Thursday, October 22, 2009

Superfood Pumpkin Creativity

Don’t know why…but today turned into a pumpkin kind of day.

I started the day out with a Green Monster.  I was craving pumpkin in it…but was too lazy to deal with it so I just made a simple, regular drink….with spinach, banana, almond milk, Chocolate Superfood for a change, and 1 TBS flax meal.

Green Top View

I was pretty full after this and was thinking I could hold out until lunch….but that was not to be!   The hunger started creeping up on me by 10 and I knew I needed to eat something.

I started out with pumpkin oatmeal, and finally broke down and opened the can.  I put 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk, and 1/3 cup water in a bowl with 1/3 cup pumpkin.  Remember, this is the pure pureed pumpkin, NOT the pumpkin pie filling!

I popped it into the micro for 3 minutes at 50% power ‘cuz I didn’t feel like dealing with the oatmeal pot to clean afterwards.   When it came out I dumped on top a whole bunch of pumpkin pie spice (not measured…just a lot),  1 TBS raisins, 1 TBS walnuts pieces, and  1/2 TBS Agave syrup.   The vanilla I had added to the pumpkin milk (see below) smelled so good, that I dumped a bunch in here too (maybe 1/2 to 1 TBS….a little more than I meant to!)

Pumpkin Oatmeal

It was still missing something so I mixed up 2 TBS of Chocolate PB2.   I would have liked regular old almond butter in it, but I didn’t want to use the points and the Choco PB2 has only 1 points for 2 TBS.  That did it and my oats were perfect!

Pumpkin Oatmeal with PB2 Now I have also been craving a pumpkin latte lately, and had been researching recipes on how to make it myself, naturally.  I had found some recipes that used pumpkin puree in them and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to use up some more of the puree.   So using this recipe as a launching pad, into a pan went 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk, 1 heaping TBS of pumpkin puree, a large amount of pumpkin pie spice (again, a very very generous sprinkle…no measuring), 1/2 TBS Agave nectar, and 1/2 TBS vanilla. 

Even though I am not Latin myself, growing up in a Latin community I have learned lots of Cafe’ Con Leche tricks, and one of them is how easily milk will foam when it has been heated.  It works much better when heated in the micro and then whisked afterwards, but this  would do just fine.

I mixed all the ingredients together (and ended up dirtying the pot anyway that I had saved from the oatmeal!) and then when it was hot whisked until foamy.  I poured it into my cup and poured some good hot strong coffee in with it.   Aaahhh….pumpkin fix satiated.

Pumpkin LattePumpkin Latte2

Of course I still have this little guy to cook who came in my organic produce box on Monday.   I can’t decide what to make from him….kids want pumpkin pie (surprise!) but I was thinking of cutting him into wedges and roasting him for dinner.  I will see….

Organic pumpkin Total points for breakfast was high today though at 8.5 between the Green Monster, pumpkin oats, and pumpkin latte.

And finally for now I leave you with this:

Healthy Preteen Breakfast FabTeen was eating her breakfast (which I had her make herself today as I was running late) and then apparently grabbed the camera I tend to leave lying around (handy), and snapped a picture of it.  She came running to me with the picture and said, “Mommy…this is a healthy breakfast, right?” 

Coming from Little Miss Queen of Junk Food I felt a glimmer of hope for her future eating habits bubbling inside!  I think I might be doing something right!


Meredith (Pursuing Balance) said...

How funny that you live so close to me! I used to love going to MetroZoo when I was a kid!
I always make my oatmeal in the microwave too. I just don't want to deal with washing a pot first thing in the morning!

Ellura said...

I gotta tell you - those green monster things you drink don't look very apetizing. :) But your pumpkin recipes do! Every time i look at your blog you are eating great. I am impressed and you are obviously losing - way to go!

Spitfire said...

Hey there. So I must say, I'm impressed with your creativity when it comes to eating. I'm wondering...are you all natural? Do you eat gluten? What about sugar? I have been refined-sugar-free/gluten-free for about 127 days now...I find my snax at the health food store. I'm really curious about that green monster that looks hideous. But since you drink it, it must not be that bad...and that's why we have the whole "plug your nose" thing I still do while drinking my Vital Greens in the morning. LOL. I'd sure love some info as to what you eat...I'll go back and read some of your blog...but if you could pop by mine and give me an overview, I'd appreciate it. Btw, that pumpkin oatmeal looked yummy! :o)

Jewel said...

Ellura and Spitfire...those Green Monsters may look horrible...but they taste so good! Sort of like a smoothie with a hint of grassy flavor from the wheatgrass, and sweet because of the banana.

Spitfire, I will post more about my eating habits for you...but this week it has been difficult.

Meredith...are you a native Floridian? For some reason I had thought you were just down here for college.

I am born and raised on Miami Beach...I moved down south here after college (FSU!) but I have been a South Floridian my whole life. I have some years on you though!