I wrote this post a long time ago but never got around to posting. However, I do want to share all these goodies, so I will post it now, even though it’s no longer August and it’s no longer hot here in NYC. It’s actually the perfect weather. Late September through October is my favorite time of year.
I always wonder – is this time (early-mid fall) everyone’s favorite time of year, or does everyone love the month after their birthday the best? Maybe there is some memory hidden away of our first month of life, and forever after that month will always be our favorite time of year? (I was born in the middle of September.)
Anyway, here are some green things I (was) loving lately.
In August New York was hot, hot, hot. Hot weather makes me crave green: green smoothies, green juices, and fresh green veggies. Here are some favorites that I tried in August.
The picture below is a green juice, courtesy of my CSA (kale and cucumber), the corner store (ginger and lemon), and my Breville. I got the Breville over three years ago and I definitely use it in phases. It sits, collecting dust, in the winter months, but usually gets broken out sometime in early summer. On summer evenings Bobby and I like to share green juices. Bobby likes his sweeter than mine, so I pour my portion out and then add a pear in at the end for him.
This juice was actually for breakfast though, and I had it alongside some coffee. I hope the coffee doesn’t detract from the juicy healthy goodness. I also had a cup of Greek yogurt that you can see in the corner. I probably topped the yogurt with honey, but it’s also delicious plain.
After getting the Vitamix (mine is fire engine RED), I started making green smoothies (and again the juicer was pushed to the back of the cabinet). This smoothie below had kale (or collards? I forget), a banana, yogurt, and a splash of orange juice. It’s really amazing how the blender can take literally any green and turn it into a smooth and creamy drink. I put the greens in, stems and all. Have to check and wash them first though – one time I found a yellow jacket in my kale!
Here is another green smoothie – same recipe as above (a CSA green – spinach or kale?, yogurt (Greek or regular works), banana, and OJ) – but it’s topped with black sesame seeds. Black sesame is great – very versatile and good for adding a little crunch.
That’s all for now.
Do you like green smoothies? Or regular smoothies? What’s your favorite green food, and what’s your favorite smoothie recipe?
i made this stir-fry for lunch yesterday (tuesday, 1/24):
i decided to bring my lunch to work this week. i work at a big bank and we do have a cafeteria, but to be honest – it’s not that healthy, and after 3 months of the same old slop, i needed a change! this stirfry is made up of:
- broccoli + broccoli stalk (don’t throw that part out – it’s great if you saute it)
- red pepper
- can of tuna
- frozen corn
- fresh cilantro
- garlic + chili powder
- cooked in bacon fat (i save this each time i make bacon)
i had a sesame bagel alongside the stirfry. i’m really into bagels this week.
i also vowed to bring breakfast. i don’t usually like to drink my calories, but i have found several drinks to be quite delicious as of late, in particular:
this is siggi’s probiotic drinkable non-fat yogurt in plain. i also bought the strawberry but i haven’t tried that yet. i don’t like siggi’s greek yogurt (insanely thick) but i did find this drinkable yogurt to have a good consistency (not too thick, not too thin) and flavor. i added some cinnamon to mine before drinking up. only 45 calories in this bottle which leaves plenty of room for other breakfast goodies like no-sugar scones.
resolutions update: i’m going in and out with the diet soda thing. i figure, if drinking a diet soda will keep me from snacking on something sugary – probably better to go with the soda. but it depends on the day. as for reading, i’m still plugging along on my book. it’s a slow read, not because it’s boring, but because i really want to absorb every detail. but i have been reading every day. it’s almost february so i need to figure out what my february resolutions will be. i have some ideas.
what do you put in stirfrys? do you drink your calories or save them for chewing?
You know, I really enjoy my manly breakfasts, but sometimes all a girl wants is some sweet cherries, creamy yogurt, and peanut butter. Loooots of peanut butter.
In this case, loooots of PB2. Yep, I still order PB2 – I try not to use it too often as it’s expensive, but I pull it out at least a few times a week. I’m still plugging away at the shipment I got over a year ago (16 jars, I think).
This breakfast bowl consists of:
- Fage 2% Greek yogurt (almost a cup?)
- ~1/2 cup of chopped cherries (I keep typing “cheeries“)
- 2 tablespoons of PB2, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
- a few drops of vanilla stevia
I’ve had it every morning this week for breakfast! I wonder when I will get tired of it.
In other news, I have slooooowly been going back through my old posts and editing them. This is because I am a perfectionist. Anyway, I have found some great old recipes if you want to check them out! It’s really interesting to me to see how my taste has evolved (but in some cases not evolved at all) over the years.
Blueberry Muffins (no picture – first post)
Vegan Tofu Fruit Dip (great with apples)
Apples and Brussels Sprouts
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Bread
These were all baked in a very old, decrepit kitchen in Collegetown in Ithaca, NY. They were tried by roommates and friends. I think I remember the oatmeal bread being a favorite – I’m pretty sure I made it several times.
What is your favorite thing to make for people? What is your favorite breakfast? Do you like fruit and yogurt as much as I do?