Avocado Pesto

Who doesn’t love pesto sauce?  I’m yet to encounter someone who doesn’t.  My pestos often involve seeds and nuts but this go-around, I tried something new.  Avo pesto hit the spot and requires little to no added oil since the avo is so creamy and wonderful.

We tossed this with quinoa-brown rice pasta, sautéed greens, cherry tomatoes, and tofu.  It was divine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup mixed dark leafy greens (I used spinach and kale, stems removed)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • process in food processor until smooth
  • mix with favorite pasta, grain, or spread it on a pizza base.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie

I’m getting a little crazy with the vitamix.   And by crazy I mean trying out new smoothie recipes.  This one is totally out of my “comfort zone”  but it is DELICIOUS.

For the last month and a half, I’ve also been experimenting with a new protein powder (Don’t worry, I still LOVE my Vega) called Shakeology.  Shakeology is a Beach Body product.  In November, I signed on as a coach  because I am impressed by their wide variety of workouts as well as their vegan Shakeology products (not too impressed with their non-vegan ones but I’m sure that doesn’t come as much of a surprise).  I personally have been doing the Piyo workouts and for the past month, the 21 Day Fix workouts.  I really like them.  In conjunction with running, they are doing the job of keeping me strong during my pregnancy.  I can hardly wait to use the Beach Body workouts after Baby comes to get back in shape.  I also love them because it gives me something to offer my Sweet Beets Clients.  Seriously, they are legit and have something for everyone.

Okay– on to this smoothie recipe.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie

In the blender, blend the heck out of:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop Vegan Chocolate Shakeology or Chocolate Vega
  • 1 large handful mixed greens
  • 1/4 cup cooked steal cut oats
  • 1 cup almond milk (I used homemade)
  • 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
  • 2 Teaspoons blackstrap molasses
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon raw cocoa nibs stirred in after blending.

 


Banana Pudding

We seem to have an excess of bananas this week.  In an effort to use some of them up, I’ve been playing.  This pudding took me two minutes to whip up.  It would make a great pre-workout snack—the fructose in the agave nectar provides slow release energy to keep ya going while the dates provide some quick energy with their easy to digest glucose. It also has a decent fiber and omega-3 content due to the flaxseed and chia.  It could totally pass as a dessert or a sweet but healthy snack for the kiddos.


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