My Monster Green Smoothie

Yes, I have finally jumped on the green smoothie boat!  I used to just do fruit smoothies, sweetened with orange juice and a little coconut.  But I had to come back down to earth and be honest with myself.  They just didn’t make me feel good.  I would legitimately get acid reflux from the insane amount of fruit I would ingest, and we all know that orange juice really isn’t that great for us!  So in our journey with Abel James I decided to try out the green ones.  And I decided…I like them!  I thought they would freak me out because of the texture…I am more into juicing veggies.  But it makes it so much more filling and I really do love it!  And I feel GREAT afterwards.  It’s so hard to explain, but I usually tell Mr. Rodgers this way: “My insides feel clean!!”  Haha, can anyone relate?!

Also…I felt the need to post a healthy drink to balance out my last post…the delicious but not so nutritious Fireball Apple Cider.  We all need treats now and then.  😉

I have tweaked this smoothie quite a lot, and I think I am finally at the place where it is ready to share!  And PLEASE!  I would love to try your recipes too, so feel free to share!!

 

So, here’s what you need:  (This will make enough for 2 people for a light breakfast…or if you are like me and don’t have a chance stop and eat at work…it will be good to fill up your cup a few times and sip on as you are running hither and to like a mad woman trying to get things done ;))

  • 8 oz Coconut Milk (Or Almond, or the 50/50 mix.  I’ve used them all!)
  • 2-3 Good handfuls Spinach
  • 2-3 Good handfuls Kale Leaves (you don’t want big stems…they’re pretty bitter)
  • 1/2 Cucumber, Thickly Sliced
  • 1 Small Banana
  • 1/4 C Blueberries (Frozen)
  • 1/2 C Strawberries (Frozen)
  • 1 Scoop Whey Protein (Optional…if you can find some without added crap!)

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Pour your coconut milk into the bottom of the blender.  Add your spinach and kale.  Mine usually fills the blender to the top.
  2. Blend until all the leaves are gone and you have a nice green liquid at the bottom (you will be amazed how the greens shrink!)
  3. Add your cucumber, banana, blueberries, strawberries, and whey if you are using it.  Blend until smooth.  Pour into a cup, drink, and feel how squeaky clean your insides are, haha!

 

Peectures!!

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Measure your coconut milk into the bottom of the blender.

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Add all your greens!  See what I mean?  Filled right to the top!

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Blend till you have nothing but a nice green liquid at the bottom!

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Add in your banana, cucumber, and berries…

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Blend (I tried to get an action shot, it didn’t work as well as I had hoped).

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Pour…admire…drink!  So much healthy going into your body right now!!!

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Yay!!!

 

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Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken (Cheat Meal!)

Visiting the archives again!!!  But I just had to share this with you!!!  It is a favorite!  I made it for Jay and I and we loved it…and when my boss saw a picture she whined that she wasn’t eating it.  Encouraged by these reviews, I made it for my mom when she visited from Washington…which is saying something because I wanted to show her that I’ve become a big girl and can cook well now 😉  So the fact that I trusted this recipe should say something!  We also took it to one of our pastor’s (and dearest friend’s) house.  EVERYONE raved about this.  I mean…how can you go wrong with feta, garlic, and bacon?!  Omggggg!! 🙂  Oh, and, just so you know…..this is a bit of a cheat meal 😉

Thanks to Pinterest for helping me find this gem…and to deliciously-thin.com for being a genius and coming up with it!  All I did was up the garlic amount. I tend to double the garlic in most recipes.  😀

 

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So, here’s what you need:

  • 6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Box Frozen Spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 C Mayo
  • 8 oz Feta Cheese.  Yummmmm.
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 12 Slices Bacon (Turkey, if you are attempting to be “good”)
  • Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Pound the chicken breasts with a mallet, or put them in a Ziploc and seal (you don’t wanna squirt chicken juice all over your kitchen) and pound the crap out of it with a pan.  That’s what I usually do.  Get them even and decently thin.
  3. Carefully slice the chicken breasts long ways, not cutting all the way through so you have a sort of flap 🙂  Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Mix together the mayo, feta, spinach, and garlic in a bowl.  Make sure you don’t have a bunch of liquid in the spinach before you mix it in.  You can always use paper towels to sop some of it up 🙂
  5. Stuff the chicken breasts with your feta mixture…you may need to secure them closed with a couple of toothpicks if it looks like its gonna get messy.
  6. Sprinkle the chicken with paprika.
  7. Wrap with two pieces of bacon.  Mmmm.
  8. Place in a casserole dish, with the seam side of the bacon down.
  9. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the chicken is done 🙂
  10. Enjoy!!!!  SO good!