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My #Smoothie Journey – Partner Buy-in

purple smoothieSo, you’re living with someone else, a partner, children, friends, etc. and you’ve started down this new diet journey, cluttering your countertops and refrigerators with new food items and appliances. How do you make them okay with it?

As you know, my smoothie quest is wrapped around a search for better immune support. I have yet to talk my child into so much as trying a smoothie, but my husband has just come on board. It took about 2 1/2 weeks to achieve this, mostly by accident!

What I did was offer him a taste of every smoothie I made. Since most of them aren’t disgusting, he lost his fear of them. I also kept preparing meals, instead of just forgetting him, though the leftovers have really been piling up. Then, I started preparing light meals with light smoothies, and we’re having them both for dinner. Now, he’s ready to start the smoothie-as-a-full-meal revolution with me!

Meanwhile, I’m reviewing The Apple Cookbook by Olwen Woodier (3rd edition) so I’ve been using it to find the complementary light meals to go with the light smoothie. Tonight is going to be an eggnog smoothie to compliment a Welsh Rarebit. Last night we had an apple sausage omelet with a mango veggie smoothie.

What combinations sound like a good idea? Any hints on keeping your home front enthusiastic?

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#Baking Banana Pumpkin Spice Bread (wheat free) #newrecipe

20140901_144104_resizedIt’s Pumpkin Spice season and here is a lovely quick bread recipe to try! I try to make most baked goods wheat-free so that my husband, who is intolerant of wheat, can enjoy it too. With the brand of wheat-free flour I use, the taste is so similar to wheat that no one ever notices.

1 3.4 oz Jell-o brand Pumpkin Spice pudding box
1/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix or similar
2 eggs
4 tablespoons butter
1 banana
1 tsp vanilla

350 degree oven. Cook for one hour or until a tester comes out clean.

Butter/oil a loaf pan.

Melt the butter. Mash banana. Mix these ingredients together with sugar, then add all other ingredients. Pour into pan.

Eat immediately or store in plastic wrap covered by a foil layer in a cool place. The smell is fantastic when you open the wrapping to take another slice!