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Comfort Food : Smoothies and Dips

Friday, April 15, 2011

It has been a busy week. Although I canít even figure out with what exactly. Being sick seems to make everything take three times as long. So with dishes, laundry, work and babysitting Iím mostly just ready for a nap.

When Iím feeling run down I try and up my produce intake. Green monsters definitely help with that.



In the mix was:

1/2 a banana
1/4 cup strawberries
2 cups spinach
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1.5 ounces avocado

I really thought I would have figured out what all foods Iím intolerant of, but things keep throwing me for a loop. Iím reacting to something, but I canít figure out what! So while my stomach freaks out, Iíve been eating a lot of smoothies.

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I take the fruity ice cream and mix in some Greek yogurt.



I like smoothies that are super thick and creamy. Not icy, not watery. But blended to perfection.



Or when Iím more in the mood to chew I cut up some veggies for a quick snack. But veggies by themselves can be kinda boring. So dipping them in something can make it more fun! Sometimes I get lazy and just mix salsa into Greek yogurt for my veggie platter.



But one day when I was feeling better I experimented with a new recipe. I have had cashew sour cream before, but never attempted to make it myself. I actually used ideas from a few cashew crŤme cheese recipes to create this.



Okay, it looks quite boring, no? But in reality it was delicious!!

First off I soaked some cashews.



Ugh, patience again? Why does every recipe require me to be so darn patient?
So I set these up in the morning before breakfast and then used them after working out.



Well actually, I only used one of these. The other one I was soaking for a different recipe which Iíll write about later. (If you do this rinse and drain the nuts then add twice as much water as nuts and cover with something breathable like a cloth towel).

After they soaked, I rinsed and drained them and added them to my food processor to blend. Once they were mostly broken down I added 1 tbsp of lemon juice, Ĺ tsp onion powder, Ĺ tsp garlic powder, and ľ tsp salt. Unfortunately it refused to become smooth.

Thatís when I added it to my magic bullet and added some water to try to help it blend. I was hoping for a much thicker consistency, but thatís just another reason I have been trying to convince my husband that I need a vita-mix.

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One day Iíll get it, one day! Iím saving!!

When you arenít feeling top-notch what do you turn to for food? Comfort food? Fast and easy fixes?

PsstÖ recipe coming soon:

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  • v AUNA_CALM
    I'm sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. Those smoothies look really good! I gave the recipe for the Green Monster to my mom's boyfriend. He's having smoothies for breakfast now. We don't have a scale, so is 3 T equal to 1.5 oz of avocado? Do you like Rice Thins? I really do. I just bought some teriyaki flavored ones. They're gluten free. You're not allergic to something in the air, because it's spring, are you? That can make you pretty sick. I hope you get it figured out soon.
    1897 days ago
  • v CAMELA_55
    I just finished eating and now I am hungry again looking at all that yummy food.
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    1897 days ago
  • v WORTHEYMOM
    Ok - I so got to try the cashew cream recipe - I have totally fell in love with cashews! I am with ya on the smoothies - not to thick, but not runny either! I am hoping for a magic bullet for mother's day maybe! I hate using my big blender for a little smoothie for breakfast! Keep posting recipes please! I have even posted references to your sparkpage to my friends! Have a great weekend!
    1898 days ago
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