I combined oats and chia seeds and almond milk, and this morning I added a banana and some almond butter. And if that wasn't cool and refreshing enough for a mid-winter morning, I made a smoothie out of frozen berries and ice (I tragically ran out of spinach so no green monster today!).
For a snack, I had a creamsicle muffin from a batch that I made last weekend, with some peanut butter.
An almost empty PB jar... I'm sensing some OIAJ in the near future!
These muffins are great as part of breakfast or as a snack, and the taste is perfect with some nut butter (especially almond)! I'm also proud that I played around with a recipe the result was not only edible, but also delicious! Plus they're fat-free, sugar-free, and contain a secret vegetable! I now present to you the healthiest muffins ever:
1 cup whole grain spelt flour
1 cup oat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 flax egg (1 tbsp. ground flax seeds plus 3 tbsp. warm water)
1 1/4 cup packed, finely shredded carrot
3 tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
Stevia to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk up the flax egg and set aside. Then mix the dry ingredients (flours, baking soda, and salt) and in a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients (carrot, flax egg, orange juice, almond milk, extracts). Making these muffins is an excellent upper body workout! You'll see what I mean when you discover just how long it takes to shred 1 1/4 cups of carrot! Add the wet ingredients to the dry, add stevia as desired, and pour into muffin tins. Baking for 30-40 minutes. A word of warning: This batter isn't "lick the bowl and spoon and then eat half of it before anything gets into the oven" worthy the way cake batter is. But don't judge them until they're all done - they taste much better cooked!
For lunch I further added to the seasonal confusion with this unintentionally fall and summer-themed meal:
Everything is so orange!
That's leftover Bread free Thanksgiving stuffing, baked kobocha squash, a slice of bready (my home-baked bread that I treat like a beloved child, minus the whole eating it part), and a Valencia (aka "summer") orange. Seasonally confused? Yes. Tasty? Indeed!
My dinner was not only seasonally confused; it was confused in general! In my efforts to spend less on food (my goal is to come in under $50 a week!), I threw together some leftovers.
A hearty black bean soup (you know, to warm you on a cold winter night), more kobacha squash (those things are HUGE! I've had some with three meals already and there's still over half left!), and some cool cucumber. To add further to the randomness of this meal, I ate the veggies with chopsticks!
That soup was even better today than when I made it yesterday, and it was so inexpensive to make. I cooked some dry black beans and threw in a can of diced tomatoes, a can of corn, and lemon juice. I roasted chopped red pepper and onion along with some garlic that I later crushed, and added them all to the soup. Then I flavored it with chili powder and cumin, thinned it out with water, and it was done!
Since I've been dying to play with the ice cream maker that's been sleeping in my kitchen for years, I thought, "What better why to end a winter night than with ice cream?" So I threw in some almond milk, vanilla and almond extracts, and a bit of stevia and 20 minutes later I had created this:
It was so frothy and refreshing!
Listening to my cravings instead of eating what I'm "supposed" to eat is so freeing! Yes, allowing myself to eat unseasonal foods has nothing to do with my eating disorder, but the fact that I was able to have the confidence to enjoy what I wanted, even if it's not what everyone else was eating, is a huge step forward!
Do you ever crave cold food in winter? Usually all I'm focused on is staying warm, so this was strange for me!
What's the most random meal you've eaten recently?
Do you ever use an ice cream maker? I'm definitely going to be experimenting with different flavors of iced almond milk now that I discovered how much fun it can be!
Happy Wednesday! :)