Beets, Booties, and Bananas

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One, two, three…

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This was a Juice + Green Monster =

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This was my first time combining fresh juice and a green monster. I had tons of spinach to use up, but I also wanted to make a juice. So I combined the two methods. The only problem is, the juice I made wasn’t a great combo at all (beets, lemon, ginger), so it made my green monster pretty disgusting!

Apparently I CAN make bad juices…lol. Ok, who was it that jinxed me in the comments the other day! ;)

However, I have high hopes for my next one. The key is to start with a good tasting juice, me thinks!

I had a good 2 mile run + 10 min walk on the treadmill followed by WMM2! Then lots of baking and shipping out orders.

I also had a V.I.M. (Very Important Meeting) today with two lovely ladies from Booty Camp Fitness!

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This is Lisa:

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and Jess:

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They are both two of the nicest people! So inspiring and down to earth. This meeting has been in the works for months now, so I was so happy to finally meet them in person. We talked about all kinds of fun projects that will be coming up in the near future.

They also gave me their workout DVD to try out:

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I tell you, this couldn’t have come at a better time, given my recent teeth-pulling workouts on the dreadmill. :mrgreen: I can’t wait to try it.

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Dinner was also quite exciting tonight…

Firstly, Eric confessed his love for Quinoa. That pretty much made my week right there.

Then I discovered a new love- Pumpkin sauce:

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Pumpkin Curry Quinoa

[Sauce recipe adapted from here]

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or soy, cow’s etc)
  • 1.5 cups canned pumpkin
  • S & P
  • 2 heaping teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/3 cup ground walnuts (optional)
  • coconut + pepita seeds to garnish
  • Cooked quinoa

Directions for sauce:  In a medium-sized pot or large frying pan, sauté garlic and onion in olive oil 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and add vegetable broth, milk, pumpkin and curry powder. Stir gently to combine ingredients. Allow to simmer until flavors are well combined, about 8-10 minutes. Add salt, pepper and walnuts or pine nuts, stirring to combine, then remove from heat.

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At first I wasn’t sure about the sauce as I have never had a pumpkin sauce before, but it got better with each bite until I was fully smitten over it.

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What is with me and spoon pictures lately? I think I thrive off the thrill of balancing the camera simultaneously with the spoon (nerd alert!).

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Dessert was even more fabulous.

I made a spin-off of Gena’s ever so popular Banana Soft Serve. See this post for the first time I made it in the summer (and a super cute pic of Sketchie). I even made a Green Monster Float with it too. If you haven’t made Gena’s Banana Soft Serve, you must!

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Gena’s Banana Soft Serve…with a Twist!

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup Almond Milk (or your choice of milk)
  • 1 T chia seeds (thickens it)
  • Cacao nibs as topping
  • Graham crackers (optional) I used my homemade ones

Directions: BLEND!

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This was quite possibly one of the yummiest desserts I have whipped up in a long time. Oh, me oh my, it was just fantastic. The cacao nibs gave it a great crunch.

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See you tomorrow for my thoughts on the wonderful discussion going on in this post. Oh, I have lots to say!

Nighty night

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{ 58 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gena January 28, 2010

First comment! Thanks for the love, babe!! So happy you like the soft serve :)

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2 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 28, 2010

bahaha as if you just said first comment

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3 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 28, 2010

Ooooh I LOVE your banana soft serve creation! Looks delicious!

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4 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 28, 2010

Haha I always so ‘oh me oh my’….so no one gets offended :) I love pudding chia seeds in banana soft serve–crunch factor! Keep up the spoon pics!

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5 Jess January 28, 2010

YAY! Loved this post:) and so excited for what’s ahead! And oh my! I have to try both the quinoa and the soft serve banana with a twist!! I’ll have to make it asap! <333 much love!

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6 Katie January 28, 2010

I love my Booty Camp fitness class! I tried the DVD for the first time on the weekend… I did the Beginner level. SO MANY PUSHUPS! :)

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7 Amy January 28, 2010

So, I’m curious…did you drink that big monster? hee hee I’ve also been meaning to ask you if you’ve juiced wheatgrass in your Breville? I have the same juicer on its’ way to me and wondering how it does with greens?

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8 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 28, 2010

yup I drank it like a CHAMP!
It wasnt the worst ive had but not great ;)

I have not juiced anything but spinach yet and there wasnt much juice that came out of the spinach..

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9 Kristie January 29, 2010

I’ve heard you want a different kind of juicer for greens + wheatgrass in order to get more than just a tiny bit of juice out of them.

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10 Ameena January 28, 2010

All three of you are gorgeous! What a great picture.

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11 Katie January 28, 2010

That DVD looks great. Can you buy it in the States? I’ve made that pumpkin curry sauce too, and I love it. I’ll have to try it with quinoa.

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12 Run Sarah January 29, 2010

Your dessert and pumpkin quinoa both look fantastic!!

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13 Marissa January 29, 2010

Green and yellow are great colors on you!!

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14 Jil January 29, 2010

Ohh that pumpkin curry quinoa looks soooooo good!!

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15 Whole Body Love January 29, 2010

I tend to have spoons in many of my pictures as well. Mine are there because I am so anxious to devour my creations!!

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16 Danielle January 29, 2010

AMAZING. ‘Nuff said.

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17 Jolene January 29, 2010

Your spoons are so tiny and cute!!

I wish I could learn to like quinoa – it is the only grain I have ever tried and not liked … it smells and tastes funny to me :-(

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18 Mary January 29, 2010

A trick I learned was to rinse throughly the quinoa before you cook it. It’s even been suggested to rub it between your fingers while you are rinsing it. This helps with the bitterness.

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19 Candice January 29, 2010

Your banana soft serve looks amazing!! I made it once a long time ago, and I have no idea why I haven’t made it again since. I’ll definitely have to whip some up tomorrow!

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20 Stacy January 29, 2010

Hi Angela!!
Thanks to you, I have fallen in love with quinoa myself! It sprouts beautifully (I do raw whenever possible) and has a wonderful nutty flavor. And thank you for the idea of a green monster float! I will have to try that! …ok, I’m off to search for your hangover cure – just had a couple glasses of wine with my bosses and yet I never hardly ever drink so I need to take action before bed :)

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21 Audrey January 29, 2010

Oooh…homemade graham crackers. Will you share the recipe? Pretty please!

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22 Gabriela January 29, 2010

Pumpkin quinoa? Oh my! And the banana soft-serve twist is genius- so yummy!

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23 *Andrea* January 29, 2010

dinner and dessert look amazing!!! proof you can be healthy and eat like a queen :)

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24 Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) January 29, 2010

Pumpkin sauce? Oh honey, I now have a new addition to my “MUST MAKE!” list, right behind a sunflower pâté!

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25 Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run January 29, 2010

Love the spoon shots. Your skin is always glowing! Secrets?

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26 One Healthy Apple January 29, 2010

I have had lots of juice flops! Welcome to the club!!

Pumpkin sauce sounds amazing. I am fulling planning on making it since I have everything in my kitchen for it! Thanks for an inspiring recipe and blog post!

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27 Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete January 29, 2010

I’ve always wondered what the combo would taste like! haha. I guess I don’t have to wonder anymore! Thank goodness you were the guinea pig and not me. :)

That pumpkin quinoa curry looks to die for. I actually think that I have all of those items!

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28 Melinda January 29, 2010

Pumpkin curry quinoa sounds like the best thing since sliced bread. Awesome idea.

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29 Emma January 29, 2010

I’m sooo excited you got to meet Jess, I love her to bits and consider her a very good ‘friend’ (one i haven’t met lol)
Its crazy two of my fave bloggers met. Hope you enjoy the booty camp- let us know
xxx

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30 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 29, 2010

Okay, the fail actually does look like a glass of brown sludge… :P

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31 Paige @ Running Around Normal January 29, 2010

Sorry bout the green monster fail! But that meeting sounds SO exciting! Can’t wait to hear all the exciting projects you have going on. You totally deserve all of them :D

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32 Stacy January 29, 2010

PS – how do you make homemade graham crackers?

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33 Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) January 29, 2010

Sorry the juice/gm failed!! Better luck next time, right?

And pumpkin sauce and banana ‘soft serve’??? Mmmm!!

Still loving your X’s and Glo’s pack of Glo Bars!

xo
K

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34 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 29, 2010

I’ve been meaning to try the banana soft serve forever.. I need to do that!!

And I think the juice/green monster is a GREAT idea.. just have to get the technicalities down lol

And P.S., I just have to say that everytime you have a picture of you on the blog, your skin is just GLOWING!!! I wish mine could look like that!

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35 AGS January 29, 2010

First, you ladies looked fantastic in those photos. Wonderful to see great minds and hearts getting together.

Second, you give me hope. I love quinoa, but my husband is not convinced it will be good. I’m making some for us both this coming week. . . here’s hoping that he, like Eric, will like it. ;)

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36 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 29, 2010

Mmmmm…that pumpkin sauce looks good!!!

I love having “proud” health moments with my hub– a few nights ago, he opted for raw, vegan oatmeal balls rather than grocery store chocolate chip cookies for dessert…score!!! :-)

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37 kalli@fitandfortysomething January 29, 2010

Both the soft serve and pumpkin sauce look so yummy. Must try them!

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38 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 29, 2010

i’m glad you posted that quinoa recipe…i just bought some to try (for the second time), and was hoping to find a great recipe to use it for!

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39 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life January 29, 2010

I love banana soft serve-it’s so great!!

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40 Lauren @ Eater not a runner January 29, 2010

The pumpkin sauce looks great, I have all the ingredients in the house so I will be making that soon :-)

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41 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman January 29, 2010

If it’s any consolation, your balancing act paid off. Those photos are beautiful. And the food in them–mmm, looks delicious!

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42 Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 29, 2010

Sounds like the perfect dessert!!

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43 Heather (Where's the Beach) January 29, 2010

I am soooo going to have to try that pumpkin sauce. Sounds fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing!

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44 Mary January 29, 2010

I love the idea of the soft-serve banana dessert! My mind is whirling….what if you add a little more almond milk, and some chocolate syrup? Will this make a vegan, no-fat, low-cost ‘milk’shake?

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45 Gillian January 29, 2010

One of my best friends goes to the Booty Camp Bootcamps here in the city during the summer and she does the DVD ALLLLLL THE TIME in the winter! She freggin loves it! Sadly I haven’t been able to go with her because I had night classes on the days she went. * tear *

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46 Leila January 29, 2010

hey Angela, any way you can be persuaded to post your recipe for homemade graham crackers?? I couldn’t find it in your recipe section.

thanks!

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47 Sophie @ yumventures January 29, 2010

Mmm the pumpkin quinoa looks amazing! I love that your husband loved it too =) And banana soft serve — I have already made it twice, and am OBSESSED! Your version looks delish. You look great in your pictures, you have the best skin!

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48 Lauren January 29, 2010

I always get so depressed when I make a bad green monster. :(

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49 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 29, 2010

Have you posted your homemade graham cracker recipe? I don’t remember it… If you haven’t already, you should give it a post!!

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50 Nancy January 29, 2010

Oh my gosh, what a small world. I’m not sure if this is Jess, or her sister – but I watch one of them on YouTube. Is Jess the youtube makeup guru? Eeee! How exciting.

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51 Jenna January 29, 2010

your dessert looks amazing!

all three of you girls are glowing!! beautiful!

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52 Jenna @ Health and Happiness January 29, 2010

If at first you don’t succeed, try try it again! I’m sure a green monster juice could work out! I’m loving the pumpkin curry, thanks for sharing!

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53 jodes January 29, 2010

That looks delicious! you have inspired me in many ways but my recent favorite is getting up early, i work late nights till 3am but pushed myself to get up before 9 all week and wow, the day is so much longer and i can get so much done! being a yoga instructor i find that i have so much more energy and new ideas when it comes to class time! although i usually need a much needed nap around 4, my body lets me know! Just wondering if you have read or heard of the book “The sunfood diet success system” – David Wolfe? If not i highly recommend it! think you would really enjoy it!

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54 skinnyrunner January 29, 2010

the pictures are you 3 girls are gorgeous!

that soft serve looks mighty tasty too.

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55 Gracie @ Girl Meets Health January 29, 2010

Ahhh this post left me with my mouth watering!…except for green monster juice :P Hahaha I’m just messing! The quinoa with pumpkin sauce looks TO DIE…I’ll definitely have to try that one. And I’ve been putting off making banana soft serve forever now. We’ll not really putting it off, just forgetting that I have 3 bananas in the freezer :/ You’ve inspired me to hop on that STAT.

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56 Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) January 30, 2010

Three beautiful women! You all were glowing. :) Gotta love being healthy. That dessert by the way, looks phenom!!!! I need a vitamix!!

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57 Annalisa February 10, 2010

Back when I had free time I used to watch Jess’ youtube videos — she’s great! It’s neat seeing you all together. I guess all Canadians do know each other?! :-)

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58 Lauren March 16, 2010

The earthquake here in Southern California woke me up, so now I find myself rummaging around my favorite sites on the the internet for newly posted recipes. I found this one and thought of the banana soft serve you’ve been raving about. It’s quite a bit more labor intensive than yours, but it’s vegan and it looked and sounded oh so tasty! This earthquake has worked up my appetite!

Here’s the link for Banana Brown Sugar Ice Cream.

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2010/03/banana_ice_cream_recipe.html#more

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