Starting something new is rarely ever easy, especially when it’s asking you to break out of your routine and try something that you’re not sure how you’re going to like. That was me this morning. Woke up starving. Fed the cats first (otherwise they’d be whining at me). Took about an hour to prepare a very non-sweet green smoothie for breakfast. To be fair, the recipe warned me that it was very not sweet. And they weren’t kidding. After years of my strawberry/banana/spinach/almond milk smoothies, this one was like drinking grass.

Very non-sweet green smoothie
Good news: it’s low glycemic

4 inch chunk of cucumber (peeled)
4-5 ice cubes
1/2 avocado
1 tbsp unsweetened almond butter
1 tbsp hemp seeds (I used hemp protein powder)
1 inch chunk fresh ginger root (peeled)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup spinach (or more)
2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

And, yes, that is my cute smoothie glass. Took me over an hour to get all of it down but I did it. For lunch had a smoked salmon salad.

Smoked Salmon Salad

3 oz smoked salmon
1/2 avocado
1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup raw pistachios
3 cups spinach

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tbsp chia seeds

Since I was still hungry after breakfast and lunch, I made myself a strawberry mint smoothie out of my SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIES book (which I highly recommend). I am discovering that my blender (a Ninja Professional) isn’t all that great at making things smooth. All my smoothies today have had a bit of grit in them. Maybe I’m not blending long enough. Will try blending longer next time. Although I think I’m going back to my eggs in the morning (minus the butter somehow).

Strawberry Cucumber Smoothie

I’m not allowed to give you the actual recipe (copyright laws and all that) but here’s basically what’s in it:

frozen strawberries
cucumber (peeled)
raw cashews
lemon juice
minced fresh mint
water (although I used almond milk)

It’s very refreshing. Would be great on a hot summer day. Too bad it’s only 3 degrees outside right now. I’ll need to revisit this again in six months or so.

I’m currently in a search for non-dairy (meaning non-butter) toppings for the popcorn I’ll be having later as I tuck in with the season premier of the Bachelor (8/7c on ABC tonight!). I’m open to ideas!!

Here are some popcorn ideas I’ve come up with so far (with help of extensive internet searching and Facebook polling):

Popcorn Flavor Ideas without Butter

  • coconut oil + salt
  • olive oil + italian seasoning + garlic powder
  • olive oil + lime juice + cumin (+ chili powder if you like it hot)
  • olive oil + lemon pepper
  • coconut oil + pumpkin spice + salt (+ sugar if you do that)

More to come (hopefully). I’ll be posting my favorites with my personal tweaks. In the meantime, I’ll be sitting on my hands over here trying not to eat the potato chips I forgot to throw out.

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