Monday, October 31, 2011

Vegetables make me happy

This weekend we were back in Indy.  I didn’t finish writing out Friday and Saturday last week because they kind of ran together.  It was lots of driving and me being alone with the dogs and the baby, just in a different house.  And worse sleeping than normal.  And no food.

Since my father-in-law has basically spent the month of October in the hospital, my mother-in-law has as well.  So the food choices at their house were pretty limited—frozen brisket one of the aunt’s made before all of this started, cold meat ham, bananas, and dark chocolate covered pretzels.  That’s basically it.  There was some yogurt, but I’m currently opposed to the texture of yogurt.  There may have been one or two other things, but I didn’t eat them.  My stomach was so unhappy with me.  When I got home, I felt gross.  All I wanted were vegetables.  And that’s when I remembered a habit I wanted to pick back up—green smoothies!

I actually really like green smoothies—fruit and vegetables all mixed in one.  Mine aren’t always (or even often) green, but they have lots of greens in them.  I mixed up one this morning—it was a little dairy heavy (hi not going to the grocery store), but it was still refreshing.  It had: Greek yogurt, milk, peaches, blueberries, and spinach.  I usually use unsweetened almond milk or soymilk (I kind of want to try light chocolate soymilk and banana/strawberry). 

After that breakfast, I had the good fortune to stumble upon a great idea on Pinterest—green smoothie ‘pucks.’  Mixing up all the good stuff early and freezing it in muffin tins…then just add fruit and whatever liquid and blend for the smoothie.  So I did that this afternoon—I mixed lots of spinach, turnip greens, collard greens (I think those are the two…I just bought a bag of mixed greens last week and I don’t remember for sure what’s in it), cucumber, orange hunks, mango, and water.  Then I put it in muffin tins, and ended up with 18 “pucks.”  I’m so excited for my smoothie tomorrow!  I think I’ll do blueberries, strawberries, a puck, and water or milk.  And the best part, besides all the yummy good stuff, is that I can grab sips of smoothie while hanging out with Liam—it’s a great playing with baby breakfast!  And when he’s old enough for all of the foods in it, he can have it for breakfast with me! 

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