Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sludge

I fell asleep on the couch last night.  FH went to bed early and I took the opportunity to curl up on the big couch and watch a little TV.  Next thing I knew it was 6am and I could hear FH getting ready for work.  oooops.

Decided that today I should start off with a big ol’ green smoothie.  I’ve been a little short on fruits and veggies the last couple of days, so it’s nice to cram a bunch into one meal.

As mentioned, I can’t get Amazing Meal locally so while I procrastinate ordering some online I grabbed a couple of packets of Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer at Planet Organic.  I’ve heard mixed reviews about Vega, but it’s good to be your own judge.

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This morning’s smoothie was definitely not my best.  I had two things working against me… the Vega… and my inability to read cartons when shopping.  I accidentally bought the unsweetened Original instead of unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze.  Trust me, this is HUGE for me.  I find the vanilla is what can make or break a green smoothie.

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Anyway, into the KA went:  1/2 frozen banana, the Vega, 2 heaping handfuls organic baby spinach, 2 tsp flax meal, 1 scant tbsp White Chocolate Wonderful (I was looking for something to make up for the lack of vanilla), about 8oz unsweetened Almond Breeze.

The result?  Sludge.  Not necessarily the worst green smoothie I’ve ever made…but certainly not the best either. 

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The problem?  Don’t know whether to blame the Vega or the almond milk.  I’m going with a 50/50 split.  I do have another packet of Vega in a way fun Vanilla Chai flavor so we’ll try again! 

After I choked down that salad in a glass, I couldn’t wait to tackle my coffee…oh bliss!

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And when lunch rolled around (I will say that the smoothie held for about 2 hours…not too shabby) I wanted a do-over breakfast!

Repeat of the fantabulous Chocolate Coconut Banana Oats.  Deeelish!! 

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Since I already used flax in my smoothie, I decided to skip it in the oats and added chia seeds instead.  Just let them steep in the milk/water right from the beginning and by the time it boiled they had started to gel. 

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Totally made up for the sludgy mess from this morning.

Now I have my weekly conference call…during which I shall drink up a litre of water.  Too bad really…it’s snowing lightly outside and I’ve been dying to drag the Rebel out into the elements and take pictures of something other than food!

And just a little reminder: Check out the Amazing Grass giveaway!  Two more days to enter.  :)

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4 comments:

Angie All The Way said...

It was definitely the Vega. That stuff is like ass! AG all the way!

Jenny said...

ok, I need to try AG, some way- some how ;)

Glad your lunch made up for your breakie!

Jessica said...

I very much dislike the Vega products... huge dislike. I think it's icky!

JavaChick said...

Hmm. I would try adding a little splash of vanilla extract in cases like these? A baker like you must have some one hand! :)