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Smoothie Lovin’

Smoothie success is happening! Maybe not financially, or famously, but in my home. Yesterday my daughter asked if I’d make her one for breakfast when I made mine. Then, after telling that to my husband he asked me to make him one, too! I haven’t even been able to get him to taste one! Getting that man to eat breakfast can be difficult. When I’m able to he usually wants a bacon egg and cheese bagel sandwich, or a classic egg breakfast with bacon and toast. Drinking fruit and yogurt for any meal seemed less than appealing to him, I think. You can imagine my surprise when those words crossed his lips. So today I kept the smoothies basic; strawberry banana. Everyone loved them (my son tasted his sister’s) and asked that they have them more often. 🙂

Husband’s Smoothie To-Go


Yes! Sweet, sweet victory!
This one actually follows another victory from the night before. We ate grilled chicken salads for dinner. I do this quite often, and my daughter also loves salad as the meal. My husband, however, has always looked at salad as a side to the main course. Several nights ago he ate his salad first and was surprised to learn that he was quite satisfied and really didn’t even need anything else. He proceeded to tell me that he may be ready to try grilled chicken salad for dinner. That makes me a happy girl! I LOVE hearing my family make healthier choices on their own.
Last night was the night. I sent him a text asking if he was ready and he said yes.
Hours later: Dinner time! I cleaned and cut the boneless chicken breasts. I started filling up four big bowls with different veggies depending in who’s bowl was who’s. Everyone received fresh shredded romaine and cucumber. Some had sliced zucchini and squash, tomato, red bell pepper, green and black olives (I also like to slice carrots but we were out.
When the salads were mostly put together I started heating up the George Foreman. That thing has become a staple in my kitchen since I started changing my diet (and I remembered that we owned one). Now the chicken is cooking, everyone has their bowls and is throwing on their last few items; shredded mozzarella, bacon bits, croutons, and of course getting choice of dressing. Chicken is done in minutes and I’m bringing it to the table. Well, after I measure out my serving so I can accurately log it on Lose It!.
Everyone enjoyed their dinner!! My daughter, who’s working towards becoming a vegetarian, had hers without the chicken, my son took his chicken on the side because he likes to dip it in ranch dressing, my husband and I actually had grilled chicken salad, and he loved it!
So two victories, two meals in a row. Woo woo!

I have to briefly talk about the smoothie I made yesterday. I decided I wanted to try a smoothie with cantaloupe. I started out thinking just cantaloupe and banana would be good. Shoot, I probably wouldn’t even need the sweetener packet! (I went ahead and froze the cantaloupe the night before. It was very juicy and I didn’t want it thinning down the drink any.) I wasn’t too fond of the flavor without the sweetener so I added that. Then it was too sweet and missing something. I added some sliced strawberries. That was exactly what it needed! This turned out to be one of THE best smoothies! Recipe? Sure thing!

1c frozen cantaloupe
3/4c sliced banana
1/2c sliced strawberries
1/2c Oikos nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2c Silk Original Soy, Light
1packet Stevia sweetener

Calories 256
Fat 1.3g
Cholesterol 7.5mg
Sodium 98.8mg
Carbs 53.1g
Fiber 6.3g
Sugar 35.9g
Protein 15.6g

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Tuesday Morning Mess

Happy May everyone!! This is a busy month for us. We have Mother’s Day of course, our daughter’s birthday, our 10 year anniversary, my daughter’s freshman orientation, my son has 2 field trips, and then there’s Memorial Day. And you thought the holidays were bad. 😉 Anywho, I hope this month is good to you, it’s one of my most treasured. Now on with the post!

Now, I don’t claim to be a great cook. In fact, I kind of suck at it, that is unless I have directions or a recipe. I’ve never been able to just throw things together. As I embark on this smoothie making time in my life, I have to try to use my imagination (and Google) to try new combinations of fruits. Take the mango for instance; I don’t particularly like mango. I don’t even enjoy their aroma. Yet I tried one in a smoothie and it was fabulous.
This brings me to today’s Smoothie…
I walked over to the produce place yesterday to purchase some fruits. I wasn’t sure what they had in but I knew I wanted to try something new. Turns out they were almost out of all their fruits. There were a few kiwi, which I don’t like and already have a couple in the fridge for my son, mango, oranges and apples. This wasn’t looking too good. As I’m listening to the man tell me tomorrow (now today) is produce day I’m thinking mango and orange sounds like a tasty combination. I already have a few apples at home and the kiwi, so I purchase one mango and four oranges (I know at least one of the kids will want one, too). Once home I do a little online searching to see if others make smoothies with mangos and oranges and if so, is there a good way to go about the prep. Well, there are tons of recipes using these two beautiful fruits! And it seems prepping the oranges is as simple as peeling and removing seeds! Several recipes instructed me to prep, then freeze the fruits, but I decided against doing that. I had plenty of other thing to do yesterday.
Now here we are, Tuesday morning. I’m getting hungry and I’m ready to get started putting together a flavor that is brand new to me.

Mango and Orange

Doesn’t that look delicious? Another great combination of flavors. Besides the oranges and mango, there is a tiny bit of banana. My daughter wasn’t able to eat the whole thing this morning so I threw that in, too.

Here I’ll list all ingredients, then I’ll tell you what went wrong, what went right and what I’ll do differently next time.

4 ice cubes
2 fresh oranges, peeled and seeds removed
1 mango, pit and skin removed
About 3 tbsp banana
1/2 cup Dannon Oikos nonfat Greek Yogurt, plain
1/2 cup Silk Original Soy milk, light
1 packet Stevia sweetener

Oh boy, now this was an interesting morning. Peeling and removing the seeds is much more work than you’d think. I made a mess of the first orange by peeling it, then trying to dig the seeds out and remove some if the thicker, white, skin stuff. The second orange went much better. I cut it in half, then halved the halves. I was able to easily cut away the stuff I didn’t want. Had this been tangerines, I would have had it right the first time.
Then the mango… I like to call it the massacred mango. I’ve only once before cut up a mango, and I guess I forgot how. Not that I did that great of a job the first time. I did, however, figure it out half way through when I realized how flat the pit was and in which direction it sits inside the fruit. I wish I would have gotten pictures of the sad state I put my fruits in. It was pitiful. Poor things.
The wrongs: the ways my precious fruits were treated.
The rights: I did finally “get it” so next time they will be treated with the care they deserve.
What I would do next time: take the advice of all the recipes out there saying to prep and freeze. These fruits need much more time than bananas and strawberries to get ready for the blender. It would be wise to prepare the night before for a quicker breakfast. All the counter time and handling warms them up, too, so freezing would’ve been a great way to make this an ice cold smoothie. I’d also be sure to remove thick skin and stringy things from all of the orange pieces. It was a little too chunks for my taste.
Flavor wise it was out of this world! I love how they keep getting better the more I try new things. 🙂
I can’t wait for the produce guy to get back with his fresh load. I’m hoping he has something I’ve never had before!
That’s enough rambling this morning, I have work to do! I hope you have an amazing Tuesday!

P.S.
My daughter is now adding zucchini and squash to her salads and even trying to like bell pepper! She wants me to make her salad the same way I make mine. 🙂 She aspires to become a vegetarian when she grows up so she says this is her way of preparing.
I love my kids!

Mondays… Are awesome!

Yep, that’s right. I said, err, typed it. Mondays are awesome! Personally, I choose to not dread the beginning of a new week, but instead embrace it. It is a chance to start over, to get back up and try again, work off that weekend bbq indulgence, or that night out on the town. For me however, it’s just another day. We’re not weekend party people. We just chill, or not, around the house. Whether it’s cleaning, yard work, whatever, we just stay home.
I’d have to say that the hardest part of my Monday is waking my son up for school. He does not enjoy waking up early. To be honest, it wasn’t that long ago that I didn’t like it either. That’s all changed now, though. Don’t ask why because I have no idea. Sleeping past 8am on Saturday is huge these days! I guess I’m finally growing up. 🙂
I was very proud of my daughter this morning. She’s almost 14, and sometimes it can be tough to get her to eat breakfast before school. (I’m sure next year will be harder… high school) So I tend to keep quick and easy options around to help entice her like breakfast bars along with the normal breakfast staples such as cereal, eggs, bagels, etc. and always fresh fruit. When she got out of bed and came into the kitchen I went into my normal ramblings, listing all the things I can think of, including but not limited to oatmeal to go square thing, granola bar, cereal… hoping that one of them will sound good enough for her to eat. None of them did. But, as she was walking back to her room she stopped! She turned and asked, “Would you make me some actual oatmeal with strawberries?” I laughed… “actual oatmeal”. I was thrilled, though! I’ll make that girl “actual oatmeal” everyday if it means she’s leaving here with some nutrition in her! I felt victorious, and so did she when it was time to eat and she pointed out how I was leading her to making a not-so-healthy choice and she chose oatmeal and fruit. That’s my girl! 😉

My son had poptarts that he bought and has stashed in his room.

My Monday breakfast was a new smoothie! I purchased some baby Georgia peaches from the little produce place down the street last week and decided I was going to try a peach and banana smoothie. As it turned out, I sliced too many strawberries for the “actual oatmeal” so I ended up changing my Monday smoothie to a peach, banana, and strawberry smoothie. I have to say that this was by far the tastiest smoothie I’ve made to date. Everything blended perfectly!
I have to apologize, I did not get a photo of this one. It was so tasty that I just drank it up without thinking! I did get a photo of the ingredients in the blender, though. 🙂

Peach Banana Strawberry Smoothie
4 ice cubes
3/4 cup banana slices, frozen
1/2 cup Dannon Oikos nonfat Greek Yogurt
3/4 cup sliced peaches, fresh, with skin
1/4 cup sliced strawberries, fresh
1/2 cup Silk Original Soy milk, Light
1 packet Stevia sweetener

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 265
Fat 1.6g
Cholesterol 7.5mg
Sodium 104mg
Carbohydrates 53.5g
Fiber 6.7g
Sugars 35.5g
Protein 16.9

Besides having an amazing breakfast, I rode my bicycle to the dollar store for a little shopping. I needed to pick up a couple things and of course bought more than intended. I did get a great workout, though! Round trip to the dollar store is 5.28 miles with a combined time of 31:49. I burned off almost my whole smoothie and got to go shopping. That’s a win for me!
I’m sure you can imagine that I was starving for lunch by the time I returned home. Next to smoothies, my favorite meal includes eggs with onions and bell peppers. Sometimes I make an omelet, but more recently I’ve been having it as a sandwich with 100% whole wheat toast and a little (not butter) spread. It’s been a great lunch for me, keeping me full and helping me to snack less between lunch and dinner. (Today I chose a bagel thin over the bread and had 1/2 cup cantaloupe on the side)

The recipe goes like this:

3 small eggs, beaten
approx 1-1 1/4 tbsp chopped onion
approx 1 tbsp chopped green bell pepper
approx 1 tbsp chopped red bell pepper
1 Thomas’ Bagel Thin, Everything or 2 slices 100% whole wheat or whole grain bread
1 tbsp spread (I only needed 1/2 tbsp for the bagel thin)

Heat small pan on medium(ish) after spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
Mix onion and peppers into eggs.
Once pan is heated pour egg mixture into pan.
I let it cook briefly then I start moving it around to make it small enough for the bread or bagel. I don’t really want to scramble it because all the veggies fall out of the eggs once they start cooking.
While the eggs are cooking you should be toasting your bread or bagel.
After spreading the spread, and your eggs have reached desired doneness, place eggs on bagel or bread.
312 calories
Enjoy!

My First Recipe Post: Pineapple Strawberry Smoothie

Let me start by wishing everyone a very happy Sunday! I weighed in today with a loss of 1.4 pounds. That’s a total of 23.9 since January 2, 2012! I bet you’ve guessed that I’m feeling pretty amazing. 😉 My diet was questionable this week, again, so having a loss like that was unexpected and very welcomed.
Today I wanted to share with you a super easy Smoothie recipe.

A total of 6 ingredients thrown into the blender for a delicious meal replacement or just as a refreshing treat.
I’m going list brand names in my ingredients because different brands may offer different nutrition facts. Here they are in the order I place them into the blender:

4 ice cubes
1/2 cup fresh sliced strawberries
1/2 cup Dannon Oikos nonfat Greek yogurt
3/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1/2 cup Silk Light soymilk
1 packet zero calorie sweetener (your choice and optional, I use a stevia sweetener from Walmart)

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until thoroughly blended. 😛

I usually let it run a few more seconds after that. It seems to make it a little more frothy.

Next step:
Enjoy your delicious and nutritious Smoothie! Here’s the nutrition facts:

Calories 178 (my lowest calorie smoothie so far)
Fat 1.1g
Cholesterol 7.5mg
Sodium 104.6mg
Carbohydrates 32.1g
Fiber 3.9g
Sugars 22.7g
Protein 15.2g

This was my breakfast this morning, along with my normal two cups of coffee. Smoothies have become my breakfast of choice lately for their staying power and energy boosting abilities. The first time I drank one for breakfast I spent 3 hours straight cleaning my house. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy a drink for breakfast, but I absolutely do!
I hope you enjoy this recipe, and if you do decide to try it you should leave a comment telling us all about it!

P.S. I have made this recipe using Cabot lowfat Greek Yogurt instead of Oikos nonfat, and Silk Light vanilla soy milk. I’m not sure about all of the nutrition facts except that it had 198 calories instead of 178.