Saturday, April 18, 2009

Super Smoothie and the Breakfast Sammie

I believe in smoothies--especially the super ones. They have super powers in my mind--the power to nourish, re-vitalize, cleanse, counteract the evil of every day toxins and free radicals and stuff. Now a breakfast sammie--while not the worst thing in the world for you, well, that is really about comfort and something warm and yummy you can hold in your hand on Saturday morning while you read the newspaper or play bananagrams at the table with your husband. Put them together and you feel both coddled (breakfast sammie) and like you are in capable hands you trust implicitly (super smoothie).
So, here is my recipe for the Super Smoothie (makes one generous smoothie):
  • 1/2 cup of cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup of a combo of frozen blueberries and raspberries
  • 1/2 of a frozen banana (the frozen fruit is the secret to a thick and lush smoothie--when the fresh fruit we have laying around the house becomes a little too ripe, we toss it in a plastic bag in the freezer and freeze it for later smoothie use)
  • 1/2 cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt (Stonyfield Farms--our favorite)
  • 1/4 cup of raw slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon of wheat germ

Put it all together in a blender and blend until smooth (even when it looks all blended, allow to blend a little longer so you are sure to get the almonds all ground up). Drink and feel smug about yourself because this smoothie is full of antioxidants and omega-3's.

Now, about that breakfast sammie--this is our house recipe:

  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread, toasted (no butter)
  • 1 scallion, sliced, and about 1/8 of a red pepper, diced--lightly sauteed
  • 2 eggs, scrambled in the pan with the scallion and red pepper
  • a little white cheddar--grated over the eggs so it get melty
  • 2 slices of cooked bacon

Put everything between the two slices of toast, put your feet up, and have happy weekend breakfast (about my favorite part of every weekend).

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