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Green Monster Challenge Re-cap

Posted Nov 23 2009 12:00am

Hello Hello my bloggie friends! I have been enjoying my weekend immensely, and as a result have not been blogging! UhOH! But here is a recap of the last few days…I feel like I have so much to share with you all!

Mt snack Thursday afternoon was one of my faves. Pumpkin Pie yogurt with pumpkin flax granola and some coffee. I needed a energy boost in the afternoon.

On Thursday night we went to see David Guetta in DC.

It was a good show, but we waited so long for him to come out, and by the time he finally did we were all spent. I had one too many vodka sodas so I spent most of Friday hungover tired. ;-) I was so bummed because i didn’t even get to hear my favorite song which is the Akon “Sexy B****” song. Oh well…it’s on my iPod anyways.

We didn’t get home until 2 am, and I was basically useless all Friday. My 8 mile run went right out the window. I did however try this new Amazing Grass Greens Super Food Bar. This is the chocolate flavor. I did NOT like this flavor as much as I did the fruit bar. There was hardly anything chocolate taste about it, and the inside was a bit tasteless. I will stick to the fruit bars from now on.

Seriously the rest of the day was spent doing a little errand running, picking up a new hoodie at Lucy , and laying in bed. Not exactly the most productive day, but hey-it was nice.

Saturday was a little more productive. I started my morning with my new running friend Aurora. We ran 6 miles on the same trail that we run with the Goergetown Running Co. It was so nice to get a run in because the weather could not have been more perfect, and I love meeting people with the same passion as me. After the run I made a new Green Monster. This one was Chocolate Coconut. It was thick, a little gritty, but overall pretty tasty. The ingredients for this green monster were:

  • 8oz Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Milk
  • 1 medium frozen naner
  • 1 packet Amazing Grass Chocolate Greens Powder
  • 1 Tbs Maca Powder
  • 1/4 C unsweetened coconut
  • 3 big handfuls of fresh kale

After that I had an impromptu lunch of Sweet Potato and Yucca Fries with honey mustard and BBQ Sauce. I love these veggies fries. I ate so many of them and didn’t need to eat again for a while! I’ve also noticed that I’ve been roasting a lot of veggies lately, and not only that, but making fries out of almost anything. Carrots, turnips, sweet potatoes, yucca root. I am liking them, but I am realizing I need to get a little more creative here.

After lunch Chris and I went to Trader Joe’s to pick up all our Thanksgiving Goodies! We decided this year to do something a little low key and have Thanksgiving just the 2 of us. Last year we hosted Thanksgiving for both of our families at our apartment and it wore me out a bit. So this year is going to be a little different. We are doing traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a twist. I love putting a twist on things. You will just have to wait to see what we are going to cook! I promise it will be awesome!

We are not going family-less the whole weekend though because the following day we are having dinner with my entire extended family, and the day after that we are having dinner with his side of the family. So I have a feeling there is going to be a lot of good eating going on that weekend. GOBBLE GOBBLE.

Saturday night we got ready to go out and see my BFF Kelly sing in a band. This was only her 2nd or 3rd performance, and my first time seeing her perform. It was at American University, and the band is called Man & Dog. They were really good, and we had a great time!

After a weekend of indulging a little too much I decided I need to start my Sunday with a detox Green Monster. This was something I came up with after reading Angela’s blog, and what she puts into her detox Green Monster. I made mine a little differently than hers, but took into account her great advice! My ingredients included:

  • A few drips of leftover Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk(about 1/8 C)
  • 7oz water
  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 3/4 C blueberries
  • 1 Tbs Maca Powder
  • 1 Packet Amazing Grass Wheat Grass Powder
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cayenne Pepper (way too much BTW)
  • 3 big handfuls fresh kale
  • 3 ice cubes

Well I have to say this wasn’t my favorite green monster. Now that I think about it, it was downright disgusting. I put way too much lemon juice and cayenne pepper, which made it way too tangy and spicy. But I knew it was good for me, and I drank it anyways.

In case you missed any of my Green Monster Concoctions you can check them out here! I’m enjoying all the different ways you can get your greens! I’m still going strong on my 2 week challenge, but I’m longing for some breakfast oats or cereal. I am not sure I can make it another week. We’ll see!

I also had a few sips of a homemade cappuccino. That’s right…I said homemade.

Chris does promotions for different companies on the weekend, and the one he is doing right now is for Tassimo . So we get to try out the machine for a while. Of course I was excited to have a espresso/cappuccino/hot chocolate/hot tea/coffee maker in our kitchen for a few months. We can’t drink the drinks too often because the samples are for the promotions, but the Tassimo Team encourages the brand ambassadors to try out the machine before using it at the promotions. I’m OK with that!

I’ve tried the hot chocolate and the cappuccino so far. I have to say that overall it is very good, but the portions are a little small. I love that it makes personal cups of whatever beverage you choose, and the clean up is so simple and easy, but there are some things I don’t like about it too. The cappuccino is very very good (made with Gevalia coffee BTW), and beats regular coffee any day, but it only makes a small amount, and it uses 2% milk. I wish the samples came with a non fat milk as well. The hot cocoa is good, but tastes a little fake and just like the cheap kind you find in the packets. I think I make better hot cocoa from the packets to be honest. But in their defense there are many different brands of coffee, hot chocolate, and tea to choose from including Tazo, Starbucks, Gevalia, and Sucahrd so I’m sure you can find something for everyone. (As I’m editing this post I am sipping on the Chai Tea Latte, and it is fantastic. I’m surprised at how good it tastes.)

So that is basically a recap of the weekend minus a few things here and there. :-)

I do have some exciting news however!! Siema Imports, the company I went to Italy with this past summer , has asked me to sort of team up with them and review some of their wines on my blog. I jumped at the chance because I LOVE their wines, and who doesn’t want free wine? So basically I will be reviewing numerous wines every once in a while and posting them on my blog for all of you to see. I was able to try a bunch this weekend and will be posting reviews very soon. To learn more about Siema check out their !

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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