It’s not blueberry season but when Berks County Living asked me for a favorite superfood and recipe it had to be blueberries. It’s been in my logo from the get go. Love this North American treat. It’s not just … Continue reading
i know. i know. these fruits are not in season, local or organic but i could be eating oreos or sipping bourbon for breakfast. i’ll be milestone old this year. somehow the past few years have gotten away from me. … Continue reading
fruity balsamic 2 cups or 14 oz pineapple & mango (substitute strawberries, blueberries, pear or maybe some orange) 2 cups balsamic vinegar 1/4 c oil 2 T mustard, dijon, yellow or grainy mustard 3 T agave or honey (sweeten to … Continue reading
Every year we get far away friends together for Christmas, after the holidays. We usually do this in January but schedules are challenging to coordinate…so it is Christmas in February.
It is usually a hockey filled weekend, NHL Center Ice on the XBox, NHL on tv, and a night at the Reading Royals…. oh, forgot the best part… Saturday morning Shady Maple breakfast buffet. Gluttony is a sin and we misbehave at Shady. The upside… after breakfast there is no need need to prepare lunch and we catch dinner at the Royals game.
For Sunday breakfast, I wanted to try an egg & bread bake. I have heard of easy recipes prepped the night before and baked off for breakfast. If you know me you know I despise eggs and would never make this recipe for the two of us.
In my weekly email to my clients, I asked for a tried and true recipe and received a few. I wanted to combine all 3 to make my own but thought it best to sort of stay in the guidelines for the first one just to test the waters. I did fudge with the this recipe a bit based on what was on my shelves. So, what follows is an adapted recipe from an uber dynamic chic (her ‘miss must haves’ blog here).
christin’s killer baked blueberry cream cheese french toast adapted by phoebe canakis
- day-old bread – I used a large loaf of Greek Easter Bread that was freezer bound : cut up in pieces or torn
- 1 cup fresh/frozen blueberries – preferable local and/or organic
- 1 package of low fat cream cheese, softened
- 8 oz non-fat greek yogurt
- 12 eggs
- 2 cups organic milk
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
layer 1/2 of the bread cubes in a prepared dish. use your judgment to determine the size of dish you need, based on the amount of bread you use.
mix the softened cream cheese with the yogurt then add the blueberries.
dollop the cheesy, blueberry mixture on top of the first layer of bread. take the remaining bread and cover the first layer.
mix the eggs, milk, vanilla, salt, maple syrup, & cinnamon pour on the bread & cheese mixture.
cover and refrigerate overnight. bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until the center is firm and lightly browned.
serve warm with maple syrup and smiles.
I’m thinking… how to get more fruits & veggies in my diet. Using the Dr. Weil anti-inflammatory food pyramid is a helpful guide. Loving his veggie based pyramid as it offers a balance of the unprocessed carbs and veggies. Smoothies seem like the easiest way to accomplish this veggie goal and so my experiments begin. Really, like it should be hard to talk you into a milkshake-like drink. Come on now!
I have a gal pal who uses spinach in her morning smoothies so this one is for you Cheryl….you wonder woman you! I wonder how a beet, apple/pear and pineapple would taste blended with ice? Just picked up a fresh pineapple & coconut milk for the next smoothie 1.0 test. Thinking cauliflower may sneak into my pina colada smoothie…
Popeye had it right, getting pumped on spinach. Spinach is crazy rich in
- vitamin K
- vitamin A
- potassium, calcium, fiber
- get the whole scoop at WHFoods.com
Hemp seeds are a good source of protein, 3 T has 11g of protein. Hemp seeds are also rich in vitamin E and omega 3′s.
If you choose chia seeds they also contain omega 3′s, more than flax seeds. They are full of fiber, antioxidants & essential minerals but for the full scoop, on this new, hot health food, check out chia seeds superfoods.
This recipe is as basic as it comes so use your imagination for your blend… no reason you can’t use kale instead of spinach. Why not add a teaspoon of cinnamon (will help slow the blood sugar spike as your body processes your meal…DOES not mean you can eat more sugar). Grab your kids or finicky partner and rock on with this healthy milkshake!
popeye’s hemp smoothie
- 1 1/2 c or 12 oz liquid (I used orgain but would also use non-dairy milk)
- 1 cup blueberries (I use local berries, frozen when in season)
- 2 handfuls fresh, organic spinach
- 3 T hemp seeds or chai seeds
- agave (optional)
blend until no small child or fussy adult can tell that there was any spinach in your recipe, add a straw and enjoy!