Green Bananas

18 05 2010

I woke up this morning CRAVING some oatmeal and banana, however when I went to the kitchen I noticed that the bananas that we’d bought at the grocery store were still green.  I only recently started eating bananas (it was a texture thing, not a flavor thing) but even I knew that green=unripe.  But it was the only thing my body wanted so I sucked it up and peeled the banana (much harder than a ripe banana).  It only took one bite to taste the difference, the banana was definitely missing its sweetness, so I drizzled some  organic honey on top and that solved the problem 🙂

Weight Control Oatmeal with chia seeds, banana and organic honey.

I’ve been keeping up with my physical therapy exercises and sitting on my swiss ball while I watch TV and read my Kindle and my core is soooo sore (but sooo worth it).  But I need to step up my walking, the gloomy weather we’ve been having lately has given me and excuse to skip it (lame I know).

Grocery shopping was fun, we got a lot of produce and organic items.  I was so sad they were out of my favorite Larabar (apple pie) but I got another favorite:  banana nut bread and two flavors I haven’t tried yet:  peanut butter and jelly and pecan pie.  I also picked up a Kind Bar after reading about them on the blogosphere, I got the protein one thats mostly nuts, it looked pretty good.

I also finally picked up some popchips, I’ve been thinking about it for awhile and I am trying to do low carb as much as possible but I figured its better to have these around than some pringles.

So I have lots of healthy snacks and a set routine, I’m still nervous for tomorrow’s weigh in (because its that time of the month and I am BLOATED) but I’m sticking to my diet and drinking crazy amounts of water so thats all that matters for now 🙂

How is your week going so far?


Green Monster!

22 04 2010

I’ve been reading about the benefits of green smoothies for awhile, but I’ve always been too nervous to try one.  That was until I came across Iowa Girl Eats she raves about the Green Monster on her blog and drinks them all the time.  So I decided to be brave and try one today for breakfast, and I have to say, I’m impressed!  I tweaked her recipe just a bit, I added a spoonful of Chobani vanilla Greek yogurt to make it a little thicker (mine seemed a bit watery) and I haven’t received the Chia seeds I ordered yet so I couldn’t add those.

Here’s her recipe

1/2 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze (almond milk)
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 frozen banana (I cut it in half before I froze it to make it easier to blend)
enough spinach to fill the blender to the top

1 spoonful of vanilla Chobani greek yogurt (optional…this was my add in)

Put all the ingredients in the blender except the frozen banana and blend until smooth.  Then add the banana and again blend until smooth.

And enjoy 🙂

Here’s my Green Monster