So what’s healthier/weirder than having a spinach and protein smoothie for breakfast every morning? Having a spinach, protein, and blue-green algae smoothie for breakfast every morning…
Now, when I say blue algae, I don’t mean that I’m putting anything that looks like algae in my smoothie. It actually comes in a powder form that is a deep greenish bluish color, and turns my smoothies a deeper green.
This addition was actually a tip that I got from my health coach Noel. Her initial intent was that I replace the spinach in my smoothie, because apparently raw spinach can be stressful on your digestive system. The blue-green algae would serve as an alternative vegetable, but I’m a little too attached to my spinach so I add both the spinach and the algae (who gets attached to spinach?).
Anywho, I’ve been dabbling with algae on and off for a couple months now. The label on the bottle says it will give me energy along with a laundry list of other benefits. I believe it’s considered a super food. I’m not quite sure if I’m experiencing any specific benefits that come directly from the algae yet because eat pretty healthy food in general, but I feel good about it!
Since it’s still November, I’m still allowed to make pumpkin things. I recently had an early morning class field trip, so I decided that it would be nice to bring some muffins along. I had a few very ripe bananas, so my initial plan was to find a good banana muffin recipe, but during my search I found something even better: a pumpkin banana muffin recipe. To make the muffins a little more interesting I decided to add some chocolate chips and walnuts. Basically whenever I can add nuts or chocolate, I will.
The muffins turned out fairly dense and quite moist which was great. The original recipe called for whole wheat flour, or at least a combination of white and whole wheat. I typically jump at the chance to use whole wheat flour, but in this instance I had just bought some white flour that I wanted to use up, so I used all white. I love recipes that are adaptable to what you have on hand!
On Tuesday, I went to Lancaster to shop at the outlets and to visit assorted small Amish shops that are tradition on a trip to the Dutch country. On my way there, I always stop for breakfast at the Shady Maple Restaurant with my parents. There you will a smorgasbord of Amish delights. You can’t pass up the whoopie pies or the sweet potato pancake when you are there. Also, leave room for all the Amish meats like the smoked turkey sausage or the freshly made scrapple. I only stop twice a year because that’s enough gluttony for one year, trust me! My next post will give you the recipe to my favorite Amish tradition for the fall, pumpkin whoopie pies.