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Fat Delivery Vehicles and Macaroons

Good morning sunshines!

This post has a duty-free section and a healthy living section. The duty-free section is at the end, and I would urge you not to scroll down because frankly you may not want to read about spinach if you do.

Fat Delivery Vehicle (FDV) 1: Green Monster (for Coconut Oil)

I have been drinking green monsters for a couple of years, and I especially like them for times when I am not eating a lot of salads or perhaps just have a strange craving for spinach or want to shock my coworkers by drinking a strange-looking green beverage in a meeting.

However, one thing has always bothered me while I was drinking my green smoothies: unless I was using whole milk or yogurt (which I didn’t like the taste of), I couldn’t figure out how to add in fat.

At the same time, I was reading all this research on coconut oil and I was trying to come up with ways to add more coconut oil to my diet. Eventually, I had a light bulb moment and realized that coconut and fruit went together. Therefore, Green Monsters were actually the ideal delivery method for coconut oil.

All the tastiness and nutritional goodness of my spinach-fruit-orange-coconut oil combo makes me do little dances around the kitchen. Here is how it’s done:

I start with a half-blender’s worth of spinach (maybe 2.5 cups?),

add in my fruit (today, it was frozen mangos and blueberries),

and add a dollop of orange juice concentrate. This is the one “unnatural” thing about my GMs, but I am ok with that, because I don’t like the taste of either milk or replacement milks (and the replacement milks are processed too).

The orange juice concentrate* makes the GM taste like fruit juice (seriously, try it!) and provides valuable wintertime vitamin C.

* I used actual orange juice at first, but this is so much easier!

Then, I add in the coconut oil. Why am I taking pictures of it on my stove? It’s the best lighting in my kitchen (see my pasta post for an example of Lighting, Everywhere Else).

Why are there crumbs on the stove? Let’s just say it’s not for nothing that I called this blog Duty Free Foodie, not Perfect Homesteader Foodie, okay? Don’t say I tried to trick you.

I use 1 – 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and add wheat grass as well (optional) and 1-2 cups of water to blend (depending on desired thickness).

I like to take mine to work or drink them out of a beer glass. Because I am an adult and I do what I want.

(The inscription on the glass reads “All Natural Tastes Better”).

Macaroons

Ryan’s parents just came back from France and brought back macaroons.

When I first saw them, I went a little crazy with excitement and forgot all about picture taking. I was too busy trying to call dibs on the tastiest-looking macaroons.

They whole pile looked even better, I assure you. Here is what was left after about 5 minutes:

This is the lemon macaroon from above, taken while I was in the process of enjoying it:

… and just  like that, they were gone.

Frankie watched me make the GM this morning.

He is saying, “Stop dancing around the kitchen. You were supposed to feed me ten minutes ago.”

Do you have a favourite Fat Delivery Vehicle?

October 29, 2010   16 Comments

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