I love black bean soup. I love black bean stew. Is there anything bad about black beans? No….
We love peanut butter around here and we love smoothies. So when I saw the idea to combine the two, I couldn’t pass up the experiment. For reals, it has been amazing ever since! Thanks to my Women’s Health Magazine for the inspiration, the peanut butter oatmeal smoothie is alive and being healthily consumed.
Green smoothies are good for you and we all know it. Kale, carrots, oranges, ginger, spinach, etc in them make them the drinkable salad bar that we love. Berry banana smoothies are delicious too. But sometimes it’s fun to get your fiber and protein in a sweeter, but still healthy for you form. Combining nutty peanut butter and oatmeal along with some almond milk will definitely give you that.
If Tyler could have his way, I’d make him one of these every day.
Some pointers to make this smoothie a success:
1) I have found that quick oats sit a little easier on my stomach, but either regular or quick oats will work.
2) If you are looking to cut out calories from this smoothie, I have substituted all the almond milk with water and it still tastes amazing.
3) This is really best really cold. Make sure to add more ice if needed.
4) Depending on your blender, you might have to add more liquid. High powered versus regular blenders definitely work different but both get the job done!
Just writing about this makes me excited to make another one. Banana and peanut butter, bulked by oatmeal and chia seeds. Seriously, it’s so good.
Today was an ikea and clean up my desk day. We were just at ikea on Saturday, but things didn’t quite fit like we thought. Oh, ikea. But it’s good because now we know what we really want. Over on Pretty Dubs I blog about my house projects and next on the list is a kid office space in our upstairs loft. I’m really excited!
Okay, enough about projects.
I know this seems like a lot of quinoa recently, but when you have leftovers from Quinoa Hawaiian Haystacks, you’ve got to put it to good use. The best way is to make your very own corn quinoa salad….
I remember sitting on my front porch as a kid assigned to shuck the corn for dinner. I grew up in Montana, but not on a farm or in the country, just the regular neighborhood. So shucking corn was not an everyday thing, but an occasional memory.
It’s a simple memory, but one of those that kinda stuck with me as I grew up. It was easy. It was with my family. It was summer….
Food is part of who we are. I know. I eat. Because of this, when you change the way you eat it sometimes feels like you’re betraying part of who you are, or at least who you were. The smells and tastes of things are completely involved in our memories. Don’t forget them. They got you to where you are today. And today, you make new memories. One of them could be quinoa hawaiian haystacks.
I have been thinking about these flavors for a while. Lemon, zucchini, and warm pasta. It doesn’t get much better than that!…