I’m so thankful the weekend is here! This week has been quite the roller coaster because of the weather, which is especially frustrating for all the planners of the world (such as myself). I’m looking forward to a fun weekend and then hopefully a more routine work week.
Let’s start at the beginning…
My stomach had been feeling a little off, so for breakfast I wanted something extremely HEALTHY and in LIQUID FORM. And of course, it also had to be GREEN!
Hello, GREEN MONSTER!
For those of you who aren’t yet familiar, a Green Monster is an ultra-healthy meal or snack made by blending up a bunch of good-for-you ingredients. The star of the show, of course, is the greens – usually spinach, but sometimes kale. There are many possible ingredient combinations, but yesterday I used the most basic recipe.
Into my blender went:
- 2 huge handfuls of spinach
- 1 medium frozen banana (you can add ice cubes instead of freezing the fruit, if you prefer)
- 1 cup milk (cows, almond, soy – any kind works)
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
Let me assure you upfront that YOU CANNOT TASTE THE SPINACH. It tastes just like a peanut butter and banana smoothie. The greens, however, add so much in terms of HEALTH. Did you know that calorie for calorie, leafy greens like spinach provide more nutrients than any other food?
And let’s be honest, the very idea of drinking a Green Monster is sorta fun!
Like I said, there are endless possibilities for these smoothies. I love making them with Chocolate Amazing Meal or chocolate protein powder, and while bananas are my go-to fruit, any fruit works well (I’ve had great success with frozen strawberries and frozen mango chunks). If you want to learn more about Green Monsters, go can go straight to the source: Angela from Oh She Glows (an amazing blog, by the way) has all the info. and tons of recipe ideas at the Green Monster Movement.
After I took the initial photos, I decided I didn’t really want to drink my smoothie, so I took a hint from Kath and had my smoothie in a bowl.
With some Barbara’s Bakery Shredded Oats on top. So good. So healthy.
Of the many wonderful things about Green Monsters, perhaps the best is how FILLING they are. That smoothie kept me full all morning long, and a vigorous morning it was. I spent the majority of it shovelling snow, which is quite the workout!
Afterwards I wasn’t ready to go inside – it was actually quite a nice day, and I was so sick of being indoors! – so Dave and I decided to go for a walk. We are very fortunate to live a mere mile from an adorable little candy store, Wockenfuss, which is a company based here in good ol’ Baltimore. As you shall see, we loaded up on sugary goods, then came home and grilled up some sammies!
Seriously delicious!!! My grilled sammie was made up of:
- 2 slices whole wheat bread
- Swiss cheese
- dijon mustard
After we polished off our sandwiches (in about 2 minutes flat, no joke), it was time to break into our Wockenfuss loot. Seriously, look what we came home with!
That is $20 worth of chocolate right there!!!
Dave and I have rather different tastes when it comes to chocolate and other sweets.
- sea salt caramels
- dark chocolate vanilla butter creams
- dark chocolate nougats with cashews
- chocolate peanut butter fudge
- vanilla fudge
- milk chocolate cashew caramels
- milk chocolate coconut mounds
- almond AND cashew bark
- chocolate caramel fudge
- chocolate fudge with walnuts
A few photos to make your mouth water.
I opted for a sea salt caramel and a dark chocolate butter cream. The butter cream wasn’t bad, but the caramel was out of this world!
My afternoon was consumed with school work and writing, but I peeled myself away from the computer around 4:30 to make this little snack plate.
Admittedly a bit random. Grape tomatoes, a carrot, a clementine, and a few Trader Joe’s peanut butter pretzels. These pretzels have been all over the blogosphere. This was my first time trying them, and now I understand what all the fuss is about! Warning: eat these from a plate, not straight from the bag. Because chances are high you will not be able to put the bag down…until it is empty.
Dinner was another Kath-inspired meal. (Sometimes I wonder if I ate anything interesting before I started reading blogs!!!) I cut up some broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and turkey kielbasa (fully cooked), tossed it with EVOO, salt, pepper, and oregano, and roasted it all together at 400* for about 25 minutes.
I usually make this meal using one of Trader Joe’s amazing fully-cooked chicken sausages, but the snow prevented me from getting them this week. Turkey kielbasa from the Safeway down the street made a decent substitute.
Completed the meal with some whole wheat penne pasta and a good sprinkling of grated Parm.
Protein? CHECK. Veggies? CHECK. Carbs? CHECK. I love one-dish meals!
I managed to snag a photo of a post-dinner ritual in my household. Every night, without fail, at the end of the meal Hamilton comes over and sits in Dave’s lap…just like a real boy!
He looks a bit like Yoda, no? A good kitty, Hamilton is.
Sometimes he even sits up like that all on his own!
Crazy cats. I’m pretty sure they walk around on two feet when we’re not home.
Great dessert last night! I made my 2-minute, “healthified” version of apple crisp.
Chopped up apple, “baked” in the microwave for about 2 minutes, then topped with some generous shakes of cinnamon and granola.
A sweet, healthy way to end the day!
Two questions for ya!
What are your thoughts on the Green Monster? Love it? Hate it? Terrified of it? Can’t wait to try it? What’s your favorite green smoothie recipe?
AND what’s your favorite kind of FUDGE? I can’t wait to break into the Chocolate Peanut Butter!