Today’s breakfast was simple and comparable to last week’s Breakfast and a Book in that I had strawberries again. It’s common for me to have strawberries on Wednesdays because I pick up my local organic produce boxes on Tuesdays. I’ll try to make it more interesting next week, but today I do have a smoothie recipe for you!
Did you ever have those ice cream pops when you were a kid that tasted like pudding, but were a mix of chocolate and banana? They’re like these:
Well that’s what this smoothie tastes like. It’s also a fairly healthy smoothie! You can either drink this smoothie, or you can freeze it into popsicle molds for summer. They are so good. We like these silicone type molds here on Amazon. Kids love these and in turn you can feel good that you’re giving them something healthy!
Ingredients in this order:
1 cup almond milk (or 3/4 cup water and a handful of almonds)
5 bananas – preferably frozen but NOT required (line them up on a cookie sheet and freeze for 8 hours, then put them into a plastic bag)
2 heaping Tablespoons of cocoa powder
Stevia to taste
A large handful of ice (if you’re using frozen bananas, you don’t need much ice at all.)
Optional – If you have Blend it Up powder, a scoop of it is great in this smoothie. You can find it here or at Costco – https://www.blenditup.com/ It’s expensive, but worth every penny…
Load it all in the blender in this order… If using a Vitamix as pictured start on low and gradually move to the highest power and blend until smooth.
I don’t like it super sweet so I normally use 2 packets of stevia. This recipe makes enough for roughly 4 people.
I love my Vitamix and use it for so many recipes, even soup. If you want to get into smoothies I highly recommend the Vitamix or Blentec blender. I’ve had many blenders and the Vitamix is NUMBER 1 hands down. I know what’s good for one person isn’t necessarily good for another, but that DOESN’T apply here. Get a Vitamix! I’ll have a post soon on smoothies and equipment that I use.
Strawberries with Stevia
I should probably call today’s post Breakfast and Books because I’m reading multiple books right now, nine to be exact, but one of them is on audible and another is a coloring book. I’ll list a few of them out below:
This is definitely not my genre here, but I decided to read it because I heard good things about it. The book is getting excellent feedback on Goodreads right now and I’m really enjoying it so far. There are many characters and a few different coinciding plots. It’s a little confusing and I’ve made tons of notes on my Kindle, but I have the feeling this is going to start getting crazy as the plots come together.
Blurb: Narcoterrorism wreaks havoc on the world as drug cartels operate as dominating, murderous dictatorships. The powerful Irish Drug Cartel has set up drug manufacturing plants around the world and they will kill anyone who gets in their way. Sarah is an ambitious policewoman from an antiterrorist unit. She’s also smart, beautiful, and extremely good at her job, which is why she is assigned to an Interpol Incident Response Team in Manchester, set up to find and stop The Cartel. Alongside colleagues from the United Kingdom’s SAS, she must quickly learn new Close Quarters Battle tactics and apply them to a vengeful and threatening battlefield. Sarah’s investigation appears to be going well until the fight turns personal. She must now struggle to save her friends, family, and even herself. Spanning the globe with a keen knowledge of special forces tactics and some genuinely shocking twists, this book warns of a bloody, drug-addled future we may soon face.
I had a free audible credit last month and decided to use it by adding The Mother’s Promise. This is my first book by Sally Hepworth and so far I’m enjoying the book. There are roughly four to five main characters so far, including a mom and daughter, doctor, nurse, and social worker. The mother has ovarian cancer. It’s keeping my attention and I love this narrator.
Blurb: “A page-turner. All the pieces masterfully come together at the end to create a beautiful novel of courage and love in the face of sorrow.” —Booklist (starred review)
All their lives, Alice Stanhope and her daughter Zoe have been a family of two, living quietly in northern California. Zoe has always struggled with crippling social anxiety and her mother has been her constant and fierce protector. With no family to speak of, and the identity of Zoe’s father shrouded in mystery, their team of two works–until it doesn’t. Until Alice gets sick and needs to fight for her life.
Desperate to find stability for Zoe, Alice reaches out to two women who are practically strangers, but who are her only hope: Kate, a nurse, and Sonja, a social worker. As the four of them come together, a chain of events is set into motion and all four of them must confront their sharpest fears and secrets–secrets about abandonment, abuse, estrangement, and the deepest longing for family. Imbued with heart and humor in even the darkest moments, Sally Hepworth’s The Mother’s Promise is an unforgettable audiobook about the unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters, and the new ways in which families are forged.
This is the first in a trilogy. I love Hansel and Gretel stories and that’s what turned me on to this one. This is a buddy read with my oldest daughter. So far we both like it. It’s much darker than I expected for Juvenile fiction!
Blurb: In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches.
Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.
This is the second volume in the 21 volume set that I’m reading and I’ve just gotten started on it. I’m discovering that I don’t love these books as I expected to. I have enjoyed some of the artwork though. You can see my original post on the first volume Wizards and Witches by clicking here.
Blurb: Time-Life has once again done an outstanding job putting together a series. From cover to cover they are thoughtful, beautiful books. Illus by Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac and many others. Includes: Myths, Legends, Folk Tales, Mythical Animals, Centaurs, Manticores, Mermecolion, Monkey-God, Chiron, Bestiaries, Basilisk, Unicorns.
So, I’m sort of a Guardians of the Galaxy nerd. I really like the movies and have read a few of the books and comics. This here is another buddy read with my oldest daughter. It reminds me so much of The Bad Guys chapter books. It’s loaded with illustrations, silly statements, and of course, “I am Groot.” Groot is my favorite character. So far it’s pretty good.
Blurb: It’s Rocket and Groot Book: Keep on Truckin’! and they are taking it to the next level as they continue their journey through the cosmos defeating baddies. Expect more zaniness, more chaos, more Rocket doodles, more “I am Groots”, and tons of Veronica – the totally awesome butt-kicking tape dispenser! Oh, and expect another drawing or two from Groot!
That’s all the books I’ll list for now as these are the main books that I’m reading. Check back next week for Breakfast and a Book -or- Breakfast and Books!