20 December 2014

Cranberries!

...For when you have cranberries, but sauce seems like too much of a project and pie or bars or muffins are really too much of a project. Juice is also a project. But you have to eat breakfast, right? Why not make a smoothie?

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Why you should make this smoothie: cranberries contain high levels of antioxidants, molecules that inhibit the oxidation (read: breakdown) of other molecules in the body. Oxidative damage is linked to cancer. Therefore, antioxidants are beneficial in that they help ameliorate toxic oxidative damage. (You really don't remember chemistry or care about redox reactions, do you? Too bad!)

 

Chia seeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids and 4 grams of protein per 2 tablespoon serving. So, veg-heads, do I have to explain why you should eat chia seeds, or are you a junk food vegan living on Fritos and seitan?

 

Cranberry Date Smoothie

1 cup fresh cranberries

8 dates (I have deglet noor dates; medjool or honey dates are also good options)

1 banana, frozen

1 cup greens (or 2 cubes frozen greens!)

2 tablespoons chia seeds

Blitz to oblivion in a blender and enjoy!

Cranberries | Gothic Granola

This was my pre-workout today because carbs = energy.

Parting shots:

Beet massacre! I spiralised four beets and there was beet juice everywhere.

 

Cranberries | Gothic Granola

I also made Babycakes NYC scones (from the first Babycakes book) with cranberries. Tres yum.

cranberries | Gothic Granola
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