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7/19/12 6:19 P

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That banana/Spinach smoothie sounds delicious, I have to try it!

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8/16/11 1:47 P

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I may try roasting broccoli for dinner tonight. I picked some up at the store yesterday evening.

Not really a recipe, but: I want to get back in the habit of making homemade juice popsicles. I love grape juice, but the sugar content in a serving is ridiculous (and if you buy the 'lite', it just means that they added water to it). I used to buy Welch's grape juice and pour the juice into popsicle molds (I have some really old Tupperware ones). Then, when I got a hankering for grape juice, I would go and get one. I think each popsicle mold held about 3 oz. of juice (I'll have to measure next time). And usually one popsicle would satisfy the craving. Orange juice and reduced-sugar lemonade pops are good too.

'Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- WOW -- what a ride!


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8/14/11 10:41 P

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Found a recipe on Spark for roasted broccoli, too, and it's great! (cut up, toss with oil, salt, pepper, roast 350 20 minutes) It just takes a bit longer to cook than the greens, but the prep time for the greens is longer, because they have to be clean and dry before roasting.

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8/13/11 9:38 P

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I love roasting veggies! (I used to steam everything and then put lemon juice on them or something--talk about boring!)

I like to take fresh okra (slice 'em up), brussel sprouts (trim and cut in half), or asparagus (just cut into half-lengths). Sprinkle with a little oil and pepper/salt. Then roast in the oven until they are brown and tasty. I fixed sweet potatoes for lunch this way today, but sprinkled with some cinnamon instead of salt/pepper (the house still smells like cinnamon). I'm definitely going to try roasting 'greens' next. Great idea! (It'll probably be collards, since I'm here in South Mississippi where they are plentiful!)


'Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- WOW -- what a ride!


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8/12/11 6:46 P

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It's a great idea to share recipes here! I'm not eating the low-fat, low cal way that Spark suggests, I've gone low-carb, so my recipes may be too high in fat for some, just a warning. I do eat carbs, I'm not all Atkins induction, but I try to keep my carbs (minus fiber) below 100g per day.

One of the most exciting recipes I've discovered is low cal, low fat, and it's those leafy greens EVERYONE says are good for you, so I'll post that for now.

Crispy Kale (or collards, or green chard)
wash, dry, remove stems, tear into bite sized pieces.
Spread on cookie sheet, spritz with pam, sprinkle with salt.
Roast 8-12 minutes at 325 degrees.
Enjoy crunchy goodness!

The roasting takes the bitterness away from the kale and collards, it's like magic, and since it's a dry cooking method, there aren't a bunch of nutients lost into the pot water.

I'm going to have to try adding spinach to my smoothies, too. Go leafy greens!

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8/12/11 11:08 A

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I know there's a general recipe tab, but I kinda prefer hearing from folks I'm connected with to hear how they actually worked. So, mine may be the only comment or the mods will boot my sorry Topic just like they might on GW! I'm ready!

I was intrigued by Natalie_87's inspirational story and congratulated her on her 100# loss. I asked her for the recipe of her optimum shake, but found the combination of ingredients less than appealing. Until I tried it!

I did modify it to accommodate my slight lactose problem, but I can heartily endorse the shake, for anyone interested.

My version:
HMR 70 chocolate, 2 pkg
1 cup baby spinach, raw
1 banana
1 cup blueberries
16 oz water
1 cup ice cubes

Alternatively, I did add a Splenda packet when making the recipe using 2 scoops of Simply Whites powder. Different taste, but still, very good, easy and full of nutrients.

I blended the spinach in the water first, then added the powder, banana, blueberries and ice, blending between each addition.
Awesome!
Filling, tasty, low calorie and full of good stuff.
Thanks Natalie_87!

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Definitely :) Love sharing info & what works for me :) My post workout protein shake is as follows:

-blend 6 ice cubes with a splash of water until crunched up pretty good
-add ripe medium banana and 1 cup of raw baby spinach (you don't taste it AT ALL and you get in some healthy veg)
-blend all that together until it's pretty smooth, add a little more water if you need to
-add 1 heaping scoop of Optimum Nutrition Vanilla Ice Cream Flavored 100% Whey Protein Powder and 8 oz of fat free milk
-blend for a few seconds, just to combine- don't overblend or the milk gets a weird foamy texture. The way I make it, it ends up tasting like a banana milkshake :D {ed. note: TRUE!!}

To get some extra nomminess {ed. note: I don't know that word either, but can guess!} & healthiness, I sometimes add blueberries at the same time when I add the banana and spinach :) deliciousssssss :D Hope you like it :D
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