Here’s my summer go-to granola. Blueberries are so good right now. And they are even better if you can find a place to pick your own. We are lucky where I live to have a wonderful blueberry farm about a half an hour away. Houston peeps if you haven’t been to Moorhead’s Blueberry Farm in Conroe, do yourself a favor and go. It’s so fun. But be warned. You will probably come home with way more blueberries than you know what to do with. Stick those babies in the freezer and enjoy them all summer long in your smoothies.
I’ve been a busy little foodie yoga girl lately. Busy in life, busy on my mat and busy in the kitchen. Last weekend, while I was playing at a local lake, I stumbled upon a banana tree. Right here in Houston. I didn’t even know they grew here. The bananas were so cute. Little tiny things with thin skins. And they were really, really sweet and reminded me of banana cream pie. So guess what I decided to make this week?
Love to make veggie burgers. Love to eat veggie burgers. So happy when I come up with a new way to make veggie burger night just a little different. And think it’s super fun to get my hands mushy by shaping patties.
Sounds like I have a crush on veggie burgers. Well maybe I do. They are awesome, you know. But finding a good recipe isn’t always easy. I’ve definitely met some duds. That’s for sure.
Wouldn’t normally think about lemon in a veggie burger, but it’s a nice addition that makes this version really kind of perfect for a summertime meal on the patio. You can throw this together in no time. Just whiz everything in the food processor, shape and saute. Easy breezy.
When my 15-year old son, Jonah, was a toddler, I desperately wanted him to like pancakes. I made them every Sunday morning and every Sunday morning he chucked his portion from the tray of his high chair onto the ground. I have video to prove this. Looking back, I sort of don’t blame him, I have a feeling they were kind of crappy pancakes from a mix.
So imagine my delight when I made this recipe for my family this past Sunday and Jonah said they were the best pancakes he’d ever had in his whole life. The greatest early Mother’s Day present I could get. My kid likes pancakes. Yay! He likes my pancakes. Yay!! He likes my VEGAN pancakes. Yay!!!
Lately, my kids have been asking me to buy them Vitamin Water, ugh. Have you read the label on that stuff? The list of ingredients is super long…IT’S WATER for Pete’s sake. Some of the flavors can have up to 32 grams of sugar. Yikes. Or if you buy the Vitamin Water Zero the sweetener is listed as erythritol and rebiana (stevia extract) which might be fine for some people, but smacks of chemical engineering to me.
So, I decided to put my bare yoga foot down and say no to Vitamin Water, Gatorade and Powerade in my house. I’m not naive. I’m sure my kids will still drink this stuff from time to time, but I’m not buying it any more.
As an alternative, I proposed to keep jars of water in the refrigerator with yummy combinations of fruit. My boys were actually a little excited about this. I’ve seen this idea floating around Facebook and thought it was worth a try.
We put filtered water in mason jars filled about 3/4 of the way and added:
Orange + Lemon + Apple
Pineapple + Mango + Kiwi
Lemon + Cucumber + Mint (for me)
They are all really refreshing. You can get as creative as you like here. For a sports drink, you can fill a water bottle with half Fruity Spa Water and half coconut water for electrolytes.