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Go Get ‘Em
August 5, 2011, 1:48 am
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My favorite episode of Nigella Lawson’s is one about breakfast. I love breakfast; it’s my favorite meal of the day. In this episode she makes spicy scrambled eggs (which I’ll share on another day) and this smoothie.

I love everything about this smoothie. It makes me feel like I can conquer the day, and while being nutritious and giving me my caffiene kick, it also seems naughty. Like dessert for breakfast. When I was little, my dad made me bananas drizzled with chocolate syrup for a dessert. This shake reminds me exactly of that. It’s cold, but warms me from the inside out with recollected memories, which is what I need in this 100 plus degree heat on an early Memphis morning.

Go Get ‘Em Smoothie
Recipe slightly adapted from Nigella Lawson
4 WW Points Plus

1 banana, peeled and broken into pieces
1 packet reduced calorie hot chocolate mix
1 cup fat free milk
1-2 tsp instant espresso powder (depending on your caffiene needs)
1 cup ice

Take all ingredients and blend until smooth in a blender. Pour into your favorite on-the-go mug, add a straw, and face your day!

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Here’s to a buff new you, and new year
January 10, 2010, 3:59 am
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It’s time to dust off the never-used appliance…in my house at least. Of all my kitchen appliances, this one stands alone, in the dark recesses of my pantry. You, see…it’s a blender. I have a wonderful food processor…and a mixer…so I don’t have that many uses for a blender.

It was originally a gag gift. Remember the line from the infamous movie, Father of the Bride? “He bought me a blender…” So my husband, the wonderful person that he is, thought it would be hilarious to get a cheap blender and give it to me the Christmas before we were wed happily ever after. I must give it to him, it was funny. But, since then, the blender has rarely been used. It’s loud, clunky, takes up much needed, little to spare, counter space.

That is, until now. You see, I’ve found a use for it. It’s called smoothies.

I know, you’re like “smoothies? come on…” But seriously, this is the BEST smoothie. It’s delicious, smooth, thick, satistfying, and best of all, SO good for you. It’s loaded with everything you need to start the day (besides the coffee). A great thanks to Mr. Alton Brown for bringing us, yet again, a great recipe into our home…

I cut up my bananas in thirds and freeze them in large bags worth so all I have to do is pull out two frozen chunks per smoothie. Also, on the episode of Good Eats that this recipe originated from, Alton suggests buying bananas in bulk that are on the quick sale table, that way they are perfect the day you bring them home, and you can freeze a bunch for cheap. Feel free to alter the fruit in this recipe, just make sure you keep the same blue to yellow to red fruit balance in the smoothie…in other words, if you substitute a fruit for strawberries, make sure it’s still a red fruit. This maintains the nutritional balance in the smoothie. Don’t ask me, ask Alton…he’s the smart one with the info…

Buff Smoothies
Recipe Courtesy of Alton Brown

1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen mango
2/3 frozen banana
1/2 cup lowfat soy milk
1/2 cup grape juice, acai juice, OR pomegranate juice

1. Assemble frozen items in your blender. Either allow the fruit to partially thaw on the counter for 20 to 30 minutes, or assemble your beverage the night before consumption, and stash in your fridge until blending in the morning. The fruit will partially thaw in the fridge, thus allowing for blending immediately in the morning.

2. Add liquids.

3. Blend away until smooth.