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Monday, September 27, 2010

Where Do I Find My Energy?

     Hello Crafty People!

     I have never mentioned how packed my days are. When I bought my house, I had to go far to find something for the price I wanted to pay. I work full time in Santa Clara, California and I purchased my home in Los Banos, California, 80 miles away, half of it over a mountain pass. As you can imagine, I have very little time during my day for such things as healthy meals. But, I do have breakfast tackled! And, it tastes like chocolate ice cream!!!
     Every couple of weeks, I look for bananas on sale. This week I found them for 3lbs/$1.00. I packed four bags full of bananas. I also got some over-ripe strawberries and papayas on sale. I peeled the bananas and broke each into three pieces, bagged them and put them in the freezer.

If you have a regular blender, make the pieces a bit smaller.

On Sundays, I make big batches of smoothies using my Euro-Pro Ninja Master Prep Blender and Food Processor. My Ninja can handle about 8-10 pieces of banana at a time. I love that my Ninja can do this, I used to break blenders in the past! I add this and add enough almond milk to almost cover the bananas. Any kind of milk is delicious in this recipe. To add beneficial fat, I use a couple of tablespoons of organic peanut butter. This week, I plan to try walnuts instead of the peanut butter. Then, the most important part, a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder (the kind you use to bake your brownies). Blend, adding more milk if needed. I split this into multiple plastic cups and freeze. Then, in the morning I grab and go. I usually wait about an hour after removing from the freezer to eat. It is the consistency of ice cream and tastes delicious. You can also forgo the freezer and drink right away as a smoothie.
     My daughter is not a fan of the cocoa powder so I skip the cocoa and add frozen strawberries instead. I will also replace some of the milk with orange juice, this never fails with her!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yum, that sounds so good, I must try it! :)