Hump Day Happenings

>> Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Though I chose against doing a detox this month, that doesn't mean I'm not trying to clean up my eating a bit. The holidays were full of sugar and spice and everything nice. EVERYTHING. Now, I'm trying to find comfort and happiness in the simple things.

But simple doesn't have to be blah!

Take this awesome breakfast smoothie, for example. The ingredients that go into it are sure full of nutrition. Free of processed crap. Alive with flavor.


(Print this Recipe!)

What you'll need . . .
  • 1 cup plain, low-fat yogurt (I used Stonyfield Farms)
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 scoop Midori Greens (optional, but recommended)

Method . . .
  1. Toss everything into a blender and blend.
  2. Add more sweetener, if desired, though I didn't find it necessary.
  3. Enjoy every last drop.
At the last minute, I decided to toss in a scoop of Midori Greens that the kind folks at sent me to try out. (More on -- and a giveaway -- soon!)


Cardigan and jeans: J. Crew (outlet, of course)
Shirt, belt, and shoes: Target
Side-glance to pretend I didn't take this photo with a self-timer: All me

I tried to get cute with a jumping shot. But it turned out worse than Dunder Mifflin's X-mas card shoot. I challenge you to take a photo of yourself jumping. You won't look good. Well, unless you take like 1,000 photos. NO TIME!

If you'd like to catch up on my style transformation (if you can call it that), just click these links:

Angela's cookie dough balls to the rescue! I've made them several times exactly to her specifications. But I like a chunkier cookie and -- therefore -- cookie dough ball. And I'm always looking for an excuse to use hazelnut meal!

(Adapted from Oh She Glows)

What you'll need . . .
  • 1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill hazelnut meal (or 1/2 cup unsalted nuts, processed in a food processor)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats, uncooked and processed into flour-like texture
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons (or so) maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (whole, uncooked)
  • Handful chocolate chips

Method . . .
  1. Place the hazelnut meal, 1/2 cup rolled oats, and wheat flour in a food processor. Process for a few minutes until fine and well incorporated.
  2. Then add in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Should form a wet ball. If it isn't wet, add a bit more maple syrup.
  3. Toss dough ball into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix in the whole rolled oats and chocolate chips until well distributed. (You may also do this by hand. It's just harder that way.)
  4. Then take heaping tablespoons and turn out onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Flatten with the palm of your hand.
  5. Refrigerate until firm. Or eat right away. It's up to you!


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