Daily Eats | Meal 2 & Dessert

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Ever since I took on the Simple Green Smoothies 30 Day Challenge early last year, I have drunk a green smoothie almost every day! Late last year I decided that if I made it into the new year still drinking a green smoothie daily, that I would buy a good blender. Welp, I met that goal, saved money and bought a refurbished Blendtec:

blendtec

It takes 40 seconds to blend a smoothie which is more than half the time to it took to prep and make a green smoothie in my old blender. I never realized the blender would solve my sweet tooth issues as well, but it has! I have been making fresh sorbet and its so delicious that it satisfies my sweet tooth daily. I make a Sorbet once every eight days and have a half cup after dinner most nights. Its low in calories, natural and delicious.

My favorite Sorbet recipes of late are:

Serving: 8

Citrus Strawberry (by Blendtec)
2 Medium Oranges
1/4 cup Honey
16 oz. Frozen Strawberries

Strawberry Banana
2 Ripe Bananas
1/4 cup Honey
Juice of 1 Orange
16 oz. Frozen Strawberries

Strawberry Mango
16 oz Fresh Strawberries
1/4 c Honey
Juice of 1 Orange
16 oz Frozen Mango

Yield: 1/2 Cup

Its strawberry season, so I am using them as much as possible. Once Mango’s are more in season, I will use them more for variety. It takes about two minutes to make Sorbet in the Blendtec, so its freakin Awesome!!!!!

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Healthy Changes | Iced Green Tea

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I fell off of my daily green tea wagon  about two months ago because drinking lemon water, a green smoothie and green tea each morning was getting to be a bit much on my digestive system. Last month I came up with a solution that I am enjoying and can stick with.

teaI make a pitcher of iced green tea each week by brewing one bag of green tea and one back of fruity herbal tea together in 8 ounces of filtered hot water (I usually add honey as well). Once the tea has steeped, I fill the pitcher the rest of the way with filtered ice water, thus creating iced tea. I add a couple of lemon slices and leave the tea bags in. Voila! A prepared non-water drink right in my own home. I usually have a cup of iced green tea when I get home in the evenings or with dinner for a nice refreshing, sweet treat.

Who knew iced green tea could be so great!

 

Meal Prep | Jan 27-Feb 2

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Saturday I made red lentil soup (video will be up Thursday), made some meal plans and a grocery list.

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Breakfast

Green

Smoothie

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Green

Smoothie

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Green

Smoothie

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Green

Smoothie

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Green

Smoothie

w/toast

Grilled

Cheese

Sandwich

w/strawberries

Cream

Of

Wheat

w/Chia Seeds

Snack

Fruit

Fruit

Fruit

Fruit

Fruit

Fruit

Fruit

Lunch

Lentil

Soup

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salad

Turkey

Sandwich

w/veggies

and hummus

Turkey

Sandwich

w/veggies

and hummus

Bean curry

w/fruit

Turkey

Sandwich

w/veggies

and hummus

Green

Smoothie

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Green Smoothie

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Snack

Options:

Granola

Popcorn

Chips&Salsa

Options:

Granola

Popcorn

Chips&Salsa

Options:

Granola

Popcorn

Chips&Salsa

Options:

Granola

Popcorn

Chips&Salsa

Options:

Granola

Popcorn

Chips&Salsa

Options:

Granola

Popcorn

Chips&Salsa

Options:

Granola

Popcorn

Chips&Salsa

Dinner

Mahi Mahi

Quinoa

Green Beans

Roasted

Veggies

Quinoa

Bean Curry

Basmati rice

Beans

Mahi Mahi

Quinoa

Sweet potato

Pizzadilla

Salad

Tilapia

Quinoa

Green Beans

Tomato

Bisque

Pita Bread

Sunday I went grocery shopping and did my usual meal prep, which only took an hour this time.

meal prep2Tonight I plan to make enough quinoa and basmati rice for the week. Starting at the far left, the jars contain pizza sauce and curry sauce. The blue containers contain broccoli and cauliflower, green beans, and sliced strawberries. The green containers are holding red bell pepper, carrots and a roughly chopped sweet potato. The right containers are specific meal prep; the ziploc bag has a piece of Mahi Mahi,the container directly under holds one serving of lentil soup, the top purple container holds pizzadilla fixings (mushrooms, pepperoni, onions), and the bottom purple container holds a veggie mix for roasting (red cabbage, carrots, red bell pepper, onion).

I made the granola a couple of weeks ago, it resides in two mason jars placed in my kitchen, and I have fruits and other snacks just lying around my house. This whole meal prep thing is pretty simple, and it truly cuts down on time throughout the week. I have healthy meals planned, and I am sticking to them.

Prepped & Ready | Refrigerator Week 1

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prepped

Last Sunday I put the plan into action. Instead of Mason Jars, I chose to use BPA free plastic snap containers. I had a Target gift card from Christmas, so I used it and purchased the set you see pictured above. I then prepped for the week, as seen in the picture below it.

On The Left: The purple containers hold sliced and chopped red onion for vegetable stir fry and whenever I need onions throughout the week. The purple container under that holds cooked ground beef and cooked brown rice. The container under that contains two par broiled green bell peppers.

In The Middle: The top container holds broccoli florets (there are holes in the top), under that we have sliced red bell pepper, and under that sliced carrots in filtered water.

To The Right: Cubed red cabbage and sliced red cabbage, under that there is cubed sweet potato covered in filtered water. Below that is cubed broccoli (holes in the top), and lastly blackberries and sliced strawberries.

I also made frozen burritos and prepped and froze a chicken breast for baking.

I used this for a week of food. Every morning for breakfast I had a Green Smoothie and a piece of toast with butter:

breakfast

For lunch I had left overs, with exception of two days I took a fruit and yogurt parfait and a frozen burrito:

parfait

Dinner is where things got fun:

Monday
Stuffed Bell Peppers

Tuesday
Vegetable Stir Fry over Pearl Couscous

Wednesday
Chicken Quesadilla

Thurs & Fri

Thursday & Friday
Chicken Curry over Brown Basmati Rice

 

Saturday
Chicken & Sweet Potato

Today I thawed out some Chicken Noodle soup for dinner and I will have the rest for lunch tomorrow. I am prepping tonight for the next week of meals. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I have a good bit of prepped vegetables left over, so I really just need to prep odds and ends for meals.

The initial prep last Sunday took 3 long hours, however the week was quite simple because everything was planned and chopped. Tonight it took 40 minutes and I think this week will be even easier, we shall see. Right now, this seems doable.

Healthy Lunch-To Go

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As I’ve stated before, I do not always bring my lunch to work. Sometimes I order something from a nearby restaurant, or I stop at a grocery store on my way in to work.  For example, today I had yogurt and rolled oats for breakfast and I had no prepped lunch to take to work, so for lunch I called the Chinese restaurant near my job and asked for “Chinese” vegetables and brown rice. They said sure, it will be ready in a couple of minutes. This is no different than the vegetable medleys I make at home, I specifically call Chinese restaurants because the vegetables are not pulverized or covered to death in sauce which leaves them healthy. The brown rice is added as a filler, grains are filling. The vegetables alone would not leave me satisfied for more than an hour, but with the addition of brown rice, I have a healthy meal that will satisfy for hours.

chinese vegetables

Other options include:

-Sandwiches in lettuce wraps or on wheat bread (from Jimmy Johns, Subway, etc.)

-Soup from Panera, Publix, Whole Foods, Earth Fare, etc.

I am not into salad as a lunch entree as I do not find salads alone to be satisfying in the long term, but I do not mind soup and salad as a lunch option.

-I also enjoy Green Smoothies from Planet Smoothie, Tropical Smoothie, my local health food stores, with a side of fruit, the greens in the smoothie make it more satisfying in the long term

-Stir Fry’s are another great option, meat with veggies is never a bad idea.

The only things I stay away from are fried foods, sodas, and sugars. I firmly believe you can easily eat healthy away from home, it may cost a little more (although it doesn’t have to), but in my book, its work any extra cost.

 

*On a side note, I am going to start posting my tastier green smoothie recipes as I make them under the Favorite Recipes tab above.

An Up to Date Chat

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Hi All!!!

I have been out for a couple of weeks for two reasons, I’ve been sick and there was a death in my family. It was more the second thing than the first that made me unplug for a bit.  I made a delicious chicken and veggie soup while sick, but other than that, there really wasn’t anything remarkable about my eating. It was still good, but my exercise was not as spectacular, as I just felt sad and sluggish. I’m at a lovely 144 lbs and am happy about it, although I still want to lose 14 lbs.

Resultantly, I’ve pledged to myself for the month of August to not eat out more than once a week and to exercise at least every other day, religiously. With my new job, I kind of got into the habit of buying lunch, nothing unhealthy, but not homemade none the less. As tomorrow is August 1, I figured there would be no better time than the present to get back into the swing of things. I decided to not renew my ZGYM membership as I do not see it as being much different than the ZWOWs already offered on Youtube. However, Yoga and running is and will continue to be a constant. Plus, I still plan to run a 5k by the end of the year.

I am currently contemplating the Simple Green Smoothies 21 Day Cleanse, just for the purpose of recipe ideas really. I plan to eat from home at least 28 days this month, so why not give my body a nice cleanse. Its nothing major, just clean making a pledge to eat whole foods.  Means that it wouldn’t be much different from what I already do, and it would give me some new ideas for healthy eating.

The only hitch, $47. That’s really not a lot of money, but its enough to make me pause and give the idea some thought first. The green smoothie challenge was free, so a pause is necessary, but I have savings, so why not?

Tonight I am making Brown Rice Pasta with an Avocado based sauce. I will post a recipe review tomorrow. Does anyone want me to post my delicious chicken and veggie soup recipe?

My Green Smoothie Formulas

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After months of drinking Green Smoothies, with lost of experimentation, I have created two fail-safte recipes in which you can insert your favorite combos:

Recipe 1

2.5 Cups of Greens

1/2 Cup Juice

1/2 Banana, Pear  or Apple

1/2 Cup Fruit 1

1 Cup Fruit 2

Recipe 2

2.5 Cups of Greens

1 Banana, Pear, or Apple

1/2 Cup Fruit 1

1 Cup Fruit 2

*My only exception to this rule is when using kiwi, no need for the banana, pear, or apple.

As far as greens go, you can’t really go wrong. Feel free to separate the two and a half cups any way you please, maybe half cup of cilantro with two cups spinach, etc. The only green I am careful of is Romaine Lettuce, it has an earthy taste no matter what, so I am sure to use lemon juice when using it. Otherwise, the green you use simply affects texture, not taste. If you use a fruit that is not quite ripe, squirt a little Agave Nectar in there. I often add Milled Flaxseed, Chia Seeds, Cacao Powder, or any nutritious additive I please. Be sure to use organic greens and fruits to ensure you get their actual nutritional value, check out your local farmers market(s)and farms for the best deals and the ripest fruits and veggies.

My favorite fruit combos are:

Kiwi + Strawberry

Pineapple + Mango

Pear + Peach

Peach + Banana

Green Apple + Peach

Grapes + ANYTHING

Papaya + Pineapple

My favorite veggies to use are:

Kale

Spinach

Cucumber

Celery

Collard Greens

Carrots

May favorite juice bases are (make sure you use Pure Juice, I use Lakewood):

Orange (Sometimes Florida’s Natural)

Apple

Pomegranate

Goji Berry

Papaya

I’ve been drinking at least one green smoothie a day for 3 months now, and I could not be happier with that choice. They are addictive, tasty, very nutritious, a great post workout meal, a great meal replacement, etc. I could go on and on. Note: If you add a dark fruit, you will end up with a brown smoothie, which probably looks even less appetizing than a green smoothie :-). Now I just need to save enough money to buy a high powered blender (dreaming!) In the mean time, my Ninja Master Prep Pro is doing the job.

If you have any recipes you love, please share in the comments below. If you try one of my combos, tell me if you love it, hate it, or are ambivalent. I hope this encourages someone to give green smoothies a go!