Okay, enough about all that. Let's get down to food business. So, I started my morning with another green smoothie. This morning I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, frozen peaches, frozen pineapple, and mustard greens. See, I was trying to rotate my greens as discussed in yesterday's post and move away from all that spinach. What I did not account for is that each green actually tastes different and the name of each green might actually say something about that taste. My first sip of my smoothie was delicious. I am loving the peachy taste right now. After the second sip, I realized there was a bit of a bite. I thought, "Hmmm... that's interesting. Those mustard greens must have a slight spicy taste to them." I actually liked it as it seemed to perfectly compliment the sweetness of the peaches and pineapple. I continued to drink as I drove down the highway on my way to work. Suddenly my mouth felt like it was on fire! Whew! That's one way to wake up in the morning if you've dropped caffeine like me! All I could think was, "Duh ... they are called MUSTARD greens. What did you think they would taste like, cupcakes?" I had to laugh at myself. Now, I had put a lot of greens in this morning, which likely caused it to be so hot. I am thinking that if I used just a little bit of mustard greens mixed with arugula or spinach that it might just be a perfect smoothie. I will continue to play around with it a bit. Looks like I will have to since I have two freaking heads of mustard greens in the fridge. Whoops. Now I am also wondering what dandelion greens will taste like ...
We had a potluck at lunch today as part of a going away party for two of my co-workers. I both love and hate potlucks. I love variety and the ability to taste a bunch of different things. At restaurants, I would much rather order a bunch of appetizers with friends than have to choose a single meal. So, potlucks are good for this. What I do not like is how the mix of foods feels in my stomach. I also do not like having to politely decline to try certain things brought by friends and people I care about. Plus, I always worry that no one will like what I bring. It is the anxious people-pleaser in me. What can I say? Today, I brought a spinach salad with strawberries, blueberries, sunflower seeds. olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Not really original seeing as how I eat this salad like three times a week. But, it went over well with my staff. I decided to bring my own salad just for me because I have a ton of greens in my fridge that I don't want to go bad and I wasn't sure there would be anything I could eat given my whole food goals. It turned out that one of my sweet co-workers made vegan tabbouleh and vegan wheat berry salad (pictured below ... yes, I was that weirdo snapping photos of the food while there was a party going on, thank you very much).
|Wheat berry salad|
So, I tasted each of these salads and also ate the one I brought. I adapted the recipe for my salad from the Fitness Magazine website.
- 2 cups mixed greens
- 2 tablespoons raisins or golden raisins
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons warm water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Put greens in a bowl.
- Sprinkle with raisins.
- Add salt and pepper.
- Whisk peanut butter and warm water together and toss with salad.
Well, that is all I have for this fine Wednesday night. I am excited to continue to watch as my page views keep climbing. I want to pull a Sally Fields and say, "They like me! They really like me!" All kidding aside, I am thrilled about what this has turned into, and I appreciate each of you for being here more than I can say! Until tomorrow ... keep up the great work!