Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Green Monster and Two Pounds

You guys!  I lost 2.2 lbs this week.  I've been sick this week, so I haven't been working out as much- but I've still tried to eat cleanly and well.  It seems to have done it's job.  I'd chalk this loss up to being sick, but as I've said in the past, I'm not one who looses their appetite when they're not feeling well.  When I felt the worst (Monday night), I came home from work and just kept looking through the cabinets for more food.  Thankfully, I keep my pantry and fridge full of healthy, filling foods, so my binge consisted of spinach and almonds.  Yep.

I realized I've had a bit of a sweet tooth lately, and so I looked around the internet for some fixes that would fill me up and satisfy that hunger without breaking my budget.  As a result of this, I'm totally a smoothie person now.  I don't know why it's taken me so long to realize how awesome a good smoothie is... but the past is the past, and smoothies are the future.  Yes, I just said smoothies are the future.  Did you know that if you put SPINACH into a smoothie with other flavors, it doesn't taste like spinach!?!?!?! It tastes like the OTHER stuff!  It's amazing, and green!  Here is my new favorite snack, inspired by this recipe at Iowa Girl Eats.  I found it on Pintrest, like every other awesome thing in the world.

Green Monster Smoothie
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
1/2 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter
1/2 Frozen Banana (peeled and cut into chunks prior to freezing)
1/2 Tbsp Honey
2 Tbsp Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt (0%)
1 Cup Ice
2 Cups Raw Spinach

Put all of the above in blender; blend.  Keep in mind, you'll probably need a pretty high powered blender to pull this off- and if it doesn't seem to be blending, try adding a little more liquid (like water or almond milk.)  If you want to up the protein, try a little more yogurt or peanut butter.  If you want a little more flavor, add more frozen banana and less ice.

Stats: (via LoseIt) Calories: 185; Fat: 6.2 g; Carbohydrates: 28 g; Fiber: 3.9 g; Protein: 7.6 g.

It will be beautiful and green, taste like peanut butter, and not like spinach.   Yay smoothies!!

Anyways, weigh in this week went well.  Due to the smoothies?  Who knows?  All I knows is I've got a new favorite snack!!!  How about you?  Any great smoothie recipes or add ins I should know about?

This week: -2.2 lbs
Total: -11.8 lbs

Goals for this week: Try and get in 10,000 steps a day, or at least 70,000 for the week.  Starting... today!

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