June 20th, 2012
Some days are fun. Some days are smooth as molasses. Some days are a piece of cake. Then again… some days aren’t. Yesterday was not one of those days.
Peas & Crayons
I knew it was going to be a doozie, so I did my hip exercises instead of a hard workout in the morning. Hey, it was still something productive that allowed me to drink my coffee. (multitasking) I then powered up with a hemp and raspberry spinach smoothie.
I powered up again with this “marathon mix.” It’s high calorie, but it’s delicious and nutritious. Win.
Lunch was a salad packed with strawberries, mushrooms, radishes, and cucumber – all topped with Annie’s Woodstock dressing. The salad and the dressing were both great, but a different dressing might have made for a better pairing.
For snack, I planned to have an apple and a hard boiled egg, but I thought this day needed some fun, or at least a fun-size treat. (I still had the apple too.)
I got home, ate a rice cake and sweated it out while dinner cooked. It’s amazing how even a quick workout can change your mood. Anyway, dinner’s ugly, but it was good. Sweet potatoes are a total comfort food for me. Well, sweet potatoes and fun-size treats… among other things.
I may have also went for a little organic chocolate ice cream for dessert. It was full-fat, so super creamy, but surprisingly relatively low in calories. After today – I deserved it!
What are your comfort foods (the healthy or not-so-healthy ones)?
May 11th, 2012
In honor of Friday, I thought I’d celebrate with pints n’ pizzas. Oddly enough, it’s not what you’d think. Or is it? No – probably not.
I haven’t had any new beers this week, but I did have a pint. It’s a pint of green smoothie! In the mix: 1/2 cup skim milk,1/2 cup fzn blueberries, 1/2 fzn banana, a handful or two of baby spinach, and 3 TBS Trader Joe’s hemp protein (97 calories worth, FYI).
It was delicious, but I just had the munchies yesterday morning. I “needed” something extra, so I followed it up with an Eat Think Smile bar.
On Sunday, Kevin and I made pizzas for dinner. I had him make two Flatout pizzas, and I made myself one of Janetha’s cauliflower crust pizzas. (I adapted the recipe a bit, but it was the same idea.) I would have made Kevin the cauliflower crust pizza, but I wasn’t sure he’d like it. In fact, my expectations were pretty low.
I was pleasantly surprised! It was good. Good like regular pizza? Heck no. Still tasty and satisfying. Yes!
In order to use up the remaining sauce and cheese, I think we’ll make these again this weekend. The roast eggplant on top was a great add, BTW.
Healthy pints and pizzas… you totally didn’t see that coming.
- What’s the last dish you healthified?
March 3rd, 2012
I’m sorry for the later post today. It’s a very lazy Saturday here. Last night was filled with dinner company, lasagna, chianti, and a little bit of Trader Joe’s dark chocolate. Yum!
This morning, on the other hand, has been filled with rain, sleeping in, drinking coffee, and making tree-hugger smoothies. Kevin actually asked me to make him a tree-hugger smoothie. I was shocked, but I happily obliged!
We may stay lazy today, or we may re-paint a room upstairs. We aren’t planning for non-furry children for a couple years, but why paint a room twice? So whatever color we pick will need to be a good nursery color. Aside from a dresser, this room as no furniture. It will remain uninhabited (save for the Christmas decor piled in teh closet) for a while, but I at least want the room to look nicer. The current color is atrocious. With that said, here are pics I stole from Pinterest.
- What gender-neutral color would you choose?
February 17th, 2012
Here is the recipe I teased you with on Wednesday for my hearty tree-hugger smoothie. It’s loaded with fiber and antioxidants. It also has a little protein to keep you full until lunch. Most importantly, it’s thick and creamy.
- A handful or two of baby spinach
- 1 banana, frozen in chunks
- 1 cup unsweetened soymilk (or other milk of choice)
- 2 TBS hemp protein (for Trader Joe’s brand, this is half a serving)
- 1/2 cup frozen berries (*I used berry mix with cherries)
Throw it all in your food processor. I layer it with the spinach on the bottom, and the hemp next. The heavier ingredients weigh these two down, thus allowing you to not just whip it, but to whip it good.
***I used an entire banana to get the creamy texture. For a more smoothie-like texture, use 1 cup of berries and half a banana. In the smoothie picture you saw on Wednesday, I also used 1 banana and 1 full cup of berries. It was too much! You can also add ground flaxseed, which I almost did, but that makes cleanup slightly more intense.
You may (or may not) be wondering what’s so tree-hugging about this. In case you missed it, there’s hemp in there. Hemp = Hippie Fuel It’s also vegan, and we all know how vegan diets are great for conservation.
I’ve had one of these almost every day this week. Should you see a drum circle forming in your living room, I suggest you decrease your consumption.
- What are your favorite smoothie add-ins?
February 15th, 2012
It’s WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) time again. Here are my eats from yesterday. Truth be told, I’m having the exact same thing today, or at least close to it. I’m especially excited to make my oh-so-smooth breakfast again!
First Breakfast – Rice Cake (not pictured)
Second Breakfast – Tree-Hugger Smoothie (an antioxidant packed and fiber rich bowl of goodness)
Recipe Coming Soon!
First Snack – 7 Raw Almonds (not pictured)
Lunch – Small Potato, 2 Servings Brussels Sprouts, 1 Boca Veggie Burger (sorry it’s so ugly)
Second Snack – Apple & TJ’s Plain Fat-Free Greek Yogurt (yogurt not pictured)
Dinner – Romaine & Cabbage Salad + Hearty Portion of Veggie Lasagna**
**My lasagna is normally much better. However, the fat-free ricotta cheese I had just purchased on Monday night had already grown mold. Ewwww. So this is ricotta-less lasagna, which still wasn’t bad.
Third Snack – Kashi Cookie (okay okay… it was actually 2 cookies)
Isn’t it cool that Jenn at Peas & Crayons is having a special “love veggies” theme for this month’s WIAWs? Isn’t it extra cool that it happens to coincide with my “love animals” month? Yeah, I thought so too.
- I’m loving the smoothies I’m making for breakfast all week. What are your breakfasts this week?
- Can you enjoy a good smoothie despite the cold weather?