On our way home, we stopped in Auburn, Nebraska, about 17 miles from our campsite (no pics of the campsite, except this one of my other Uncle, who spent all weekend fishing (catch and release) catching the same fish. When he finally got a different fish (a bigger one!), I got a pic of it.
Anyhoo, we stopped at Sonic on our way home to get Route 44 drinks. Mom and I got Iced Teas and dad got Diet Coke. OMG. Have you ever been so dehydrated that it made whatever you drank THAT much better? Mom and I gave an equally ecstatic sigh of relief. No AC in the car+Humidity doesn't a happy pair make. Sonic made things a bit better.
After we got home, I vegged, watched "Vampire Diaries" (Dang, it's addicting! Curse you, Netflix!), followed by "Something Borrowed" (To which, I say 'Meh.' Wasn't crazy about the ending, but I won't spoil it for those that haven't seen it. John Krasinski got the shaft, though) and now Food Network Star from last week.
I've been nursing a tension/dehydration/detox headache all afternoon. Whenever I feel like this, I like to make green monster smoothies. For those who don't know, green monsters are WONDERFUL. What makes them green is putting leafy greens (I stick with Kale or frozen spinach) in them. I haven't had a veggie or fruit all weekend, except when my sis made baked apples in the firepit last night. Doesn't count.
Anyway, one thing that I've recently become obsessed with is Toasted Carob Powder. Don't ask me why, don't ask me how, but I want to say it was Angela Liddon on her blog, Oh She Glows, talked about how it has a natural sweetness that cocoa powder doesn't, and that intrigued me. Angela also introduced me to the Green Monster, as well as a fantastic chocolate torte made with avocado that I got my extended family to eat and not realize how health it was. Win!
But, I digress. Carob powder is awesome. I've used it in oatmeal (also another recipe from Angela's site. I'm not a vegan, but her recipes are awesome), coffee and now my green monster. It turned my green to brown, and gave an amazing chocolatey taste to banana, berries and spinach. I loved it.
I don't know if this will alleviate my headache (highly doubt it), but I love that I can make simple swaps to make wholesome snacks. My smoothie was a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (again, love!), 2 T carob powder, 1 T chia seeds, 2 spirulina tablets (it's a seaweed that's really great for you. Can't even taste it), 1 frozen banana (also good for making ice "cream." Vegan swaps are fun!), 3/4 c frozen cherry berry mix, and 1 cup frozen spinach. So good!
I know this isn't specifically a food/wellness blog, but when I make something I absolutely love, I like to share. Green monsters have been proven to make me (personally) a lot more alert and a lot less bitchy (according to my sister). I love to have them for my breakfast. I hear adding a scoop of protein powder makes them more filling, but that stuff is expensive, so I really couldn't say.
But, now I'm off to watch Cupcake Champions. Love that show!