After a weekend of not-so-many-veggies, I wanted to start this week off on the right foot. I used *this recipe* as a guide to make a Green Monster Smoothie. I have heard about putting vegetables into smoothies for a while, but have been pretty skeptical. But yesterday I was feeling ca-razy!
Into my blender I threw, two large handfuls of kale, two frozen bananas, 1/2 C of blueberries, 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder, 1 TBS of almond butter, 1/2 C plain non-fat Greek yogurt, and 1/2 C of almond milk.
After blending for a few seconds, the result was a very thick, yet tasty, green blob. Next time I will add more almond milk and a few ice cubes to thin it out.
|Green Monster Smoothie (7)|
***Disclaimer: if you make this be sure to check your teeth before you go into public. I was saving a decent sized piece of kale through my first hour of work. Ugh.
Yesterday I was super excited to use my new Laptop Lunch Box. (You can find them *here*. They make wonderful gifts, in my opinion. Hehe.) Trying to fill up the containers with different types of good foods is a great inspiration to pack a healthy, satisfying lunch.
|Lunch plus snacks: Roast beef sandwich (4) and butternut squash soup (2)|
On my way home I stopped by Trader Joes to pick up a few things, and 4 grocery bags later, I had found a new-to-me treat.
They were the perfect snack for the way home. You can eat 65 of those suckers for 3 points!
To celebrate the Chinese New Year, I made a Sweet and Firey Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa (click *here* for the recipe).
|Dinner: rice (5), pictured pork x 2 (12)|
The pork was great. The mango salsa was AMAZING. I think that mangoes, jalapeno, and cilantro will be a staple on my grocery list.
I didn't have a plan for dessert, but when I looked in the cabinet I saw Trader Joe's cookie butter, so I grabbed it, some oatmeal, and butterscotch chips.
Have you tried this cookie butter stuff? If not, don't do it. Before Christmas, I may have eaten whole spoonfuls at a time. Since then I had to hypnotize myself not to notice the little jar in the cabinet. Also, don't make this recipe. You won't want to eat oatmeal any other way. First, I made the oatmeal as directed on the package. When it was still hot, I added a TBS of cookie butter and a TBS of butterscotch chips and stirred.
|Cookie Butter Oatmeal (8)|
At the end you have what tastes like a giant bowl of oatmeal cookie dough.
I gave Dan a taste and had to physically fight him off from stealing the rest of my bowl.
Thought for the day:
DP (32) + RP (11) - EP (41) = 2