No-Plan Monday: Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free Smoothie

My Perfect Health Diet + no-dairy month went pretty well: as of May 1 I was down 4 pounds and feeling good.  Four pounds is not so impressive, perhaps, until you take into account the fact that I cheat.  I cheat a lot.  Even if you discount the two bowls boxes of mac and cheese I ate (made them for the girls, who hardly touched them), and that bag of chocolate truffles Pat and I (mainly I) devoured in one day.  (After all, dark chocolate is good for you, even according to the PHD.)

Even discounting those instances as complete aberrations explainable only by hypothesizing that an alien was inhabiting my body . . . even then: I cheat a lot.

And then this past weekend on our mini-getaway, I threw dietary restrictions to the wind, entirely.

Aaaaaand as of today I’m back up four pounds.  (Four pounds in five days?  That must be water weight, right?)

So, basically:


But I’m trying  to make this not all about my dieting woes (ha! too late!), so hows’ about a healthy recipe?

I’ve been drinking a lot of almond milk smoothies lately, often for dinner.  (We eat our main meal at lunch.)  It’s hardly a groundbreaking recipe, but I’m happy with it: no added sugar, quick, yummy, nutritious.

This week I have no oven (until I clean it), no stove (long story), and no menu plan, so I’ll be making a lot of these.  Let me know if you try it!

Almond Milk Smoothie (no dairy, no added sugar)

  • 1/2 c. unsweetened, vanilla almond milk

    Smoothie og kaffe

    Not my photo, but my smoothies look pretty much like the glass on the left.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • 1/2 c. frozen fruit (I like cherries or blueberries)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 T. almond butter
  • Small dash of salt (careful!)
  • A few drops of vanilla

Directions: Blend!

You could add some spinach leaves if you’re feeling especially virtuous.  I haven’t tried it yet.


Have a good week!  I’m off to clean the oven, maybe.


Menu Plan Monday, Fifteen Minutes of Fame Edition

Linking up again with Org Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

We’re starting week 7 on the Perfect Health Diet  (PHD).  The authors kindly linked on their blog to my Menu Plan post of two weeks ago and I saw my readership skyrocket, at least temporarily.   Quite the thrill, especially to see that people from all over the world were reading about my paleo pancake discovery.  So thank you to the Jaminets!

Through the PHD link-up I also made acquaintance with the folks over at Catholic Hunter Gatherer, a Catholic paleo diet blog (tagline: “Orthodox Catholicism, Heterodox Food”; love it).  I look forward to a lot of great insight from them.

Unfortunately I don’t have any new recipe demonstrations this week.  I do highly recommend this recipe for wild rice “stuffing.” It is delicious.  I brought it to Thanksgiving dinner and it seemed well received.

I’m not sure whether wild rice is actually PHD friendly, as it’s not a true rice.  I used a gluten-free wild rice blend, though, and even that was combined with white rice.  So, the amount of actual wild rice is pretty low.

 I made a few changes to the recipe:

  • I doubled the amount of mushrooms.
  • I added about a cup of toasted chopped pecans.  I think the crunchy pecans contrasted nicely with the chewy rice.
  • I used Lundberg Wild Blend Rice in place of wild rice.
  • I used jasmine rice is place of basmati.
  • I skipped the parsley.
  • I used a cup of frozen pre-chopped onion and green pepper in place of the fresh onion.

I’m going to make it again this week, adding some ground beef to make it more of a main dish.

Also, I just discovered a new smoothie recipe.  Pretty basic but quite delicious.  Girl 1 likes it, which can be said for almost nothing these days.

I made the following changes:

  • I use powdered ginger or just skip it.
  • I add some coconut milk in place of some of the ice.  I don’t need my smoothies super icy, and I want to get more coconut fat in my diet.
  • I use regular, whole-milk yogurt in place of Greek.
  • I use canned pineapple in juice.

I’m re-discovering smoothies.  They used to seem like too much work because each time I took the blender from the cabinet and afterward disassembled it to wash it.  Now I’ve reserved some counter top real estate for it, and I’m just rinsing it out after most uses.  So, I’m thinking more smoothies will be in my future.  (Pat doesn’t like them, but he’s generally on his own for breakfast anyway.)

Here’s the menu for the rest of the week:

  • Breakfasts: Paleo pancakes, yogurt with fruit, Pineapple smoothie
  • Lunches: Leftovers, roast beef “sandwiches” wrapped in lettuce
  • Dinners:
    • Monday: Chicken soup  (something along these lines) with leftover rotisserie chicken
    • Tuesday: Rice stuffing with less sausage and some hamburger added
    • WednesdayHamburger vegetable soup
    • Thursday: chicken and roast vegetables (like the dish Jen describes here)
    • Friday: salmon and potatoes or rice and a veggie
    • Saturday: Cheeseburgers (sans bun) and parmesan potato packets on the grill
    • Sunday: beef stew

I literally just fed the baby a crust of bread on the floor under the table.  I guess I should get off the computer.

That’s all folks!  Have a delicious week!