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Bolthouse Farms Blue Goodness Smoothie

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Breakfast options really just confuse me, all recipes seem to contain the same items and never really veer from the originals. Why is this? When I lived in Asia, I grew to love having leftovers for breakfast but here in the states itís a bit different. Right now Iím trying to get back into smoothies. Itís one of those seasonal things that I canít get involved with until at least spring. Maybe itís due to the available fresh fruit and vegetables or the abundance of sunshine, not really sure the reason why I donít crave them during the winter months.

This morning I went ahead and tried the Bolthouse Farms Blue Goodness. Iíve had other smoothies from this brand but this is the first time of this mixture. My personal favorite while on travel is the Green Monster Ė yum! I also like the traditional carrot juice too. Today I wanted something different though so I went for a personal favorite, the one with blueberries.

It was a bit of a shocker though when I tried the Blue Goodness smoothie. The other mixtures are sweet but not overpowering. My first sip was a knock me down, call me a medic surprise. I let my guard down with reading the nutritional chart on the back of the bottle before making my purchase. So, let me tell you, I was more than surprised to find out there is 28grams of sugar per serving~ thatís just half a bottle! Sugar is a carbohydrate and on a 2000 calorie diet a person needs 300grams of carbs. Just for a drink, thatís a lot of carbs taken away from your daily goal. Yikes!

I ended up only drinking ĺ serving because I just couldnít have any more sweetness in the morning. The sweet toothed monster in my life will have to drink the rest of it Ė heíll probably love it tomorrow morning.

Have you had this before? What do you think?

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ACTIVEGODDESS 1/26/2012 2:11PM

    I love Bolthouse smoothies. I think of them as more of a meal replacement at times. My goals include cutting grain and dairy out of my diet so the impact on the carbs I take in would not be as great.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/17/2012 10:19PM

    I'm trying to make my own smoothies because it sizzles my griddle when I end up having that much sugar when I'm trying to get my control freak on. Sure I've had the stuff and it's good, but it's TOO good.
What's your take on the green monster? I'm so curious but I'm afraid it would be too much like sucking grass.

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NATPLUMMER 1/17/2012 11:52AM

    I only crave warm things for breakfast in the fall and winter (and it doesn't even get that cold in California).

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PETESKI24 1/17/2012 9:59AM

    I've had it before, but I find that leftovers work better.

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1/11/12 Day in Review

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Today I woke up to so much sinus pressure that I couldn't sleep. I actually woke up an hour early, very grouchy that I could not sleep any longer. So, what every normal person does I'm sure I took some sinus medicine (1/2 over-the-counter tablet) and made my husband breakfast. Nothing like a vegan stir-fry to get him awake in the morning. I guess it wasn't all that bad getting up so early, at least I got him out of bed on time and out the door with a smile on-time. Then I drank a cup of peppermint coffee while I did some work. An hour later I was falling asleep at my computer so I took off work to take an hour nap. That's kinda how my day went...

emoticon Around 1PM I was finally able to stand upright and walk around. So, I took the furry baby on our daily 1.25 mile walk for about 25 minutes. She was thrilled. Medicine takes me far away from reality so I'm not sure how we made it the entire way without getting hit by a bus or anything but we ended up safely back at home. The DH and I were hoping to run outside but it started to rain around 3PM and hasn't stopped yet. At least it's rain though!

emoticon I didn't do that bad with food today. I did eat a little chocolate chip cookie and some popcorn in the day but I'm going to blame that on the medicine too. That's okay right? Still, even after dinner, I'm short by about 200 calories so I have to find something else to eat before bed. I'll make it though I'm sure.

Breakfast: Another boring oatmeal day with peppermint coffee. + 1/2 grapefruit

Snack: popcorn + homemade chocolate chip cookie (glad I made them small)

Lunch: Homemade tofu, cabbage, celery soup with vegan chickenless broth.

Snack: Cuppa + 1 bite of DH's banana

Dinner: Hummus, whole wheat pita, pickled turnip, and two bites of this canned filled cabbage thing from Turkey. (It had a cute container so we wanted to try it.) Sorry people of Turkey, it wasn't my favorite. Oh! and 1/4 cup freekeh, yum! We went shopping at our local Indian and Arabic store as you can tell tonight.

Snack: Undecided

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/13/2012 7:23AM

    I'm drooling.
Hope the sinuses clear up.
Ok I gotta go find peppermint coffee.

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NATPLUMMER 1/11/2012 7:03PM

Good thing you didn't get run over.

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1/10/12 Day in Review

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Thank goodness for sunshine! I'm an old for it tropical weather girl, although I live in the Northern states of America right now. How did this ever happen? emoticon Deal with one has been given and be thankful, that's what I am today. Positive thoughts = Positive Events in Ones Life

emoticon Right before lunch, the furry baby and I had a scheduled date to take a 1.25 mile walk in the sunshine. Actually she thought I had planned the event around 10AM and was slightly tiffed that I wasn't bundling up for the walk. But, she got over it when we finally adventured out in the sunshine. Sun rays just make everything bad go away.

emoticon Tonight the darling man came home early so that we could run outside. Actually his knee is still hurting him so he wasn't able to run. But I got my thinking cap working again and had him come for a ride alongside me. It was perfect! True he wasn't going fast but it was a way for him to get a little workout, enjoy the sunshine, and get some fresh air. It was perfect! We took our normal route and amazingly I felt great, so I went the whole distance running. That meant 6.27 miles in about an hour. I was averaging around 10:45/mile. Not bad in my opinion. It was my first 6 miler in 2012 and I couldn't have been more thrilled.

emoticon On to the food:
Breakfast was boring again: oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon, half a grapefruit and some peppermint coffee.

Snack: Banana and cuppa. emoticon

Lunch: Leftover Bento + apple

Snack: Luna Chocolate Peppermint Protein Bar (vegan) & butterscotch candy

Dinner: Homemade spaghetti with a serving of Nasoya Tofu & 3/4 Whole Wheat Pita.

Snack: To be determined. I'm making vegan chocolate chip cookies right now but I'm thinking more along the lines of popcorn instead for a healthier snack. The cookies are for the husband and his colleagues tomorrow at work. emoticon

How was your day?

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/10/2012 7:47PM

    That's an awesome run! Peppermint coffee!? I need to check that action.
You rocked today, super job!

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NATPLUMMER 1/10/2012 7:40PM

    Great run, tasty food, time with the furry can't ask for more than that.

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Measurement Update

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

It's the first almost full week of exercise plan 2012 into full effect. Today I did my measurements again so that I can keep track of what's going on. My weight has been jumping up and down 3 pounds. So the measurements are just for today, always changing though.

1.6 pounds down
Waist 1 inch down
Hips 1 inch down
Neck: same
Thigh: .5 inch down
Upper arm: .5 inch down
Waist to hip ratio: .04 down
Body fat%: .55 down
Chest: 1 inch down

I happy that things are going down, so I'll stick with what I'm doing for another week. It's always good to switch things up if nothing is happening because the body gets into the swing and doesn't make a loss.

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VALRAEZENA 1/10/2012 7:18PM

  congratulations and keep the power going.

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JILLSMYTH 1/10/2012 10:43AM

  emoticon Keep up the good work!

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NATPLUMMER 1/10/2012 9:18AM

    Yay for things going down!! You're not really expecting a change in your neck, are you?

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Monday Meals in Photos

Monday, January 09, 2012

Hello Everyone! Hopefully this week has started out wonderfully for you and that you are capturing many wonderful memories this week. It has been a gorgeous Monday full of sunshine and chirping birds outside my office window. There is nothing like listening to nature as I work writing away. emoticon

emoticon I was inspired by the sunshine seeping through our windows today and couldn't help but enjoy a little piece of the day. So, I took the furry baby out for a walk in a small neighborhood in our city. At first she was probably thinking about calling PETA for animal cruelty from owners that take them from their warm puppy beds to the outdoors. But, she got used to the weather and then absolutely fell in love with the sunshine. By the end we were both wagging our tails (if I had one that is). We walked about 1.25 miles in total and man was it needed. Then this evening when the husband got home we went for a 4 mile run that turned into a 2 mile run. His knee is hurting him for some reason so we ended up cutting the run short and walking back 2 miles instead. Either way we got a good workout.

emoticon Earlier in the day I took to my new beloved exercise ball. Do you have one? I love mine!!! It came with a large sheet of workouts to do engaging all parts of the body. I did just about all of them today and oh boy was I hurting! Haha I am healed now but I had to minimize the reps per workout each. emoticon Next time will be better though.

emoticonFor Food:
Breakfast: Oatmeal with raw sugar, cinnamon and coffee.

Snack: Apple.

Lunch: Artisan Lettuce with homemade vegan pepperoni bites, sliced tomato and a little hummus sprinkled with flaxseed. Part of a jazz apple.

Snack: Popcorn - yum!!! It's Crimson Jewel (red) popcorn - so much fun!

Dinner: Brown rice mixed with hijiki, roasted red beets, carrots and onions, a little cubed tofu, and finally a nice helping of steamed cabbage, collard leaves, beet greens, garlic and a few capers. So much food but really tasty!

Snack: Undecided just yet but I have about 200-300 calories left to go today.

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