Funny quote from yesterday’s whole foods trip:

I said, “How awesome is it that WF has organic dandelion greens???”

Eric, “You know I just spent two hours pulling up dandelions in our yard today, right? You can have the whole garbage bag full!”

LOL!!!!! Oh we had a good laugh. Actually, I was talking to Krista about using dandelions straight from one’s yard and apparently people do it. My only concern is that there are chemicals in the lawn from previous years when the lawns were sprayed. Anyone know how long that stuff stays in the lawn??

For today’s green monster I found myself wanting to throw in every new product that I bought yesterday. I had to restrain myself and stick to 1-2 new items!

I was super excited to try my first ever Hemp + E3Live + Maca protein powder!!

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I love the ingredients list- just 3 things: organic hemp powder, organic maca, and organic E3Live.

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I smelled the powder to assess the damage it would do to my smoothie. It wasn’t sweet tasting at all. Actually, now that I think about it, it smelled a bit like the hemp necklaces I used to wear in highschool. ;)

Today I used 1 scoop of hemp powder which provided me with an extra 60 calories, 7 grams of protein, 2.5 grams fibre, and a slew of other vitamins and minerals.

Here are some nutritional benefits of hemp:

  • help improve the immune system
  • lower blood pressure and blood LDL cholesterol levels (the “bad” cholesterols)
  • improve cardiovascular circulation and function
  • improve organ function
  • increase energy levels and metabolic rate
  • reduce the symptoms of PMS and menstrual cramps
  • reduce inflammation and the symptoms of arthritis
  • improve recovery of muscles after exercise


Here are some nutritional benefits of Maca:

  • Restoring strength after physical exercise
  • increases libido (Kris Carr told me this in her interview- it is one of her top 3 fav foods)
  • helps fight cancer
  • regulates endocrine glands
  • supports adrenal glands
  • pain reliever


Here are some nutritional benefits of E3Live:

  • Anti-Aging: Loaded with more essential nutrients and iron than most foods that we consume, blue green algae is perfect as an anti-aging food. Its high concentration of antioxidants means our bodies can combat more free radicals and toxics.
  • Relief from headaches aches and pain: our immune systems are strengthened.
  • Energy Booster – has rejuvenating effects
  • Better Digestion – it coats the stomach lining and is packed with enzymes that help to improve digestion.
  • Sleep better – it is detoxifying, resulting in better rest.
  • Lose weight – Less food cravings, a more balanced appetite.
  • Greater concentration and focus – increase in energy and clarity of mind
  • Strengthen the hair, skin and nails – high in protein which is the main building block for healthy hair, skin and nails
  • Less anxiety – it has beneficial effects on our brain development and can help us cope with stress better.
  • Improves memory – as it has effects on our brain development, regular consumption of blue green algae has also shown to have an impact on our memory.


So you can see why I bought this hemp protein powder after looking for a good 20 minutes comparing all of the different brands!!

Now onto the greens


As suggested by some fellow readers, I went easy on the organic dandelion! Just 3 sprigs today (trust me I wanted to use much more!). And about 3 organic kale leaves.

Dandelion Benefits also include:

  • It is a gentle diuretic
  • It can purify the bloodstream and liver, and it can stimulate the manufacture of bile
  • It can decrease the amounts of serum cholesterol and uric acid
  • It can maximize the performance of the kidneys, pancreas, spleen, and stomach
  • It is very beneficial to menopausal women
  • It is effective in treating abscesses, anemia, boils, breast tumors, and cirrhosis of the liver
  • It may avert the development of age spots or breast cancer


I also added in 1 cup Almond Breeze (original), 2 ice cubes, 1/2 frozen banana.


A good tip for bananas is to let them get very ripe and black on your counter. Once they are ripe, peel them, cut them up (if preferred), and throw them into freezer bags. Then for Green Monsters, you just throw it into your blender and you have a super sweet taste. It also chills your smoothie!



I enjoyed it on the deck in the beautiful morning sunshine!


The taste?

  • The taste was really good! I didn’t notice the dandelion at all. :) I noticed the hemp powder though; it gave the drink a chalky and grainy texture that was sort of similar to the texture when adding flax. I didn’t mind it though, but I could see how some people might. All and all I LOVED it and I will definitely be using this mixture again!

On that note, I am going for a run- it is too gorgeous to be indoors today! It is a holiday for us Canucks, so Eric is home today too. :) I think we will try to spend much of the day outdoors doing yardwork.

Have a lovely day!!!


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1 michelle May 18, 2009

Hilarious..I am laughing..why? because when I tried to make a green monster I almost killed my hand blender and I thought I was drinking grass….perhaps I’ll give it another go.

On the up side I’ve cooked and steamed kale..put it into rice and had it for a salad base. It was tasty.

I am lusting after a good green monster…I will have to give it another go.


2 Priyanka May 18, 2009

That green monster looks amazing! Thanks for the tip about the bananas, that will just save so much of my morning agony!


3 Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 18, 2009

I just started doing the black banana thing for smoothies. The fiance keeps wanting to throw them out, and I say “NO THEY’RE FOR THE SMOOTHIES!”


4 Criztawl May 18, 2009

Out here in East Scarborough we see people out in the fields picking dandelion leaves all the time. I too worry about the chemicals in the ground and in the air that would be attached to those dandelion leaves.


5 bobbi May 18, 2009

enjoy your run beautiful!


6 Red Head, Yellow Dog May 18, 2009

holy cow that hemp mix is a nutriotional powerhouse! and I had no idea dandelions had so many added benefits! thanks for the great info!


7 Run Sarah May 18, 2009

What a healthy green monster! I`m having a problem getting used to the chalky taste of hemp protein, maybe in time.


8 Help Meghan Run May 18, 2009

Looks great! And thanks for all the info, it’s amazing what’s out there nutritionally. :)

www. HelpMeghanRun .com


9 David May 18, 2009

Nice monster.. I too was thinking the same thing as Eric about your Dandelions.. I just finished pulling another bag of them out of the lawn yesterday!

Enjoy your run and new Whole foods.


10 Heather May 18, 2009

Haha, loved the dandelion comment. I’ve wondered the same thing about using them from my own yard, but for some reason it just weirds me out. ;) But I’d worry about the chemicals too… probably not the best idea.

Another great green smoothie. Great tip with the banana!


11 Jenny Marie May 18, 2009

Love the tip about bananas! You are very brave to try new and unusual ingredients in you GMs. Wish I was brave! You’re website is great and super motivating!


12 theoddbod May 18, 2009

haha, i was throwing my bananas in the freezer before peeling them…not a good idea because you can’t peel them after the y freeze!


13 Brittany May 18, 2009

I just wanted to tell you right after i told my boyfriend! I’m helping cook all the food for my GRADUATION (from high school) party and this will be my VERY FIRST time cooking and my parents were SHOCKED when I told them I wanted to help! I wanted to first thank you because you are my inspiration to love cooking healthy foods ! and SECOND because I am making your raw chocolate chip cookies for the dessert at my party! Thank you so much! and on the day i’ll be sure to send you a picture and if they were a success! Thank you so much Angela you are an inspiration!


14 AGS May 18, 2009

Yes — my mom used pull/cut them to add them to salad in the summer. We knew the owners for the house where we rented, so for at least 10 years no chemicals had been used right on the lawn. . . let me tell you: my brother and I were *not* fans of dandelion greens, even when my mom would tell use to pretend we were native american indians. ;)


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