Hey, y’all! I just made THE MOST DELICIOUS SMOOTHIE EVER, and all natural ingredients! I am so proud of myself. I just got back from working out with Vicky (ouch) and she sent me home with some food. She didn’t have any smoothies made, so she said, do you want some fresh carrot juice? I put a fake smile on my face, and said, “Sure.” Then asked her the calorie count–100 calories per cup. I took a little sip of it on the way home, and it was good, a little sweet, but in my warped mind, not ‘worthy’ of 100 calories a cup. Hmmm, I think they put this stuff in smoothies. So because I have been ‘harvesting’ fruit the past few days (more on that later,) I had frozen mashed bananas and frozen strawberries in the freezer. I added up the calories, and this smoothie recipe makes two smoothies for 250 calories each. It was really, really good–perfect blend of sweetness, texture, and a little tang. I usually prefer to eat my food rather than drink it. But I noticed at work that the smoothies Vicky sends with me hold me for a good long time, and in this hot weather, it just hit the spot. Plus I have one all ready to go for work tomorrow. Here is the recipe:
1 cup carrot juice
2 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup goat’s milk yogurt (obviously, you can substitute any kind of yogurt.)
Blend and enjoy.
Back to the fruit harvesting. Another thing that my 100 Days of Weight Loss book pointed out is that maybe its more than just eating food that you enjoy. Maybe its the experience around food that you enjoy. And, of course, I noticed that that is exactly what I enjoy. So I have made a point to enjoy the process of cooking, harvesting, etc. without always having to eat what I am working on. This works so well in keeping your freezer stocked with the foods that are good for us.
I got a little carried away at the fruit stand the other day, so yesterday I was pitting cherries (if you don’t have a cherry pitter, I can’t say enough good words about this handy little tool) and mashing bananas to freeze for later use. I tried putting the bananas in an ice cube tray to freeze, and it worked perfectly. I just made sure the cherries were laying on a flat surface in the freezer so they would freeze separately. Then today, I cut up a bunch of apricots to put in the freezer. I foresee a lot of smoothies in my summer! I had to laugh, because in the past I was loading my freezer with baked goods, and now it is full of frozen fruit. But the experience was just as satisfying to me. I did do a bit of ‘baking’ as well. Used the mashed bananas to make some of Roni’s Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cups. Apricots went into the Apricot Oatmeal Bars (original recipe from Lori.) And, I had a surplus of blueberries, so made a batch of blueberry scones, using some of my goat’s milk yogurt for the liquid. These tasted a little different, but with 2 cups of blueberries in the recipe, they are still delish to me.
A word about my goat’s milk yogurt. I just wanted to try making something different. So I got some goat’s milk at the store and used the same directions as I use to make my regular cow’s milk yogurt. But it didn’t come out exactly right. Kinda runny, a little sticky. So am mostly using it up in recipes. In talking it over with Vicky, she mentioned that the molecules were smaller than cow’s milk, and I was pretty sure that was the answer. Then I just looked it up on the internet, and sure enough, you don’t need to heat goat’s milk to 190 degrees like you do cow’s milk. Oh, well, live and learn. I have another batch of cow’s milk yogurt incubating right now.
I had a most delicious walk with the dogs this morning. As I said, its been HOT here, and I have been going to the gym. But I got out with the dogs at 7:30 this morning, and it was just beautiful. There was a cool breeze blowing, and everything smelled wonderful.
Oh, yeah, wanted to give a shout out to Lynn and Vickie for giving me the final shove I needed to get started on clearing the clutter in my house. Lynn wrote a great post about how ‘its up to you how you use your life.’ Lynn was mostly talking about how we are in control of what we put in our mouths and how we use our body. Then Vickie commented ‘And I liked the little golden spade – to start on one edge of a REALLY big mess and dig.’ So that is what I did yesterday, finally. I cleared out my old collection of VCR movies (don’t worry, I kept quite a few sentimental ones that I just couldn’t part with.) And then, (cue trumpet blast) I started on the fabric. Yes, Vickie, I attacked the stash! And I am going to stop writing right now, and make another foray into the fabric pile! Of course, Miz wrote about clearing out clutter a few weeks ago, but I am a little slow on the uptake…