Chocolate Smoothie with a Twist

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! I know, I know…I am 12 days late on that greeting, but at least I’m here now writing a new post!

Last weekend we experienced winter. And it is now over and spring is here, at least for a few days. We had ice, snow, and sub-freezing temperatures for 3 days last week. Today, we are pushing 72 degrees! Tomorrow should be the same as today; Saturday will drop down into the 50s, but then we should have about a week or so with temps in the mid-60s every day! I just love life in the south!

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I sort of fell off the proper eating path over the holidays when the hubby and others who shall be nameless brought delicious tasting, but oh-so-bad-for-you foods into the house! I am working hard at getting the sugars out of my system and eating right once again.

Although I was brought up in the south, there are some southern foods that I just never got a taste for. Black-eyed peas and collard greens make a traditional New Year’s Day meal, but not in my house! Okra is another southern staple that I just never enjoyed. However, now that I am trying to eat the Trim Healthy Mama way, I have discovered the health benefits of this southern veggie. If you are like me and need a little convincing that okra really is good for you, then read this article. You will be impressed!

The new THM cookbook has a few recipes in it using okra. I have made the brownies with it and was very impressed. Last week I discovered the chocolate smoothie! If you have the cookbook, you will find the recipe on page 415. Today I added a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Oh, my word! Ya’ll, this is amazing! If you didn’t know that there is a cup of okra in the smoothie, you would never guess it! I like it so much better with the peppermint than without!

Since I did change up the recipe some, I will share it with you here.

  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c. frozen, diced okra (I actually thawed mine some.)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-1/2 tbsp. Pyure sweetener
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 3-4 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 10 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Put everything in the blender except the ice and protein powder. I added the peppermint oil to the coconut oil first, and then added it to the remaining ingredients. Blend well…very well! Add the ice and blend again. Add the protein powder last and blend one more time.

Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed!

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Summer Blues

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Well look at that… when did July happen?? Summers usually go quicker than cheesecake at a wedding, but this year has flown especially fast! Despite my best attempts to plan for family dinners, something always comes up that requires a hurried meal or no meal at all! With everyone running out the door at various times, the phrase “fending for yourselves” has become a family mantra. Hopefully life will slow down during the next 3 weeks before the wildness of school starts again. In the mean time, here’s a fun recipe I whipped up for a recent picnic. Enjoy and stay cool!

Creamy Cold Coleslaw
(sorry, my pictures got lost in cyberspace!)

3 cups grated cabbage
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 tbsp. white vinegar
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. celery salt
1/2 tsp. salt

Combine cabbage and carrot in large mixing bowl.  In a smaller bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, mixing well (yes, it’s really that simple). Pour over cabbage and carrot mixture and stir to mix.  Refrigerate for an hour before serving.

Unbelievably easy, and a great side dish for any summer gathering. I usually serve this with grilled chicken and zucchini spears (hubby takes care of that), deviled eggs, and fresh-cut tomatoes for a healthy, filling meal. Absolutely no complaints from the picky eaters!