She’s My Cherry Pie

So I finally read and finished Gone Girl.  My reaction: meh.  I thought it was a bit anticlimactic at the end, no?  I don’t know…adult fiction isn’t my favorite.  I mean, those kind of books are okay.  I start reading them, they get my attention, they keep my attention, but by the end I put them down and know I would never read them again.  I prefer young adult fiction.  I’m not sure what that says about me, but I just feel like that type of fiction is more creative and makes you use your imagination more.  I suppose I’m talking more specifically about science fiction/fantasy, but not the weird-o stuff.  Examples of some of my favorites in that category: pretty much ANYTHING by Madeleine L’Engle (we almost named Audrey Madeleine after her, my favorite author), the Harry Potter books, The Hunger Games Trilogy, and the list really goes on.  So I’m going to wait until the library has Divergent ready for me to read on my nook…some of the other books can wait because I know their type.  And their type is not mine.

On the opposite side of having mediocre feelings towards something are my feelings towards the smoothie I made today.  MMM was it good!  The smoothie I made yesterday was pretty good, but I didn’t take a picture and put it on instagram because it was rather ugly in color.  I changed it up a bit today by using mostly coconut milk rather than just almond milk and by leaving out the cocoa powder, and BAM!  I found my new favorite smoothie.

Cherry Green Smoothie

  • 2 cups spinach (or any green you’d like to use)
  • 2 cups milk (I used about 1 to 3/2 cup coconut milk, the rest of my almond milk, and water to add it up to 2 cups)
  • 2 cups frozen cherries
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • a squeeze of cinnamon

Add everything into the blender in the written order (spinach on bottom, cinnamon on top) and blend until smooth.  I say a “squeeze” of cinnamon because I get mine in a big plastic container from Costco and I literally squeeze it until a big cloud puffs out.  I rarely measure how much cinnamon I add to things, and yes, I’ve added way too much before and have had to force it down anyway.

Like I said, when I made this smoothie yesterday, I used all almond milk.  What made me like today’s smoothie so much better than yesterday’s, though, was the lack of cocoa.  I have cocoa from Penzey’s and, although it is very rich, good cocoa with no additives, it is very strong.  So the 2 tbsps of cocoa over-powered the fruit flavor.  In today’s smoothie, I used coconut milk (light, from Trader Joe’s), which is my favorite.  I was able to taste the sweet tanginess of the cherries.  Both Audrey and I drank ours up super fast.  Needless to say, I’ll be making this one again tomorrow!

Aw, snap! Cold snap, that is…

It is below and beyond freezing around here.  As of right now, it says it’s -12, but feels like -36, and I don’t think that’s the coldest it has been today. My poor Peanut will barely go outside to do her business, and when she does, she does it on the patio stoop about 3-6 inches from the door.  It’s quite lovely.  Ahem.

So because of a few different reasons, one being a sick toddler, others being personal that I won’t divulge, I have gone on a bit of a hiatus from the elliptical for a few days.  I know, I know.  You’re thinking “Seriously?! A hiatus after what, 4 days??”  I’ve thought it, too.  But like I said, things have gotten in the way.  But have no fear, I will be back in a day or two!  I woke up with cold symptoms this morning and am trying to ward anything off…exercising with a cold can be miserable at times.  Hopefully, lots of water, tea, healthy foods, green smoothies, and some light exercise will have me feeling better in no time.

Speaking of healthy foods, Audrey and I shared a green smoothie today for lunch with some eggs.  It was pretty good!  Here’s the recipe, adapted from simplegreensmoothies.com:

Green Smoothie (2 large servings)

2 cups baby spinach
3 cups pineapple (I used frozen)
1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
1 clementine orange

For dinner tonight, since I started feeling this cold big time this afternoon, I was really feeling like some homemade chicken and brown rice soup, but didn’t have anything thawed and ready for that, so that’s for dinner tomorrow.  Tonight we went with veggie bowls.  Here’s what I did:

Veggie Bowl (makes 2-3 servings)

cooked quinoa (1-2 cups depending on how much you want per serving)
2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 head cauliflower, broken up
1 can chickpeas, rinsed, drained, and dried off on some paper towels
almond ginger dressing*

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Toss the sweet potatoes in 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, garlic.  Toss the cauliflower with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic.  Toss chickpeas with 1 and 1/2 teaspoon olive oil.  Sprinkle with the same seasonings.  Put all veggies on separate foil lined baking sheets and into the oven.  After 15 minutes, roll the chickpeas around and flip the potatoes and cauliflower.  Roast for another 15 minutes.  Take the potatoes and chickpeas out.  Bake the cauliflower for an additional 5 minutes.  (Exact roasting times may differ based on how big your pieces are!)

To serve: Put cooked quinoa in bowl.  Add sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and chickpeas. Drizzle with sauce.

*Dressing: I used the recipe for the dressing from Oh She Glows:
http://ohsheglows.com/2013/09/10/the-big-salad/

I use almond butter, but have used peanut butter in the past when I ran out of almond butter.  I also use low sodium soy sauce since I don’t have tamari.  I make a double batch of this stuff and use it all. the. time.  The nutty sauce combined with the creamy sweet potatoes is heavenly.

Anyways, enjoy.  Send warm thoughts this way to get us out of this freeze!  I know I’ll be dreaming of beaches tonight 😉