Chocolate Banana Quinoa After Friday's post about breakfast quinoa I got a little crafty in the kitchen. I love chocolate and bananas, so I used the same left over quinoa and mixed in some cacao, sliced banana, with pumpkin seeds and a dash of honey for sweetness. Delicious! Chocolate Banana Breaky  1 cup cooked quinoa, salted 1 ripe organic banana, sliced 1/2 tsp raw cacao 1 tsp raw honey dash vanilla Mix by hand and enjoy the mind-blowing, all good for you breakfast. The magic of real food %&*!

Breakfast Quinoa Remember those little packets of instant hot cereal, I loved those things growing up and by growing up I mean up until a few years ago. Don't talk to me about any flavour except apple cinnamon, maple maybe but apple cinnamon was where it was at. Lots of excitement around breakfast quinoa these days and since I had a shit ton left over from delivery this week and the bros can only eat so much I decided to toss together an easy breaky in memory of those instant packages. Apple Cinnamon Quinoa  1 cup cooked quinoa 1 small apple, grated 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp raw honey (optional) Mix everything together by hand and enjoy! This is so easy, quinoa has about 8g of protein per cup and it keeps well in the fridge for 4 to 5 days so make a big batch. Mix and match fresh and dried fruits or add other flavours like raw cacao, or hemp seeds or chopped nuts. Really whatever is in your cupboard.

photo cred Cat My eldest asked for a smoothie last night as she was getting her pj's on (which was an obvious ploy to prolong going to bed as she knows that I usually jump at the chance to make her smoothies but she was sooooo mistaken - bless her cotton socks for trying though). So I promised her one in the morning. I tried something different today and it was a huge success and then I slapped some in a sippy cup and the little one downed it too. Moral of the story: Both kids had kale for breakfast and both had no idea. Yesssssssss. The Double Trouble Smoothie 1 cup of filtered water 1/2 banana 1/2 avocado 1 sprig of kale 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1 tbsp hemp hearts Blend and enjoy. Yields appox. 1.5 cups.  Add more water if too thick and serve it with a straw for the kids.  Straws always rock.

Snow Day Snow day!!!! Hopefully you're all tucked in nice and warm at home. If you haven't had a smoothie today this one is delicious. I usually try to stick to two pieces of fruit but what the heck! Snow Day Sunshine Smoothie  handful spinach 2 leaves kale 1 smallish carrot 3 small apples 2 tbsp hemp 1 piece of ginger (end of your baby finger in size) 4 cups filtered water Blend it smooth. Makes 2Ls, I store half in a mason jar for the next day. Good one Asil, and thanks for the photo.

photo cred Cat Spinach may be scarce these days but beets ain't.  And you know I love me a beet or two (or five or six).  Personally, beets have always been a bit tricky in the smoothie department.  I don't know how Lisa manages to make her Red-Green smoothies taste so damn good but clearly I have not mastered the fine art yet, or have I?????? Enter the cooked beet. I had a few leftover from the day before so chucked them in. Wow, amazing beety goodness. So unless you have Lisa making your smoothies everyday, try this as an alternative. The Beet Beat Smoothie 4 cups filtered water 2 lg handful of org. mixed greens 1 -2 cooked org. beets 1 org. apple 1 org. banana 1/2 org. zucchini 2 tbsp hemp hearts Blend until smooth - Yields 1.5 liters. And don't forget to save some in a bowl for the babies (just add some organic baby cereal to it).