Category Archives: Breakfast

Raspberry Peach Smoothie

rpsAnd so again, we watch as the boxes and bags are packed with the belongings critical to a young man’s happiness and academic success, load them into a friend’s van, and head off for another year of college. It wasn’t so hard this time. So many emotions last year that were calmed by the boy’s success and the recovery of other boys from many trying times.

I made a smoothie for breakfast for myself, thinking that we might share it for one last meal together. He had other plans. Egg whites. My shared meal dream will have to wait for another time.

Peach Raspberry Smoothie
1 peach, chopped
1 container of raspberry yogurt
2 tbsp almond butter
1/2 frozen raspberries
Splash of water if needed

  1. Place ingredients in the blender in the order listed.
  2. Starting on low, slowly increase the speed until you get the desired consistency.

The smoothie was resting on my son’s box of music. It’s going to be quiet in here without his cello and piano playing. Here’s a (smoothie) toast to all the moms and dads, brothers and sisters, and college students themselves muddling through their first weekend with a new household dynamic. I hope it isn’t too hard.



Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

It's really not that bad! He's just trying to look tough!

It’s really not that bad! He’s just trying to look tough!

Almost every morning, the College Boy (not pictured here – he refused) fires up his Nutra Ninja blender and makes himself the same smoothie. He’s allowed me to taste it a couple time. It’s not bad and I have to say, I’m proud of him for coming up with something for breakfast that had fruit, veggies, and protein!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
1 6 oz container of some fruit flavored yogurt – he prefers Raspberry Greek yogurt
1 banana
2 tbsp peanut butter powder or peanut butter
1 scoop protein powder of choice
1/4 cup milk

  1. The Nutra Ninja we have has one speed. So, put all your ingredients in and blend until smooth.

This is not a beautiful smoothie. But as I’m sure I’ve said before, “Pretty is as pretty does!” This high protein energizer is the perfect start (or end) to any day. Also good for all moments throughout the day when the “feel like” temp is over 100 and using any sort of heat to cook seems like a very bad idea.


Double Berry No Bake Breakfast Brownies

dbbbAre you:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Paleo

These brownies are for you!

I saw a recipe for No Bake Breakfast Brownies on one of my favorite recipe blogs, The Big Man’s World.  There are many gluten free, paleo recipes on this site, and many are already vegan or can easily be adapted to be vegan. I am none of the above, but I sure do like to try new things. And I have been focused on treats that can be made with few appliances so my College Boy can indulge his cooking creativity in the dorm. These were perfect, but we decided they would be even better with the addition of some fruit and nuts!

Double Berry No Bake Breakfast Brownies
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup nut butter (we used almond)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup each dried cranberries, dried blueberries and almonds

  1. Combine the dry ingredients.
  2. Melt the almond butter a little in the microwave and combine with dry ingredients, honey and pumpkin. You should have a moist, yet thick dough. If it’s too dry, try a splash of almond milk.
  3. Add the fruit and nuts.
  4. Press into a square baking pan that is lined with parchment paper.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

The verdict? I loved these. My final product didn’t look at all like the picture on The Big Man’s World site. I think perhaps my almond butter was a little on the dry side. May have needed to use something with more oil.  I also didn’t use the exact same recipe. But I will absolutely make these again. They are very filling, very chocolatey, and not too sweet!


Key Lime Spinach Smoothie

KLSSAs you know, Prince died yesterday. I grew up in Minnesota and was a teen in the 80’s when Prince was coming into the big time. I worked in a movie theater outside Minneapolis when Purple Rain came out. I loved Prince; his music, his spirit, his boldness; everything. I loved that he showed me and other kids that never felt like they fit in, that being us and being different was okay. For a brief time (like 20 minutes) I had a saucy poster of him wearing nothing but a g-string, standing in a shower with a crucifix on the wall. My mother made me take it down pretty fast. His death hit us former Minnesota girls pretty hard. My FB feed was filled with photos, links to videos, sad declarations.

What does another green smoothie have to do with Prince? I should have posted a purple one, right? True. But that’s not me. I love my green smoothies. So, in my own personal tribute to Prince, in which I am being true to myself, I honor him with this…

Key Lime Spinach Smoothie
One container of key lime yogurt
Two handfuls of spinach – probably 2 cups
6-8 ice cubes

  1. Combine all the ingredients in the order listed.
  2. Start blending on low and slowly increase to high until smoothie is desired consistency.

If you have been reading my blog at all, you know that I don’t like my smoothies too sweet. This fit the bill. It was not sweet at all. The delightfully refreshing lime flavor was a prefect morning pick-me-up. I felt very energized.

This is a ton of spinach for one smoothie. If you don’t like that much spinach, drop it to one cup and throw in an apple or banana. I did make this with less spinach and a banana yesterday. It was pretty good. I’m not a huge banana fan but I wanted to potassium so I made the sacrifice.

If you want to make a vegan version of this, use some almond milk (or other dairy free milk you enjoy), some lime zest and a tiny bit of key lime juice – not more than 1/2 tbsp – without any sweetener it could be very bitter. Of course, if you do overdo it, just add a bit of sugar or honey or something.

Would Prince approve? I have no idea what Prince would think of my smoothie. But if all my years, I did not learn from the man that I should be okay being me, than I probably wasn’t listening.

photo credit Us Magazine

photo credit Us Magazine

A rainbow appeared in the sky over Prince’s home and recording studio, Paisley Park. If that isn’t a sign that he is in a better place, I don’t know what is.

RIP, Prince. You will be missed far more than you could possibly have imagined.


Banana Cookie Butter Smoothie

BCBSThere is a reason all these strange items are surrounding my smoothie. It’s been an interesting and not always happy couple weeks. And all these items represent a small obstacle that was put in my path. There were other small obstacles and some bigger ones I won’t get into. You probably had a similar week or two.

The rice to the left of the smoothie was used by My Faithful Assistant to remove the moisture from his phone which he dropped in the sink while simultaneously doing the dishes and answer a classmate’s homework text. Bottom line. Rice worked. The bath was very short. Thankfully. We have no upgrades right now and I wasn’t looking forward to paying full retail for a new phone. Crisis averted.

The black things in front of it are pieces of my license plate holder. They broke off and fell to the ground after my car was backed into in front of my son’s dorm. No damage done. The young driver took off though. It was quite the scene with me, screaming and cursing and a sympathetic student chasing after the perpetrator. So much drama.

The fruit cups to the right represent how overwhelmed I have been lately.  My Faithful Assistant had both of these in his lunch on Tuesday. Why? Because he didn’t eat his fruit on Monday, and while I saw that Tuesday morning, my head was not in the lunch making game and he got a second one. He ate neither and not so silently wondered if he was going to get three on Wednesday, etc… He did not.

So now it’s Friday and I am safely in my kitchen and It’s time for breakfast. I wanted a treat. I was successfully able to avoid Chick-fil-a chicken minis all week which has been no easy task for me lately. The Chick-fil-a by work has a crazy efficient drive through. Too efficient. So time to combine something tasty with the healthy ingredients I usually put in my smoothie. And I came up with this delightful concoction…

Banana Cookie Butter Smoothie
10 1 12 oz almond milk
1 banana
1 heaping tablespoon cookie butter of choice – I used Speculoos Cookie and Cocoa Swirl
6 or 7 pieces of ice

  1. Place all the ingredients in your blender in the order listed.
  2. Start blending on low and slowly increase the speed until smoothie is desired consistency.

This was a nice treat. I added some vegan protein powder so that it would have a little staying power and get me to lunch. Success! I would totally make this again, and add some fresh or frozen berries, too.

My week has settled down. Back to the mundane tasks of suburban life. I will happily dive into them. Very happily.