I was afraid of kale in smoothies. I thought it would be bitter and have that earthy “rough” taste. Um…no. I was so wrong. Paired with some tart from lemon and lime juice and some sweet from frozen mangos, it’s perfect. I’ve been making this one for a while now. Sometimes I’ll drink it smooth, but adding some fruit chunks and my favorite homemade granola makes it the perfect filling snack or breakfast….
When I think of caramel apples, I think hard, too sweet, and too much without a savory kick. It’s not satisfying even as a sometimes food. This is. Banana pancakes will give you some protein and savory, top that with cinnamon apples and homemade caramel syrup and this is the best version of carmel apples you’ll ever eat.
First, you need to decide on your pancakes.
We’ve had this with french toast, crepes, out-of-the-box pancake mix, and banana pancakes. As a sometimes food, figure out which one works best for you. However, if you want to eat on the healthy side, actually getting something from your pancakes, I’d recommend the banana pancakes.
They are super duper easy, so easy that they don’t seem possible….
Do you think soft, melt-in-your-mouth, and citrus infused when you think of scones? I didn’t.
I often think hard, dry, and a poor-excuse for calorie intake. Not with these guys.
I love how these are just sweet enough to feel like an indulgence but at the same time light enough to justify every bite of consumption. Blueberry lemon scones…yum….
Warm blankets. Warm feet. Warm cider. Warm hearts. Isn’t that what this holiday season is about. Yes, yes it is.
Sometimes I get tired of my typical breakfasts: 1) almond butter with toast and an apple for breakfast, 2) english muffin with avocado and tomato on it, or 3) green smoothie with granola. Sometimes I just want something warm and savory and exploding with flavor.
This is that thing. This is your new breakfast. …
It’s the end of the week, so I guess it’s an appropriate time to make a food confession. I’ve already eaten way to many blueberry scones (that I was experimenting with yesterday, you’re going to love them) as well as some eggplant salsa dip. Top that off with putting pomegranate seeds on everything this week and I guess food confessions is really what a food blog is all about. Welcome to my world. I feel really blessed that I get to live somewhere that allows me to experiment with fruits and veggies like this.
For the real food confession…almond butter….
Does anyone else have a growing pile of papers on their desk? I think it has something to do with school having started, feeling like I can’t cross off as many things on my list as I need to, and being a full-blown soccer mom for the next two months. Busy means happy for the kids though. They have a balance of school, down-time, homework, and extra activities – like most kids, they thrive on some routine. For me, all this means that I’m squeezing in food where I can. This is where knowing some smoothie bowl basics comes in handy.
This is simple people. If you are looking for something healthy, nutty, fruity, and filling = taaadaaa!! Here it is.
Here’s the super not complicated tricks to a smoothie bowl:
* make a smoothie
* pour it in a bowl
* top it with stuff
* eat it
When I make a smoothie, I like to make lots of it. I use some in that moment and pour the rest into cups that I stick in the freezer. These come in handy for my late night snacks, tomorrow’s breakfast, or maybe just 2nd breakfast. It makes a smoothie bowl even quicker if you have some prepared that you can just soften in the microwave (just make sure not to heat it, just soften).
I like to include fruit chunks in my bowl, mango and blueberries being my top choices. Banana slices will make their way there as well. I always keep frozen fruit on hand for this reason. Fresh peaches, pineapples, plums, nectarines, and kiwis would be great as well. Really, what fruit could make this go wrong? Is there any stinky ones? That would be gross. Don’t do those ones.
To give the crunch factor, I like to add sliced almonds and seeds. I usually have sunflower and pumpkin seeds around, so that’s easy. For extra crunch, I like to add my granola or some grape nuts.
I often stop there, if it’s morning. But to be honest, if this is an evening snack there’s definitely going to be some mini chocolate chips thrown in there too.
I know I’ve talked about smoothie bowls before, but really, this is an underestimated meal/snack/get-in-my-belly-now food choice. So yah, here I am talking about it again. Cheers to green smoothies today and I hope you have a really good one!
And because I really believe in you and your amazingness…here’s a little reminder for the day:
(via my pinterest board quotes to live by)