Eggnog Quinoa and Pineapple Spinach Smoothie

I have always liked Thursdays. For one thing, you know there is good TV on the way (hello Big Bang Theory/Parks and Rec!), and Friday is right around the bend. These days I have Thursdays off which makes them even better!

My aunt stopped by this morning, and I took the opportunity to ask her about a couple recipes she makes regularly. Both of these recipes include a respectable amount of healthy “super foods”. This is good if, like me, you are feeling the need to walk in righteousness for awhile during this post-Halloween-pre-Thanksgiving time…

The first recipe I tried was eggnog quinoa. My family has tried a couple variations on this dish, using both pasta and rice. However I have recently discovered quinoa and wanted to see what it would taste like. This dish is not altogether healthy, but quinoa is packed with protein and a smaller serving will keep you really full.

First things first – heat up some butter.

Add in the (cooked) quinoa, eggnog, raisins and spices. Simmer, then enjoy!

This was so good (and easy to make). It was sweet and warm, with a slight aroma of spice and holidays. I think it would be great as breakfast – it sort of reminded me of porridge or oatmeal.

Next up – Pineapple Spinach Smoothie! Just looking at this spinach makes me feel virtuous.

I’ve been putting spinach in my smoothies since I saw this blog post a month ago. However, I knew my aunt has been making one that turns out entirely green in color so I wanted to find out about it!

She has been making an adaptation on a recipe that came with her Vitamix blender. This smoothie contains spinach, Greek yogurt, pineapple, whey protein powder and a bit of ice. It blended into a gorgeous, creamy, light green.

This smoothie was so refreshing! I loved it. It’s a little bit tart, so if you don’t like that you can add some sweetener. I am going to start having this in the morning as well – a really clean, bright start to the day.

So there you go – two nutritious recipes! These were both so easy to make. Also, the measurements are really up to you – feel free to include more or less of the ingredients depending on what you like.

Have a happy Friday/weekend!

Eggnog Quinoa

Serves 2-3

1 Tbsp butter
2 cups cooked quinoa (follow directions on package for cooking)
3/4 cup eggnog
1/3 cup raisins
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tbsp brown sugar
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of cinnamon

Heat butter in a pan over medium-high heat. Toss in the cooked quinoa. Add in 1/2 cup eggnog, and keep adding until it reaches the consistency you want. Add in the vanilla, sugar, spices and raisins. Turn the heat to low and let it simmer for a few minutes.

You can enjoy right away, or take it off the heat and let everything settle together for awhile.

Pineapple Spinach Smoothie

Inspired by Kelvin Wu’s Red Green Protein Smoothie and Vitamix’s Emerald Smoothie

Serves 2-3

2 cups baby spinach
12 oz Greek yogurt (vanilla or honey flavor)
1 1/2 – 2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple
2 scoops whey protein powder
ice, as needed
1 Tbsp agave nectar, or sweetener of your choice

Blend together. Enjoy!

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  • Courtney Holcomb

    Thank you, I will try these! At first I thought it was an Eggnog-Quinoa-Spinach smoothie. I thought, really? really really? lol I get it. I love quinoa and I bet spiced up w/raisins and sugar for breakfast the kids could like it too. Quinoa is also alkalizing, I do need more!

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