Zero Waste Smoothies

Smoothies are delicious, healthy, and easily portable. I used to make one every morning but fell out of the habit when I became a teacher. In fact, many of my healthier habits have been in hibernation since teaching; I should make more of an effort to bring them back. 

Beautiful ballerina pink made with strawberries

When I have time to enjoy my mornings, I like to make a smoothie and coffee.

Luckily I froze a lot of fruit this summer and stored them in glass for future, sustainable smoothies.

My smoothie base:

1 frozen banana

1/2 to 3/4 cup homemade cashew milk

2 Tablespoons peanut butter bought in bulk in my own container

1 cup frozen berries of choice

Blend well!

If I happen to have greens on hand, I’d throw some in, but I rarely have any so I don’t worry about it.

Bright, lively pink with dark red raspberries

This might seem obvious, but sometimes we all need to have a place to start. Breakfast seems like a natural starting place to me. 🙂

Peace and love,

Kristan

Millet Muffins

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 Muffins are one of my favorite treats. I used to love those giant muffins from the grocery stores and would usually go for the poppy seed or almond crusted ones. My family would frequently whip up a batch of Jiffy muffins on the weekends, preferably raspberry flavored. However, nothing beats homemade muffins. I honestly can taste preservatives now and do not enjoy foods made to last half a decade.

I have made these muffins more than any other kind of muffin. They are ever so slightly sweet and have a nice crunchiness from the millet. The lemon makes them perfect.

My copy of Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson is showing its wear. It is a book well worth its space in my collection. The millet muffin recipe as well as her green lentil soup recipe from this book have permanent rotations in my kitchen.

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I admit I have a strong dislike of muffin liners and muffin pans. The liners leave me feeling sad about missing out on some muffin goodness, and muffin pans are a pain to clean. Either way, I have found an alternative that I thoroughly enjoy. I use silicone muffin liners on top of a regular baking sheet! This way I can get the entire muffin free and be able to enjoy each delectable bite without looking like a mad woman.

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These muffins are a must bake in my opinion. The recipe is available via a recipe sampler she has for her cookbook.

I added a bit more millet this time around.

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You can see in the above picture that the liners come off clean and leave you more muffin to enjoy! The best part is the reusable factor of these. I never have to buy muffin liners and then throw them out with yummy bits of muffin crumbs stuck to them. They clean up easily and are easy to store. I don’t remember where I purchased these, but my guess is they could be found at Michael’s or a similar store.

Peace and love,

Kristan