Version 1 on the left >>>>>Take 1 c oats, 1 c almond milk-unsweetened, 1 tsp flaxseed meal, 1 tsp chia seeds, cinnamon and nutmeg add to bowl and stir. Place uncovered in fridge overnight. When ready to eat add fresh fruit and a few drops of honey-more cinnamon if you want too! Makes 2 servings.
Version 2 on the right <<<<< Take 1/2 c oats, dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, 1 tsp flaxseed meal, chia seeds and coconut flakes-unsweetened, 1/2 c almond milk-unsweetened, 1/2 c mixed berries-fresh or frozen, 2 heaping tbsp Greek yogurt. Stir well and place in fridge overnight. Makes 2 servings.
I had a lot of tomatoes on hand and needed to figure out different ways to use them before they went bad. I used 3 summer yellow tomatoes in my smoothie this morning! Here is the full list of what I used:
3 med yellow tomatoes
6 mini carrots
2 mini orange sweet peppers
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup cranberry nectar
4 ice cubes
I removed the watery seeds from the tomatoes, gave them a rough chop and then added all of the ingredients into the blender and blended until smooth!
This one was definitely energizing! You can also make it spicy if you want by adding pepper, etc.
So I want Max to eat more fruit. He loves mandarin oranges and grapes and will pass on bananas and apples lately so I took those four fruits and added pineapple and strawberries (which are his second two favorites) to our fridge this week. Then I thought how am I going to get him to want to eat all of the fruits?? So I thought, a dip that he will help me make because that is what the specialist in feeding say to do!
Driving home from school yesterday I excitedly told him we were going to make a fruit salad and a dip tomorrow!! Yay!! He was less than impressed. I think he actually might have said, “boring”! I got a sad face and continued to think…what if I used chia seeds (Which are super healthy) and gave the dip freckles!!! So I asked Max if he knew what freckles were and he said, “yes, like Abby Cadabby” has on Sesame Street. I told him were going to make a MAGICAL FRECKLE FRUIT DIP and his eyes lit up!! Yay!! Last night before bed he asked if were still going to make the FRECKLE DIP! I was so excited, best idea I’ve ever had! Clearly! The boy went to bed dreaming about it!
Fast forward to this morning and the dip making. He was semi into it. Mixed the magical freckles in with little enthusiasm but he did it. Then he ate all of the fruit and tried the dip. See, the dip was just a ploy to get him to eat all the fruit. I knew my chances were low on the dip with him. But at least he ate all of the different kinds of fruit and not just his “favorites”. Ahh, exhausting. Bonus-mommy loves the dip and had some at lunch with my fruit salad! Here is a picture of him mixing in the magic!
How to make the dip:
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp. nut butter (I used pnb)
Whisk the yogurt and peanut butter together to get a smooth even texture
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp flax-seed meal
2 tsp magical freckles (aka chia seeds)
Mix around and store in fridge.
Enjoy and have fun!! If you don’t have kids you can still make this, as I said, I love it!!
Bringing you a new smoothie idea EVERYDAY this week! You’re welcome!!! This one is great and you know sometimes you just want a little bit of everything in your smoothies and if you are anything like me then in life too!!!
1 c unsweetened almond milk
3 tsp oats
1 tsp chia seeds or flaxseed
1 scoop or approx 20 grams of chocolate protein powder or 3/4 c plain greek yogurt
Few ice cubes
A few of each-strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mangos, kiwi, blackberries and avocado
(I have frozen bags of strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and mango in the freezer, the avocado, blackberries and kiwi were fresh. Frozen fruit is the way to go as it is frozen at its peak and you don’t have to worry about it going bad in the fridge over time!)
I added some fresh parsley and then blended til smooth and creamy! I write this at 7:45 am and my smoothie was consumed at 5:30 am-I am still satisfied and full but will eat again with in the next hour by 9 am……as I am sure I will be ravenous again!!
Smoothies are a great way to get a balanced on the go breakfast as you can drink it in the car on the way to work or where ever your day may be bringing you!!