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Smoothie Week: Finally FRIDAY!

I wanted this week’s smoothie to be a real treat.  Behold… the Not So Fat Elvis.

The Not So Fat Elvis (Peanut butter and banana) Smoothie

Natural Peanut Butter


1 tbsp PB2, 1PPs (?)
1 tsp Smuckers Natural Chunky Peanut Butter, 1PPs
1 ripe banana, 0PPs
1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1PPs
2-3 ice cubs 0PPs

This one was so wildly anticipated…  that I forgot to take a picture.  😦  There are some foods that are all the rage with Weight Watchers members.  Fat free Greek Yogurt, Overnight Oats, and even VitaTop Muffins are ones I totally get behind.  PB2 has not wowed me…  Essentially, the oil is removed (by magic?) from peanuts, and they are then pulverized in to powder.  You can reconstitute it with water for a “peanut butter like spread.”

I put 1tbsp in this smoothie, blended it, and headed straight to the cupboard for the real deal.  The beauty of this program is being flexible, and making things “work” in your points budget.  I think I’ll continue to make room for as many real foods as possible!  Nom nom nom.

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Smoothie Week: Thirsty Thursday

It’s. So. Humid.  Last night I went out for a short run, and felt like I was running through a wool blanket.  TOO HOT.  Went out for drinks and delicious food after the run, and had a few drinks.  All of this has added up to drinking water like a fish today.  Can’t get enough!

Today’s smoothie is a variation of “The Spa” from Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks.

The Spa Smoothie

The Spa


1 medium peeled cucumber, 0PPs
1 cup chopped melon, 0PPs
1 ripe banana, 0PPs
1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1PPs
2-3 ice cubs 0PPs

I made a few adjustments to the recipe, which calls for cucumber, melon and mint.  I didn’t have any mint, regrettably.  I ended up chopping up the melon and cucumber on Sunday and freezing them because the melon was almost too ripe.  I set them out to thaw while I had my oats, so they were on the soft-ish side, but still icy.

The consistency of this, because it was frozen, was a little more slushy than creamy.  I added the banana to get some more sweetness.  I think that mint and a little honey would have been good added in here too, but all in all, it was incredibly refreshing and I really liked it!

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Smoothie Week: Beautiful Blueberry Wednesday

After yesterday’s stormy weather, we seem to have caught a bit of a break.  Last night’s run, while a little warmer than I like, was nothing like last week’s humidity fest when we ran under a heat advisory.  It’s still hot, but not humid.

My fruit supply is getting a little low, as is my bank account…  I didn’t order a Fresh Picks box this week, put I did do a little planning ahead and have some frozen fruit if needed.  Today’s smoothie is another “Green Monster.”

Blueberry Banana Green Monster Smoothie

Blueberry Banana Green Monster
Blueberry Banana Green Monster

1 cup blueberries, 0PPs
1 medium banana, 0PPs
1 cup spinach, 0PPs
1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1PPs
2-3 ice cubs 0PPs

A pretty basic, and very tasty smoothie.  I think this one could be improved with some almond extract, and maybe a little honey, but it was pretty delicious!

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Smoothie Week: Stormy Strawberry Tuesday

Woke up to a monster thunderstorm today!  It was thundering and lightening and pouring down rain, and this was just the kick I needed to get out of bed!  Today’s smoothie was strawberry/banana/spinach!

Strawberry Banana Spinach Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Spinach
Strawberry Banana Spinach

1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1PPs
1 large handful of spinach, 0PPs
1/2 cup (or more) chopped strawberries, 0PPs
1 ripe banana, 0PPs
2-3 ice cubes, 0PPs

1 Points Plus total, if you’re just looking at ingredients going in*.

The Green Monster has been claimed as a movement HERE, but I have a feeling folks have been putting spinach in smoothies for much longer than 2009.  I decided to give it a whirl (blender pun intended) a few weeks ago.  Everyone has said it, but I’ll reiterate…  YOU CAN’T TASTE THE SPINACH!  It is very good!  And incredibly diverse in terms of what you can do with the flavors.  There are millions of recipes out there!

What is YOUR favorite Green Monster?

* To clarify, one of my (only) issues with WW’s recipe builder is that it is based off of nutritional information, so even foods that, according to the Points Plus plan have 0 points (most fruit and vegetables), will still add up when put together in a recipe. If I eat a handful of spinach, 1/2 cup of strawberries, a banana and almond milk SEPARATELY for breakfast it’s 1 point. If I track them together in the recipe builder, this is a 5PPs smoothie. I’m sticking to my de-constructed tracking for now, and that works, but be aware that my recipes might not be exact!

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Smoothie Week: Mango Monday

I have been on a MEGA smoothie kick recently.  I don’t know what prompted it, but it has been a lot of fun.  It has also prompted me to start having second breakfast, just like a Hobbit.  Usually, breakfast #1 is overnight oats.  I found my perfect blend, 1/3 cup rolled oats to 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk.  I add fruit in the morning.

I try to prep my smoothies as much as I can the night before, by washing and chopping the fruit I want to use.  This week I have planned out a “menu” based on the ingredients I have.   I ordered the Smoothie Kit from Irv and Shelley’s Fresh Picks, a WONDERFUL Chicago produce delivery company.  Having fresh ingredients on hand is key, and having them delivered makes a world of difference.

Mango Peach Coconut Smoothie

Mango Peach
Mango Peach Smoothie

1/2 medium mango, sliced 0PPs
1/2 medium peach, sliced 0PPs
1 packet Weight Watchers Coconut Smoothie mixture 2PPs
1 cup water 0PPs
2-3 ice cubs 0PPs

This one comes out to a 2 point breakfast.

Substitution options: Use coconut milk instead of smoothie packet, almond, soy or dairy milk instead of water, add spinach, bananas or berries for more nutrients. (May change PP values).

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Planning, pt. 2

Over the past few weeks, possibly because I have reached my goal, I have been a prepping, planning machine.  I am making time to shop, freezing leftovers, and still keeping variety in my meals.  This has led me to believe that perhaps 99% of healthy eating is mastering the ability to keep a well stocked kitchen and pantry.  Today’s example:

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Impromptu Garden Frittata
1tsp olive oil
1/4 cup diced onion
1 cup fresh spinach
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
2 eggs
1-2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1oz shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 425°
Sautee onions in olive oil, 5-7 minutes
Add spinach to pan, cover and reduce heat to low
Allow spinach to wilt down

Crack 2 eggs into a small bowl, and add almond milk
Season with salt and pepper

Spray medium sized skillet with no-stick cooking spray
Add spinach/onion mixture
Add tomatoes and spread evenly on bottom of skillet
Pour eggs over mixture, stir to cover bottom of skillet

Top with cheese
Bake 12-15 minutes until eggs are set

Frittatas are great because you can put ANY vegetable in that you have on hand.  I had a lot of stuff that I wanted to use up, so I threw this little recipe together.  I also ended up having whole wheat toast with an AMAZING curried lentil spread that I ordered from Fresh Picks, a great organic produce delivery company.  They have been keeping me really happy with food recently!

What foods do you keep on hand to stay successful?

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Planning makes me…

Tomorrow is a really big day for a nerd like me.

THIS is happening:

Movie Stub
Approximately 7.5 hours of bliss

So that means that THIS is happening:

Movie Snacks
Planning is Winning

What we have here is the biggest victory to date.  The movies have been an epic downfall for me in my weight loss.  I might even say the Bane of my existence (yeah, I did that).  I have a weakness for buttered popcorn, M&Ms, Cherry Coke, Twizzlers and Gummy Bears.  And Swedish Fish. And Peanut M&Ms.  And…  you get the idea.

What you’re seeing here is clearly NOT a lot of “OP” (on plan) foods.  But what you do see is a really serious attempt at CONTROL.  All of these treats have been weighed, measured and tracked for my outing tomorrow.  I have vegetables sliced, and two healthy meals planned out in the day time, and I am letting myself have this (k)night.

2oz Smartfood Popcorn: 4PPs
0.5oz Kettle Corn: 2PPs
2 Snack Size Kit Kats: 4PPs
2 Resse’s Peanut Butter Cups: 4PPs
5 Rainbow Twizzlers: 4PPs
1 Coke Zero Big Enough to Swim In (Not Pictured): 0PPs

In light of full disclosure, we are meeting at the grocery store and probably buying some wine to take in too.  And I will track that as honestly as I can.  But currently, I have 11 Daily Points, and 49 Weekly Points to fit that in to my splurge too.  I got this.

Dark Right Rises
Sirius-ly, this will be epic.