Nothin’ fills me up like a thick smoothie!! Despite the fact that it was cold and dreary all day, I knew that’s what I wanted for a snack during class.
I blended frozen mango and huge banana with a cup of milk and some Perfect Acai powder, chia seeds and half a packet of Amazing Meal.
I got an email from Perfect Acai asking me to sample the powder and originally turned it down with the response that I’m "not a supplement person", but when my contact responded with an email stating that he totally understood along with the comment that you can’t get fresh acai berries in the US and that it goes rancid within 20 hours of picking so that freeze drying is the best method, I agreed to give it a try. I must admit that it did impart a nice berry flavor to my berryless smoothie! If you need a little more exotic superfood in your life, this isn’t bad way to get it 🙂 And apparently it’s good stirred into yogurt too?
I ended up adding an extra banana to my smoothie to get the right consistency and then had a ton in the blender, so I fed a glass to Matt. He gladly accepted the snack!
I took my smoothie to class and drank it around 5PM. Smoothies hold me over so long when I put some heft into them.
I did have a little mini snack around 6:30 – some Frog Hollow Farm dried peaches, which were actually pleasantly surprisingly good! They almost tasted fermented to me and a little charred!? Like roasted marshmallows! Here’s my lovely iPhone photo:
Once home at 8:30 I DOVE into the leftover Split Pea Soup in our fridge! Matt made this last night with split peas, broth, bacon, mushrooms, carrots and garlic per our Split Pea Soup recipe. It was quite thick. I shall call it:
Split Pea Mashed Potatoes
Served with two small slices of Flax Oat Bran cut into cubes:
Currently sipping Tazo Ginger Infusion tea. I usually do not like gingery flavor – it’s too bitter or something – but this is more like ginger ALE and Iove it!!!
Debating staying up and doing one of my late-night assignments. I have one I could finish in an hour…tempting!
I hope the sun’ll come out to-morr-ow!
Allie (Live Laugh Eat) says
Mmmm I like pea guacamole!
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is says
I’m always in the mood for smoothies, too. 🙂
Food Makes Fun Fuel says
That acai drink sounds really good. I need sunn too, It was so cloudy all day for my walk!
Those split pea “mashed potatoes” look so good!
christie @ honoring health says
That acai powder sounds interesting!
I am pretty depressed over this weather, too. Hopefully, it is rolling out today!
Hey Kath….I’m a bit obbsessed with expiration dates, meaning my eye just naturally looks for them. I think it stems from accidently pouring expired Ranch on a salad in my youth. Ick.
Anyways, I thought I spied a 6/22/09 date on your dried fruit….which may explain the fermented taste??? You may want to check any other packets of fruit you got from that company! 🙂
I hope the sun comes out tooooooo! I am so sick of this crappy weather! Have a happy Friday 😀
Whitney @ Lettuce Love says
Smoothies always hold me over well too
Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) says
Mmm, that’s like a split pea stew. Although, I like your pun of “pea-tatoes” too much to call it stew.
Stacy(Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri) says
I have been adding the acai powder to my oatmeal and it is SO good. I think it gives my oats a little added boost of berry flavor and it also makes them a pretty funky purple color. You should totally try it!
Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope says
No matter the weather, smoothies are always a delicious treat! That acai powder does sound pretty good. And what a neat idea with the mashed split pea potatoes!
Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) says
Smoothies are always good, no matter what the weather is sayin! 🙂
Simply Life says
Oh that flax oat bran looks so good!
Light Delight with TouTou says
I love that zebra bowl!!
that green-ish mashed potato makes me feel like “mashed veggie” instead of carb!
Emily Eats and Exercises says
Dinner looks delish! I have to come up with a good vegetarian split pea soup recipe. I wonder what sort of flavor I should add to make up for the bacon?
As always, great bowl – I’m working on adding to my collection…
Emma [email protected] says
i’ve never had spilt peas soup but it looks good! something new to try:)
Stephanie @ Foodie McFood says
I love super thick soups. If you have to cut it with a knife, it’s my kind of soup. I never knew that about acai berries. That is fascinating.
Madeline @ Greens and Jeans says
Man, that split pea soup looks great! Something about soup on a dreary day…
Deva (Voracious Vorilee) says
I think smoothies are always good. They’re my go-to snack when I’m out shopping with my girlfriends. 🙂
Your split pea mash looks delicious – I love the warm green color, they look like a warm and filling meal for the cold weather!
Interesting green food! LOL at Matt’s hand rubbing his belly in the smoothie shot.
Paige(Running Around Normal) says
I had a fruity smoothie this morning! Usually it’s just green smoothies for me – but we only had about a half cup left a spinach:) LOL at Matt drinking it – what a cheese 😀
that acai powder looks pretty interesting. I checked out the website and it looks expensive. do you think you would ever buy it on your own? do you think there is a big benefit to things like that? I’d love to hear your opinion.
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You may have already stated this on a previous post, but what kind of blender do you own? I always have trouble finding one that crushes ice for smoothies!
Beth @ DiningAndDishing says
Split pea soup is such a delicious winter meal! Matt’s version looks great – nice and hearty!
Kelly from Bridges and Bites says
I did not know that acai berries had such a short lifespan. How interesting! I’m a bit afraid to try anything with acai in it though, because last time I had a mixed fruit drink with acai my throat swelled up!
Amanda @ Cakes and Ale says
I love super thick soups. Especially when they’re split pea!
It reminds me of eating “mushy peas” in England… on the side of a hot order of fish n’ chips, of course!
i love split pea soup for that very reason – so thick and delicious! I always have to add a bit of water or broth when I reheat it though.
Lauren @ Eater not a runner says
That smoothie looks so good, I really need to buy a blender 🙁
Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers says
creative dinner as always! i wanna try putting cauliflower in my taters!
Lol – I saw that sticker too. It doesn’t say “expired” or “use by” on it, so I’m guessing that’s a packaging date or something.
Oooo fun idea!!
I have never tried it, but what about liquid smoke? I have heard it’s good for vegan char flavor that you can’t get from meat.
Honestly, I probably wouldn’t buy it. I have a pretty conservative view of nutrition and think the antioxidants you get from local/frozen fruits are probably sufficient to antiox your body. But for cancer or those in a tedious state where free radical damage is more likely, it would definitely be worth adding for an extra precaution if you had the money to spend. I have yet to try it in yogurt or anything else like oats, so it might surprise me though!
It’s a Cuisinart Smartpower.
Oh goodness -be careful!
I’ve been seeing so many pictures of split peas on blogs lately. I don’t think I’ve had it since I was a kid but I’m all of a sudden craving it!! Sounds like a perfect meal to warm you up after a cold smoothie 🙂
That acai stuff sounds great! I’ve been craving smoothies this week because our weather warmed up (temporarily). I might have to break down and make some, even if it means wearing an extra layer of clothes 😉
I’m so in love with that zebra bowl! I totally need some new bowls to spice up my life haha.
Seth @ Boy Meets Food says
That’s actually the way I usually make my split pea “soup”. I like to do it in a crock pot while I am at work. I intentionally use less water than I should so that it comes out nice an thick like that. Love it!!!
That “soup” looks really good! I’ve been craving soup with the cooler weather, and I think I shall add this recipe to my to-try list!
The smoothie sounds tasty and sounds so much more exotic with the acai powder. Can I ask what size your smoothie cup is and where you got it (or what brand it is since I’m guessing it was another cool freebie)? Thanks and have a great weekend!
It’s an Amazing Grass shaker and I think it holds about 24 oz? I got it at the Blog Summit, but I bet you can order them online. It’s probably the same size as all of the shakers that look like that.
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Thanks so much for the reply!