It’s Summer! Smoothie, Salads, No-Bake Cookies, and Watermelon

First, I’m glad so many of you have entered the giveaway from my last post, and you have a few more days to enter if you haven’t yet! I know you want some fruit & nut bars…

I’m not fully back to normal yet, but my mom suggested I go back to eating more or less the way I normally do, so that’s what I’ve been doing!

For breakfast yesterday following a short 3-mile run, I had a Triple Blueberry Smoothie! A cup of frozen blueberries blended with a bottle of Wildwood Probiotic Blueberry Soymilk and some psyllium husk, topped with cinnamon and some dried blueberries. Obviously hoping to rev my digestion with the probiotics and psyllium!

Getting sick of this bowl yet? The probiotic soymilk was good–a slightly strong and funky soy taste, but most of Wildwood’s products are like that, and blended with the blueberries, it was perfect.

For lunch I had my first large mostly raw salad in a couple weeks! (I’d been eating a lot of steamed veggies and whole grains). It included mixed greens, romaine lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, and some Hickory Baked Tofu (from Whole Foods). I topped it with Creamy Miso Salad Dressing from The Vegan Table and some sesame seeds!

The dressing recipe is super simple with four ingredients–just miso, rice vinegar, olive/sesame oil, and water if I remember correctly. I thought it was a bit salty, so I added 1/3 block of silken tofu, some extra water for blendability, and a squirt of agave because I thought it needed something special. I liked it a lot better after that (I’ve done the silken tofu dressing trick before–it decreases the calories per serving and makes dressings decadently, lusciously creamy).

I also made Swallow-It-All Banana Balls from The Everyday Vegan. Okay, I love Dreena, but I can’t believe she named them that! There are so many sexual innuendos in the name of this recipe, it’s ridiculous! I bet my blog will come up for naughty Google searches now.

Anyways, regardless of their unfortunate title, these no-bake cookies are as tasty as they are wholesome, and the perfect treat for summer. With no added sugar or salt, these balls simply contain bananas, minced apple, dates, peanut butter, coconut, oats, cereal (I used Flax Plus), and flax meal. They’re then rolled in carob powder and more coconut. I love poppin’ a couple of these before I run. They’re just sweet enough from the dates and definitely nutritionally dense enough to be a pre (or post) -workout snack. Nice and chewy too! You’ll swallow them all! Haha.

This morning I ran 7 miles! I know it’s not that much, but it’s the longest run I‘ve ever done. Plus, it was 90 degrees! My friend told me that you can generally run double the distance you’re currently running, so I can stop training now, right? 7 x 2 = 14 > 13.1. Amen.

Anyways, when I got back (and jumped in the pool, obviously!), all I wanted was a huge a** chunk of ice cold, refreshing watermelon:

I had my last couple pieces with cracked black pepper because, if people can put salt on watermelon, then I can put pepper! It was a nice contrast with the intense sweetness of the watermelon.

Lunch today was simple, yet wonderful. I had roasted sweet potato wedges and hickory baked tofu over a fluffy bed of kamut grain and baby spinach. I topped it with some dried cranberries and a couple tablespoons of some leftover Balsamic Maple Sauce from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan I had sitting in the fridge (this is maybe the best sauce in the world, by the way. Tangy, sweet, and salty all at once without being overpowering–GREAT with roasted veggies and autumn flavors).

The sweet taters are just lightly sprayed with olive oil, drizzled with maple syrup, and coated in chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, sea salt, and black pepper, and roasted for 30 minutes at 400 degrees, flipping halfway through. I could eat this all day, everyday! Next time I’m adding some onions and maybe some toasted pecans!


11 responses to “It’s Summer! Smoothie, Salads, No-Bake Cookies, and Watermelon

  1. Nicole (

    Hahah!! I love the cookie name!

  2. Wow, I really don't remember those cookies in ED&BV. You'd think I would remember a name like that! hahaI like Dreena too, but some of the names of her recipes are questionable.

  3. All this looks so tasty! I am totally in awe of the distance you can run (it'd probably be about 10 yards for me…) and so envious of the pool to jump into when it gets hot (though not much need for that here, these days. We can just go out and stand in the rain…)Interesting cookie name ;O) They sound a bit like the balls I make, which go very well with a mug of vanilla rice milk! Bet these would, too!

  4. I love the name of those cookies, it makes me want to make them. Plus dreena never lets me down, her recipes are ace.Likin the idea of black pepper on the watermelon, i'm trying that next time I get a watermelon!

  5. The cookie name is priceless haha!Mmm, the watermelon looks so fresh and juicy! Yum!

  6. Those watermelon photos are making my mouth water! I don't usually go for pepper on top, but it sounds like such a great idea, I'll have to try it.

  7. Black pepper on watermelon = genius, even though I'm not a watermelon fan. Black pepper is just good on everything.

  8. Your tofu concoctions look delicious. And yay for blueberries–they're so good for you!

  9. swallow it all banana balls (((laughs like beavis and butthead)))i think the name is perfect. btw, sorry i don't post on yours more regularly, i have to do this from home because i can't see your gorgeous food porn from work! this is a crying shame.looks good nora!

  10. so, wait a minute. you eat your smoothies with a spoon out of a bowl instead of just drinking it? that blows my mind.

  11. Ruby Red Vegan

    Nora! That photo at the bottom of the post is incredible! Like, jaw-dropping! Anyway, the banana balls sound like a tasty treat. Almost nothing beats a Dreena cookie recipe.

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