Posts Tagged ‘spinach’

Almond Joy Smoothie – Vegan and Healthy!

What better way to wake up in the morning than knowing that, taste-wise, you will be eating the equivalent of a candy bar for breakfast while getting all the nutrition needed to supercharge your day?

That’s exactly how I felt this morning, knowing that yesterday I had experimented with creating an Almond Joy-type smoothie and today I had some ideas to perfect it!

This smoothie replicates the flavors in an Almond Joy bar.  The chocolate flavor comes from cacao, the almond flavor from almond butter and almond extract, and the coconut flavor from coconut milk and unsweetened coconut flakes.  What about the fruits and veggies?  Those come with the addition of a handful of spinach and a frozen banana, while calcium comes from the coconut or coconut-almond milk.  And I also like to add some hemp protein powder for some extra protein, but that’s optional.

Almond Joy Smoothie

All the goodness of the candy bar, replicated with healthy ingredients!

All the goodness of the candy bar, replicated with healthy ingredients!


  • 1 large handful baby spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 1/4 cups coconut milk (the kind from the carton, not the thick canned kind) or almond-coconut milk blend
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (peanut butter also works)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon cacao power
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon hemp protein, optional
  • 1-2 dates, pitted (optional – include if you like extra sweetness)

Combine in blender and enjoy your smoothie!  Sprinkle with extra coconut flakes if desired.  Makes one tall glass (about 2 cups).


Ramekin-Broil Eggs – A New Breakfast Staple

Today, I decided to get creative with breakfast – after all, I have relied on the same 3 breakfast choices (cereal, omelets, or pancakes) for the past 10 years of my life, and it is time for a change.  Yesterday, I had come across four ramekins that I purchased about 3 years ago, and have not used once.  So it was only natural to break those out and see what I could come up with using them!  Here is the result:


Eggs broiled in ramekins with bacon, spinach,tomato, and cheese.

I set my oven to broil, then placed a strip of bacon across each ramekin, draping it at the sides.  Next, I layered baby spinach and chopped tomatoes, making a little “nest” (indentation) in the middle for the egg to land into (otherwise, it will splay off to the one side of the ramekin and not look nearly as pretty).  Lastly, I cracked the egg into the center and topped it with salt, pepper, and freshly grated cheese.  

I broiled this concoction for about 10 minutes, until the whites were set and the yolk was still a little runny.  Before eating, I topped it with some freshly chopped herbs and hot sauce.  Simple and delicious!