Energizing Green Smoothie & Yesterday’s Photo Food Diary

Good morning and Happy New Year! I hope you had a nice holiday yesterday and got 2013 started off right. I realize this is a time when many of us make healthy changes in our lives and I commend you for making that commitment. If eating healthier is on your agenda, then I will do my very best to try and inspire you, while at the same time trying to keep myself inspired. Let’s make it a group effort, shall we? :)

On Wednesday, my tradition is to post a picture of everything I ate the day before. I started off yesterday with a green smoothie, as I do nearly every morning. I’ve made some adjustments to the old recipe, but the base now consists of a ripe mango, fresh pomegranate seeds, hemp/sesame milk and a bunch of kale:

Green Smoothie in the works.

I blended it before adding more ingredients:

Green smoothie after first blend.

Next: ground chia seeds, flax meal, frozen pineapple, frozen blueberries, lacuma powder, golden berries, Ceylon cinnamon, maca powder and cacao powder. I got the golden berries at the health food store, sometimes I substitute amla powder or goji berries:

Golden Berries

Here’s the printable recipe:

Energizing Green Smoothie
 
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 3½ cups cold water
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled
  • 1 cup fresh pomegranate arils
  • 1 bunch kale, rinsed with leaves torn off stems and stems discarded
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ cup frozen wild blueberries (found at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • ¼ cup golden berries
  • ½ teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons lucuma powder
Instructions
  1. Combine hemp seeds and water in a high-speed blender and process until smooth (about 30 seconds). Add mango, pomegranate arils and kale and process for an additional minute or until blended. Add flax meal, chia seeds, frozen pineapple, frozen blueberries, cacao powder, maca powder, golden berries, cinnamon and lucuma powder and process on high until smooth. Serve cold and refrigerate leftovers for up to 24 hours, tightly covered.

 

Here was my serving:

Energizing Green Smoothie

My gym was open yesterday, so I went for a workout before coming home for lunch. I have been playing around with a new sprouter I ordered and had these sprouted lentils waiting for me:

Sprouted lentils.

I made my typical big green salad for lunch with these on top. I’m not a huge fan of sprouted, raw beans (they just taste so, well, bean-ey), but I like the concept that sprouted foods are living and have more enzymes and all that. Here was my salad, made with my Wild Blueberry Zinger Dressing:

Green salad with sprouted lentils.

I had some mandarin oranges for dessert (not pictured). I was tired yesterday, I’m not sure if it was thyroid medication-related, workout related or female-hormone related, but I just felt a bit off all day. Darn. (I did wake up this morning feeling better though and have e-mailed my doctor to see when I can do my next blood test).

I tried using my pressure cooker for dinner and had another mishap because I filled it up too high:

Pressure cooker at the max.

Don’t be like me and keep adding ingredients over the “max fill” line, it will not come to pressure if you do. I had added delicata squash, brussels sprouts, onion, mushrooms and kale and it was just too much. Everything got cooked, it just took a lot more time. I ended up stirring in some tomato sauce and nutritional yeast and it tasted good despite the problem with the cooker:

Pressure cooker mix.

Oh well, live and learn.

Dessert was a hodgepodge of microwaved frozen cherries, slow-cooker applesauce and some leftover cashew vanilla frosting I had from this weekend. I had two bowls of this:

Hodgepodge dessert.

Today is another fairly quiet day although I do have some errands to run. Tomorrow morning we have to have some tile work done on our floor (I am dreading a mess!) and I have a Toastmasters meeting.  I have been getting used to a slower pace of life and a variation in my routine with the recent holidays. How about you, do you like the change or are you happy to get back to a normal schedule?

How cool is this…the Carrie on Vegan Facebook page just reached 1,500 likes?! See you Friday.

Comments

  1. lani says

    Carrie,
    I made the lemony lentil stew yesterday but only added 1/2 of the cashews and lemon juice mixture. Did you really mean 1 cup of lemon juice to 1/2 cup of cashews. It was pretty liquid and I didn’t know if it was a typo..Anxious to hear your response..Very good by the way…

    • says

      Hi Lani! Thanks for the feedback! I probably over-estimated the lemon juice a bit, but did you find the lemon flavor overpowering or just right? Usually, after the cashews are blended with the lemon juice, the mixture thickens up over time. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if your soup is creamier the next day, assuming you have leftovers. :)

  2. says

    To answer your final question, I am a creature of habit. :-) Routine should be my middle name! I really like having time off to relax, but it’s the schedule I miss when I’m not working. I am less inclined to work out, to remember to take my vitamins, etc. Shoot! Sometimes, I don’t even get dressed!

    Thanks, Carrie, for always being an inspiration!

  3. Gina in PDX says

    Hi Carrie! I found your website one day and have visited it often ever since! I am an old lady who doesn’t facebook, twitter or text and I never comment online… but I love your blog, enjoy your photos and admire your spirit! Keep up the good work kiddo…you are touching more lives than you will ever realize!!

  4. bee says

    Do u make extras of ur smoothies, dressings, and cooked dinners and save as leftovers or do u make fresh meals ? Whats ur method of reheating?

    • says

      Hi Bee! I do make tons of leftovers, often freezing soups for later use. I re-heat foods using the microwave or stovetop, preferably the stove top because I think it preserves the quality better.

  5. Elisabeth says

    Hi Carrie! I was just wondering, how often do you use maca powder? I had been thinking of trying it but then read some things about it having hormonal effects. This smoothie looks great I just need to buy a bigger blender!

    • says

      HI Elisabeth! Yeah, I’ve heard stuff about maca and hormones, too, but I’m not sure what to make of it. I add a tablespoon to my smoothies about once a week or so. What have you heard?

      • Elisabeth says

        The article I read was somebody taking it once a day, they said that it was giving them like hot flashes and other symptoms. I was just curious. I’ve read elsewhere not to use it certain days of your cycle. I’ll do some more research I guess!

        • says

          Wow, that’s pretty interesting, Elisabeth, thanks for the heads up! I’m going to use it a little more sparingly in the future, it’s probably a case of a little is okay but a lot is too much.

  6. says

    I love your smoothie recipe Carrie! I make a green smoothie almost every morning (I think I’m slightly addicted) and it just gives me the best start to the day. I’ve never thought to add pomegranates, very creative :) I haven’t seen them at my farmer’s market lately but looks like I’ll need to keep a serious eye out for them. Where else do you use them apart from smoothies and salads?

    Thanks!

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