Wake-Up Smoothie

by Valerie on September 14, 2010 · 6 comments

Good morning.  I took the lunch pictures today very quickly, as I worked late last night and then decided to sleep a bit later this morning. Here is lunch + 3 snacks as I hope to go to yoga after work today:

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  • Hummus with carrots, celery and small collard leaves. These collard leaves are seriously tiny compared to the usual large floppy leaves:

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  • A half recipe ‘s worth of Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats. I used Angela’s recipe and substituted agave for the maple syrup:

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I skipped the toppings Angela suggested (walnuts, maple syrup, raisins) in favor of my latest obssession:

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I have yet to meet an Artisana butter I do not like – I started with the Coconut Butter, then the Tahini, then the Cacao Bliss, then the Cashew and Almond, and now the Walnut. I used to be only meh about nut butters, but I think the problem was that I was relying on Maranatha and Trader Joe’s  – I never seem to like any of their nut butters, yet I love love love the Artisana ones. They are pricey, but I use them sparingly. I know that I can make my own nut butters, but nut butters is something I prefer buying. I find I eat less of it that way.  I am pretty picky about nut butters – I prefer raw nut butters, no added oils, no added sugar and no added salt.  That basically kicks out most nut butters I can buy in stores I go to.  I think some of the Naturally Nutty butters might fit my criteria, so I am going to look into those eventually, but for now I have a lovely stash of Artisana butters I am working my way through.

I actually had planned to have pumpkin overnight oats for breakfast Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  I whipped up a big batch on Sunday night and loved having them yesterday morning (topped with Artisana Walnut, of course). This morning however, all I wanted was a green smoothie. I think it is because drinking one when I am tired feels like having caffeine in terms of the instant energy boost, with the bonus of not having a caffeine crash right after. As usual, I made a smoothie, drank half of it and packed the other half. Here are the ingredients:

Wake-Up Smoothie
Makes 2 16oz smoothies

I put the ingredients in that order in the Vita and presto, instant wake-up potion.

I am so grateful my husband cooked the Espinacas con Garbanzos, when he got home from work, so all I had to do this morning was assemble and photograph.

Have a great day!


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1 Steph September 14, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Hi Valerie! I'm a new viewer of your blog, and love it!! I was wondering since you always take pics of your "lunchbox" does that mean you include breakfast and lunch in the shot, or is it everything you eat for lunch :)

Silly question. Love your blog!


2 Eden September 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Thank you so much for sharing the green smoothie recipe. I am going to give it a whirl with some Vega tomorrow morning.


3 sarah (SHU) September 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm

love your blog as well — your meals look delicious. want to cater my life? just kidding. but seriously, yum.


4 Maggie September 15, 2010 at 12:06 am

What, no sweet potato? Haha. Don't worry, I had some tonight. I just can't get into the overnight oats. I've tried Angela's before and I find it too soggy. So I usually add it to my 'kill the sweet-tooth' date smoothie.


5 Lisa September 15, 2010 at 1:24 am

Love the smoothie!! I am recently obsessed with Barney Butter, an almond butter I picked up at Whole Foods.


6 Tasty Eats At Home September 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I agree with you on how green smoothies can feel like a caffeine boost. I don't know if it's nutrients in the veggies that does that or what, but I'm all for it!


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