Heather Goes Green

by HEAB on March 17, 2009

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As promised, green food at every meal today…

Breakfast:

Look at that beautiful nut butter just swimming in sea of green!

Look at that beautiful nut butter just swimming in a sea of green!

Another stellar breakfast.  This bowl contained 1/2 cup oat bran, 1/2 wheat bran cooked with 1 3/4 cup water, 2 egg whites, and 1 handful of spinach cooked on the stove-top.  I then blended it with a little cinnamon in the Vita-Mix and topped it off with some Trader Joe’s crunchy unsalted peanut butter and my cashew almond butter.  So delicious, but so did not fill my belly.  What is my deal?  I cannot satiate my hunger lately!  I think these early morning yoga sweat sessions require a lot more fuel than I thought.  That’s cool…I don’t mind eating more. :)

For lunch, I started things off with a wrap:

I think I ate my weight in spinach today.

I think I ate my weight in spinach today.

Inspired by my two favorite wrap eaters (Shelby and Sarah) I added 1/2 mashed avocado, 1 spoonful of hummus, 1 spoonful of BBQ sauce, and 1-2 cups spinach to a Flatout wrap.  I then heated it in the toaster oven until warm.  Tasty, but still hungry…

Time for a Green Monster:

Smoothies make me cold. :(

Smoothies make me cold. :(

My mix was 1 cup water, 1 scoop Jay Robb vanilla egg white protein powder (I’ve decided Jay Robb’s whey tastes much better!), 1 frozen banana, and 1 huge handful of frozen spinach.  Brrrr.

After work, I busted out one of these babies:

coconut_minis_vanillabarYeah, it wasn’t green, but what the hell…heck.  If it makes you feel any better, I ate it while sitting in the green grass. :)

Dinner:

Curried chickpeas with cilantro and veggies

Coconut Curried chickpeas with cilantro and veggies

I wanted to try my Turtle Mountain So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage in another savory dish, and thought this recipe sounded perfect.  Since the Coconut Milk Beverage doesn’t actually have much coconut flavor, I don’t think it was a wise choice as the chickpeas tasted pretty bland.

Should have used this instead:

Trader Joe's, I love you.

Trader Joe's, I love you.

Dessert got a little out of hand.  Usually, I have a bowl of oats to cure my post-dinner sweet tooth, but tonight, I was craving this as well:

Mmm...ice-cream :)

Mmm...ice-cream :)

So I decided to eat both. Remembering a raw key lime pie recipe I had been wanting to try, I concocted this bowl:

Key Lime Pie Oats A La Mode

Key Lime Pie Oats A La Mode

Best bowl of dessert oats EVER! I cooked 1/2 cup oat bran with 1/3 cup wheat bran on the stove-top with water.  I then blended the oat/bran combo in my Vita-Mix with 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Light Coconut Milk, 1/4 of a frozen avocado (frozen avocados blend up so creamy!), juice from 1/2 a lime, 1 tsp of maple syrup, and a little vanilla.  While the ice-cream slowly melted, I savored every last bite. If this doesn’t prompt you to buy a Vita-Mix, I don’t know what will!  D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.

OK, full now.

Don’t forget to stop by Eating Bender for a chance to win her Blogiversary Prize Package!

Hope everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day. Night.

{ 65 comments }

FoodsThatFit March 17, 2009 at 6:41 pm

MMM! Spinach in oats, I have to try that!

I do love the TJ’s coconut milk and used it recently instead of milk in a green monster smoothie. It tasted really good! I also like to drink it warm with half coconut milk, half water and some cinnamon, ginger and a little bit of honey for sweetness. It is a really comforting drink!

I think every “bad” dessert can be made into a healthy version with oats! You showed that well with your Key lime oats, delicious!

Anna March 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm

I want a VITA-MIX!!! Why do you torture me so with all these delicious creations?!
But seriously, key lime pie is one of my favorites and I love the idea of key lime oats.

Sarah March 17, 2009 at 6:47 pm

WOW. key lime pie oats a la mode. please stop making so many good things — i can’t keep up! key lime pie is my favorite dessert (well, tied with custard fruit tart. and carrot cake. but i’ve already made them into oats, so they’re old news. this key lime pie combo is new and exciting!)

VeggieGirl March 17, 2009 at 6:51 pm

YOU. AND. YOUR. EATS. FREAKING. ROCK.

Chocolate-Covered Katie March 17, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Holy crap that kicks the butt of the Boston Cream Pie oats! Your oats take the cake… or pie!

Erin March 17, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Oh wow, your dessert blows everything I’ve had lately out of the water! I never thought to use a frozen avocado either. Mmmmm, definitely amazing sounding. I love your creative oat bowls.

Erica March 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm

I love the green theme! What a good idea, you brilliant chick you! I am totally with you on being a starvin marvin after workouts- I usually feel like I could eat a horse. My favorite meal of your day is def dessert- how freaking good does that look!

Gina March 17, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Dessert sounds so awesome…yummm! Looks like a successful green day :)

Red Head, Yellow Dog March 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm

That wrap looks good and coconut curried chickpeas?? YUMMMM!!! I want that. coconut milk is now on the grocery list.

Rose March 17, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Loving all the green today, Heather. Especially the oat bran!

peaceandpeanutbutter March 17, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Gosh, can I please come stay with you for a week and have you cook for me?? You basically cook up all my favorites – COCONUT EVERYTHING, avocados, delicious veggies…..I love it!

I would have never thought to add so many greens/avocados to the recipes you do, but it seems that you make it work so well!! I’m inspired to try it out. Thanks for all the great tips, heather!

And yes, I’ve been dying to get a Vita-Mix :-) We need to find a blogger whose doing a big giveaway….LOL.

Have a great night!!!

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 17, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Peace And Peanut Butter,
You’re welcome in Nashville anytime! We buy our avocados in bulk at Costco, and my husband doesn’t eat them. Please come help me. :)

brandi March 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm

okay, I need a Vitamix. You’re killing me! :)

I tried that vanilla coconut milk ice cream tonight!

Adi (oatonomy.com) March 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Way to be festive! That’s awesome.

Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 17, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Girl, I’m loving all the green. You are a spinach machine!! Super fiberlicious. Love it! And I’m jealous you had two bowls of oats today. I had zero. Sad =( Gonna have to change that tomorrow for sure!

seeleelive March 17, 2009 at 7:35 pm

i love the green theme!!

Maggie March 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Ahhh I want your dessert. I seriously need to win your contest. And if I don’t, I’ll probably have to buy some coconutty things anyway. I guess that’s what turtle mountain wants to happen though!

marafaye March 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm

OATS A LA MODE?! HOW have I never thought of that?! I love the green food all day, and I’m super jealous of your green grass!

Andrea [bella eats] March 17, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Love all your green eats! Those key lime oats sound SO delish…I’ve got to pick up some avocados for some blending fun.

I can’t believe your yoga workshop is past the halfway point!!! Wow, time flies. Especially when I’m so busy and can’t check in on my favorite bloggers. I’ve missed you Heather! Thanks for always checking in on me and writing such sweet comments on my blog. :)

Have a great rest of your week!

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 17, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Love all your food!

Sweetie Pie March 17, 2009 at 8:47 pm

I love all of your green food! Yay!! Popeye would be proud of you for sure!

I put some Jay Robb’s vanilla whey powder in a bowl of oat bran that I had this evening after the gym, and I think I might start adding some to my bowl in the mornings. I just added one fourth of a single serving packet, which still added a good bump of protein, and the vanilla flavor mixed in well with the other things. I haven’t tried the egg white, but I do like the whey.

What a festive post!

kaneil March 17, 2009 at 8:47 pm

If the masseuse career doesn’t work out – you could make a killing as a sales-woman. Just sayin. ;)

I LOVE having oats for dessert…mmmm. I think it’s so funny that one of my absolute favorite foods is oatmeal. Glad I’m not alone thanks to the bloggy world!

Hope you had a great st. pat’s day!!!

Kaneil, balanceisbest

Erin March 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Gorgy gorg.
If you ate your wt in spinach, you are even tinier than you look!
It does sound like you need more calories. How fun! :)

glidingcalm March 17, 2009 at 9:00 pm

green food!! Leave it to Heather to WOW us! :) So fun!

Sarah March 17, 2009 at 9:02 pm

This is awesome!!! You got really creative and the food looks great. I love you green monster glass!

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) March 17, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Ugh, your dessert oats are blowing my MIND. I need to lay down.

Emily March 17, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Wow, you definitely win the prize for most green (and healthful at that) foods eaten today! Love it.

I’m glad I’m not the only one who likes to have oats for dessert sometimes. I’ve never thought of freezing avocados, but I guess it might have sort of the same effect as freezing bananas?

Have a great night, Heather!

Jenn (eating bender) March 17, 2009 at 9:52 pm

This was the best St. Patrick’s Day collection of green meals ever! I love that you added spinach to the oats. Could you taste it at all? That would be a great way to up the fiber!

Love the blogger-inspired wrap and Green Monster. Smoothies make me cold, too! As much as I love them, I also tend to get hungry when I’m cold, so I eat more than I actually need and get really full!

Also love the vanilla mini eaten in the green grass. Dinner looks great, too. But really, the star of the show has to be key lime pie oats a la mode! I love key lime pie! I love oats! I love ice cream! Yes yes yes please! <— woah, if that’s not a “that’s what she said,” I don’t know what is ;)

Thanks for the shout out! Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Caroline March 17, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Whoa! Lots of green goin on here. Love your eats, as usual!

luckytastebuds March 17, 2009 at 10:52 pm

that dessert is ingenious!!! Heather, I am getting just more and more awestruck at how original your food concoctions are. *sigh* now if only I had the talent. You somehow even make green oats look amazing. Wow…just, wow! I’m jealous!

Sarah March 18, 2009 at 12:01 am

Thanks for the shouts, Greenie!

I just told Katie today that she should make Key Lime Pie oats! Crazy!

I’m prompted to buy a VitaMix, but my bank account begs to differ. Criminy sucky economy!

Have a good Wednesday, sweet HEAB, and don’t forget to restock that spinach!

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 18, 2009 at 6:29 am

Sarah my love,
I got a reconditioned display model Vita-Mix. Here is the link: https://secure.vitamix.com/acb/stores/4/Vita-Mix-5200-P748C108.aspx.

Still pricey, but I saved a little over $100. Love my Vita-Mix!

Elizabeth March 18, 2009 at 12:10 am

What an awesome day of green food! I am mentally preparing myself to go for a green monster soon..maybe tomorrow! I hope you had a great weekend! I’ve missed reading!

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 18, 2009 at 6:27 am

Elizabeth,
Good luck today…first day at the new job, right? Thinking of you. :)

MizFit March 18, 2009 at 3:56 am

I won a vitamix and ADORE IT.
my husband laughs that I have it going all day….blendingjuicing everything I can find.

Erica March 18, 2009 at 4:50 am

You’re so sweet :) I have some rice protein I am trying as well! I also am getting a sample size of Sun Warrior. I will let you know how it is :)

Lauren March 18, 2009 at 6:11 am

Mmmm – lovin’ your dessert oats. I’m actually enjoying a morning bowl of key lime oatmeal as I catch up on blog reading! I stirred in some Stonyfield key lime yogurt at the end of the stovetop cooking, and added some cereal, shredded coconut, and white chocolate pb. Such a great flavor combo!

Elina March 18, 2009 at 6:24 am

Great green eats :D
I just tried oats with avocado this morning and they were amazing! Great idea about freezing the avocado. I always feel like I have to use up my produce right away and come up with weird ways to use it up but freezing sounds better :)
Btw, did your oats with spinach taste very spinachy?

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 18, 2009 at 6:26 am

Elina,
I really didn’t taste the spinach at all in my oats, and I didn’t even add sweetener. If you added a little maple syrup or a mashed banana, I’m sure you would not taste any of the greeness. :) So glad you tried the avocado…I’m about to have some avocado oats myself with strawberries.

Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday March 18, 2009 at 6:39 am

Oats a la mode?? OMG!! That sounds fantastic!

dailygoods March 18, 2009 at 7:44 am

OMG HEATHER! i NEED to try your dessert oats, that looks more than amazing! i love that ice cream too! i’v never thought of putting avocados in the freezer, thanks for the tip :) and i love TJs coconut milk, i have some stocked up

runningveggie March 18, 2009 at 7:50 am

I love cooking with light coconut milk. It makes everything so much more flavorful.

Although, I think I’d be weirded out by eating green oats. I’m not sure I could handle that.

RunToFinish March 18, 2009 at 8:09 am

now that is true dedication to a holiday!!! I need to try out some protein powder in my smoothies.. I just always thought they had a funny taste

Marians eats. The Italian way March 18, 2009 at 8:24 am

Green, Green, and MORE GREEN! LOVE it! Now, if only we could eat like that everyday?!
Your wrap looks delish too. I think you’ve inspired me to make one:)

Meghann March 18, 2009 at 8:42 am

way to eat your weight in spinach! :) I love all the green eats, you’re so festive

Sarah W. March 18, 2009 at 9:16 am

great job on the greeeeeeeeeens today!

elise March 18, 2009 at 9:24 am

im SO impressed with your DAY of green eating!!

Lara (Thinspired) March 18, 2009 at 9:40 am

This is pretty darn impressive, Heather! Look at all that green–right down to the green TJ’s can! How was the spinach in your oats? Did you taste it much or was it pretty neutral?

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 18, 2009 at 11:18 am

Hey Lara,
I really didn’t taste the spinach in the oats at all, and that was
without any added sweetener. I’m sure a little maple syrup or a banana would completely mask any green taste. Great way to get in some extra veggies!

P.S. – I’m the same way with Google Reader. Totally stresses me out, and I try not to look at it anymore! :)

Katie March 18, 2009 at 10:54 am

Gotta love that green! Happy St. Patty’s :D

Holly March 18, 2009 at 11:12 am

Oh my goodness, you didn’t disappoint with the green eats. Seriously awesome. :-)

Those dessert oats are my fave. I never would’ve thought to mix in avocado? And now I’m feelin’ guilty for not eating more greens yesterday….I did have green beer.

Stephenie March 18, 2009 at 11:22 am

I am on a search for coconut ice cream products!!! =)

Sophia March 18, 2009 at 11:26 am

confession: I’ve been kind of a stalker, browsing through all your archives since day one! and gotta say: your eats are freaking AMAZING! I love how creative you are and how vibrant and healthful yet scrumptious your meals and drinks and “puddings” are…thanks for all the inspiring meals!
p.s. btw, I’m thinking of switching to wordpress…can you let me know how it is and what are its advantages over blogger?

Emmy March 18, 2009 at 11:34 am

Ahh, your tempting me to try the avocado oats mix.
Think I’ll be putting them on the next grocery list.

-E

gina (fitnessista) March 18, 2009 at 12:47 pm

heather, megan taught me how to use your juicer last night and i’m IN LOVE! we juiced a beet and 3 apples…. i’m hooked. seriously. can i send you some more macaroons to say thank you???
i love all of the green food! smoothies make me cold too but i love them so much :D
hope you’re having a wonderful wednesday!
<3

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 18, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Gina,
So glad you’re loving the juicer! I hated to see it just sitting in my cabinet never getting used. You are so sweet, but you do not have to send me anything – just enjoy yourself some juice! That being said, please know that your macaroons are always welcomed in our house! They are amazing!

Sweet and Fit March 18, 2009 at 3:30 pm

dessert oats! how clever! i MUST try them sometime! I love how you used green in all your meals on St. Patty’s day, super cute =)

Leah March 18, 2009 at 4:06 pm

I really want to try those oats!! They look SO good!! (but so different hehe!).

runningwithin March 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I need to buy Avocado and Wheat Bran, that looks so good! By the way, I’ve been reading for awhile, but I just started my own blog, I hope you don’t mind that I added you to my BlogRoll. What does Wheat Bran taste like? I imagine it as a grittier Oat Bran maybe?

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 18, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Hi Jess,
Congrats on starting your own blog. Very exciting and thanks so much for adding me to your blogroll. Wheat bran…it is a bit grittier, and it has a very distinct wheat-like smell. That being said, I really do like it, and I’ll eat it plain. Most people would probably prefer adding sweetener, but I think it’s good just mixed with oat bran and nut butter! Thanks again for reading my blog and best of luck with your’s. I’ll have to stop by and say “hi” :)

jesslikesithot March 18, 2009 at 5:09 pm

heather!!! you are too dang creative, I am just floored by your oatmeal creations!! haha!

And I want to try that dessert!!

Kristen's Raw March 18, 2009 at 5:17 pm

That dessert sounds amazing – I love coconut based ice cream. Have you tried the brand Coconut Bliss? Holy heck! It’s awesome.

I like the pic of the nut butter on the green smoothie :)

Cheers to GREENS!!!

Kristen

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 18, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Kristen,
No, I have never tried the Coconut Bliss brand. Where do you buy it?

Adi (oatonomy.com) March 18, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Hey Heather – thanks for checking out my blog. To answer your question, yep, I do have a pretty sensitive tummy so I never know what’s going to upset it! Should have some answers soon though. :)

Happy eating!

ttfn300 March 18, 2009 at 8:13 pm

mighty fine dessert girl :)

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