these foods I used to hate, I figured I might as well test out my taste buds on the number one food on my ‘naughty no-no’ list.
I hate vinegar. The mere smell of it actually makes me feel nauseous, and I refuse to taste anything that has vinegar in it. It’s really the only food that I can actually say I really hate…
…so I don’t know why Angela’s salt and vinegar roasted chickpeas sounded so good.
I don’t know why my brain works the way it was, but I decided to make them anyway. I didn’t think I was going to like them- I was pretty much gagging when I opened the bottle of vinegar- but guess what?
I loved them!
I do not, however, love this picture. I didn’t realize until too late that I switched the color balance on my camera?!
Anyway, I served them with broccoli (drizzled with garlic sea salt and vinegar, just like the chickpeas) and butternut squash with maple syrup.
I don’t know what’s weirder… the fact that I was eating vinegar or the fact that I ate my broccoli first.
Is there a food you used to hate that you now love?