Getting Creative in the Kitchen…

Okay, so inspired by a good friend I’ve taken a long, hard look at my chocolate addiction. I think she’d been a little concerned that lately at our coffee meet-ups I’ve been choosing hot chocolate instead of a cappuccino, and enjoying a chocolate muffin to go with it. Plus, there are two squares of dark chocolate I treat myself to during the evening, and *whisper* the odd (okay, more than odd) choccie bar I grab during the day.

Anyhoo, to cut a long telling-off very short, she suggested some easy ways to swap up my choccie addiction. Apparently, I can still have the two squares of dark chocolate (Yay!) but have to add way more vegetables and good stuff and ditch the rubbish.

So, I dug out the juicer/blender my mum bought me last Christmas and got to work with what I had in the kitchen. Most people know I’m not a great kitchen creative, in fact, I go there as little as possible. Thankfully, I have a husband who loves to cook and prepare meals, so at least we don’t starve. He never tires of telling people the story about a friend who popped in before Christmas one year and told him to put my pressie somewhere I’d never look and he said he’d put it in the oven because I never went there! Charming!

My first attempt at blending via set recipe was okay, but nothing that would keep me far away from the choccie. So I thought I’d just throw in things I had in the cupboard. It’s been working pretty well and so far my favorite is this one:


A couple of handfuls of Spinach
Half an Avocado
Splash of Apple Cider Vinegar/Lime Juice/Apple Juice

Surprisingly, it tastes pretty good (much better than it looks). Now, I just need to give it a name 🙂

How about you? Do you juice or blend? Have any favorite recipes?



7 responses to “Getting Creative in the Kitchen…

  1. I subscribe to the mantra that dark chocolate is good anti-oxidants and good for the soul. But, like you, I occasionally over-imbibe. Lol. I should try juicing. It’s a lot healthier way to get protein and good nutrition. I just haven’t yet. I keep using the excuse that our kitchen is very small and I can’t fit one more appliance anywhere. 🙂

  2. Oh Ho, yep chocolate (dark) is good for us. I do smoothies in a bullet. It’s so easy and no mess to clean up. Oh and a very small appliance Laurie. I don’t have recipes I just throw in whatever I have around. I do freeze fruit when it gets to ripe. It’s like most things I get an urge and do it for awhile and then since it’s a healthy habit I taper off. I’m lone over due to start it again and your blog will help.

  3. Have not tried juicing, but my sons have. My hubs and I do smoothies. BUT I much prefer the chocolate,too! 🙂 Jillian

  4. Chocolate smoothies. Now, there’s an idea 😉

  5. Aha! Jillian beat to the chocolate smoothie suggestion. But well done, you. I can stick to bananas, yogurt and cinnamon in my shakes but draw the line at avocado, or spinach come to that.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s