One of the best parts of summer is that you have time to try recipes…and time to take lots of pictures! This past week I’ve tried to challenge myself to really try out some new ideas rather than reaching for throw-together breakfasts of toast and oatmeal. Which isn’t hard to do with all of the great recipe ideas I get from all of your WIAW posts…I always want to do so much cooking on Thursday after blog reading that it’s a wonder I don’t weigh a million pounds!;) Anyways, one of the best things so far to come out of having time for recipe testing is this Key Lime Pie Green Smoothie (see previous post for recipe). I swear there’s pie in there somewhere! The morning started out with one of these bowls of epicness (new word)…
Mid-morning, I had a Pumpkin Apricot DIY LaraBar…this was so delicious and your wallet will love you!
Pumpkin Apricot DIY LaraBar
1/2 cup almonds, soaked for at least an hour and drained
1/2 cup pitted apricots (I used fresh but dried will work best!)
1/3 cup pitted prunes
1 heaping spoonful pumpkin puree
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 T. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
Place almonds in food processor and process until they are broken into little pieces. Set aside. Place dried fruit, pumpkin, cinnamon, and vanilla into processor and process until mixture is a sticky texture (only about one minute). Fold almonds and pumpkin seeds into the fruit mixture and lay into a pan, making the bars about 1 inch thick. Place pan in freezer for about 10 minutes until it hardens up a bit, then cut into 4 medium or 3 large bars. Wrap in tin foil and enjoy:)
Lunch involved kale from the garden, which I wrapped around mixed veggies, avocado, and a bit of leftover salmon. Interesting combo, I know, but it was delicious! Lentils+Bragg’s and some sweet potato on the side…love those carbs!
The afternoon called for an Orgain, which I practically inhaled! You know how people on death row get to pick their last meal? Mine would definitely require one of these! 🙂
I also had an orange, which I am beginning to think is my new favorite fruit. I never was a huge citrus fan, but I have been craving them all the time now!
Dinner was wild caught cod wrapped in a blue corn tortilla (My sister and I have been eating these so much that this post should be called Children of the Corn Tortillas!”) with microgreens, salsa, avocado, and Fage. AKA Healthy Fish Tacos. I also had a side salad with balsamic.
Dessert is unpictured but was a mix of Galaxy Granola, almondmilk, blueberries, and pumpkin seeds…definitely hit the spot!
…and I can’t forget this week’s product loving! I tried one of these Vega One Nutritional Shakes the other day in a basic banana green smoothie and fell in love! The flavor isn’t chalky or chemical-like and it boosts my smoothie with all kinds of good things, including 15 g of protein! I can’t wait to try the Vanilla Chai flavor.
There we have it-another WIAW complete! I love doing these because they are almost like taking little snapshots of my life. In a year from now, I can scroll through and say “I remember that week!”, instead of letting it slip out of memory forever. I’m sure you know what I mean:) On the menu for tomorrow morning: Mango Vanilla Overnight Oats…if they survive until then! Have an amazing rest of your week!