plus there are some great and easy recipes out there

Power smoothies! (2 spoons)

I make these daily to get me through 6+ hours of physical labor in my vocational program, and they work! (I have hypoglycemia and struggle with an eating disorder and executive dysfunction so feeding myself the Right balance of nutrients is important.

Smoothies, by definition, can have pretty much anything in them. I keep this recipe low-spoons by buying in bulk and buying frozen fruits. Bananas are the only consistently fresh fruit I’ll buy, and when they get ripe even they get chopped up and thrown into a bag in the freezer for future smoothies.

SO ANYWAYS, SMOOTHIES:
Type One: Fruits and Veg
- 1 banana, fresh or frozen
- handful of frozen berry mix give or take
- handful of frozen peas
- some fresh kale if you’ve got it
- a lil handful of baby carrots
- handful of any dried fruit around too, like raisins
- like a cup of almond milk
- 1 to 2 TBSP of peanut butter or your choice of nut butter
Blend. Drink. It’s good. If you’re missing any of the more extraneous ingredients, either substitute with what you’ve got or just leave em out. Berries and banana and PB and almond milk are enough.

Type Two: Cherry Garcia
- 1 banana, as usual, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup or 1 handful or 1 eyeballed measurement of frozen dark sweet cherries. Other cherries work fine too.
- handful of any dried berries on hand? Once I had dried cherries as well as frozen and it was great
- some kale? Just toss it in. Optional but healthy.
- 1 or 2 TBSP of peanut butter
- 1 TSP of cocoa powder, unsweetened (the fruit will sweeten it for you!) (you can add more if you like, too. I love chocolate.)
- splash that almond milk in (unsweetened vanilla is my flavor of choice)
Blend. Enjoy. Sometimes if you use a little less almond milk all the frozen fruit makes it come out like a frozen yogurt and that’s always super tasty.

TYPE THREE: DAUNTING, HEALTHY
-1 banana. This is your base
-kale. Toss it in
-spinach too! Get a salad bag! Toss in the greens! Frozen works too!
-baby carrots by the handful!
-frozen mango! Personally I am allergic but I see my health nut friends use it a lot in these types of smoothies
-beets? Why not. They’re sweet and taste good!!
-frozen peas are also sweet and taste good!
-sliced ginger for that kick that makes you VISCERALLY AWARE of how heathy you’re eating
-you could probably add like garlic and stuff too but
-I would just add the peanut butter and the almond milk (or juice of your choice on this one)
Now blend, drink, feel virtuous and clean and whole. It’s time for some yoga, or to work in the community garden, or to ill-advisedly try to down a shot of ginger extract for the kick of it
(This will burn, but a clean kind of burn, and you’ll feel better for it if not quite so capable of breathing or speaking or not leaking out of every facial orifice for a few minutes)

All of these smoothies require little to no prep (we peel and bag our bananas in advance and occasionally I slice a carrot up if they don’t have baby carrots at Costco that week) but they’re very quick and easy! The recipe is open source. Just banana+PB+almond milk+ some fruit = a great smoothie packed with enough protein and sugar to keep you energized and full feeling! Plus they are all hella tasty, even when they come out looking kind of brown and scary. (Sometimes that brown is chocolate though!)

Roasted Broccoli

Ingredients

  • Head of broccoli
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (you can use more)
  • Parmesan 
  • Lemon juice
  • Basil

Preheat oven to 425 F. Cut the florets from the stalk, and leave about an inch left of the stalk then spread it out in a single layer on a sheet pan. Toss garlic on top and drizzle generously with olive oil and salt/pepper to taste. Then put it in oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the florets have started to brown/crisp. When it’s done, sprinkle with parmesan and basil. I like to add a bit of lemon juice to make it more refreshing.

This could easily be turned into a vegan dish if you take out the parmesan. Plus, it’s easy and hardly takes any prep time and it makes for a great side dish. Or I bet you could add it with some pasta and diced tomatoes and make a great entree out of it.