A VIRTUOUS COCKTAIL #STRAWBERRY/BANANA SMOOTHIE

With just 3 ingredients, I’m set for the morn.

I’M A HAPPY NIBBLER

I hate to be hungry for a long period. Who does? If you know me well, you can attest that I’m a nibbler. I’m like a traveling pantry. I’m not leaving home without some form of filling bites to munch on. This move enables me from indulging in the wrong type of foods.

Sometimes, I do feel like a squirrel. They are always seeking out and nibbling on bits. Come to think of it, eh, they often try to be in my proximity. They and those birds are quite smart. They see me reach for those nuts and I’m happy to share a few with them.

But anyway guys, I stave off those hungry pangs by packing in small zip lock bags:

  • dried fruits and nuts (unsalted)
  • ripe banana or any fruit
  • apple along with a dollop of peanut butter
  • water

These types of healthy and filling foods aid me to keep my blood sugar in check because they keep me satiated for hours until to get to a substantial meal.  Moreover, they save me a few dollars because I try to prep them in advance. I do this  by purchasing bigger quantities like nuts and pack same in baggies.

I never leave home without ‘good old’ water. A few sips, provides me with the hydration I need throughout the day while I’m away from home. The potassium-rich banana is also very filling. I can never give up my fiber-rich apple bites. Sometimes, I pair same with a dollop of peanut butter.

No one should go hungry. A few of these food moves keep me in check and make me a happy camper.

 

 

CHUTES OF GREEN SMOOTHIE TO JUMP-START MY DAY

Trying to gain a fine balance and jump-start my day just right. With the help of my standing blender I made   a healthy green smoothie to take me through the day. The main ingredients were:

  • Kale
  • Mint
  • Blueberries
  • Fresh cranberry juice
  • Ripe banana
  • Juice of lemon
  • Water

For me, everyday is a celebration. Thus, I served up my healthy/filling smoothie into champagne chutes(gifts from a good friend). I then made my way closer to nature on my tiny back patio.

Cheers!! Have a beautiful day.

 

 

 

KALE AND BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE

It was quite a refreshing treat to indulge in a kale/blueberry smoothie. With a handful of  greens(kale), blueberries,  ginger root,freshly squeeze orange juice and splash of water, I allowed my standing blender to do the work.

BLENDED INGREDIENTS FOR KALE/BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE
BLENDED INGREDIENTS FOR KALE/BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE

TRYING TO KICK OFF MY DAY RIGHT #BERRY AND BANANA SMOOTHIE

Trying my utmost best to do it right. After I kicked it up on the outskirts, I ventured to my humble kitchen and whipped up a refreshing morning cocktail. As usual, my handy and reliable standing blender was patiently waiting for your truly. I had a little work for it.

I grabbed me some frozen berries in the form of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and added them to blender. I also input a half of a ripe banana which I also had in the freezer. Whenever my ripe bananas become a little mushy and over-ripened I chop same and store in freezer.

With a splash of water and a piece of watermelon, I  pulsed and pureed my morning cocktail to sweet and fiber-filled finish. I poured into margarita glass and topped with a few blueberries. Just I had expected, it was thick (not overly), smooth and full of natural sugars from all the fruits. I was super-happy.

Cheers!

ONCE AGAIN, OATMEAL/FLAX SEEDS DID IT FOR ME #WAFFLE-STYLE

I was inspired to make this super-delicious and healthy set of waffles by a fellow blogger, Frugal (Frugal Hausfrau). By the way, her blog is fantastic. You should check it out. She made these awesome looking Scottish oatcake. Thus, I replicated  her cakes. I didn’t have all the ingredients she actually added; as such I made the dish my own by doing waffles instead.

One of the important tips in making the batter is to soak the oatmeal overnight; which I did. I used the old-fashioned type and added whole milk. The oatmeal absorbed the milk and became more manageable. In the morning, I added vanilla, beaten egg (at room temperature), sour cream, half of a mashed ripe banana, sugar, and melted butter to soaked oatmeal. Dried ingredients in the form of whole wheat flour, a little all-purpose flour, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt were added to wet ingredients. Powered flax seeds and additional cinnamon were added and folded in batter.

BATTER FOR OATMEAL AND FLAX SEED WAFFLES
BATTER FOR OATMEAL AND FLAX SEED WAFFLES

When all the ingredients were combined, batter was placed on hot and oiled waffle iron using a 1/3 cup measuring cup. Waffles were topped with strawberries simmered for a few minutes with a sprinkle of sugar. Also a serving of orange wedges a fresh strawberry completed the dish. Thanks to Frugal the waffles were a hit.

A SMOOTHIE TO RUSH HOME TO ##BANANA/STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE

Had a few extra calories I had to drop. Once again, I was a bit naughty the previous night. So, I took a trot around the block. You would think it was the beginning of summer. But, it was just a taste of things to come. After all, its South Florida with its humidity nudging its way while we’re still in winter.

Yours truly didn’t mind, I was dressed to handle all sticky and above normal temperatures. With mission accomplished, I returned to base (well, home) and decided to replenish which I had lost with some good calories.

I grabbed my handy blender and tossed in half of an over-ripened banana, three strawberries, the juice of an orange and a few splashes of cold water. In a few Florida minutes my banana and strawberry smoothie was ready to drink. With the cool temperature of my smoothie I was able to guzzle down much-needed nutrients like potassium, fibers, vitamins, and more.

Guys, I’m happy!