Ah-ha! Halloween is just around the corner, and I’m feeling excited! Actually anything involving pumpkins is enough to make my hands twitch with excitement.
After designating last week ‘Candy Week’, this week will be all about fun and healthy* breakfast recipes that don’t require a ton of time, planning or ingredients.
*I think the upcoming recipes are healthy, but with all the information and ‘experts’ out there, it’s hard to know what counts as healthy anymore.
So, what’s up first? Two green smoothies and a spooky-but-kind-of-cute orange.
Green smoothies may not seem scary, but you have to admit, they look pretty funky. I mean, they’re green. So I consider them perfect for Halloween!
For more than a few people out there (not naming names – you know who you are!), being ten-feet away from any food that’s remotely green is petrifying and should be avoided at all costs. Unless, of course, it’s mint chocolate ice cream.
Instead of the usual spinach, these smoothies involve a more nutrient-dense – and, for some, more terrifying – green: kale!
Why are there two green smoothie recipes today? Simply because I couldn’t decide which one to post, and then thought: Eh, I’ll just post them both. The more the merrier, right?
The first smoothie – the ‘Green Goodness Smoothie’ (please excuse my smoothie names) – includes banana, apple, mango, kale (of course!) and coconut water.
I was fortunately to receive a gift basket from ZICO Coconut Water a few weeks ago, and I knew at least some of that coconut water was destined for some smoothies. The coconut water makes this smoothie seem all the more tropical and, well, filled with goodness (see – there was a reason for the smoothie’s name!).
The second smoothie – called ‘Greensleeves Smoothie’ for some reason – is a little more winter-y. Everything tropical is out (except for the banana), and pumpkin puree, cinnamon and almond milk are all in. This smoothie is also a single-serving recipe, so good news for everyone flying solo at breakfast time.
Just so you know, I have something extra special planned for these green smoothies on Wednesday…
If you’re looking for a Halloween idea that only involves one ingredient and zero cooking, then I think I have a solution for you: Spooky Oranges!
I was so pleased with myself when I first made a spooky orange. It was for the ‘Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies’ in my eBook, Cookies for Breakfast.
Ah, here’s the photo:
But then I googled the phrase ‘orange jack-o-lantern’ and discovered that a zillion other people had already thought of this idea. Bound to happen.
To make these oranges, all you need to do is:
- Slice a ‘hat’ off the top of the orange
- Scoop out the flesh
- Cut out a ‘face’
Alternatively, just skip to Step 3 – the face cutting part. Wow, that didn’t sound right 😛
I like to stuff the oranges with whatever fruits and nuts I have on hand. When I took this photo, I only had grapes and frozen berries, but it was still good!
And the walnuts are a must, because they look like brains!
Question of the Day:
Any thoughts on what ‘healthy’ means? To me, it’s always referred to unprocessed, nutrient-dense food that has minimal added sugars or saturated animal fats. But now I just don’t know. Considering some people advocate high-carb diets, others claim that humans don’t need carbohydrates at all, and now a few people argue that saturated fat is actually good for us, it’s all too hard for me!
With one exception: I really don’t buy that whole ‘humans don’t need carbs’ thing.
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 apple, chopped
- ½ cup frozen mango chunks
- 2 cups chopped kale*
- ½ cup ZICO coconut water
- Blend the frozen bananas, apple, frozen mango, kale and coconut water until smooth. For a thinner smoothie, add in more coconut water.
- Divide between two tall glasses, and enjoy!
- 2 frozen bananas
- ½ apple, chopped and frozen
- ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
- 2 cups chopped kale*
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon (or to taste)
- ⅓ cup plain or vanilla almond milk
- Blend the frozen bananas, apple, pumpkin puree, kale, cinnamon and vanilla almond milk until smooth. For a thinner smoothie, add in more almond milk.
- Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!