Monday, January 26, 2009

For Goodness' Sake

I've been eating these super-hippy shakes lately for breakfast and sometimes even for dinner! I mocked Ken for bringing home protein powder a few weeks ago, but it turns out that stuff is my friend, and when you put it in a blender with some berries and yogurt and milk, you can throw in a handful of spinach and not even notice.

Hippy Hippy Shake
(adapted from Clean Eating Magazine)

- 1/2 c skim milk
- 1/2 c nonfat plain yogurt
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (we have Designer Whey, but you know, whatever you like)
- generous handful of spinach (I probably throw 2 cups in there)
- 1 T ground flax seeds (here's where it gets all hippy-like)
- 1/2 c frozen berries (I like strawberries best)
- 1 T agave nectar (mmm... hippy sweetener) (optional; you could also use honey or maple syrup)

Directions: Blend. Drink.

I'm also waaaay into oatmeal these days, and pretty much just thinking about it makes my mouth water. I make McCann's Quick-Cooking Irish Oats (mmm... endosperm).

Gillian's Mouth-Watering Oatmeal
(adapted from Clean Eating Magazine)

- 1/2 c oats
- 1/2 c skim milk
- 1/2 c water
- 1 tsp almond butter
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 T ground flax seeds
- cinnamon
- salt (get the good stuff for this - it's expensive but so worth it)

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until it turns into oatmeal. Remove from heat and stir in almond butter, honey, and flax seeds. Sprinkle with cinnamon and salt. Enjoy with a cup of Earl Grey tea in your favourite mug.


Anonymous said...

I'm obsessed with that oatmeal, too! Only I don't do the quick oats (it only takes about 10 mins to do the non-quick one, so I cook it while drying my hair and putting on makeup). I make it with 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup milk (skim), 1 TBSP ground flaxseeds (hippie), 1 TBSP cranberries, 2 tsp maple syrup. Half an apple chopped up and mixed in makes it yummy and crunchy.

Mmmmmmmm. My blender broke, so I'll have to wait to try the hippie shakes.

Brianna said...

i dunno about the spinach... and I get called a hippy on a semi-regular basis.

montague said...


Julie said...

Nothing hippie about this woman
and she's the smoothie loving, flax touting, Eat Clean Queen. You are in good company.

I, myself, am taking a hit of Tylenol and Advil with my smoothies these days :)

As for the oatmeal... I love cooking it plain and then filling the rest of the bowl with fresh berries, bananas and/or peaches, toasted almonds and plain yogurt. So good!

Candace said...

The shake and the oatmeal both look really good. I'm going to go subscribe to that magazine...

kfinnefrock said...

OK - people keep telling me to try protein shakes and I keep ignoring them. I am now convinced to try it with your recipe... we'll see ;)