Category Archives: Food

Pumpkin strawberry brownies

Take 1 package gluten-free brownie mix (I used a choc truffle mix that includes choc chips)
Substitute 1 can pumpkin puree in place of all eggs, oil, and liquid

Mix together, pour 1/2 of the batter into an oiled 8×8 pan
Spread a layer of all-fruit jam on top of the brownie layer (I used a strawberry jam)
Add the rest of the brownie mix

Bake for about 40 minutes in a 350 degree oven, or until knife comes clean during testing

Let cool.

These are seriously amazing, and so moist, and you get a nice flavor from the jam

Lately, i’ve been making plain oatmeal, cooked with milk, and then mixing in a small piece of the the brownie, breaking it up and stirring, you get melty brownie in every bite

Get better sick day antioxidant smoothie

While this is great any time, it has lots of good healing stuff – great when you are home sick
with a sore throat.

1 cup unsweetened acai pomegranate juice
1 cup coconut water
1/2 cup water
2 handfuls spinach
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 probiotic capsule, broken open and powder added to blender
2 tablets spirulina
1 tablet ester-c
1 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 tbsp honey

Blend everything till creamy, sip, and fill yourself with lots of stuff you need to get better

Tropical pudding

This one is really light, really refreshing, ridiculously healthy, and oh yeah, awesome.

1 1/2 c milk – I used a combo of unsweetened almond and coconut milk
1/2 tsp ground Ginger
1/2 tbsp lime juice
1 avocado
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 1/2 cup frozen mango
1 tsp maple syrup

Blend on high till creamy.

I think I’m making this again tomorrow, it was so good!

Great run, fueled by carrot pineapple smoothie and amazing grass

I woke up to a chilly fall morning, rain falling down, perfect morning for snuggling on the couch with a pumpkin latte. Which I did for a while, enjoying my lazy morning, but my long run was calling me.

I find it so hard to get motivated when it’s chilly and gray out, but I knew I would feel great once I started on my run.

But I knew I needed more to fuel up for a long run than just my latte,

Into the blender went two cups of carrot juice, 2 tbsp brown rice protein powder, 2 tbsp flax seed, 2 handfuls spinach, and probably 1/2 cup of pineapple chunks. Good sugar for energy, protein and fat for stable energy, and of course all the benefits of a green smoothie.

Threw on my running tights (first time this season, but the nice thing about living in NC, the cold weather isn’t constant or long-lasting) and headed out the door. Unlike my usual approach to running, I didn’t check my fitness gps tracker (I love my iPhone, truly) for what my pace was, or what mile I was at, I just ran and decided to turn back for home at 30 minutes. On long hills, I repeated to myself “I am strong, I am a runner” and it definitely helped!

My strategy worked! I got home and checked my stats:
total distance: 7.17 miles – I haven’t run for 7+ miles in probably four years, go me!!
Total time: 59:22 minutes
Pace: 8:16 min/mile.

Super pleased with that!!

Cherry bomb

It’s nearing bedtime. Husband is in bed, I should be going soon, but I’m just a bit hungry. What to make that will satisfy my sweet tooth but not be too heavy? And oh yea, fast and easy.

Thus was born Cherry Bomb

In a microwaveable mug, I added two circles of unsweetened bakers chocolate, maybe a tbsp of shredded coconut, maybe 1/2 cup of frozen cherries, and a tbsp of Justin’s maple almond butter. Put in the microwave for two minutes, stirred after one minute, and put it back in.

Perfect nearly bedtime dessert – just sweet enough, light, fast, and great chocolate cherry coconut combo! Mmmmmm. Going to bed with a happy belly!

Pour a cup of happiness – vegan pumpkin latte

For as long as I can remember, my dad has always called me pumpkin. I love it, I always have.

But recently, one could believe that I am trying to not just be called pumpkin, but to turn into one. Lots of pumpkin smoothies and puddings, and the newest addition, pumpkin lattes – either with coffee or just milk, pumpkin and spices blended together.

The past few mornings, I’ve had the no-coffee versions, I first got the idea from Heather eats almond butter and from Oh she glows.

In a saucepan, I would add 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage, about 1/3 cup pumpkin purée, 1tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp minced Ginger, and a couple drops of vanilla stevia. Whisk together, heat till almost boiling, and enjoy a perfect pumpkin latte that you can enjoy any time (no caffeine to keep you awake!), and bonus, it has fiber and vitamins, without the calories and sugar of coffee shop pumpkin drinks.

This morning, even though I got in a great run, I needed a bit more of a boost.

I brewed a cup of coffee (we are currently back to using our Keurig system, so convenient – you just make one cup at a time!), and then combined it In a saucepan with the milk, pumpkin, and spices. But instead of vanilla stevia, I used some So Delicious vanilla coconut milk creamer. Added the perfect sweetness and creaminess to my latte. It was one of those really great drink moments when you hate to reach the bottom of the cup.

Considering I paired it with a pumpkin, flax seed, oatmeal pudding for breakfast, I think I really am Pumpkin now!

Chocolate spice pudding for breakfast? Why, yes I will!

We went to the state fair last night, and saw baby piggies, and crazy goats, and bunnies with wiggly noses. I can’t eat any of the fair food, but being out in the cold for a few hours, and being around hay and bunnies had me feeling a bit under the weather this morning.

What’s a good fix for under-the- weather-it is?

Chocolate spice pudding topped with pumpkin bread, of course!

Throw in the blender:
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 dates
2 tbsp Trader Joes chunky apples
1 scoop amazing grass chocolate green superfood
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 avocado

If you have any pumpkin bread in the house, crumble some on top, sit down with some coffee and watch a bad movie. You’ll feel better by the time you finish your pudding, guaranteed!