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My first green smoothie

Friday, March 09, 2012

I must say, I make a wicked good protein smoothie with
diet cranberry juice,
frozen berries,
Greek yogurt,
pasteurized egg whites,
a Splenda,
and sometimes 1/2 bananananana. emoticon
I have one a week or so as a post workout snack or as lunch with a piece of whole wheat toast with 1 T peanut butter.

Today I did the same thing but added
3 oz silken tofu,
some leftover cooked beets,
and about a cup of baby spinach leaves. emoticon

It wasn't yucky but it wasn't my favorite thing.
I will keep trying (have to use up the tofu, anyway).
Next time I will add ginger and some kale leaves or Swiss chard.

Probably don't need so much protein- if I use tofu, probably don't need the egg whites and the yogurt.
I must say I felt VERY full for hours afterwards-
is that a good thing emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/11/2012 11:41AM

    Sounds like a St Patrick's smoothy is coming on??

Those Mousketeers pancakes take me back . . . to when my kids were little!

Hope you're enjoying!

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MAGGIEVAN 3/11/2012 5:08AM

    There are many very yummy green smoothy recipes on the Internet. I love it (without the protein) with lots of greens and an apple and other fruit or I add tomatoes and make it like a savory cocktail.

The Botenko family live on green smoothy's and this is their website:

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CINDYWAGNER1 3/10/2012 3:45PM

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/10/2012 12:52PM

    Egg whites!

I am drinking a green smoothie while I write. Here's what I put in it:

*organic skim milk
*a banananana;)
*frozen berry mix
*ground flax
*plain Greek yogurt

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MEXGAL1 3/10/2012 10:38AM

    The first one sounds good but you lost me with the beets and other stuff.
I have a protein drink every morning and it really satisfies me and last for hours.
Have a terrific week end Elizabeth!

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NEW-CAZ 3/10/2012 2:56AM

    I love smoothies, thanks for the recipe Liz
Have a great weekend emoticon

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DARA52 3/9/2012 11:53PM

    Yay for green smoothies. I do 2 handfulls of green, 1/2 banana or .25 of an avocado to keep it creamy, a .5 cup of berries or .5 of a mango and some coconut water. Yummm. I also like to do a half an apple sometimes with ginger. You can make a smoothie with almost anything. Lots of fruit and veggies. Google green smoothies and see how many things come up. Have a great weekend!

Oh, yeah, maybe tofu or egg whites. I think you got enough protein going for a body builder. :)

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/9/2012 11:35PM

    I love green smoothies!!!

There's a green smoothie team here on SP....lots of good recipes.

The key for mine is fresh mint....makes all smoothies taste double yum!!

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BEECHNUT13 3/9/2012 11:21PM

    Ugh, that sounds terrible! Spinach!? lol ;)

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WINFIELD28 3/9/2012 8:33PM

    I have seen so much about green smoothies, but haven't tried one yet.
I will have to try one!

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N_STITCHES 3/9/2012 8:26PM

  Thanks for the recipe. I'm going to save it. I have a vanilla-blueberry smoothie and strawberry smoothie from Rocco Dispirito that I like too. Nice to have a few different ones for rotation. Have a great weekend, Elizabeth.......Patti

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/9/2012 8:25PM

    I guess feeling full for a long time is good but, I must say, that smoothie sounds awful!! LOL

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To do lists

Monday, March 05, 2012

I'm re-learning the habit of keeping effective running To-do lists and have learned to NOT bite off more than I can chew. emoticon

I have stopped dating my list as I was copying over a few things from day to day and it's easier just to add new items and check off completed tasks.

Sound so organized, don't I? emoticon

On a different topic- my grandkids' other grandmother, who became a young (62) widow a few short months after our children married in 2008, has a new gentleman friend to keep her company and we are all so happy for her (except one of her (apparently selfish) daughters).

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DOOBRIE 3/7/2012 5:35PM

    Glad your DIL's mum has found someone to keep her company. Good for her.

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TRENTDREAMER 3/7/2012 11:41AM

    "I have stopped dating my list as I was copying over a few things from day to day and it's easier just to add new items and check off completed tasks.
Sound so organized, don't I?"
* I know the feeling.

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HIPPICHICK1 3/6/2012 11:34PM

    Lists keep me on track every single day. Good Luck with yours!
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OLDERDANDRT 3/6/2012 3:27PM

    There's always one! (at least)! emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 3/6/2012 4:18AM

    Ha-ha I do make lists but I am no slave to it. A lot is dependent on my mood. Life is too short I think to worry too much about it. Enjoy what you are doing!

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DARA52 3/6/2012 12:27AM

    I always have a few things at the bottom of the list that just never get done... mostly the things that will take the most emotional energy.

Sounds very childish. But I know older people who are the same. Insecurities are dangerous.

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    Oh, that's wonderful! I hope the daughter gets over it! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/5/2012 10:54PM

    that's really sad that one daughter can't be ahppy for her mother.

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_UMAMI_ 3/5/2012 10:48PM

Apparently, according to my Mom, I started them at age 2.
(Following in her footsteps, er fingertips?, as it were.)

Today I happily crossed off all my to-do items, because I kept it short and sweet (about six items, including a workout and 2 things I'd been procrastinating about for over a month).

I also "cheat" and add things to the list that weren't originally on them if I did them (like laundry).

Whatever WORKS, right??


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CINDYWAGNER1 3/5/2012 9:47PM

    I am so glad that she has found someone to talk with and spend time with. Everyone needs someone. Way to go, girl on keeping a check list or to do list. I should do that. I am such a procrastinator it is unreal!! Hope you have a great week.

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/5/2012 9:18PM

    My mom is driving me crazy with her jealousy of my MIL. She is so worried I'm going to have more motherly feelings for my MIL than her, or something. I'm glad you're happy for your grandchildren's other grandmother!!

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MARITIMER3 3/5/2012 8:14PM

    I'm a list-maker too. Can't get along without them. When my kids were small we used to make a list of jobs to be done when we were expecting company. Each child would choose one job, and the last item on the list was "tear up the list". It was a lot of fun, and the jobs seemed to get finshed quickly.

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BEECHNUT13 3/5/2012 8:00PM

    I wish my to-do list was a one day thing... they usually stretch week to week...

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WATERMELLEN 3/5/2012 7:42PM

    I'm thinking maybe I need some "to don't" lists!! (and: so does that selfish daughter . . . often they're worrying about their future inheritance if Mum remarries!!)

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GRANDMA_SANDY48 3/5/2012 7:17PM

    I am trying to make lists ... and hope to implement them more when I retire on Friday.

Silly daughter ... her mum deserves some happiness.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/5/2012 7:15PM

    Sometimes I have to cross out the day and post next day atop the list instead of crossing out items! (smiling)

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/5/2012 6:42PM

    Lists--ya gotta love 'em!! Good for grandma!!! Ignore the selfish daughter and have a blast!!!

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Too few calories?

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Now that my hip bursitis seems to be gone (MOST of the time) I am able to hit the gym hard again. emoticon

Since I am currently in a wt loss study using the DASH diet I am eating less protein and LOTTSA fruits and veggies. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Am noticing that almost every day my calories are less than the SP recommendation for my fitness level.

P.S. It's also less than the DASH diet recommends for me.

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TRENTDREAMER 3/5/2012 8:01AM

    Every time I've tried a new diet successfully, that happenned at first. New foods body processing.

Give it some time and let the study people know what's going on. I'm sure that you are not the first person to experience this.

Best of fortune to you on it.


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HIPPICHICK1 3/4/2012 10:07PM

    Have you lost? Gained? Stayed the same?
Go have a snack woman!

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CINDYWAGNER1 3/4/2012 7:55PM

    And what has your results been? I have at least 3 oz of protein with my dinner meal every night and lots of fruits and veggies.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 3/4/2012 3:59PM

    Glad the bursitis is going into the pages of history in your life-story!!
Hmm... undereating has been my main issue all along, so I understand it on my own level. Last month I started something that might help you also: track of caloric intake with care and incorporate an evening smoothie (home-made and nutrient dense) into the low-calorie days.

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OLDERDANDRT 3/4/2012 11:32AM

    So happy you are feeling better and hitting the gym!! I'd ask someone with the study, maybe, about the discrepency in recommended daily calories range. Esp. about the protein. How long is this study? I'm sure you'll see weight loss! You just don't want to lose lean, muscle mass.
Have a great day, my friend and be well!! emoticon

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    Glad you are feeling better! emoticon

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KANOE10 3/4/2012 8:58AM

    Good luck to you. I ate less calories also! I would say if your energy is high and it is working..then you should be fine.

Way to go on healthy eating. emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/3/2012 10:57PM

    I sure hope you don't lose your hair from too little protein. Good luck Lizzie

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MEXGAL1 3/3/2012 10:38PM

    Hope you are not feeling hungry and the fewer calories are working out for you. fruits and veggies are good.
Be nice if you were able to get a few extra pounds off with the lower calories.

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/3/2012 9:19PM

    Hmm...are you happy with your rate of weight loss? Too hungry? Have enough energy? If you're happy with what you're eating now, why try to fix something that isn't broken? I pretty much had to ignore my SP-generated calorie levels to make things work for me... (in the other direction though...I had to ADD calories).

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    add more fruit or ask your study director

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DARA52 3/3/2012 8:32PM

    Hooray for hip bursitis being gone! Am sure you will get the hang of the calories. Add a banana milkshake at the end of the day for dessert. Frozen bananas, unsweetened cocoa powder and some avocado. Yummm....

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JOOFARK 3/3/2012 8:04PM

    You and I are having the same problem. I have a goal of 1200 - 1500 calories per day but I think I've only reached it once since I've been back here. There is an article I read on how to add more calories. One of these days I'm going to finally get the hang of this stuff.

Good Luck. Here's the link to the article...


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More wise words from the Universe today

Friday, March 02, 2012

"When you finally get that call, meet that person, walk that walk, and live that dream, elizabeth, do you think you'll even care that there were a few dark and scary moments in a journey that made them all possible?

Trust me, you won't even remember.

The Universe"

LOVE getting these daily messages from the universe.
(Thank you HIPPICHICK!!)
Here's the link (revised):
(scroll down to 'notes')

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NAMMYOFTHREE 3/3/2012 1:54PM

  Hi Liz.......I look forward to my "Thoughts from the Universe" too. Mike Dooley has inspired me and given the tools for thoughts are becoming things!

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MEXGAL1 3/3/2012 9:20AM

    Thanks for sharing.
Have a great week end.

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GOING-STRONG 3/2/2012 10:48PM

    Love it! Spark on!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/2/2012 7:38PM

    Nice! & thanks for sharing.

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NEW-CAZ 3/2/2012 3:13PM

    emoticon emoticonLiz have a great weekend emoticon

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DARA52 3/2/2012 12:29PM

    You are too funny! Have a great weekend! I'll check it out.

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/2/2012 12:19PM

    OK! Found it but the goal statements baffled me. I "now" have my own ________. I will soon _________. Can you explain?

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CINDYWAGNER1 3/2/2012 12:02PM

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/2/2012 12:02PM

    Love the idea of this. Can't get link to work.

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HIPPICHICK1 3/2/2012 11:42AM

    Me toooooo!

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More wise words for the Universe today

Friday, March 02, 2012

"When you finally get that call, meet that person, walk that walk, and live that dream, elizabeth, do you think you'll even care that there were a few dark and scary moments in a journey that made them all possible?

Trust me, you won't even remember.

The Universe"

Isn't that great?
You can sign up to get your daily message fro the universe at
(then scroll down to 'notes from the universe')


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MAGGIEVAN 3/2/2012 2:25PM

    So true. Thanks for sharing!

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