Tuesday, January 27, 2015

More Smoothie Concotions and a Massive Home Grown Papaya!

I've had several "non gardening" weeks in a row for one reason or another, including catching my boss's cold this past weekend (ggrrrrr!).  He uses my computer to check email periodically so whatta ya gonna do, eh?

I really enjoyed the "chai chia pudding" I wrote about here.  The flavor was wonderful and the texture was quite similar to eating dragon fruit!  It took me a while to figure out what the texture was reminding me of!

And speaking of dragon fruit...we bought one at our favorite Asian Market two weekends ago and I divided some seeds in three pots - and now I have several baby dragon fruit plants! I'm so excited!  I've already decided to put 5' posts in the ground to train them on when they've grown up enough to transplant.  This is how they're grown for mass production.

Stock Photo from the Interwebs
So back to the chia pudding concoctions...So that made me realize I needed to make a fruit based chia pudding.  I used 1/2 cranberry juice and 1/2 water (about 3/4 cup total liquid), 3 tablespoons of chia seeds and about 2 tablespoons of Maine wild blueberries (frozen) and let it sit overnight.  This filled a half pint ball jar.  I couldn't eat more than half - it is very filling - so I ended up adding the rest to a smoothie.

I've been enjoying my nutri-bullet, making all sorts of concoctions.

Last night's fruit concoction was 1 cup "Simply Apple" juice, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries and 1/2 cup frozen red grapes.  Oh My Yum!  I made a similar recipe using Simply Cranberry and that was mighty fine too.  It's an excellent way to get some fruit in me!

Tonight's experiment was a peanut butter smoothie - 1 cup of almond milk, 3 Tbls PB2 (powdered peanut butter), 1 Tbls Cocoa powder, 1/2 a frozen banana. It was pretty darn good.  The powered peanut butter is less fattening, but not as peanut buttery.  But definitely drinkable.  I'll add 1/4 cup oatmeal for a breakfast drink tomorrow.

Check out this gigantic papaya from my second tree:


Holy Moly!  I cut it up tonight to put it in the freezer for smoothies - I got two quart bags chuck full of fruit from this baby!  Twice as much as the fruit off my other tree.

Freezing fruit is nice because I don't have to use ice when making smoothies.  I don't want to kill my new nutri-bullet machine by adding ice.  And I've been happy with how things are turning out so far.

My favorite is still my Green Smoothie - 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 orange, 1 banana, 8 pineapple chunks and two handfuls of spinach.  It's pretty marvelous.

I'm also a fan of 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 cup mango, 1 cup papaya, about 8 pineapple chunks and two handfuls of spinach.  Also pretty darn good!

I'll be posting some exciting developments on the stick pile soon...!!!

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