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Monday, July 7, 2014

the most important meal of the day

Or something like that.

Would it bore you guys for me to throw the occasional healthy recipe/food experiment up in here?  I promise that if I start doing this on the regular, I'll improve my food photography skillz. Or at least try to.

Tropical Fruit Protein Smoothie, aka "my breakfast"

1.5 cups So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk "beverage"

2 scoops (62g) Optimum Nutrition banana creme whey protein**

1 nectarine, skin n' all***

140g Trader Joe's frozen organic mango

Chuck all ingredients in blender.  Blend.  Drink!  Makes 2 normal or 1 Andrea-sized servings.

**for a tangier, less sweet smoothie, replace 1 scoop of whey and 1/2 cup of coconut milk with a 7oz container of Fage 2% plain Greek yogurt. This only works if you aren't out of yogurt, goddammit.

***well, not "n' all" do need to remove the pit.  But you'd figure that out without instructions, right?



  1. My breakfasts (and many other meals) involve *cheese* not whey protein. (Life without cheese? Really?) So now I'm trying to imagine a cheese smoothie. Aged sharp cheese, not cottage cheese. I'm not a fan of smoothies, but even if I were I think my taste buds would be grimacing.

    Mary Anne in Kentucky

    1. Liquified sharp cheddar seems like an alarming idea but it's so good in a melted state why would going one step further changed it from sublime to terrible? I need to think on this. Any kind of smoothie that is savory rather than sweet seems like a bad idea, but I don't know why. Cultural taste bud conditioning????

    2. Cultural conditioning. If you look at it right, gazpacho is a smoothie.

      I'm imagining something like liquified pizza.

      Mary Anne in Kentucky

  2. OK if you're gonna throw cheese in a smoothie, I say put some bacon and avocado and tomato in too!

    Actually, I discovered that if you take a tropical fruit smoothie and start adding fresh spinach, it can up the smugness quotient 1000% without even tasting too crappy.

  3. Crabby, I totally do usually put in spinach for the smugness, er, health factor but Monday was a sad sad grocery day in the Malevolent household and not only was I out of yogurt, I was out of greens.

    So speaking of which, and savory smoothies, you guise will probably appreciate this. Crabby, I think you had posted your frustration with buying bagged spring mix and getting slimy greens in there? The last two bags of baby spinach I've bought, I've had the same problem. The last bag, in fact, I ended up pretty much throwing out wholesale b/c it was all crap. (Which is part of the whole no-greens Monday backstory.)

    So I decided this week to get arugula instead of baby spinach because I haven't had a past problem with slimy arugula. This morning I made a smoothie with all the same ingredients as above but with the yogurt and with a couple cups of arugula. News flash: you cannot disguise the taste of arugula with mango, nectarine, or banana-flavored whey. It just makes your fruit taste very very peppery and green. I think that upped the smugness factor though. It's all good.

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