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Weekend review

Published on February 17, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

It was a very simple weekend in terms of meals. Apparently, I did not do as good of a job as I thought with planning meals last week. We have an odd amount of extra groceries that need to be used up. So, I picked up a few things to supplement what we had left and it is my challenge to get these groceries used up and make it until the weekend before needing more groceries. We went out for a quick dinner on Friday night before catching a movie. Saturday, I needed good healthy fuel after eating out Friday night and having some Junior Mints at the movie. I had  fruit and sautéed onions and mushrooms, topped with an egg. For lunch, Brian had tacos and I had a taco salad. We have lots of taco fixings left over for the week ahead. We had a Screw Cupid party

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Weekend wrap up

Published on February 11, 2014, by in Update.

It was kind of a weird weekend in terms of food. Usually I spend a lot of time in the kitchen on the weekends making food for the week, but that was not the case. I have been trying to clean up my eating little by little. I’ve upped my exercise over the past few weeks and with that, my hunger levels have soared. I’ve been focusing on getting in more protein and inadvertently have lowered my intake of carbs. My focus when we went grocery shopping on Saturday was protein, fruit and veggies. We left with a lot of chicken(it was on a really good sale), some beef, and lots of fruit and vegetables. So what was on the menu this weekend? Friday night was pizza night. Instead of bringing home slices, I grabbed a take and bake pizza so there would be leftovers for Brian. I pulled the

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Mango lassi

Published on May 3, 2013, by in Recipes.

People! This is tasty and refreshing. Last month I went to an Indian cooking class. At the end, our instructor made mango lassi’s for everyone. YUM! I had to attempt to recreate at home, of course. The ones I made were much thicker and more smoothie like than was made in class, but I liked them that way. For 2 lassi: -1 individual container of plain Greek yogurt -2 mangoes, peeled and diced -1 cup unsweetened coconut milk(or whatever milk you prefer) -dash of cardamom -ice Blend away! Pour in two glasses. You can add more liquid(milk or water) to think them down more if you like. They are the perfect complement to a spicy dish. Or, we had ours with pizza and salad!

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Ban holiday bloat!

Published on December 6, 2012, by in Recipes.

Ugh! It’s the sixth of December and I haven’t blogged once this month! Shame on me. It seems like the holiday season has already started to take its toll on me. I haven’t been getting to the gym nearly as much and instead have been going out  for fun social events that involve drinking and eating foods I don’t typically eat. While they are always a good time, I can always feel it the next day. I would say, when did I become so old? But I think  it’s more that I started taking better care of myself(less booze, less processed foods, more exercise,  more organic food and tons of fruits and veggies) and now I can really feel it when I veer from that lifestyle. I literally crave salads and water. To help counteract the junk I have been taking in, I have tried to throw some more green

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Chocolate and peanut butter green smoothie

Published on November 8, 2012, by in Recipes.

Tonight’s winner was the evening smoothie. Put in blender: one cup of vanilla almond milk, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 2 huge handfuls of spinach, 3 tablespoons chocolate PB2, 8 ice cubes and a half cup of water. Blend well. Makes 2 smoothies. Brian could see the spinach but not taste it. An easy and healthy way to get in about a cup of spinach each and lots of protein, all for about 100 calories a piece.

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Avocado smoothie

Published on July 8, 2012, by in Recipes.

There is a restaurant called Tank Noodle in Uptown which has, in serval of my friends and mine opinion, the best Pho in town. They are also our favorite place to get a fruit smoothie. I am always partial to the avocado or watermelon smoothie. Knowing that they put sweetened condensed milk in the smoothie, I wanted to make one at home that was a bit friendlier to the waistline. This is a pretty good replica…if only I had the large tapioca pearls…mmmm. Ingredients: -1 ripe avocado -2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk -3/4 cup water -A handful or two of ice Place in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into two small glasses. Suck up through a big, fat straw.

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Glowing green smoothie

Published on April 30, 2012, by in Recipes.

I’ve read The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder and thought some of her concepts are interesting and informative. I’m a fan of green smoothies and juices and am excited to try the Glowing Green Smoothie. Or the #GGS if you have seen it hash tagged on Twitter. Ingredients: 1 1/2 -2 cups very cold, filtered water 6 cups organic spinach, chopped 5 cups organic romaine lettuce, chopped 2 stalks organic celery 1 organic apple 1 organic pear 1 organic banana 1-2 tablespoon organic lemon juice Start by adding water, spinach and lettuce to your blender and blend on low until smooth. Then add in celery, apple and pear. Blend on medium until smooth. Add in banana and lemon juice, blend on high until smooth. Kimberly recommends drinking this for breakfast daily, along with following the rest of her plan. The fruit makes it sweet enough to hide all the

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Green smoothie break

Published on March 8, 2012, by in Recipes.

Today at work we took a mid-morning break to make green smoothies. They were awesome and I think we convinced a few more people that while they may look scary, they taste awesome! We used a combo of super greens food, fresh spinach, banana, frozen blueberries, cultured coconut milk and avocado. So creamy and delicious.

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Mango blueberry power smoothie

Published on February 4, 2012, by in Recipes.

One smoothie, two ways. I really liked this smoothie. Super healthy, filling and just the right amount of sweet. Ingredients: 2/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 2/3 cup frozen mango 1 fresh or frozen banana 1 scoop raw green super foods 2 teaspoons chia seeds 1/4 avocado 1-2 tablespoons natural almond or peanut butter 1/2 unsweetened coconut milk 1 cup water 1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder(optional) Place everything in the blender and blend until smooth. The smoothie on the left is mine, no protein powder. The smoothie on the right is Brian’s, with the scoop of protein powder. I put the protein powder in his to make it creamier and to trick him into drinking something so healthy. He had no clue that his even had the raw super greens  in it, something that usually causes him to turn his nose up. He gulped it down claiming it tasted like

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Sneaky green smoothie

Published on February 2, 2012, by in Recipes.

I found this recipe for a spinach and berry smoothie today and had to try it. It’s really delicious and you can’t taste the spinach at all. Ingredients: 20 blueberries 5 strawberries 10 raspberries 10 blackberries 1-2 frozen bananas 1-2 large handfuls of spinach 1 1/2 cups cold water Blend until smooth. Drink your fruits and veggies! It tastes like a creamy banana berry smoothie.