Sweet Potato Green Smoothie

I will be the first to admit that I was very skeptical about putting sweet potato in my green smoothie. I have a friend who swears by it but I didn’t have the guts to try it until now. I’m usually not a big fan of sweet potato and maybe that’s why I wasn’t really in a rush to even try it. I’m happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t too thick and you could hardly taste the sweet potato, I will definitely be adding this one as one of my go to smoothie recipes.

Here’s what I used:
1/2 Sweet Potato
1 cup Spinach
1 Orange
100g Greek Yogurt
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon protein powder
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

20140401_213159[1]Loved this recipe! I am officially a fan of sweet potato in smoothies…

 

 

Green Smoothie Week – Mango Spinach Smoothie

Today’s smoothie is officially my new fave, it was so rich and filling and besides, everything is better with mango!

Ingredients:
Handful of spinach
1 mango cut into small pieces (frozen mango will work just the same)
1/2 apple
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

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Thoughts…

Yummy, this one is definitely going to be one of my go to recipes from now on. It was filling and didn’t leave a weird after taste that you sometimes get with green smoothies. Two thumbs up!

Green Smoothie Week – Spinach Banana Avocado

Today’s green smoothie is a little out there, I’ve never had avocado in the smoothie before and I was interested to see how it would turn out. I’ve heard mixed reviews so I figured I’d give it a shot and see what all the talk is about.

Here are the ingredients:
1 handful of spinach
1 banana
1 wedge of a medium-sized avocado
1 tbsp wheat germ
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup of Almond milk

Spinach Banana Avocado Smoothie

Spinach Banana Avocado Smoothie

Did I ever mention how much I love my Magic Bullet?? Well, I love it!

Spinach Banana Avocado Smoothie

Spinach Banana Avocado Smoothie

Results…

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Spinach Banana Avocado Smoothie

Thoughts…

I like it…not as much as I liked the coconut from yesterday though. It’s really filling and I didn’t taste the Avocado at all, I wasn’t keen on drinking Avocado. The ingredient that stood out the most was the Cinnamon, which I didn’t so much.

Green Smoothies Week – Coconut Banana Green Smoothie

I really didn’t have time to shop or even come up with a meal plan this week. The weekend just flew by with little time to fit those things in.

I was speaking to a friend yesterday and I’ve decided I’m going to do a green smoothie challenge this week. The problem with me and green smoothies is that I get bored really quickly. So, for this week I’ll be trying out a different green smoothie concoction each day. This will give me some variety and keep me motivated.

Today’s recipe is a Coconut Banana Green Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 tbsp unsweetened coconut
1 tbsp wheat germ
1 handful of spinach
1/2 banana
1/2 apple

Coconut Banana Spinach Smoothie

Coconut Banana Spinach Smoothie

I used my magic bullet this morning and was on my way in no time.

Coconut Banana Spinach Smoothie

Coconut Banana Spinach Smoothie

I have to say that I really like the tastes of this one, the coconut gives it a pleasant kick. I’ll definitely put this one in the books for future reference.

This Week’s Meal Plan – Nov 3-9, 2013

This week’s meal plan is really simple, I’m repeating almost all my meals between lunch and dinner because I just won’t have the time to cook everyday.

If you wondering why I’m eating so much Clementine it’s because they were on sale this week so that makes it my fruit of choice for the week.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Breakfast  Shake Oatmeal with fruit Oatmeal with ground flaxseed and fruit Oatmeal with ground flaxseed and fruit Oatmeal with ground flaxseed and fruit Oatmeal with ground flaxseed and fruit Green Smoothie
Snack  Clementine Banana Apple Clementine  Clementine  Clementine Clementine
Lunch  Shake Shake, beef patty Stir fry Quinoa  w/chicken breast Quinoa w/ red kidney beans & Chicken breast Quinoa w/ red kidney beans & Chicken breast Salad w/ broiled fish Shake
Snack  Banana Clementine/Apple Clementine Clementine Clementine Green Tea and Clementine TBD
Dinner  Squash, Caesar Salad & Roast Beef Stir fry Quinoa w/ chicken breast Quinoa w/ red kidney beans & Chicken breast Quinoa w/ red kidney beans & Chicken breast Quinoa w/ broiled fish Salad w/ chicken breast Soup

This Week’s Meal Plan

This week’s meal plan is similar to last week, I’m still focusing on clearing out my cupboard and fridge/freezer for the most part. I’ll have not one, but two lunch events at work this week, I’ll have to try my best not to overeat in these days to keep on my weight loss goal.

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Breakfast   Poppy seed muffin & Coffee Oatmeal with ground flaxseed and fruit Oatmeal with ground flaxseed and fruit Oatmeal with ground flaxseed and fruit Oatmeal with ground flaxseed and fruit Oatmeal with ground flaxseed and fruit
Snack   Apple Fruit     Orange
Lunch   Oatmeal Tacos w/ ground turkey and salad Lunch meeting Potluck at work Salad w/ broiled fish Salad w/ chicken breast
Snack   Green tea Orange Fruit Potluck at work Green Tea and fruit TBD
Dinner   Tacos w/ ground turkey and salad Salad w/ broiled fish Quinoa w/ red kidney beans & Chicken breast Salad w/ broiled fish Salad w/ chicken breast Soup

My weight loss continues to be a struggle but I’m hanging in there…

Weight Loss Check In

It seems like it’s been a really long week, since my last check in anyways. I’ve been keeping pretty busy, with what seems like a million things to do everyday. I fell off the wagon last Friday and had a small bag of Lays chips and a box of chocolate milk and a cupcake…so disappointed! I have a serious love/hate relationship with food and I need to find a common ground somewhere. Other than that, I had an ok week, I upped my fruits and veggie intake and I’m also drinking more water.

I really didn’t lose anything this week, I’m at 151lbs even…I really need to step my game up. Hopefully next week I can report a loss of some sort.

For this week, I’ll be making green smoothies and replacing it with one of my meals (breakfast or lunch), and continuing to add more veggies to my eating plan. Incorporating more exercises into my day will be a challenge but I’ll have to make the necessary adjustments if I want to see results. The journey continues…

Learning to live in the moment,
Shar

Fish Taco

I had some Basa fish in the freezer that I had no idea what to do with, I really didn’t feel like eating it as is…I wanted to “spice” things up a bit. I decided I would try fish taco for the first time ever…and boy was it good!

After looking around online and finding out what the basics are for a good fish taco, I gathered up my ingredients and got to work.

To marinate the fish I used:
1/4 cup of oil (I didn’t have any olive oil on hand so I had to use vegetable oil)
2 tbsp distilled white vinegar
2 tbsp lime juice (you could also use lemon juice)
1 1/2 honey
1 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp fish seasoning
1 tsp sea salt
1 hole jalapeno pepper

I put the fish in a large freezer bag in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.

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Contents to marinate the fish

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I broiled the fish on low for 14 mins, at least until it’s flaky. At about the 9 minute mark I took out the fish and drained off the water that had come out of the fish during the cooking process.

The fish after it's been broiled

The fish after it’s been broiled

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Contents for the dressing and toppings

For the dressing I mixed together:
Sour Cream
Juice from 1 lime
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 chili pepper thinly minced
Dash of sea salt

Toppings:
I used cabbage (I bought the coleslaw mix from the grocery store)
1 tomato
Green onion (optional)
I also used a little bit of cilantro…big mistake, I’m NOT a fan of cilantro and it tasted really yuck on my taco.

I used both the soft and hard taco shells, my son didn’t want the soft shells.

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The assembling process…

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Ta daaaa…it was so good, better than I expected.

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I’ll definitely be making this again!