Breakfast Smoothie

Mornin’ y’all! Just jumping on here really fast to share a smoothie recipe with you. Not every smoothie I make tastes good so when I do come up with a winner I try to write it down or at least remember what I put in it so I can hopefully make it again.  Today has to be a grocery day. We are out of pretty much all the go to easy stuff which meant I was grumpy and needing breakfast. No cereal, not enough oatmeal left, no more eggs or bread. UGH. I decided to try out an oatmeal smoothie to use the last bit of oats I had. It turned out super tasty and filling.

breakfast smoothie

Here’s what I did…

1/3ish cup quick oats.

1/2 cup blueberries (frozen)

1ish packed cup chopped kale

1/2 banana

1.5ish tbsp chocolate PB2

1 cup 2% milk.

Blend! It JUST fit in my 16oz  cup. Perfect.

Here’s the My Fitness Pal breakdown.

breakfast smoothie

Smoothie Making!

Not sure if I mentioned it here or not yet but Thomo got me a Ninja blender for my birthday last week! It was a couple days before I could get to the store and buy some smoothie ingredients but since I have I’ve used the blender every day. Very excited about it! The kids and I got into making smoothies before we left Korea. I’d throw spinach in them which made me feel better about their picky eating the rest of the day. Definitely something I want to continue doing but we’ve been here a month and still waiting on our quick shipment from Korea…which has our old blender in it. SO so happy I got a big fancy one now!

I stocked up on spinach and kale, berries, peaches, bananas, mangoes, strawberries…lots of good stuff. I bought most of the fruit frozen already. I washed and bagged up the greens and tossed them in the freezer too then sliced bananas and froze them for a bit on a tray before bagging them up so they didn’t get all stuck together. Now, all I needed was to grab the bags and dump in what I wanted. Too easy! I do know people that individually bag up each day’s smoothie ingredients and freeze it all separately but I’m lazy and didn’t want to do that.
I’ve been making smoothies for lunch usually. Most days I don’t go to the gym until 10am so when I get home I make a smoothie with some protein powder for lunch. I try to either write down or record my recipes on myfitnesspal.com so I can do it again if it’s good. This is what I made today…

I found something on Pinterest that is a general guide to smoothie making. It suggested 1c greens, 2c fruit, 3oz yogurt, 1c liquid, 1/5 scoop protein, and some cinnamon. I skipped out on the protein today and added some flax meal instead. I did end up having to add about 1c more liquid than what it told me to use since it was pretty thick.

1 cup kale
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1/3 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
about 1 1/2 cups water
2tbs flax meal
a few shakes cinnamon

It was tasty but a little bitter. Still totally drinkable! I ended up repeating this for Thomo later. I left out the yogurt and added in some peanut butter. Super good.   

Here is a quick shopping list from SimpleGreenSmoothies.com to get you smoothie ready:

Liquid: Water, coconut milk, coconut water, almond milk

Greens: Spinach, kale, romaine, bok choy, swiss chard, collards

Fruits: Banana, mango, berries, oranges, peaches, pears, apples, grapes

Extras: Protein powder, chia seeds, flax, nut butters, coconut oil, cinnamon, cocoa

Here is the nutrition info via myfitnesspal.com for the recipe above

I really love smoothies. You can get as creative as you want and come up with a million different flavors.

Something that is also amazing and NOT a smoothie is a juice that the little coffee shop in Korea made. Just half an orange, half a grapefruit, and some water. Add a sweetener if you don’t like it super tart. Blend and voila! Super pulpy fantastic juice. Love. it.

Sick Day Ditalini Soup

Don’t you hate it when your head is stuffy and your throat hurts and all you want to do is order ramen from Korean Frying but realized you had ramen the night before so now you have absolutely no dinner plans and go digging through cabinets and Google to make something magical come together?

That happened a few nights ago. I had bought a box of ditalini pasta because the idea of soup sounded good a few grocery trips ago. I had half a box left (no idea what I used the half in??) so I went searching for a recipe and found a pretty easy looking soup that I had most of the ingredients for.

There’s some of the ingredients. Not pictured are some spices, garlic, and the celery I was supposed to put in it but found out I didn’t actually have.

Pretty easy peasy. Dice up your onion and carrots, garlic, and imaginary celery. Saute it in your big purple pot (because EVERYONE should have a big purple pot). Add in broth and beans.

Add your tomatoes, parsley, oregano, salt/pepper….all that good stuff.

Dump in pasta and cook about 10-12 minutes until pasta is tender. Then dish it up and top with some parmesan cheese!

Super yummy and just what I wanted.

Here’s the full list of ingredients…

  • 1 1/2 cups Barilla Ditalini, dry
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 2 cloves
  • 48 fluid oz chicken broth
  • 19 oz cannellini beans, canned, drained, rinsed
  • 4 large plum tomatoes, diced (or 1 can diced tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped and divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • black pepper to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated and divided

Crock Pot Taco Soup

Yesterday I posted about trying to get back into the clean eating and a good starting point grocery list. Of course after I posted about the shopping I found THIS awesome blog. I can see this make the actual meal planning process so. much. easier! Check it out… Themed meal planning. I had to come back and share it too. It can really work with any kind of diet. There are so many options you could use and yet having the initial framework to build your menu makes finding recipes super easy.

In that post she starts her week with Monday being Soup Day. There are about 9 million different soup recipes. I hadn’t planned on planning like this right away but I’ve been craving some taco soup so why not?!

crock pot taco soup

Crock Pot Taco Soup

Ingredients-

1lb ground turkey (or beef if you want)

1 packet taco seasoning (or be clean and make your own)

2 cans diced tomatoes – I used 1 mexi and one Italian because its what I had

2 cans beans drained – use what you want..I used 1 black, 1 white northern

1 can diced green chilis

1/2 diced onion

A couple shakes garlic powder

Chicken broth (about 1 – 2 cups until its more soupy than chili-y. Unless you want chili…then ignore the broth)

Frozen corn – I forgot to add this but I wanted to. Oops!

Tortilla chips and cheese to top with if you want

Do it – 

Cook your meat with your taco seasoning. Add to crock pot with the rest of your ingredients except for the chips/cheese and let simmer for a few hours. Not very scientific. I put mine on medium for about 3 hours. When it’s hot and you’re hungry scoop into bowls, crunch a few tortilla chips on top and add cheese if you want it. So yummy and perfect now that the weather is cooling off.

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