Hot cocoa for lunch (John Lennon approved)

C'mon, isn't hot cocoa exactly what you thought I ate for lunch most days? 

While I'm a geek about productivity and generally making intentional decisions about how I spend my time, the reality is that I'm a solopreneur. Not only do I get my juicy, creative time with clients, I get to wrestle the speech I want to be practicing out of the jaws of this jerky printer. 

And poof! There goes the time I would have had to fix a proper lunch before my next client session. It's just like John Lennon said, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."

I cruise (okay, speedwalk) into the kitchen with 10 minutes to go. It's still cold here in New England, so I know I want something warm. I also know that I want something with protein, fat and fiber to keep me a bit more sustained. So, I scan the cabinets and start tossing things into my blender like:

  • 1-1.5 c. coconut milk kefir (or any milk you prefer, but it was fermenting in front of me)
  • 1.5 tbsp. cacoa nibs (or use a bit less cacao powder)
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds (a good source of healthy fat, protein and fiber)
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter (ok, it was a really big blob on a teaspoon)
  • a few drops liquid stevia (honey, brown rice syrup or maple syrup work, too)
  • a sprinkle of bee pollen (which, if you're not allergic, has those energy-boosting B vitamins)
  • a teeny pinch of sea salt 

Because it's a Vitamix, I can hit the button, go off in search of my headphones and return to a frothy, filling hot cocoa. Ok, technically, a hot cacao. Either way, John approves:




Peas and Carrots, Please Canapes

For those who didn't catch me on WWLP's Mass Appeal last Friday, here's an easy, breezy dish to whip up when company comes a-calling. The complete recipe is below, too.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Juice of one-half lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8-oz. frozen green peas, steamed or sautéed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large carrot, cut into thin rounds (or flowers)
  • 30 small pumpernickel rounds, baguette slices or gluten-free crackers

Directions

Add all ingredients, except bread/cracker, into food processor or blender. Pulse to combine taking care to not over-blend. Top each round with spread and add carrot garnish.