Green Monster Madness

Have you ever tried a green smoothie? Angela has been making them for breakfast, and I got very curious, so I decided to try my own.  It was surprisingly good.  I had to add a few teaspoons of honey to sweeten it up at the end, but after that it was great.  And it’s a wonderful way to get some veggies early on in the day.

Maggie’s Green Smoothie

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Ingredients

  • 1 small banana, sliced
  • 4-5 strawberries, sliced
  • spring mix (got a huge box at Costco and I’m trying to use it up) – 1.5 cups, packed
  • chopped collard greens (couldn’t find kale) – 1.5 cups, packed
  • 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk (but you could use any non-dairy milk)
  • 2 teaspoons natural peanut butter, warmed up so that it mixes better
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • I just thought of another thing that would be good, but I didn’t put any in – wheat germ! (1-2 tablespoons)

Directions

  1. Add the fruit, milk, peanut butter, and honey to the blender/mixer.  Then add as many greens as will fit.
  2. Blend until the greens are pureed.  Keep adding more greens and blending until you’ve fit them all in.
  3. Serve in a nice tall glass.  Eat it with a spoon if you like!

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Mine came out pretty thick, so I did end up eating it with a spoon.  I’m hoping it will hold me over, but I’m not sure – I usually have carby breakfasts and I don’t get full on liquids.  So we’ll see.  It was delicious though, and very voluminous!  I don’t own a blender so I made this in my mini food-processor.

This morning I did some old favoritesYogaDownload’s 20-minute Power Vinyasa #4, and The New Method 20/20 Perfect Pilates (40 minutes).  I really do love YogaDownload.

Power Yoga Sequence | Power Yoga Routine (Sadie Nardini)

This is a refreshing power yoga sequence that you can do anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. Adding a power yoga routine to your weight loss or overall fitness plan can be extremely beneficial for both your mind and your body. Yoga boosts your metabolism and helps you crave whole foods – at least it does for me.

I found this video (in 4 parts) on YouTube.  The instructor’s name is Sadie Nardini.  She lives in Brooklyn and here is her website.  Here’s the YouTube link (Part 1), and I also embedded the video below.  She titles the series “Weight Loss Yoga”.  I think that most people get into power yoga for the weight loss benefits, but then stick with it because of how it feels (freakin amazing).

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

It was a great power yoga sequence – short, but invigorating.  Her voice is very nice to listen to, and she’s easy to follow.  This type of yoga is called Vinyasa.  It’s flow yoga.  You flow through “vinyasas”, which are like little dances (for example: start in plank pose, then lowering down, then up-dog, then down-dog). You hold the strength poses briefly to build long, lean muscle. This is the metabolism booster

Sadie likes to use “fists of fire“, which reminds me of the pilates term “breath of fire”.  “Fists of fire” are just extending your arms, then pulling in with fists, and repeating.  It keeps the heart rate up and makes it easier to hold the poses, in my opinion. Fists of fire give this power yoga routine an element of cardio (hence the name weight loss yoga).

The full sequence is about 36 minutes long, and it flew by when I did it.  I hope you enjoy!

Some yummy meals

On New Years’ Eve Bobby and I took my sister (Julia, age 15, vegan-ish) out to dinner at our favorite restaurant back in Pennington, NJ.  The restaurant is called Edo Sushi.  They have a mix of Japanese and Chinese food and serve the best sushi I’ve ever had outside of Ithaca, NY.  (I’ve never found a better Japanese restaurant than Plum Tree in Collegetown.)

When we go to Edo Sushi for lunch, Bobby loves to get the Salmon Don (just sashimi over rice with some sliced cucumbers and lemon).  I always opt for the Buddhist Delight, which is just mixed veggies and tofu with sauce. The lunch special comes with free soup (we get miso) and rice.

But for dinner we branched out a little.  Bobby started with this egg roll, and also got General Tso’s chicken (it was the best he’s ever had).

Julia and I split two veggie dishes.  We got the Broccoli in a Garlic Sauce and Mixed Vegetables & Tofu.  We got them both steamed with the sauces on the side.  I actually ended up dipping a lot of my veggies in Bobby’s General Tso’s sauce – it was so good.  The garlic sauce came with a pretty chili pepper just swimming around.

After dinner they end the meal by bringing out a complimentary plate of diced pineapple and fortune cookies, both of which I forgot to take a picture of.

I love Asian restaurants because they always have amazing vegetarian and vegan options.  Even when I’m not vegetarian, I usually opt for non-meat options in restaurants just because those meals sound the best to me.  I think Vietnamese restaurants tend to be my favorite, but I also enjoy Korean, Japanese, and Thai.

I also wanted to share my lovely breakfast from today.  I enjoyed this after two 20-minute YogaDownload sessions (Power Vinyasa Flow #3 and Core Yoga #1).  Core Yoga is great and very challenging.

  • 1 large gala apple, diced
  • 1 orange, diced
  • 1 raspberry yogurt (6 oz)
  • 1/2 cup TJ’s high fiber cereal
  • ~1 tablespoon almond butter

It was delicious and very filling.  Getting a smear of almond butter in every bite was the best part.

Have a lovely Saturday!  I’m hoping an Ikea frozen yogurt ($1!!) is in my future…  I got a craving after I saw Heather’s yesterday.

What is your favorite yogurt/soy yogurt/frozen yogurt flavor?  And what do you like to eat it with?

My favorite froyo flavor is tart, topped with berries and mango.  My favorite yogurt flavor is Dannon’s fruit on the bottom apples & cinnamon (a throwback to my childhood).

I can’t go back!

Yoga

I just did a brief yoga session this morning – 20 minutes of Power Vinyasa Flow #4 from yogadownload.com.  They should pay me for promoting them so much! (I finally got an affiliate link.)

Lunch Idea

  • Tuna salad with whole wheat bread
  • Sliced green apple

Simple tuna salad recipe (makes 2 servings):

  • 1 can of tuna
  • 1/2 carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 small bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup full fat Greek yogurt
  • lemon juice
  • mustard
  • salt & pepper

It was really good.  You can mix up the measurements to make it how you like it.  I like mine with lots of veggies.  Celery would have been perfect but I didn’t have any!

Snack Idea

  • “Lentil Pea Chips” (link has nutritional info) that we got at 99 Ranch (Chinese grocery store).  Bobby picked them up on our last trip and they ended up being a good find!  The brand is called “Dandy’s Brand” if you’re interested. The whole bag has just 2.75 servings total – it’s a huge bag but the chips are very light.

Dinner Idea

  • Egg white stirfry with organic ketchup: broccoli, okra, egg whites (1 cup), cabbage, salsa, onion, and a cucumber (random).  I used a bit of sesame oil too.

Dessert Idea

  • Full-fat TJ’s Greek yogurt (a little less than a cup)
  • Raisins (almost 1/2 cup?)

Kitty cat love

This morning I got up and did some vigorous yoga.  I did Tom Morley’s Buns and Thighs Yoga (On Demand, Exercise TV, 22 mins) followed by yogadownload.com‘s Power Vinyasa Flow #3 (22ish mins).  I haven’t done my Vinyasa in almost a week; I’ve been doing Ashtanga.  It was hard!  I’d forgotten what a great workout Vinyasa power yoga is.  I was a bit damp at the end.

For dessert today I had something very yummy.  I accidentally bought full-fat TJ’s Greek yogurt the other week, so I mixed together the full fat yogurt with some vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt.  I microwaved a finely chopped green apple, some grapes, and a vitabrownie.  Then I added the yogurt mix and topped it with cinnamon. The full fat yogurt really adds some flavor. I don’t know if I can go back to fat free!

Couscous (my fat tabby cat) has been walking all over my lap the entire time I was writing this post, so it took me forever!  He kept typing random letters and moving the mouse so sentences would start in the middle of other sentences and not have endings.  I think he just wants some love, so here’s a nice picture for you all to enjoy.

In other news, we’re visiting my parents for Christmas.  We’re also going to see some of Bobby’s family that lives in that area.  We’ll be in the Princeton/Manhattan/Philly area from the 25th (late at night) ’til early on January 1st.  Meet-ups anyone?  Email me.