Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

$5 lunch

Gotta love the healthy lunch options at work. Grilled salmon, brussel sprouts and roasted broccoli.

Better than mio...

J3nn had a great post about using liquid vanilla/stevia in seltzer to create a great tasting, zero calorie soda!  And I agree... the resulting soda has a rich creaminess that reminds me of cream soda.  Also, NuNaturals did something to their stevia so there's hardly any aftertaste I can detect.

A break from spinach

Today's smoothie is a first for me, raw Swiss chard, and dill in my smoothie...

3 c Swiss chard, stemmed
1/4 c dill
1 c almond milk
1/2 banana
1 Fuji apple, cored
6 oz blueberries
1 tbsp avocado oil
2 tbsp almond butter
6 drops vanilla stevia

Creamiest smoothie yet! I like the change from spinach... i was starting to get green smoothie fatigue. i wonder if this is what people mean when they advice to rotate your veggie base? Hint of acidity from the dill, which gives it a slight refreshing flavor. The blender did not pulverize the seeds enough, i guess thats what happens when one works with berries.

Hmm, last box of almond milk...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Pineapple green monster

I must lay off on the spinach tomorrow, hmm might be time for kale/romaine goodness.

2 c spinach
1 c parsley
1/2 c mint
1 c pineapple
1/2 cucumber
2 tbsp flax
2 tbsp aria protein powder
2 c coconut water

Light and fruity flavor from the pineapple. Because pineapple is such a fibrous fruit, required extra blending. The mint flavor is more pronounced today, and works well with pineapple! I feel like I'm drinking the essence of spring. This is a thick viscous shake so might have over done on the greens, still pretty delish.

Morning dose served up with some detox green tea, flavored with stevia and lemon. Thanks, Doctor Oz!

Mv: nature made fsm
O3: fish oil
Probiotic: trunature
Weight: 173

Monday, February 25, 2013

Ninja: worst blender ever

Ninja: officially worst blender ever. I tried making a similar green smoothie today with our old $40 Black and Decker, and it came out with a finer consistency (not perfect, but something I can live with) than the smoothie made with the Ninja. I also tried to make almond butter with its processor attachment, and it only got to the almond flour stage. I had to break out my cuisinart to get it to almond buttery goodness. A return trip to Costco is in store for you my friend! I do so hate when things to do not work as advertised!

Green smoothies are one of the easiest dietary commitments I've made.  So delicious!  I have read the warnings of incorporating raw smoothies into your diet.  The issue that keeps coming up seems to be related to having a genetic marker if you're of European descent (which I am not), and if you do not rotate your greens (note yesterday's shopping spree at Sunland Produce!), so I think I am fine. I'm also not using Green Smoothies as my primary source of nutrition, only using it to supplement a few meals out of each day (breakfast, maybe lunch?) I'm sure if I tell my doctor what I'm doing she'll approve.

Started my day with a cup of Doctor Oz's detox tea (Seriously, it's just Green tea, a squeeze of lemon and a few drops of my magic stevia elixir) and a Blueberry Parsley Greenie (recipe below)

Blueberry Parsley Greenie 

2 c spinach
1 c parsley
6 oz blueberries
1 fuji apple cored and sliced
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Using fuji apples as my base fruit gives this smoothie enough sweetness to curb my insatiable sweet tooth, no added stevia required.  I think I may have overdone on the spinach, I barely tasted the blueberries!  Or they could've been lackluster blueberries, I don't know.  This recipe makes a *ton* of smoothie.  I was able to have a 16 oz glass and fill my thermos for the day ahead.

MV: Nature Made FSM
O3: Nature M

Probiotic: TruNature   
Weight: 172 (lost 1.5 lbs!)

Sunday, February 24, 2013


I love Sunland Produce, was able to get a weeks worth of green smoothie supplies for under $40. My haul:

10 lbs apples
7 cucumbers
3 lemons
6 limes
3 lbs baby spinach
1 bunch red chard
1 bunch Swiss chard
1 bunch kale
3 bunches parsley
2 lbs carrots
4 bananas
1 bunch romaine lettuce
1 bunch celery
1 pineapple
1 mango
1 lb flax seed
18 oz blueberries
2 portabella mushrooms
1 lb roasted sunflower seeds
1 lb currants

Ok the last few items are not destined for the smoothie blender jar, but it found its way into my shopping cart anyway. This store is also my go to place for getting raw almonds, dates and the world's best raisins.

30 recipes for green smoothies

Oh my goodness, I found 30 recipes for green smoothies! that'll last me at least a month -- thanks, Oatmeal in my bowl!  I've added you to my blog roll.  :D

My Goodness, my Greenness!

Handful of kale
1 c parsley
1 c romaine lettuce
1 tbsp avocado oil
3/4 pear
1 cup mixed frozen berries
8 oz green tea
4 oz water
1 scoop protein powder
12 drops stevia

I found a neglected bag of kale in the back of my crisper, so in it went! This smoothie tastes a bit nutty, with the grassy undertones of parsley leveling off the sweetness of the fruit. I find myself liking this a lot, tastes good, healthy and is more filling than the nutrition shakes I used to have.

Because it is not smooth, I feel like I'm eating my smoothie and not drinking it. On top of pulsing, then blending, I finish with an ice crush, which helps the smoothie texture a little bit... however, having so much texture can be rather off-putting. 

Definitely going to go through my crisper drawer at a fast rate if I keep this up, but is that really a bad thing? It's not even 9am, and I've already hit my 5 servings of fruit and veg!

weigh-in: 173.5

Saturday, February 23, 2013


I made my first green smoothie after the purchase of a Ninja blender from our local Costco.

The last of the baby spinach
1 c parsley
1 c romaine lettuce
1 Fuji apple, cored and sliced
1 c almond milk

Pulsed then blended... And blended. The Ninja was able to break the veggies down into a fine purée, but not quite smoothie consistency. Tasted quite yummy, creamy from the almond milk, and quite filling. I can see how people swear by this stuff. Very excited for my next trip to the produce store.