I started my day with a green smoothie on my way to an exercise class. It was baby spinach, a banana, some pineapple, and water, made in the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ. I got one free for a work project I’m doing, and I promise nobody is paying me to say this but oh my goodness, I love it so much! I love that you can push one button and it just knows how long to blend your smoothie, I love that the blender cup becomes a to-go cup, and I love that it comes with three blender cups and lids so one is always clean and ready to use.
After I got back from class, I had one of these Quinoa Breakfast Bars from The Lean Green Bean. I made a big pan of them last week and since my kids and husband are, sadly, still immune to the charms of quinoa, I am eating them all myself. That’s just fine with me because they are the perfect light breakfast to eat at my desk. Had it with a cup of decaf tea with a bit of honey.
For lunch I made myself a big salad in a serving bowl with greens, blue cheese, almonds, dried cherries, and of course my favorite Everyone Loves This Vinaigrette. Had some ALDI-style Triscuits (aka Woven Wheats) and their roasted pine nut hummus on the side.
For a snack, I had a couple of these Key Lime Snack Bites which I made last weekend using dates and raw almonds (recipe to come).
Each month I organize a dinner at our local food pantry, and families from our elementary school bring food to serve to anyone in the community who needs a meal. I made a pan of brownies to take with me and then licked the spoons clean.
I was so busy, and so much of the food got eaten that I wasn’t able to eat any dinner there myself. So when I got home, I reheated some leftover homemade pizza and shared some apple slices with my kids. Washed it down with a glass of milk.
Later, I had some of this masterpiece that my sixth grader and I made on Sunday: A replica of Han Solo trapped in carbonite made out of ice cream, brownies, mini Tootsie Rolls, and chocolate (the recipe was from a Star Wars cookbook that we own). He was so excited to make them–and while our finished product looks nothing like the actual Han Solo trapped in carbonite (photo on left), it still tasted pretty good.