Tuesday, July 17, 2012

{drinking} again!!

i'm pretty sure when the diet experts say "don't drink your calories", they're not talking about this drink. it's a meal in itself, just in sipable form. i am in DESPERATE need of an energy boost tonight....tons of design work lined up plus i'm learning a new software that requires me to be completely focused (which never happens around my house).
Below is the "recipe" i use for my green eyed monster smoothie. it's not really a recipe because i just throw a little bitta this and i little bitta that into it, so feel free to tweak it to your taste buds. I actually tweaked this recipe from the Iowa Girl Eats blog. This is my fav daily food blog. if you haven't ever read her blog, put the kids to bed and plan on being on her site for like 4 hours jumping from post to post. lots of great recipes and info. she has a great personality that shows thru her blog (unlike mine! hehehe)

1 cup almond milk (I used the 90 calorie vanilla tonight, usually I try to put in the 35 calorie unsweetened almond milk because it really doesn't need the added sweetness that the 90 calorie added to it)
1/2 cup greek yogurt (any brand will work. i like fage)
1 whole banana
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon sunbutter (if you haven't tried sunbutter you need to, especially if you like sunflower seeds. it's delish!)
1 teaspoon chia seeds (super good for you!)
about 2 cups baby spinach

blend that baby up and sip thru a cutesy straw (and the straw is NOT, I repeat NOT optional! it's a must have) this doesn't taste anything like spinach....more like a banana/peanut butter shake. it's soooo good for you plus gives you energy!

oh and a little sidenote before i stop procrastinating and get to work....for all my local gals into non-processed organic food:
went to kroger in paris today and got tons of great organic stuff. in fact, i filled a buggy full of NOTHING but organic foods and guess what?!! totally spent $50 less than i usually do on groceries. take that "organic food is more expensive" stereotype! word to the wise, of course they have the small organic section there by the produce BUT the organic selection doesn't end there! I found everything on my list in an organic brand sprinkled throughout the store, you just have to have your eyes open and be willing to really look for it. **disclaimer: my girls did not grocery shop with me today. otherwise i'm pretty sure i would have missed 90% of the organic goodness that kroger has to offer.
oh and a sidenote about the sidenote: just because something is labeled as organic doesn't mean you can grab it without checking the label first. there's a lot of organic products out there loaded with sugar. i don't buy ANYTHING with sugar in it. We have started using honey and maple syrup as our only sweeteners and i haven't missed sugar at all. Now Karl on the other hand is having serious withdraws but i will say he deserves a pat on the back for being a good sport. he is really trying to like what i fix. yesterday he called my food "edible"....sounds like a compliment to me!!! ;)

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