As promised, I have continued to attempt to incorporate wheat germ. My first unsuccessful attempt in the previous post was homemade granola. The first batch-Recipe#1-was half grudgingly consumed and half spilled on the floor accidentally (maybe?). Recipe #2 (sans wheat germ) was noticeably tastier, though I used currants in my fruit mix and those didn't pan out either. Turns out the wheat germ gave the granola kind of a bitter taste. I half hoped it was something about high-heat baking that made the wheat germ do that. It tastes pretty bland when it's raw. So....smoothies!
This smoothie came out with such a beautiful color and consistency I just had to spruce it up a bit for the photo-op. It looked so amazing and refreshing and seemed so lovely and thick. But it just goes to show, beautiful food is not always good food.

Apparently, it's not COOKING the wheat germ, it's simply USING the wheat germ that makes food taste somewhat bitter. Grrr.

Nevertheless, here's the smoothie ingredients:
1/3 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup greek yogurt (0%, Fage Total)
1/2 cup milk (still using the almond milk!)
1/2-2/3 cup frozen blueberries (or whatever berries you like)
1 tbsp Walden Farms Chocolate Syrup (back to that, mmmm!)

Put all ingredients into a blender and refrigerate overnight.
Why? I don't know, I got this idea from Kath (who uses different ingredients and calls it the Doughboy Smoothie-now I know why!)
Wake up

Altogether for just under 300 calories. It was pretty filling but tasted bitter. And kind batter-y (Doughboy smoothie it is!). Kind of the feeling you get when you're licking a bowl after baking stuff: good, but a whole bowl of it is a bit much. I'm not crediting this to Kath who uses different ratios, different fruits, toppings and chia seeds. Hers probably taste better.

Experiment #2 with the smoothie (sans wheat germ) was significantly improved, though still batter-y. No plans to experiment further at the time. 

But it's soooooo pretty!!!!



Donna in Ohio
05/18/2011 08:15

Maybe your wheat germ was rancid? You do need to keep it in the fridge, and it does go off eventually. I used to hate brussels sprouts, then I learned that every time I'd had them they'd been old -- a farmer at the market convinced me to try them just-picked, and wow! what a difference.

05/18/2011 11:16

Hi Donna,

Honestly, I'm almost positive that you're right. Also, however, I feel like my motivation to eat wheat germ has dwindled to nothing. Getting adequate protein isn't a problem for me and I feel like whatever grams of protein I can get from an added wheat product (that SHOULD taste almost like nothing) I may as well get from some tasty fish/poultry/cheese/meat that will satisfy my taste buds much more.

As for brussel sprouts, YUM! I love them. Unfortunately, I feel like I wind up buying enough for 3 portions at a time and by the time I'm through with my 3rd brussels lunch/dinner side, I don't want to see them again for months. Sigh.

I'll be posting more fun-with-veg posts soon as with my rotation and Boyfriends rotation leaving us at completely different meal times, I can freely cook "defensive eating only" meals for myself =)

Thanks for reading, and as always, your comments are super-appreciated and don't stop! =)


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