Happy Wednesday y’all. I’ve had a crazy week so far, how’s your week been? Anyone else loving this gorgeous weather? It’s really starting to feel like fall in the Carolina’s – and I must admit I’m starting to crave things like soup and roasted veggies!
I have been on a green smoothie kick for the past month and I’m not sure what I’m going to do once it gets cold. I’m afraid I’m going to need to find a new way to get my veggies each morning – eeek! Suggestions?!?
My green smoothie today was frozen mango, banana and spinach, blended up with vanilla raw fusion protein powder and chia seeds. I tasted it and decided it needed cinnamon. It was perfect!
I normally go to the gym around 2pm, so I have a “second breakfast” to hold me over to lunch (which ends up being around 4-4:30 most days). Today I was so excited because I brought some homemade apple butter to mix in my Greek yogurt. I topped this with raspberries and was in temporary heaven at my desk. I will share today’s workout with you all on Friday for my Fitness Friday post. It was so fun – yoga inspired cardio.
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Ok, back to the food: I made homemade apple butter on Sunday night. It was crazy easy – minus peeling apples (maybe that’s why it’s so expensive?!). All the apple butters at the grocery store had high fructose corn syrup in it. Every single brand. That is just unacceptable.
Peel 10 small apples, cut them in manageable chunks and put them in a pot on the stove with a half of a tablespoon of cinnamon, two cloves. 10-15 grates of nutmeg (about 1/8 tsp) and a packet of stevia with 1/2 cup water and cover the pot 15 minutes on medium high until the apples are easily mashable (is that a word?!).
Mash the apples (because it’s fun 🙂 I’m sure they will break down eventually if your don’t). Turn heat to medium low/low and cover 2 hours stirring occasionally (every 30 minutes or so). Take off lid and cook 1 more hour; stir every 15 minutes or so. Once the water is gone or almost gone (think really thick applesauce), the apples will begin to caramelize quickly. Turn the heat down to low.
Stay close and stir every 5 minutes to keep from burning. Keep on low heat until apples reach rich dark brown caramel color. Store in airtight container in the fridge for a week. Haha who am I kidding. Refrain from eating the entire jar in a day!
Lunch was this big beautiful kale salad dressed with balsamic (massaged kale is the best). Rehydrated cranberries (soaked in stevia water) roasted butternut squash, cauliflower, balsamic mushrooms, red onions and red and orange bell pepper (raw and roasted). I topped this with my simple salmon. This salad was so good – very fall and there is nothing better than roasted cauliflower!
Every time I have kale salad I think of my best friend Jessica who brought kale salad to work one day. She didn’t know she had to massage the kale with vinegar to help break down the leaves! She declared kale tasted like dirt quite loudly while eating at her desk! I laugh a little every time I think of this. Now she knows how to prepare it and loves it 🙂
Insert a big spoon of peanut butter —-> !!!. I was seriously craving peanut butter pie but sadly it’s gone – I have no idea who ate it all! Busy season at work makes me seriously crave coffee and something sweet. Thank goodness for peanut butter – it makes everything better 🙂
On my way home I ate a huge Granny Smith apple and munched on some cashews and a handful of cinnamon puffins before the gym.
I decided to have a desert inspired dinner since I’ve been craving something sweet since lunch. I made a parfait with strawberry raspberry chia jelly, Fage 2% Greek yogurt, and MRM protein powder mixed in. I topped it with some homemade granola and dug right in. So good and definitely squashed my tooth cravings (until tomorrow).
Until next WIAW friends! Thank you Jenn!
Do you have any dishes that remind you of a friend or make you laugh every time you prepare it?