Introducing The Partridge – Week 2

I haven’t posted a smoothie recipe in ages and that’s for a couple reasons, 1.  No new inspiration was coming my way and 2.  I had picked up a love affair with coffee and toast in the mornings.  But today, I bring you something new (to me at least) and it’s so yummy that I told my husband, “This will be our morning smoothie, no more experiments, this is  the mother of all smoothies”.

the partridge

1 1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk

1 pitted date (I used Medjool)

1 organic pear cored (I left skin on but feel free to peel)

1 scoop Vega (Vanilla flavor – or any plant based non soy protein powder of your choice – brown rice, hemp, chia are good options)

2 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy!

P.S.  Perhaps you noticed my nifty stainless steel straw?  I love them, so great to rinse and reuse again and again and again plus it saves me from the inevitable smoothie mustache.  I received these in my stocking but you can find them here on sale.

P.P.S If anyone is reading this and not eschewing bananas at the moment AND in freezing temps, this smoothie looked really fun.


It’s a funny thing

Me, taking pictures of my smoothies.  Here’s how it typically goes down, I return from the gym, sweaty, smelly and hungry.  I wash my hands (cause gyms have germs) and get to work making my shake.  There is rarely a plan, it’s totally based on what’s on hand, what needs to get used, how hungry I really am, etc.  So I whip up my concoction, pour it in a glass and then I take a picture.  Mind you I have not yet had even a sip of my breakfast, if I did there’d be a gross residue section on the glass and, although it rarely shows, I try to take an appetizing picture.  So there I am putting the glass, here and there trying (in vain) to find a little light and I’m hungry the whole time.  Now here’s the twist, I’m not even sure the picture I am taking will be posted.  I can make a yummy smoothie but occasionally, I can make one that is seriously difficult to choke down and some days (like today) it’s a total crap shoot.  But today was a winner and here it is:

Coco chai Coco Chai

1 cup Rice Milk

2 tablespoons Chai (I used the Tazo brand – it has sugar)

1 large handful raw spinach

1 handful raw cashews

1 scoop amazing greens powder (Chocolate kids version)

1 heaping table spoon Cacao

1 tsp maca

1 scoop Vega (Vanilla Chai)

1/2 to 2/3 cup  frozen organic cherries

Blend and serve and take a picture if you want.

Back in the saddle

Photo via the internet (my pies are not that pretty)

I’ve basically spent the past week eating and sleeping, there were no gym visits, there wasn’t much of anything going on except the aforementioned eating, oh and cooking of course.  I did eat a lot of veggies but they were usually swimming in butter, oil, and/or cheese……mmmmmm, cheese.  I also had pie, with a side of pie and whipped creams and ice creams and cookies and oh my.  Not surprisingly I looked at my husband last night and said, “I feel so sorry for myself”!

It’s true eating this way not only causes a mess with my digestive system it also totally screws with me emotionally.  My typical M.O. is to be super hard on myself and forget all the fun and community that I had in the last week and just wince at each “bad choice” I made and groan about the difficulty of getting back “on track”.  But you know what – LIFE IS TOO SHORT.  And as Kris Carr told me recently, “LIFE LOVES ME”!  What kind of recipient of life’s love would I be if I start my whole woe-is-me routine?  So this morning, I woke-up, hit the gym, went to the g-store, made my smoothie and sat down to talk to you fine folks, cause you know what?  LIFE LOVES US ALL!

This is my “Back in the Saddle” concoction:

1 cup almond milk

1 banana

1 scoop Vanilla Chai Vega

1 scoop Amazing Greens berry powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cacao

1/4 tsp espresso

2 ice cubes

Giddy up ‘lil doggies, I can already feel my little light starting to shine once again.

Monday, Monday

Made this little beauty this morning, in my own home, with my own blender.  We are back from our trip, however on our last morning in Napa I stumbled on a little juicing place and had one of the most enjoyable electric green concoctions I’ve ever tasted.  I will share the recipe of “The Queen’s Greens” as soon as I can replicate at home.

Now, for this morning’s  breakfast:

1/2 cup Rice Dream

1/2 cup water

1/2 frozen banana

1 squirt flax seed oil

1 1/2 scoops Vega – Vanilla Chia flavor

2 TBS raw Cacao

Below I’ve included a correspondence I had with Vega – the maker of my preferred protein/nutrition powder.  There are so many things on the market and most of them are crap, when you find one you like you might want to double check with the company to ensure you are getting what you hope for.  A couple things I want are: no sugar, as raw as possible, if not raw as lightly processed as possible.

“Thank you for your inquiry.

I am a huge believer in checking the manufacturing procedures for products and companies that I really enjoy so I am glad you’ve contacted us. I’ll try and give you a bit of background as to the manufacturing procedures, please let me know if you have any further questions.

As it is our effort to provide the cleanest, most natural and minimally processed products you will see this reflected in both our ingredient choices and how we prepare them for consumption.

Several of our ingredients are raw, and utilize a jet spray process to dry them into a powder. This includes the chlorella in our WFHO and the green vegetables in our Shake and Go. Jet spraying literally involves soaking the plants, and then spraying them at a velocity that evaporates the moisture, while not heating the nutrients. There are no chemicals added, it is purely a mechanical process.

The hemp protein we use is also raw. It is produced by cold pressing the oil from the seeds to produce a dense hemp “cake” that is milled (at low temperature) and then screened to extract the protein.

Our flax is micro milled and flash pasteurized to remain shelf stable and digestible, all while not allowing the oils to become rancid.

Our pea protein and rice protein are not raw as they do experience friction in the milling process which brings them to about 130 degrees, which is slightly higher than the 118 degree threshold for raw. They are produced by a series of washing and sieving steps as well as isolating the protein through a (non solvent) process of dropping the pH. Again there is no hexanes, or solvents used to complete this.

Our maca root is gelatinized which is a cooking process to release the starch bonds concentrating the nutrients (glucosinolates and alkaloids). Maca must be cooked to be digestible.

Typically our Vega products are about 20-25% rawly weight, and no additives or preservatives are used in any stage of the manufacturing. All our products are tested by a third party laboratory to ensure quality, freshness and nutrient density remains and is viable.”