Have you noticed it’s getting dark earlier and maybe a bit chilly when you wake up in the morning? I adore this time of year when the leaves start to change and you can break out those yummy, cozy sweaters.
So get ready.
Turn down your thermostat to save some $ on your heating bill. Great reason to break out that warm throw or beautiful quilt and wrap yourself up while relaxing in the evenings.
Have your cat or dog sleep with you at night to help keep you toasty.
And…start your day off right. On Sunday, make a batch of steel cut oats for breakfast for the coming week. It’s easy. Use a slow cooker or rice cooker. My rice cooker has a porridge setting. Put in the water and steel cut oats and let them cook. My favorite is McCann’s Irish Oatmeal.
This is not the instant oatmeal you remember as a kid. Steel cut oats have a great flavor and are very filling. I like to add a bit of cinnamon and a few raisins or dried craisins or dried blueberries. Portion out the steel cut oats into your storage containers so all you have to do is grab a container and ziploc snack bag with your toppings (raisins and cinnamon) and you can heat it up at work. For those of you who like milk or almond/soy milk, you can add it to the oats as well – yum! It will keep you satisfied until lunchtime.
Depending on where you are, it’s strawberry season. Here in the south the roadside stands and pick your own places are open and the farmer’s markets are blanketed in berries. I love fresh strawberries!
As an ode to strawberries, here are some great ways to use them (you know there’s a smoothie in this somewhere right?) – grins.
Strawberry Joy Wicked Green Smoothie no picture as I drank it before I thought to photograph it! 1/2 c. yogurt vanilla or strawberry flavored
1 c. strawberries
1 c. almond milk or juice of your choice
and of course…a handful of greens. If you’re new add a leaf of spinach or lettuce. If you’ve made a few of these use a cup. Note: the pretty color changes to an ugly color with the greens but it tastes delicious so put it in a dark cup if the color bothers you!
Other ways to enjoy strawberries:
Dipped in dark chocolate
With yogurt and granola for breakfast or a snack
sliced over your cereal
simply sliced and eaten, maybe with a pinch of sugar or cool-whip or of course ice-cream
and of course picked from the vine and popped in your mouth with the sun shining down on you
Yep that’s right a chocolate wicked green smoothie. This smoothie is nutritious and will satisfy your chocolate craving. You won’t even taste the greens!
1 scoop dynamic greens chocolate powder
1 c. almond milk
handful of ice
handful of spinach
1/2 banana or 1/2 c. raspberries
optional (1 tbsp. of wheat germ, flax, and/or chia seeds)
if you are a newbie – add a tablespoon of Nutella – oh my yum!