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Love Jamba Juice a little too much in this heat...

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Well the HEAT has brought out my weekness for Jamba Juice Razmatazz Smoothies.

I really love them, but they are just packed w/sugars & calories (Power size = 620 calories, original size 493 cals, & small is 337 cals). I got a powersize yesterday because "I was working in garden", but when I started posting it on the food tracker I started to think that I better come up with some lower calorie icey treats -because it looks like we have a long hot summer ahead.

Sooo, please send me your suggestions & recipes for cool low cal summer treats.

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CEEGIE 7/14/2010 7:49PM

    Try a Berry Fulfilling at Jamba Juice. I think a 16 oz. is only about 160 calories. Not sure what the largest size is, but I know it is not extremely bad. Tasty too.

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CEEGIE 7/14/2010 7:49PM

    Try a Berry Fulfilling at Jamba Juice. I think a 16 oz. is only about 160 calories. Not sure what the largest size is, but I know it is not extremely bad. Tasty too.

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SNAZZYPS 7/6/2010 10:03PM

    I stick with the all fruit and 16 ounce only!!! Add whey protein and it fluffs it up so it looks like you are getting more. (They usually put it in the next size up cup.) I usually get the strawberry whirl or the new five fruit frenzy. Yummy and ok on occasion - moderation is key remember.

You can make it thru summer - here's one of my faves to make at home

1 cup vanilla soy milk
about a 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, peaches or blueberries
1 scoop vanilla whey protein
blend well sometimes you may have to add a little more soy milk

I've also used raspberries and chocolate whey powder

Use your imagination and just throw stuff together, if you don't like soy milk you can use vanilla yogurt and a little plain milk.

Try something new and remember to ENJOY!!!!
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MIMULUSBUG 7/6/2010 5:58PM

    LOL!!

Yep, I'm ditching the "powersize" today!!! and will be trying to stay clear of Jamb Juice for the rest of July.

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FRANCLYN 7/6/2010 12:47PM

    Jamba can be okay if you do it in moderation and pick the all-fruit smoothies. The pomegranate paradise is oh so nummy. Just a thought from a fellow razmatazz lover.
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And that moderation, unfortunately means powersize is no longer in my vocabulary. emoticon

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MISS_VIV 7/6/2010 12:08PM

    I have no recipes to share. Just a bit of encouragement to STAY CLEAR OF JAMBA JUICE shops.......Make one up at home without that extra sugar from the sherbet or sorbet. Maybe use some low fat/non fat yogurt instead.?? emoticon



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Saying good bye to our dear sweet Bella

Saturday, July 03, 2010

This week has been a tough one for my hubby and I, because we had to put down our dear sweet Australian shephard, Bella today. She was a bossy girl, and at pool parties when she started hearding guests back to the patio area, she was known to nip a guests bootie if they did not respond appropriately to her gentle nudges.

Bella was 16 years old, and brought us a lot of joy during her years with us. She was full of mischief and life till the end. But she was in pain, and was having major difficulty getting up and walking due to her arthritis, hip displasia and other elderly dog health issues. There's been a lot of crying this week and especially today, but we know that she's in a better place now and no longer in pain.

Bella and our other dog Bubba always loved to go up to our cabin. They would run free with all the other "mountain dogs" that had become their buddies over the years. Funeral services will be at 10am tomorrow at our cabin in the woods,

Mim
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MIMULUSBUG 7/6/2010 11:27AM

    Thanks everyone for the kind words and thoughts. You are the best!

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JAY75REY 7/4/2010 5:27PM

    So sad, but Bella had a wonderful human family during her life. From your description, she sounds like my old chow chow mix, Osa (nickname Oh-see-bear). I had her down a couple of years ago and she was around 14 and ailing. My husband and I went into the room and held her during her last moments. I wept all weekend!

But we do what we need to do as loving and responsible dog owners. My condolences.



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GOLDIES1 7/3/2010 8:05PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I lost my Elisha on June 4th and I still haven' t gotten over it.

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MEGANC1988 7/3/2010 1:11PM

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MISS_VIV 7/3/2010 11:03AM

    I am so sorry. I know how our pets become our family and how difficult it is to see them go. You know in your heart that you have done the right thing for Bella. She loved you so much, and she would have wanted it this way. My fondest thoughts for your and your family. Make it a nice time at the cabin and enjoy all that surrounds you.

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LIFES_A_DANCE 7/3/2010 6:50AM

    Oh, I am so so very sorry for your loss.. our pets are like our children, and I know it is devestating.. When I lost my childhood dog, it was like losing my best friend... All dogs go to heaven, and Bella is in a much better place now.. RIP Pretty Puppy!

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LINDACHRISTIE 7/3/2010 5:05AM

    I am sorry for your loss. I have been there many times so know what you are going through. My thought are with you at this time.
Bella will be waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge where you will all be together again.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 7/3/2010 4:01AM

    I am very sorry to hear about your loss. I know first hand how hard it is to loose a member of the family and I wish you nothing but loving thoughts over the next while.

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YASERUYO 7/3/2010 2:35AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Our babies are just that, our babies. They are our family. I will be thinking of you tomorrow and will be at the service in heart.

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Photos from Ca. Native Plant Demo-Garden

Monday, June 28, 2010

As some of my Spark friends know, I volunteer at California Native Plant Demo-Garden within the Sacramento Historic Cemetery at 1000 Broadway. I was out there yesterday and had my cell phone camera with me and decided to take a few photos. I was surprised with the quality of the pictures.


(St. Catherine's lace, eriogonum gigantium, white 'lace' in the center)


(Heart Leaved Penstemon, Keckiella cordifolia, red blossoms foreground)

  
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GOLDIES1 7/4/2010 2:22AM

    emoticon What a great volunteer job.

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AJDOVER1 6/30/2010 2:11PM

    How pretty! I'll definitely have to visit next time I head up North. Thanks for doing such important work for our state!

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MISS_VIV 6/28/2010 6:39PM

    Nice pix Mims. You do good work. Thank you for your dedication. emoticon

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25 points on the SparkWheel :-)

Monday, June 28, 2010

I'm so used to getting 1 and 2 points on the SparkWheel when I log in, I couldn't believe that I actually spined 25 points! I was just thrilled & all smiley about it I had to laugh at my self. There is obviously alot of little girl left in me.

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GOLDIES1 7/4/2010 2:20AM

    Lucky you-I never get over 7 emoticon

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FRANCLYN 6/29/2010 5:07PM

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MISS_VIV 6/28/2010 2:25PM

    We all have a little girl left in us. I went to see TOY STORY 3 yesterday, with one of my 'little' girlfriends.

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Walking in Arizona

Friday, June 04, 2010

Yep, I've been MIA -but for good & fun reason: a family reunion in Arizona! The Sacramento Clan (mom, pop, cousin & myself) headed to Arizona, Thursday May 13th. The weather was fantastic and the drive down wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. We stopped in Desert Palms CA for a joyful visit w/another cousin that wasn't going to be able to make it to the reunion (she's been confined to a wheelchair after a stroke). From there it was onto Scottsdale AZ, checking in at the Scottsdale Camelback Resort -(great place to stay by the way) Friday afternoon. From then on it was a whirl of activity visting with my dad's nieces & nephews & their families!

(Cousins Diana & Yolanda w/pop, their Tio Pete)

The Saquaro cactus were all blooming, as well as many of the other cactus in the area. One of the must do activities was a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix around 5:30 in the afternoon. What a fantastic botanical garden, I am so glad we were there at sundown -it was beautiful and full of wildlife: including a desert tortoise (what a treat it was to see him).

(Cactus at Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix)


(Desert tortoise & lizard at Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix)

In addition, I flew my nephews in for their first visit to Arizona & meeting their grandfathers side of the family. I of course had to take them on side trip to the spectacular south rim of the Grand Canyon & beautiful Sedona, AZ.

(Grand Canyon, south rim, east road at sunset)


(Hike w/nephews along Oak Creek @ Cathedral Rock, Sedona AZ)

Needless to say, I did a lot of walking in Arizona: at the Peoria Sports Complex for a Junior League baseball game, the Desert Botanical Garden, city/area parks, the Grand Canyon, & Sedona and I loved every minute of it! Unfortunately I just never found the time to log it all in on SparkPeople. But I'm ok with that. Now that I'm back home in Sacto I'll be able to get back to "Sparking".

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GETDONE 6/24/2010 11:47AM

    Now, that is one place I have never thought of going to stay.
A new idea.
I have been through that area many time but never thought of what to do there.
NOW, I KNOW THE FOOD AND DRINK IS GOOD.But i am trying to think beyound that emoticon

Thanks for a new adventure.
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SHASTA11 6/9/2010 3:39PM

    Glad you had a nice trip and wonderfule reunion.

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SACGIRL 6/5/2010 2:55PM

    Isnt Arizona the greatest??!?! I just got back from a 2 week vacation which included the Grand Canyon and Sedona. It was my first time in Sedona and it was sooooooo beautiful, I want to go back very soon. We only had one day there, wish it could have been longer. Great pics and I'm glad you are back on Spark!

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TABBYARTS 6/4/2010 8:56PM

    Thanks for sharing your pix. I miss the saguaros. TEE

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LOVEYORKIES 6/4/2010 12:13PM

    I've never been to Arizona, so it was so wonderful to be able to share your photos! It's spectacular!! Thanks so much for sharing them! emoticon

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JILLTBNAGART 6/4/2010 11:53AM

    Beautiful photos.

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MISS_VIV 6/4/2010 11:15AM

    It is always good to get away, especially for a reunion with family. Congrats on being in the right place at the right time to see that tortoise. Thanks for the pix, they are beautiful.

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IMLUVN8 6/4/2010 11:07AM

    So good to hear you're trip was a success. Thanks for sharing the pictures!
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