Monthly Archives: January 2012

Peanut Butter Banana Popsicle…

Smoothie!!

I know, I know… all I have blogged about, food wise, is smoothies.  You would think since embarking on a seemingly liquid diet my fattie inside must be dying.  Not true.  She is still kicking and pounding on my stomach walls, screaming for french fries on the hour, every hour.  Truth be told, I simply haven’t been adventurous in the kitchen lately.  Alana has taken the reigns while she tries to enjoy her working hiatus.

Aside form that I, with 99% of the American population, made a New Years Resolution to shed some pounds and am convinced these liquid concoctions can help get me there.  I will say that they have been semi-quenching my sweet tooth while filling me up with lots of secret spinach.  So, I continue to blend and mix and eat out of straws.

Growing up my mom would make homemade popsicles that were amazing!  Alana and I’s favorite was the peanut butter banana… they tasted so decadent!  So imagine my surprise when I made a smoothie, full of spinach with only a tiny plop of PB to find nostalgia!  If I hadn’t been alone in my car I might have screamed “Eureka!”  Or… maybe I did scream but you will never know because I was alone in my car… hm.

I have uncovered the best smoothie that tastes like a little sip of heaven AND it’s good for you.  Eureka!  🙂

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 frozen sliced banana
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup chocolate Zico Coconut Water
Spinach to the top (I usually use 2-3 cups)
1/4 cup water

Add all of the ingredients to the blender (except the water).  Fill the blender to the top with spinach, loosely packed.

Liquify. Ice Break. Pulse. Blend.  Push spinach down with a spoon.  Liquify.  Add water as needed to control thickness.  Blend.  Pour.  Sip.  Sigh.  Love!

While I was looking for a picture (Since I am still too lame to have taken my own.  I know.  Sorry!)  I found this version of a banana popsicle!  Seriously going to make them asap.  Looks amazing.  Banana Pospsicles
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Smoothie Mania

This week I have been on a monster smoothie kick.  I don’t know if it was the necessity of a breakfast on the run (since forming a habit of snoozing into the late morning) or the endless pictures of interesting mixes on my pinterest page… but I fell.

I have always been a little anti-smoothie.  Not in theory… I love juices and mixing fruit and yogurt together.  I just never found drinking meals enticing.  Until now…

It seems that, if you use the right ingredients, smoothies are little miracle workers, packing in a ton of nutrients.  They can mask the presence of super hero foods with secret powers.  Spinach, kale, oats, avocado… if you can blend it and you can name it, well then, you can add it to a smoothie.

Here are some concoctions I feel pretty successful about this week… so far. There will be more to come, the fun has just begun for me and smoothies.

Avocado, Berries, Banana, Spinach

Serves 1

1 cup Zico Coconut Water, Plain (any brand or flavor can work)

1/2 Avocado

1 cup Frozen Mixed Berries

1/2 Banana

1 cup (tightly packed) Spinach

  • I finely chopped my spinach in a food processor (not pureed) so that there was no chewing involved in consumption.  Totally your call.
I didn’t use any yogurt in this particular smoothie because the avocado and  banana work to make the creamy texture while the berries and spinach give it some umph.  If you like your smoothies a little thicker, bulk it up with some plain Greek yogurt.  It has way more protein than regular yogurt and you don’t need to use as much because of it’s incredibly creamy texture.

 Carrot, Mango, Orange, Banana

 Serves 1

2 Frozen Mango Halves (If you can’t find these, cut up mango into chunks and freeze.)

1/3 cup Old Fashion Oats (coarsely chopped… about 6 pulses in the food processor)

1/2 Frozen Banana (Peel the banana before freezing… I didn’t and they are IMPOSSIBLE to peel,   cut, anything.  Save yourself the heartache.)

1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt

1/2 cup OJ

1/2 cup Carrot Juice (About 3 whole carrots juiced.)

1/3 cup Zico Coconut Water, plain (Again, any brand or flavor can work here.)

  • Using frozen fruit is awesome!  It acts as ice and makes your smoothie cold without the potential of getting watery on a hot day.

I wanted to keep this smoothie from being green and deathly looking… thought bright orange would be so pretty!  And, it was.  If you’re asking yourself, oats!?  I did too, but  I promise they add great texture without clumping or turning into oatmeal.  Coarsely chopping them in the food processor before adding them to the blender created the perfect consistency.  There was no straw blockage, just goodness.

So, without further ado, toss all these ingredients into the blender and wa-la… masterpiece!  If you’re like me… juggling keys, pulling on boots and barely remembering to collect your brain for the day, simply pour into a transportable mug.  As i’ve been drinking mine on the way to work I will vouch for  the duration of stop lights getting shorter.  Not possible?  Okay, maybe I just get lost is fruity heaven… whatever works!

Wherever you are when you enjoy, sip while your body smiles.

  • Quick side note/Disclaimer:  I am super lame and haven’t taken any pictures of my own yet (unacceptable).  My defense, as mentioned above:  smoothie adventures happen too early in the morning.  I wanted to post today though so you’ll have to love me despite the generic, semi-unrelated smoothie photos I found, compliments of google image search.
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Stack It Tall

Apparently there is a new phenomenon sweeping the restaurant world… and it has nothing to do with food.

*Tangent*  I am in the minority of people who have yet to embark into the land of Smartphones.  It’s not that I won’t but when you’re still part of a family plan you don’t mess up a good thing!  Regardless, everyone else I know has taken the plunge (probably about some 5 years ago) and this causes for a difference in phone etiquette.  My phone is not as cool as theirs so they hold it close while I forget to remember where I’ve left mine.

Behold the game to change 1 hour of every one’s life by bringing them closer to my world!

Here’s how it works…

  1. Plan a dinner outing with friends and/or family.
  2. Meet, hug, chat, sit.
  3. Take cell phone out of pocket, purse, death grip and SILENCE it.
  4. Calmly place your phone in the middle of the table and stack* them in a pile.   Remember to breath… you’re phone is safe!
  5. Order, laugh, talk, drink, be merry!
  6. Don’t touch your phone… no matter what.  If you do, you just can’t handle it and must break, you get stuck with the entire bill.  No excuses, you have faulty willpower!
  7. If no one bends under the urge to “ask Siri” the bill is split as normal.
  8. Hug, laugh, say goodbye.
  9. Leave happy and fulfilled because you just spent quality time with those you love*.
*Optional
*If you’re not going to dinner with those you love… don’t bother playing the game.  🙂
This game can be played in in settings other than restaurants… just set the stakes.  For example I plan to propose to my beloved roomies that loser does dishes.  Good right!  And then I plan to draw out dinner because one of them will inevitably break before I do… mwwaahaha!  Also at a bar, the first to breaks buy the next round.  Endless opportunities.
For the official rules click here… Stack ‘Em!

10 Tasty Tidbits…

Hi!  Thanks for stumbling onto my blog.  Once I get things kickin’ this page should be chalk full of food fun… for now though here’s a gathering of 10 random and loosely related facts about me.
1.  I have listened to above song all day on repeat… click and continue.
2.  I rely heavily on the literary genius of Eat this Not That for healthy eating alternatives (thank for doing the leg work ETNT!).
3.  I live in the (always) sunny (but too breezy for the beach) state of California but grew up in the (always) sunny (but too humid for the beach) state of Florida.
4.  I could eat a burrito everyday.
5.  I make jewelry.
6.  Goat cheese, cilantro and my new mini food processor have recently changed my world.
7.   I closely follow fashion trends but own very few high fashion items.
8.  I buy shoes at T.J. Maxx and dresses off the sale rack of Urban Outfitters.
9.  I would spend every day laying on a blanket, in the sunshine, if making money weren’t so imperative to life.
10.  This is my first blog… enjoy!
Extra bits.. some photos my boyfriend took that make me look waaay cooler than I am.
Ocean gazing in Playa
Indian Colored Powder fight at Lake Powell
Jumping off a wall in Venice