Sounds gross? Yes, it does, but it tasted like banana and honey. My smoothie this morning contained not one, but two serves of veggies. How do you put 2 serves of veggies into a smoothie I hear you ask? Easy! Just choose bland, fairly flavourless veggies to add and you can't taste them.
I had my first milk based smoothie today, the main reason being that I got some Protein Powder yesterday and I thought the milk would go better with a vanilla flavour and make it creamier. Luckily I have been stalking the protein powders waiting for them to go on sale. I can't justify spending nearly $22 for a 400g tub, when there are a lot more important things to buy at the grocery store.
Finally, I saw the sale sign. The "sale" tag actually said $26.98 reduced to $22.59 WHAT!! Two days ago it was $21.98 full price!!! Fortunately for me, the original price tag was still under the sale tag and when I questioned it at the checkout, which took about 15 mins of whispering and going back to the aisle a couple of times, I ended up getting the protein powder for free. It's store policy that if you are overcharged for something you get it for free :)
Cream of Vegetable Smoothie
Into the blender :
- 250 mls Skim milk
- 100g frozen Banana
- Handful of Baby Spinach leaves
- 50g No Fat Greek Yoghurt
- 1 tsp Honey (7 grams)
- 20g Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
- 50g Mushrooms
I know that mushrooms in a smoothie sounds worse than disgusting, but I promise you, just like the spinach, you can't taste them. All I could taste was the banana and honey. I couldn't taste any vanilla from the protein powder, but I did only use half a serve. Also, I don't think the milk made the smoothie any creamier, but I did find it a little more filling that the water base. The frozen banana always does a great job of thickening up the mix and making it creamy.
I don't think I will buy the protein powder again, there are a lot of other cheaper ways to incorporate protein into the diet. Who knows, there may even be a tofu smoothie round the corner? Maybe not? We'll see!
Speaking of cheaper protein sources............
Egg & Cheese Muffin
|Multigrain English muffin with low-fat cheese wedge|
|1 dry-fried / no added fat egg |
(I used an egg ring to get the perfect muffin shape)
|egg & cheese muffin with 1/2 an avocado|
I am loving these little cheese and egg muffins. They are so quick and easy to make and they taste delicious. I love my avocado as well and when my son cracked one to have on his sandwich, I just had to have some. I know they are fatty, but it's the good kind and as much as I would like to, I don't eat them everyday.
I recently stumbled upon a blog called Diary of a Nutritionist, which I am loving. I also found a post called The Avocado - A Healthy Fat. I am so glad that I found this avocado post cause it explains the health benefits of the avocado and makes me feel better about eating them. Here's a sneak peek -
"Avocados are incredibly delicious, versatile and nutrient dense.
They are rich in potassium (higher than bananas)
High in Vitamin K- (allows your blood to clot normally, and helps to protect your bones)
Fairly high in the B-Complex Vitamins,
Contains Vitamin A, C, E, and,
Are rich in magnesium, iron, calcium and other trace minerals"
If you are having any concerns about the foods you are eating, I highly recommend you check out Diary of a Nutritionist, it is full of great information about all the foods we eat.
Good weigh-in this morning with a loss of 1.1 kg (2.4 lbs). I have found lately that I'm not really counting calories, but I am being consistent with everything I am doing.
Early morning workouts are slowly becoming habit / routine and I am really enjoying them and regretting when I don't do them - both good signs. I am eating 4 - 6 smaller meals a day rather than 3 big ones and I am putting a lot more effort into my meals. My meals aren't fancy with 1000's of ingredients, but I am really trying to focus on the ingredients - grainy breads instead of white, adding proteins where I can to keep me fuller longer and being really aware of portion sizes (Tweety Bird plate, I also have Winnie the Pooh).
I have sort of taken the weight loss out of it all and am just trying to be as healthy and active as I can be and it seems to be working. I've lost more weight in the last few weeks than I did in all of last year. I think I have finally found my winning formula :)
Share your winning formula.....
Share your winning formula.....
- What works best for you?
- Do you eat 5 - 6 smaller meals?
- Would you ever try mushrooms in a smoothie?