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The Wren

Filtering by Tag: Goji Berries

Steel Cut Irish Oats Recipe

Renee Woodruff

I tend to switch back and forth between four different things for breakfast -- oatmeal, quinoa, greek yogurt or eggs. These choices are mainly for their health benefits, but also because there are so many variations one can make with each of these food items as a base. Today, my focus is on steel cut oats (I like John McCann's brand) with several additional ingredients to create an antioxidant, protein filled hearty breakfast that will keep you fueled throughout a busy morning.


  • 1/2 a cup of cooked steel cut oats


  • 1 Tbsp Walnuts 
  • 1 Tbsp Goji Berries
  • 1 Tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Shredded Coconut
  • 1 Tsp Dried Blueberries 
  • 1 Tsp Yellow Raisins
  • Several Shakes of Cinnamon
  • A drizzle of raw local honey

Yield: 2 Servings

As with any of my recipes, I only include the measurements for guidance. Add as much or as little of each ingredient as you like, and/or substitute your favorite or leave something out altogether if you don't like it. Experimentation is the key to a happy kitchen.

PS - if you aren't serving two, put the second serving in a glass storage container and refrigerate for another healthy breakfast tomorrow.


Superfood Sunshine Smoothie

Renee Woodruff

As you have probably discovered by now, I have a real obsession with my Vitamix, and I love creating new tasty smoothie concoctions.

The following recipe by, Love and Lemons, has quickly become a home-run smoothie in our house and has Dave's Stamp of Approval on it.  Every time I make this one, he always asks what it is because it seems to always turn out a little different every time. 

I'll link to her recipe below but here's my slightly altered version:

  • 2 bananas (frozen)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup original Almond Breeze Almond Milk
  • Juice of 1 medium orange (squeeze fresh and keep frozen in ice cube trays, 4-5 cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons goji berries
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated ginger (I like it spicy!)
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds 

Yield: 2 Servings

Note: Sometimes mine looks more pink than orange depending on the OJ to goji berry ratio.