A few of you lovely readers left me a couple of ideas, but I still need MORE!  I’ll be sure to try out something to do with coffee because that seems to be a HOT idea out there.  I need to get my hands on some whey protein first though, so the smoothie can still serve as a meal.  (I’m just not in love with having to buy one of those hugeass tubs of it…can you buy whey protein…or some other kind of protein…in a smaller container?)

Today I decided to go with a recipe from the book that inspired the whole concept of Smoothie Week.  This is my Rebar cookbookRebar is a fantastic vegetarian restaurant back home in Victoria.  I only ate there a couple of times, but it is extremely well known and I’ve never heard a bad word about it.  They also have a bakery, Cascadia, that makes fabulous baked goods.

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I have been thinking about something tropical because I had a container of fresh frozen pineapple in the freezer that I wanted to use up.  Hence…Double Happiness! 

In the blender:

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(I don’t have plain soy milk, so I used unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze.)

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Today’s smoothie boasts a much more palatable color…pink!  It is tasty and refreshing…and may potentially bring me good luck!  I think I would use more coconut milk next time because I can barely tell it’s in there…but I LOVE coconut flavored things, so if you don’t then this would be just right.  🙂

Over all this one has been my favorite so far, although I do feel like the Green Monster from Monday definitely FELT more healthy.  Not sure that it actually was, but the idea of drinking 2 cups of spinach sure makes things FEEL that way!

A Brown Monster?  Sounds good, no? 🙂

Well folks, I’m hear to tell you that green + blue + orange = brown.

Admittedly I was worried that I’d ruined this particular smoothie.  When I saw the color I was not impressed.

However…lay your fears to rest!  It tasted fruity, fresh and tangy.  All good!!

In the blender today: 1/2 cup fresh frozen blueberries (slightly thawed), 1/2 very ripe banana, 1/2 cup Liberte vanilla yogurt, 2 cups organic baby spinach, 1 heaping tablespoon flax meal, about 3/4 cup orange juice (could have used only 1/2 cup).

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The results were ugly, but refreshing and yummy!  Served up OSG style again, in a stylin’ martini glass.

 003 004   Of course once I finished up my salad in a glass, I went straight for the coffeeeeeeee.  Two cups today people…not interested in another afternoon crash like yesterday!  Along with one of my banana coconut oatmeal muffins and my new best friends…allergy pills. Sneezing like a mad woman over here!

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A month or so ago I got a new cookbook that has what I thought was a chapter on smoothies.  This gave me the great idea to have a Smoothie Week!  Although it turns out most of the recipes are for juices (and I don’t have a juicer) I decided to go ahead with Smoothie Week anyway.  🙂

Each day I will make a new smoothie for breakfast, or maybe an afternoon snack…depending on what’s going on.

If you have a “must try” smoothie recipe, please leave it for me in the comments.  I am willing to break out of the box and try more than just strawberries and bananas this week.

To launch the week, I decided that I should offer homage to Oh She Glows and join the Green Monster bandwagon.  *shout out to Angela*

In the blender: 1 small very ripe banana, 2 heaping teaspoons flax meal, 2 heaping cups organic baby spinach, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze

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And just as everyone says, you can barely notice the spinach.  All I could taste was banana and a slight hint of vanilla from the almond milk.  Awesome!

Served up Angela style!

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What should I blend up tomorrow?

We woke up to continuing dismal weather.  Boooo.  Bring on Spring!  We want to get out in the yard and start getting a few things done (ooooooh, the joy of digging up dandelions!), but it’s tough to do when everything is soggy.  The forecast says tomorrow will be nice…we shall see!

So we enjoyed a leisurely morning sipping coffee.  FH has many PVR’d F1 races to catch up on so while he watched those I blogged from my laptop on the loveseat.  Funny how annoyed I was to buy this silly thing, but now I love having the second computer for using in the living room.  We are ridiculous really…we each have a desktop (mine in my office, his in his den) and now we both have laptops in the living room.  LOL.

The weather left me with the urge to bake.  Now that FH is home to share the baked goods I feel a little more like doing it.  When I’m here on my own, I tend to eat all of my wares!

First, yoga.  Sitting in the theatre last night wreaked havoc on my bad shoulder (which wasn’t bugging me much at all until that damn plane trip to and from Victoria) so I did a session of Yoga for Back Pain from yogadownload.com.  This series totally helps.  I can’t tell it’s helping while I’m doing it, but about an hour later my shoulder/neck/back feel amazing! 

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Then lunch…no breakfast today.  I decided to make a smoothie (I’m working on an idea for a “smoothie week” next week!).  Today’s mix was my usual, but I added some PB2 for fun.  I won’t do it with particular mix again…the flavors didn’t jive for me. 

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In the blender was:

1/2 ripe banana

4 frozen strawberries, slightly thawed

1 tbsp flax meal

1 tbsp PB2

3/4 cup light vanilla soy milk

1/4 cup water

Served up with a Nature’s Path waffle topped with almond butter and the other 1/2 of my banana sliced up.   

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Now I was all limber and full, so it was time to bake.  I made a batch of Tina’s Oatmeal Raisin Bars…but instead of 1 cup of raisins, I subbed in a 1/2 cup of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (FH doesn’t like raisins).  I also made a dozen of my Banana Oatmeal Muffins, but turned them into banana coconut oatmeal muffins by adding 1/2 cup sweetened coconut (I also dusted the tops with the coconut).

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Baking puts me in a great mood!

Once everything was out of the oven and cooling, I headed off to the grocery store (again!).  Got a few snacks for this evening when our friends come over, plus the ingredients for a decadent pizza we plan to have for dinner tomorrow night (stay tuned!).  I forgot to get yeast for the pizza dough though so I’ll have to do that tomorrow when we do our errands.

Now it’s just a relaxing evening…we’ll do a bit of vacuuming and dusting before our guests come and I think I’ll have a fruity snack to tide me over (FH made himself a huge late lunch, so dinner on the menu today).  Considering the dismal weather, it’s turned out to be a lovely Saturday!

For some reason I’ve been craving a smoothie (maybe it’s all the talk about Green Monsters on the blogs lately!) so for my afternoon snack I got out the blender.  Into the mix went 1/2 banana, about 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 tsp ground flax, and 1 cup light vanilla soy milk.  I guess this is a Purple Monster!

Since this was my pre-workout snack I included a Kashi granola bar too.

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At the gym:

Elliptical: 20 mins cross-country, variable intensity + 5 min cooldown in reverse

Legs: 2 sets of 15

– squats with 15lb bar

– stationary lunges with 2 x 8lb dumbbell (each leg)

– hamstring curls on the ball

Abs:

– 30 x regular crunches

– 30 x bicycle crunches

– 2 x 30 second plank

– 2 x 30 second side plank (1 each side)

When I got home I was soooo ready for dinner. Fiddleheads!

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Cooked them up simply by sauteing with a bit of butter, EVOO, salt & pepper and sliced mushrooms.  Served alongside a maple BBQ salmon filet that I baked in the oven and a small potato I cooked up in the microwave.

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American Idol: 

My American readers…please vote for Adam Lambert!! 

I snacked on some Kashi crackers straight from the box while I sat on the edge of my seat watching the final performances.  Although I don’t think this was Adam’s best night I do think his second performance was stellar and he sings circles around Kris.  Kris is a cutey but he doesn’t have the star power or the talent that Adam has.  It’s a fact people!!  Vote Vote Vote!