Green Oats

It is too cold for a smoothie this morning. I want something hot and hearty. My tastes have changed as I have aged, I don’t like white, processed grains any more. They taste stodgy. Do you know what I mean? Like glue or wallpaper paste. White bread or pasta, white rice, blech. So, if you still like Wonder bread toast with Skippy peanut butter, don’t try these oats because you probably won’t like them. (Try these ones instead, Butterscotch Oats) My husband would laugh if I tried to give him this for breakfast.

Green Oats

1/3 cup quick oats (old fashioned oats pulsed in the food processor)
2/3 cup almond milk or coconut
Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes in the microwave.
Dash of salt
2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1-2 drops maple flavor (optional)
Optional toppings:
Handful of walnuts
1 tablespoon coconut
Dried fruit
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Doesn’t that look healthy? Yes, yes it does.

So, now that I put hemp in my oatmeal, I’m wondering what else I could hide in there. Spirulina? Powdered spinach? Hmmm…maybe.

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Spirulina Smoothie

The Loch Ness Monster Green Thickie from greenthickies.com is one of my favorite smoothies. I thought it would be horrible, I mean reading the ingredients did not make me want to try it. However, I had some spirulina powder that I needed to ingest somehow and this was a recipe from a trusted blogger. Now I find myself craving this smoothie. This morning I was craving one, but I like use fresh spinach and this thickie doesn’t call for extra greens. Luckily I was out of spinach. Perfect! Now, I would have never come up with this recipe on my own. Even though I have all these ingredients in my pantry I would not think of putting them all in a smoothie, but somehow it works.

Spirulina is one of those super foods that you buy just for the health benefits. I don’t think anyone ever said they loved the tasted of algae. When I was a little girl my grandpa took blue green algae. He didn’t put it in a smoothie or anything. As far as I know he just mixed with water and slugged it down. It was one of the highlights of trips to their funky house on the Oregon coast and one of the memories I cherish of him. He would pretend that the green slime turned him into a monster and then he would chase my sister and I around the house while we giggled and shrieked with excitement. He was such a great grandpa. I will gladly drink this smoothie in his honor.

Spirulina Smoothie

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup of raisins (or 4 pitted dates)
  • 1/4 cup of coconut
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1 banana
  • juice 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon spirulina powder
  • 1 scoop collagen or protein powder (optional)
Blend the water, raisins, coconut and sunflower seeds until smooth. Add fruit, juice and spirulina powder and blend again. Makes two servings.
Drink it down and pretend it turns you into a swamp monster. Chase your kids/dog/cat/husband/roommate around the house.

Temporarily Vegan

I have 2 days left of my 7 day green thickie diet. I am feeling confused about the way I regard veganism. I will not give up eating meat for ethical reasons, I will spend more money and take more time to find free range, grass-fed animals though. If I want convenience I can order meat from Azure Standard or Tropical Traditions. I’m hoping that my husband will provide us with wild game this Fall. I could take my girls fishing this Summer. Will I go back to eating meat? Red meat? Hamburgers are one of my all-time favorite foods. Could I consider giving them up? Am I considering giving them up?
Anyway, here is my menu for my veggie week:

Brown Rice with stir-fry vegetables
Vegan Chili
Vegan Zucchini Patties
Humus with Veggie Dippers
Grilled Mixed Vegetables
Vegan Alfredo with Whole Wheat (or GF) Pasta
Black Bean Tacos with Avocado

It was a good experiment and I might do it again. I will probably do it again.

May Menu

I really don’t want to have a menu. Dinner plans for the month? It’s so constricting and boring and organized and totally not me. However, I have found if I don’t have any plans written down and posted on my fridge we might starve or live on frozen pizza. I am starting to feel the lack of healthy food. If I don’t plan for veggies they stay in the fridge or at the store. So, time to get back to a plan. Woohoo!