Green Monster

Thanks to Angela over at Oh She Glows for showing me that putting spinach in your smoothie is delicious!

My Green Monster can change depending on how I am feeling, but here is what generally goes into it:
2 cups Spinach 
3/4 cup Skim Milk or Soy Milk
1 Banana
Amazing Grass (Chocolate or Original)
1 Tbsp Whey or Hemp Protein
Directions: Blend everything together in a blending and enjoy the deliciousness! I generally have this smoothie for breakfast or afternoon snack.

Peanut Butter Blondies
I found this delicious recipe over at Carrots 'n' Cake and it was love at first bite!

1/2 cup all purpose flour (I used whole wheat)
1/4 cup wheat bran
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth)
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup peanut butter chips and chocolate chips (mixed)

1. Preheat the oven to 325*F. Spray 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray. (I used a round baking pan because that is all I could find)
2. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredient until smooth.
3. Spread batter evenly in prepared baking pan and bake for approximately 40-45 minutes until bars are cooked all the way through.
4. Let bars cool completely before cutting.

Over The Top Muffins with Pear  OR Kate's Famous Banana Muffins
Here is the recipe, I will also add in my modifications...

1 cup All Bran or 100% bran cereal (I have only ever used All Bran Buds, I can't explain why)
1 cup wheat bran
1 1/2 cups plain low-fat yogurt (sometimes I use vanilla yogurt if I don't have any plain yogurt)
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar substitute (regular brown sugar works well too)
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda 
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup canola oil (more often than not I just use unsweetened applesauce)
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 pears, cored and diced (I, of course, use 1-2 mashed bananas instead)

*additions - I put in a few tsp of cinnamon into the the dry mixture because I love cinnamon and today I decided that I wanted to have chocolate chips in my muffins!

1. Combine the cereal and wheat bran in a bowl. Stir in the yogurt and let stand for 10 minutes.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar substitute, baking powder, baking soda, and salt (and cinnamon if you want it).
3. Add the skim milk, oil (or applesauce), egg, and vanilla to the bran mixture and stir to combine. Pour over the flour mixture and stir in until just combined. Stir in pear (or banana and chocolate chips if your heart so desires).
4. Preheat the oven to 375F. Divide the batter among 12 greased or paper-lined muffin cups. Bake until the tops are golden and firm to the touch, about 25 minutes. Let cool on a rack for 5 minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan and let cool completely.

An Oh Canada Sweet Potato Stack - by Zesty Cook

- 2 large sweet potatoes (I could only find 1 so that was good enough for little ol' me!)
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil (I used 1.5 tsp because that is what I normally use for sweet potato fries)
- Salt and Pepper 


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sweet with parchment paper 
2. Toss sweet potatoes in olive oil
3. Add salt and pepper (how much is really up to you)
4. Bake for 20-30 minutes, then turn the potatoes over and cook for another 10 minutes.
5. Move the sweet potatoes to the top rack and turn down heat to 250 and let the sweet potatoes dry a little bit   and become even crispier.
6. Enjoy!

Here is how my Sweet Potato Stack making experience went...

Here is the yummy sweet potato after I cut it up.

After I added the olive oil and salt and pepper.

Ready for baking now.

In the middle when I took them out to flip them.

Out of the oven and ready to eat! I was sooo excited to eat these that I couldn't find the patience to stack them.Now I am enjoying a delicious lunch of the yummy sweet potato (un)stacks and butternut squash soup, yummy!!