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Thursday
Jan202011

dog hog blog

I’m so glad I have most of my appetite AND a small amount of energy to make some easy, delicious food.

Below is Food For Life, millet bread.  Have you ever picked up a loaf of gluten free bread?  It’s small, weighs a ton and will set you back $4-6.  However, it’s comforting and deliciously different from wheat based bread.  The millet bread is dense and almost thick + cakey in a way.  I like the texture and the flavor is mild.

I topped it with unsalted/unsweetened PB, coconut butter, + raisins.

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I made a HUGE green monster, that turned purple from 1c of blueberries.  It didn’t even all fit in this glass! 

contents were:

  • spinach
  • blueberries
  • almond milk
  • acai juice [no sugar added]
  • chia seeds
  • banana
  • avocado [makes smoothies suuuuper creamy]
  • strawberries
  • vanilla chai protein powder [amazing grass]

Delicious.

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Dakota knows I’m sick.  She pouts even more, if you can imagine that.  It is on rare occasions like this that I let her up on the couch and then immediately regret my decision.

She is SUCH a couch hog!  I was smooshed.

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She loves to be buried in blankets and does not try to find her way out…

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My afternoon smoothie was slammin’!!!!  I made a variation from the orange banana smoothie I made a few weeks ago, which was a variation from Angela’s creamsicle smoothie.  This was much more creamsicle like!

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Orange Coconut Creamsicle

  • 3 clementines
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1T chia seeds
  • ~1c unsweetened almond milk
  • ~1T coconut butter [coconut oil will work too]
  • 1t vanilla
  • 1t maca powder [optional]
  1. Pour almond milk into a blender.
  2. Add all ingredients.  Peel as much pulp off the clementines as possible.
  3. Blend on low, working up to high until smooth.
  4. Let sit ~3min to thicken, if desired.  [the ground chia seeds will thicken it]

*Make sure your banana is frozen or this will be too liquidy.  You can also freeze the clementines [after peeling them] and the avocado, if you wish. 

*If you use a whole banana it will overpower the flavor.

*If you use more avocado it will mask the flavor.  I find that coconut milk [from the carton] also masks flavor in smoothies. 

This was suuuuper creamy, with a mellow vanilla flavor, slight hint of coconut + banana, and orangey deliciousness.  If you want a more robust orange flavor, add zest from the peel. 

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Back to lounging around and trying to kick this fever out the door!

Ashley

Reader Comments (94)

Smoothies when you're sick are the best! And I totally bought the Food for Life brown rice bread last night which sounds a lot like the millet bread in consistency! I made french toast out of it today and it was crazygood! :)

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristin@purplebirdblog

I tried that bread before but it seemed to have been freezer burnt? Or are the pieces really hard to get apart?
it was frozen.

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill

We are MUCH too alike-- I had two large smoothies today, too. Both of which were very similar to your concoctions. A kitchen- sink green monster in morning, and a carrot- coconut ginger smoothie in afternoon. Along the same lines of yours, not exact though. Still so funny we both had similar smoothies, twice today!

Avocado, orange and coconut? Sounds deliciousss. Ought to try for my afternoon smoothie beast tomorrow!

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNamaste Gurl

I have not tried millet bread but am tempted after seeing it all over the place now. Both your smoothies look delicious - I'm sure they'll help you to feel better in no time!

Feel better! I've never tried millet bread, or raisins on toast for that matter. Must try!

Man, so I used to read your blog all the time, your pictures blow my mind! Then you're blog address never graced my presence and I hadn't seen your site in ages. I'm so happy I found it again. Your never leaving my blogroll!lol

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdiFey

Both of those smoothies sound so good! Also, just curious, do you like the millet bread better than Ezekiel bread? (I know Ezekiel isn't GF, but it is definitely different from "mainstream" breads on the market!)

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

You ARE eating millet bread warm RIGHT?! I hope so because it tastes crumbly and blah when it's room temp but when it's warm it is oh soooooo gooey--like pound cake. Just makin' sure.

Speaking of which, I haven't had a loaf in forever. Must stock up!

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllie (Live Laugh Eat)

AHHH yumm smoothie!! orange and coconut would go well together- never tried that combo!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie (Moves 'N Munchies)

oh. em. gee! that coconut creamsicle looks devine! and so does that first monster of a smoothie haha!

I was wondering since you have a vita (right?): do you make nut butters with it? or do you use the food processor?

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSabine @ thefruitpursuit

hope you feel better soon!!!!!! And those smoothies look delicious!!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterallison

Awwwww, the couch hog...to cute how her little face juuust looks out from under the cover. My dogs love being covered too, they won't move an inch. The girl is too polite to hop onto the couch though; she's got good puppy-etiquette ;-) Was Kenna not up for a snuggle?
Smoothies are the best :-)
Hope you feel better very soon!!!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNathalie

I'd kill for a smoothie like that right now!

Awwww, hun. I'm so sorry you are sick. Great food cures though. Smoothies and toast….nothing beats it!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Glad you're starting to feel normal! Dakota is just like my Charlie - he is such a couch hog. We lethim up with us at night to cuddle, and that is never a good idea! :)

I am loving that picture of Dakota sleeping under the blanket. So cute!! I am loving your smoothies too of course! I've never had millet bread. I like millet. I like bread. I'll have to try it!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

ick, i've been feeling sick-ish lately too...thank goodness for smoothies!!!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

feel better! ginger in smoothies will help your immune system.
I love the millet bread -- it's a treat I let myself get a couple times a year. Sometimes a gluten free lady needs some toast!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren

Glad you are starting to feel better.

My dog totally hogs the bed. Well, he hogs my side of it. He insists on sleeping at my feet, perpendicular to me, instead of between me and my husband. I guess it's my fault for letting him sleep in the bed with us.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Both of the smoothies look good! I will have to branch out and try some gluten free breads.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaddie (Healthy Maddie)

Thanks for the smoothie tips. I like how you specify exactly how changing up the proportions will affect the taste.

I hope you feel better soon Ashley! :)

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteralexe

I love green smoothies. I threw a little cilantro into my pineapple-mango one this morning and it was delish! :)

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshlei

Hi Ashley

I am doing a detox (kind of based on Alejandro Junger's Clean program,but my own!) and I have discovered a much better hot breakfast option.
It is Bob's Red Mills Brown Rice Farina-but it is very important to cook it longer than they say(or I find it too hard still)-I cook it about 15 min,than I add a little hot almond mill on top,as well as cinnamon and one chopped up Medjool date...so good and gluten free!
Hope you will try this!

I also have been enjoying either quinoa or roasted butterCUP squash with kidney or pinto beans and sliced avocado (yum!) I add a little
drop of umeboshi vinegar or a sprinkle of chili powder on beans or I saute onions and ginger in olive oil before adding beans.

Really enjoying your blog about detox,thanks!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM

PS sorry "almond milk" not almond mill ,obviously ;)

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM

dakota is so adorable. i love that she likes being under blankets, most pets don't like that ;P
i must try that creamsicle smoothie. i love making huge smoothies, they are so filling and delicious.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

Mm great looking smoothies! Hope you feel better soon :-)

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie@stronghealthyfit

I'm loving those orange smoothes, I'll have to try them! Glad you're feeling a bit better :)

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacy @ Every Little Thing

Wow those smoothies are impressive! I feel like those should have you better in no time. They both sound amazing. And when my Mom get sicks, our dog Rose is the EXACT same way. She'll lay on the couch and pout and won't leave Mom's side. She has these sad eyes that she just watches Mom with until she recovers! Feel better!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnn @ Day by Day

I LOVE millet bread, unfortunately we can't get it here in Canada! I have to stick with brown rice bread. It's good, but not as good as millet bread! Your breakfast looks divine!

I JUST drank a smoothie, and now you have me craving another one... you had me at creamsicle! ;)

xo

Dakota cracks me up! I play a game with my dog where I hide under the blanket when she isn't looking and then ask her to find me. She gets so excited when she realizes I'm under the blanket and burrows her way in to give me kisses. Dogs are awesome! Feel better soon :)

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Yumm - that smoothie looks delicious - must try today. I am also going to be looking for that millet bread. I am on day six of my detox and some bread would be great. It's interesting ... day one was hard for me and then days 2-4 were great and yesterday (day 5) was really hard again ...serious sugar/chocolate cravings. I resisted but when I looked back at your posts it seems day 5 was a similar experience for you. Although it probably doesn't help that it was a certain time of the month for me. Day 6 is off to a great start! Thanks again for all the great tips. I hope you are feeling better soon & the fever is on the way out the door!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I want that smoothie! I used to eat creamsicles at my grandma's house all the time! Hope those smoothies help you feel back to normal soon :)

Smoothies are the best when you're feeling sick! I've never had avocado in a smoothie, but added creaminess is a huge plus in my book, so I'll try it soon!
Hope you feel better soon!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJusteen @ Blissful Baking

I made an earlier comment about a "much better breakfast option" but
wanted to clarify that was meaning better than his other hot cereal you were trying this week(not better than what you are making for breakfast!) ;)

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM

I luuuurve avocado in smoothies. I like a nice thick, creamy consistency and the avocado really adds that! Plus you can't beat some healthy fats to keep you going :).

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth @ DiningAndDishing

smoothie looks amazing! beautiful photos...like always. i gotta start trying avocado in my smoothies!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Smoothies are such great energy and nutrient packed drinks! Both varieties sound delicious.

My dog loves being under the covers too. Dogs are so snuggly and adorable.

Isn't it funny when dogs want to be snuggled under blankets? I had never seen a dog that liked it before until we got Olive. She gets under the covers in our bed and goes all the way down to our feet. I feel like she must get hot down there but she loves it.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

never tried it but hear amazing things about it!! I have seen it and picked it up and you're right its super heavy! do dense and chewy and delish!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi(onefitfoodie)

Oh man I have some oranges that are on their LAST leg! I'm so happy I saw your smoothie, I think I'm going to try that tonight! Get better soon k~

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

You're rockin' out the delicious smoothies even when sick! You go, girl! All those fruits and veggies have to be doin' good for the sick body though! Hope you get well soon!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

That looks delicious! I have yet to try it. maybe today is the day =]

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAri @ ThE DiVa DiSh

feel better love! your smoothies look so delicious. drink lots of warm lemon water, i know you lurve it ;) add some raw honey in there (if you can/allowed on the detox?) both together are a great antibacterial. i want some millet bread! i've been staying away from gluten for a few weeks and trying to decide what GF bread would be best, and i'm all for a cake-like bread :)

That smoothie looks delish! I know how you feel, I have 2 golden/labs and they are constantly taking over the couch!! Feel better soon!!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

Glad to see you're feelin better!! Rest up! :)

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaren

aw man! I hope you feel better!

I'm battling something right now. Darn Dave got me sick!

I don't let Dex on the couch (he lets himself up when we're gone) but I will sometimes let him on the bed. He definitely takes up most of it!!!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

My boyfriend recently had to start eliminating gluten from his diet and he hates the gluten-free bread (specifically this brand, the tapioca flour kind). I am doing the switch too, to save money by not buying two of everything. I have bought several different brands, and Udi's is the next one we try, I am hoping that is a winner. If not, I am going to buy a breadmaker and see if the homemade gluten-free bread is tastier. Personally, I like it, I think it keeps me full longer even if the slices are smaller.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonya

Oh and your smoothies look amazing. I am going to have to refer back to your recipes when my blender comes out of storage. Feel better!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonya

Dakota and Kenna get up on the couch when we're gone too, but they're not allowed up when we're home. Silly dogs! Feel better soon!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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