So. Much. G*R*E*E*N!
I could not get enough GREEN today!
Unfortunately, my Green Monster came out with more of a blue/gray hue, due to the blueberry addition. 😉 Totally okay though, since it tasted especially yummy today!
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 2 c. kale (not for the newbie to the green monster…you can definitely pick up the kale flavor in these smoothies, but I like it that way! 😀 )
- 2 c. spinach
- 1/2 c. frozen blueberries
- 1/4 c. wheat bran
- topping: 1 T. Galaxy Granola
On the side I had two slices of my homemade Irish soda bread, toasted, with about a tablespoon of cashew butter and a teaspoon of strawberry jam.
This bread is fabulous toasted. It tastes exactly like a scone. 😀
The sun came out to play today, and I couldn’t resist going outdoors!
At first I considered going out for a bike ride, because the warm weather was perfect for it. However–and here’s a confession–I don’t have a bike helmet! I know it’s horrible that I was biking previously without the much-needed protection, and today I decided that there will be no more bike rides until I make that investment. When it’s for safety, there really shouldn’t be any messing around!
Second choice? Gym. But the weather was much too nice for that.
Instead, I ended up going out for a long walk/run. There’s been a lot going on with my Memere lately, and she’s really been having a rough time with her health. The entire family is going a bit crazy with worry, and I silently prayed that I could run without pain. “Please, God, just let me run…I need to run.” I found some level spots and started trotting along, while wearing my knee brace and I felt absolutely no pain whatsoever (YAY!) Walking and running in the sun was such an outlet for me today and I felt eons better by the end.
Quick snack: orange and some almonds with plenty of icing thrown in for good measure 😉
Tuna melts have always been one of my most favorite sandwiches. It was my signature sandwich that I always ordered whenever going to the restaurant, Friendlys, as a kid. I still enjoy the homemade version just as much…there’s something about ooey-gooey cheese melted on top of tuna with a crispy, toasted bread. Yum!
- 5-oz can of chunk light tuna (always choose light over albacore…much, much less mercury!)
- diced green bell pepper (all out of celery )
- 1 tsp mayonnaise
I also wanted to incorporate some of this into my lunch. I am not a salsa person ( you guys know me and my dislike for spicy foods ) but my Dad picked this one up at the store last week, and I really like it. It’s a bit on the spicy side, but it’s so chunky and has a deep red color that reminds me of fresh summer salsa. And the ingredient list is so simple. 😀
So I topped about 3/4 of a green pepper (green, green, green!!) with the stuff.
Loved this lunch!
Lots of homework this afternoon! And a yummy snack too: chocolate rice cake with chunky peanut butter
Mom and I both needed an excursion outdoors this afternoon for some sunshine and warmth. So we headed out for a slow-paced 4-mile walk which felt so refreshing and energizing. I absolutely love long walks. Especially when it’s 63 degrees out—that always helps. 😉
Dinner involved more—you guessed it–-green. I sautéed one whole zucchini with balsamic vinegar, basil and garlic powder. There was also steamed asparagus on the side, which I topped off with a spritz of lemon and salt & pepper. Asparagus goes so well with the citrusy zing of lemon!
I made some homemade hummus, but was much too lazy to pull out the food processor. Instead I made the “cheater version,” which is simply chickpeas mashed really well with a fork. Into the mashed bowl, I added some lemon, balsamic vinegar, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and cumin. I never would have guessed that hummus is good on top of a sweet potato, but now I’m totally addicted. 😀
Nicolie bought me this mug a long time ago, and I totally adore it. Usually it’s my tea mug, because it holds a good amount of hot water (although I’m thinking it would make the perfect coffee mug 😉 ) but tonight I turned it into a snack mug.
- 6-oz. plain yogurt
- 1 T. crushed flax
- 3/4 c. Trader Joe’s Berry O’s (tastes like honey nut cheerios with freeze-dried berries!)
- 1/2 banana
While snacking, I settled down and helped my mom make a big batch of jam cookies for my Memere (the recipe is under the “Recipe” section at the top of the blog, if you’re interested!) This is an old French-Canadian recipe that calls for Crisco which felt so funny to use. But at the same time, it felt so wrong to use anything else! I remember watching my Memere make batch after batch of cookies. She’d throw random ingredients into a big mixing bowl, never measuring a thing.
They come out plump and golden every time. 😀
Tomorrow is a busy day, but it’s also supposed to be sunny and gorgeous as ever. I think another long walk is going to be in order, along with some strength training and yoga. And maybe a trip to pick up a bicycle helmet. 😉
Hope you’ve all had a Happy St. Patty’s Day!
Question: What is the perfect temperature? 72 degrees and sunny… 😀 Although, if I’m running, the “perfect” temperature would be about 60 degrees.