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day 26: cinnamon buns and solid food

Posted Feb 21 2010 12:00am

Sunday means brunch at my in-laws. Brunch means solid food.  I was very excited to have brunch today: an english muffin with pb, cheesy scrambled eggs, bacon, and couple of home-fries.  Mmmmm.

I also brought my homemade cinnamon buns to share with the in-laws at brunch today. I got this recipe from the Bread Baker’s Apprentice baking book as I’m trying to bake my way through the whole book for the BBA Challenge put on my Pinch My Salt ‘s blog. I didn’t frost them because I forgot to buy powdered sugar, but Matt’s mom prefers them un-frosted anyway.

On to the green smoothies:

Breakfast Smoothie:

  • 4 c. red swiss chard
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 3 Medjool dates
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 tbsp greens powder
  • 2 c. water

Verdict: The dates add a great sweetness to this smoothie. The cucumber gives a cool, refreshing taste but it’s a bit overpowering. I think I would use less cucumber and maybe add more chard or a more neutral tasting green vegetable, like celery.

Dinner Smoothie:

  • 4 c. spinach
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1 clementine, juiced
  • 1″ piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp psyllium hulls
  • 1 tsp greens powder
  • 2 c. water

Verdict: Too watery. I always add 2 cups of water but for some reason this “smoothie” was more like a juice. The taste was predominantly ginger and cilantro, so if you don’t like cilantro (which, apparently, many people don’t) then you might want to substitute something else. A few sprigs of mint, perhaps?

Lent weekend 1: complete. I think I did really well with my green smoothie drinking this weekend. I didn’t ever feel full but I never felt like I was starving either. I definitely had cravings, though. I hated how the liquid meals affected my bladder that I was almost wishing for a catheter. Honestly, I’m holding it right now, just so I can finish writing this blog post!

I’m already looking forward to breakfast tomorrow morning! Eggs, or oatmeal? I can’t quite decide. That’s okay, I have all night to dream about it! (Yes, I do dream about food, as a matter of fact.)

That’s enough blogging for tonight. Back to the hockey game. Come On, Canada!

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