Pina Colada Smoothie

pina colada smoothie

Behold! The Pina Colada Smoothie!

Hey Lori, Do you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain?…. Such a cheesy song but it can’t help but make me smile.

I hear ya about wanting to trim down with salads and smoothies. I’ve been trying to replace some meals with smoothie shakes, it’s fast and easy. You are right about needing to add enough protein and good fat to make a smoothie substantial enough to hold you over. This mornings smoothie was one of my favorite tasting ever! It confounds me I haven’t made it before. Pineapple is a good known weight loss food, high in vitamin C. Banana for creaminess. Yogurt and almond milk for protein and calcium. Coconut oil for good fat and lowered blood sugar spikes and other health benefits.

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup plain lowfat yogurt
  • 1 cup plain almond milk
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 3 drops vanilla extract

And if you’re not much into health food but are into champagne… you can add dark spiced rum. 🙂

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Detox juice and fiber fritters

That’s it, I am done. I have been eating way too much sugar. I woke up this morning with a resolution…to cut out sugar for a month, or at least till I am not craving it so badly. This momma needs a detox juice. The timing is right, the air is feeling warm and my mood as well. No need to wallow in bad TV and Belgium chocolate bars the size of my head (thank you Trader Joes). I will be posting my juices and salads from this point on, hoping that someone out there in the eathers will appreciate and feel inspired by the food that is not only gorgeous to look at, but will increase energy, and kill some bad parasites along the way.

Black plum, Walnuts, cucumber, spinach, blueberries, almond milk with cinnamon

Black plum, Walnuts, celery, organic coconut oil, cucumber, spinach, blueberries, almond milk with cinnamon

Basically, I dove into the fridge, freezer, and pantry to mix together some food that would not only compliment each other, but give me some protein. I always keep almond milk in the fridge and it has a ton of protein, including the walnuts and coconut oil. I also have issues with blood sugar levels, and nuts are great for that. They sustain you and maintain your glucose levels. Blueberries are full of antioxidants, and I keep a massive bag of them in the freezer that has survived me all winter. The cinnamon (also natural insulin) helped blend these flavors together and I can assure you with the help of this versatile spice, I did not miss any sugar.

juice blend

Here is my lovely. The cool thing is, it replaced my afternoon snacking and lunch and I did not feel hungry. There is a lot of fiber in this drink, but the texture did not bother me.

black eyedI made a juice again later in the day with some fresh collard greens, spinach, honey crisp apple, frozen raspberries, carrot, cucumber, celery, blueberry juice, walnuts, almond milk and cinnamon. Yes, quite a combination, but it was good. What made it even better was straining the juice prior to adding nuts and raspberries and putting the fiber mixture aside for later. For dinner, I mashed up some left over black eyed peas from my squash recipe, added some toasted sesame seeds and made fritters.

left over mixI saw a program the other day about food waste. One of the things that was mentioned in this program was the amount of fruits and vegetable throw away that restaurants produce from prepping. We compost our left over non-meat items, but sometimes have thrown away scraps of veggies and fruits that may not be appealing in a salad. If you have a solid blender (which I do), these parts can be pureed. Here, I have added non-glutinous rice flour, toasted sesame seeds, a shake of cayenne for metabolism and a couple of pinches of cumin.

fried mashThe mixture is separated into small ( and I mean soup spoon sized) patties, and fried in a combination of vegetable and sesame seed oils. done mash

The cooked left over fritters are garnished with a cucumber and marinated artichoke salad and yogurt blended with some fresh lemon juice.

majestic cowThis majestic white cow watched me drive past on my way into town. Lots of little black calves spotting the hills.

For the Love of Mango Lassi

mango peeled
mango lassi glassI keep craving mango lately, I think it’s my body’s way of telling me I belong in the tropics. The key to eating mango is it has to be very ripe. So ripe, the outside looks a little ugly, but that’s when it’s at it’s prime sweetness. You’ll know it by its bright yellow flesh.

Peel and loosely chop mango. Blend with a little milk, add a few ice cubes (or without the ice cubes put in fridge for a while when finished blending). When it’s a creamy consistency add a few dollops of plain yogurt, a drizzle of honey and lightly pulse till mixed (don’t over blend yogurt).

One of the doctors in the condo told me that all you need to survive and get your daily nutrients is a mango and a glass of milk. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but here’s to survivin’!

This drink is traditionally from India and made in various forms and spice combinations which I found interesting.