Everybody say cheeeeeeese!

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah on March 23, 2011

in EATS!, Recipes

First things first…

It’s finally here!  Definitely something to smile about, a huge cheesy ear-to-ear grin in fact.

The sun is still shining and I am very happy that it is.  There’s nothing like a bit of sunshine to make the most seemingly miserable of days better.  Although I find tasty eats can also have the same effect too.

Tuesday started off exactly the right way with a variation on my Beet, Carob and PB Green Smoothie.

Again and as always this green smoothie was MEGA!  I mixed beetroot, pb, cocoa powder, spinach,  a banana, xanthan gum, ground flax, wheat germ, oat milk and water.

Smiles all around!  Especially after topping it with coconut, dates and Dorset Cereals simply tasty muesli.

After breakfast I headed to the gym.  My usual spinning class isn’t on until next term, but there is a class on Thursday mornings so I wasn’t sad for very long.  Instead I did an awesome 1 hour interval workout across the treadmill, adaptive motion trainer and the cross trainer followed by my ab routine repeated twice.

Can you believe that the first time I tried beetroot was in my Beet, Carob and PB Green Smoothie! Yup!  I was a beet virgin, but boy am I glad that I’m not now.  Not only does it taste amazing and makes everything a pretty purply pink, one major reason to like it alone in my opinion.

So feeling the beet love lunch was the leftovers from my Squash, Beet and Feta with a Sweet Chilli and Herb Dressing salad.

Instead of adding feta cheese this time I added two large tomatoes, extra chick peas and courgette rounds.

I also ate some sliced kiwi and blueberries and mid-afternoon I snacked on one of my Date and Coconut Slices a pear and a banana.

Dinner was a super speedy vegetable peanut butter stir-fry.

This was tres good of course because of the peanut butter, sweet miso and soy sauce- LOVE IT! Veggies included kale, hispi cabbage, red pepper, brussel sprouts, courgette and half an avocado with some smoked tofu as advised by Laura.  It was fab with the PB and definitely made my taste buds smile!  :D

After dinner I had a mug of warm chocolate soya milk with two pink lady apples.

Breakfast this morning was sure to put a smile on my face as it was sunny and bright just like the weather outside.

Mango and Passion Fruit Tofu

This recipe is loosely based on my Banana and Vanilla Tofu recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 pack of silken tofu (I used Cauldron)
  • 1 ripe mango
  • 1 passion fruit
  • 1 tbsp of agave nectar

This was so much more richer and creamier than my original recipe.   I topped this sunny delight with a chopped banana, coconut, blueberries, almonds and puffed wheat.

After breakfast I headed to the gym for another cardio session made up of 1 hour of interval training on the treadmill, cross trainer, step machine and the bike.  I followed this with my ab routine and lots of stretching.

Lunch was a simple salad made from mixed leaves, spinach, red pepper, tomatoes, sweet corn and topped with my Sweet Potato Hummus.

I *LOVE* HUMMUS!

Hummus = BIG smile!

Mid afternoon I snacked on a Nakd wild berry bar and an apple.

Dinner tonight was pretty straight forward:

Leftover cottage pie with celeriac mash and steamed purple sprouting broccoli.  So very comforting!  If it could wrap you up in it’s arms and give you a huge hug, it would.  And that would make me smile-LOTS!

Dessert was a yummy Strawberry Mousse:

But sometimes in those worst cases when nothing, not even my favourite food can make me smile I look to a little friend of mine that lives on my desk in the lab…

…and smile back no matter what!

What has made you smile so far this week?  This week has been really productive for me in the lab and I am getting so much done.  I feel like I’m on fire!  Oh and my PB2 delivery was pretty smile worthy too.

What foods boost your mood when your day isn’t going so well? Green smoothies and PB always put a huge smile on my face as I know I’m always on to a winner.

Keep smiling lovelies! :D

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megan @ the oatmeal diaries March 23, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Soo much delicious food!! Hummus is the best, isn’t it?! I love your positive post-it note :)

Ma Ma Megan March 23, 2011 at 10:12 PM

I just got a mango! Been wondering what to do with it, I’m so making that pudding :D

leashieloo March 23, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Chocolate always makes me happy!

Sophia @ Raven Waves March 23, 2011 at 10:26 PM

So much good food!! Peanut butter also puts me in a good mood too! Love it!

Nicky@discoandlove March 23, 2011 at 10:40 PM

I think the weather makes such an amazing change to everyone’s mood – I love it!!
You have some amazing food going on here :) I’m very jealous of your PB2 too! Kabocha squash makes me veryyy happy even though I have it everyday! I’m addicted…

Courtney March 23, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Peanut butter and dark chocolate maltballs are my favorites! :D

movesnmunchies March 23, 2011 at 11:13 PM

oo let us know how the pb2 is!!!!!! oh pb ALWAYS puts a smile on my face!

~Jessica~ March 23, 2011 at 11:25 PM

One of the most delicious-eats-filled posts I have ever read. Your recipes and combinations just keep getting yummier by the day, particularly that beet monster and the sweet potato hummus, which I keep meaning to try!

It might sound odd but a cup of decaf tea with rice milk always soothes me on a bleak day. I have so many issues with food that it’s difficult for one to make me smile without guilt, but a nice cup of tea…that’s where true peace lies for me.

xxx

IHeartVegetables March 23, 2011 at 11:53 PM

sweet potato hummus sounds delish!!

So did you fall in love with pb2?? I’m an ADDICT!!! I love it on apples, bananas, waffles, sandwiches… the list goes on!

thequirkykitchen March 24, 2011 at 12:24 AM

A really great salad, followed by some choccie and a peppermint tea :-) that would put a smile on my face :-)

Olivia March 24, 2011 at 1:12 AM

Oohh yay for pb2!!! Can’t wait to see what other ways you come up with to use those babies up! (you always come up with the yummiest combos!)

Sarah(everydaysapicnic) March 24, 2011 at 6:49 AM

Breakfast always puts me in a good mood :)
I love beetroot – you’ve reminded me I haven’t had it in a while. I haven’t tried them in a smoothie though … will have to get on that.

AlisonM March 24, 2011 at 8:07 AM

Wow, you’d never tried beetroot! I luuuurve it. It’s great roasted with other root vegetables and eaten with feta cheese :)

I like a jazz apple, handful of nuts and a cup of coffee to cheer me up. And / or with some dark chocolate on the side. Slightly random I know, but I find I don’t crash and burn afterwards with that. Of course REALLY though what I like is a piece of cake!

laura@keepinghealthygettingstylish March 24, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Glad you liked the smoked tofu with peanut sauce, soo good! Your breakfasts are looking so spring like at the moment, love it! Yey for the PB2, I ended up ordering more because I can see myself using it so often :-)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 24, 2011 at 9:54 AM

I adore hummus it is one of life’s best inventions.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 24, 2011 at 9:55 AM

The pudding kinda has the same texture as Greek youghurt. It was fab! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 24, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Chocolate maks me deleriously happy. :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 24, 2011 at 9:56 AM

I love PB!!! It tastes so great with everything!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 24, 2011 at 9:59 AM

I don’t think I have tried a Kabocha squash yet. I think I may have seen in Asda a few times. Does it not taste like any other squash/pumpkin?

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 24, 2011 at 10:00 AM

PB with everything is my favourite! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 24, 2011 at 10:00 AM

I had to try the PB2 this morning and it is amazing! :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 24, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Thanks Jess! :) A nice cuppa can do the world of good sometimes. So calming and comforting. I totally see what you mean!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 24, 2011 at 10:02 AM

I love PB2!!! I had some this morning on top of my oats. I think I need to make another order already!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 24, 2011 at 10:02 AM

I love a fab salad especially in this beautiful weather.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 24, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Thanks! I’m loving the PB2 already, it tastes amazing!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 24, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Beets are great in a smoothie. I’ve tried them roasted too and they taste awesome. I’ve missed out on so much where beets are concerned!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 24, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Ha! I know I’m way behind on the beetroot front. I’m so glad that have finally discovered it!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 24, 2011 at 10:07 AM

I can see me ordering some more too. I tried it this morning on top of my oats and it was amazing. I wish it was more accessible though!

This Italian Family March 24, 2011 at 3:04 PM

I love your little note to remember to smile! I’ve heard so many good things about PB2! I need to get on that train, haha!

Lana March 24, 2011 at 4:26 PM

I am in love with beetroot at the moment! And that smoothie looks incredible (:
I’m slightly intrigued by the PB2, reading about it everywhere at the moment!
As for mood boosting food, it has got to be green juice and raw chocolate – every time!
xxxx

Flo (Coconut Chronicles) March 24, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Hehe I love the little note :-)
Food that cheers me up – I used to automatically go for ‘comfort’ food (you know, heavy on the carbs, cheese etc.) but recently i’ve realised its actually fresh, summery foods like huge salads and hummus, and greek yogurt and berries that really boost my mood!

Maria March 24, 2011 at 5:42 PM

I love PB2 :) That makes me smile!

Stephanie March 24, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Hello! I’m a new reader, and I love all your eats in your blog. I love curries, veggies, chocolates, and everything! I did order PB2 before and I hated it (too thin for me)…I still have 2 unopened jars in my cabinet.
I have a large beetroot right now; just wondering, do you used cooked/roasted beets in smoothies? I don’t think my magic bullet can handle raw beets.

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 25, 2011 at 4:40 AM

That mango pudding looks amazing!

Lola March 25, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Sunshine always makes me happy! I definitely think I’m solar powered or something, I’m just in such a better mood generally in the summer than in the winter months. Definitely going to have to make some of that houmous, yum!

moveovercelery March 25, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Powdered peanut butter?! Who knew! I will look into that! I love your blog! Look forward to readin. : )

Ellie March 25, 2011 at 6:57 PM

ohhh beets are yummy!! so glad that you’re SMILIN’! I always get reminded that a simple genuine smile at someone can perhaps make their day…or even save their lives! who knows what can happen? :) nut butters are definitely one of my smiley foods

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 25, 2011 at 11:31 PM

I always use roasted beets. I’m not sure if they would taste so great raw. :)

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