My First Green Monster

by Holly on May 28, 2009

in breakfast,dinner,lunch,recipes

(Don’t worry – we’ll eventually get to the green monster :))

Feeling so much better from yesterday’s yoga sesh, this morning started off well.  The sun was brightly shining, the sky a pure shade of blue and a bowl of oatmeal was soon to be devoured by moi

1/3 cup rolled oats + 1 tbsp. oat bran
water
1 medium banana
LOTS of cinnamon
1 tbsp. raw almond buttah

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Mid-morning, I had a nice lil’ tea time break.  Along with a cup of green chai tea, I had a Heart Thrive Date vegan energy bar.  During my lunch break, I cruised over to my grandpa’s house for a visit!  I love my gramps and hadn’t seen him in awhile, so I took my hour (plus some) to chat and catch up.  It was lovely!

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When I got back from work, I devoured what is possibly the most monstrous black bean veggie sandwich eva!  Squished between two pieces of toasted Ezekiel bread, I layered mustard, mashed black beans, spinach, cucumber, tomato, onion and avocado.  I ate it with a peach, although I could barely fit one bite in my mouth!

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I stayed pretty busy this afternoon with work (including sending Ruthie her prizes from the 1 Month Blogiversary Giveaway), including getting a nice to-do list together for the weekend.  With one of my college best friends getting married next weekend, job applications to send out, errands to run and miscellaneous things, this gal has a lot to do.  Good thing I had a yogurt parfait to keep me energized – Stonyfield Farms organic nonfat plain yogurt, strawberries/blueberries and TJ’s blueberry muesli.

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Look at those pretty layers!

I couldn’t wait to get out of work – it was sooooo gorgeous out today!  As soon as the clock hit 5:00, I rushed to my car and cruised home in the glorious sunshine (I think I even sweat a bit :)).  Thinking about dinner, I knew I had a lot of salad fixings to use up; however, I was not feeling a salad.  I think you know where this is going…green monster time, Holly-style!  After seeing green monsters here, and here, along with here and here, I knew it was time!

This recipe yields 2 servings, about 250-275 calories each…

1 medium banana
1 small avocado
1/2 cup organic nonfat plain yogurt
1/2 nonfat milk
1.25 cups strawberries
4 cups spinach
2 handfuls ice cubes
1 tsp. honey

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Maybe not the prettiest color…but it was uber yummy creamy!

Plus a new product…my $0.88 Jocalat Larabar in Chocolate Coffee!  Mmmm, was this ever good.  If you love coffee and chocolate, this bar is for you.  It was the perfect topper after my smoothie!

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Even though my stomach was feeling quite voluminous after the smoothie, the day was too nice out to go to the gym for yoga class.  Instead, I took my first run since the 1/2 marathon.  It’s amazing how different running can feel when you genuinely want to go.  I did a nice walk-run combo: 1 mile walk, 2 miles run, 1 mile walk, 1 mile run and finally, ended with a 1 mile walk for a total of 6 miles.  It felt awesome!

Now I am home, watching So You Think You Can Dance (one of my all-time favorite shows!) and getting excited that tomorrow is already Friday!  Woowoo!

Anybody else a fan of SYTYCD?!?!  I think Mia Michaels is a genius!

***Update:  I also had a couple honey graham crackers and a cuppa decaf coconut chai before I went to bed :).

{ 4 comments }

saleblan May 28, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Another spotting of the Green Monster. I need to try these out for myself! :D

And I like your walk/run plan idea. I’ve been wanting to work back to 6 miles eventually, and that sounds like a doable plan.

AND, lastly, that black bean sandwich looks delish…I’ll be trying that idea out for sure. :D

Sarah (www.slowthingsdown.wordpress.com)

tiponz May 28, 2009 at 9:25 pm

was this post made for me or something? ive been dying to try making a green monster and i bought the same lara bar at whole foods yesterday!!! maybe tomorrow ill try out both! your smoothie combo sounds great and i think i just may have all of those ingredients in my house!

Holly May 29, 2009 at 8:07 am

haha…I love it! i might try making it with slightly less avocado – i might use 1/2 or 3/4 next time.

p.s. i saw your tag, and am posting my questions today :)

Melanie June 5, 2009 at 1:16 pm

I think that bar is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen; how dark!! It looks like night:)

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