Project Glow + Baking Flops

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 28, 2009


They had a special 2 for 1 deal on Green Monsters today! I told Eric I made him a special treat this morning, but he wasn’t buying it. Has anyone out there been successful in getting their boyfriend/husband to try green monsters? I have yet to hear about a man that has tried them! If you have been successful- or haven’t- leave a comment below and let me know! I need to know the secret.

I spent the morning baking for my next media related review for Glo Bakery. I will admit, it is pretty stressful knowing that someone is going to be reviewing my baked goods for the world to see!

I also had a few setbacks in the kitchen today and I was feeling a bit stressed!

I made my Zucchini Breakfast Power Muffins and today I used paper liners. Big mistake! The muffins stuck to the liners like nobody’s business.

Then I realized I was out of lemons right when I was in the thick of things, so I had to leave and jet to the store.

And in my 3rd batch I realized I was out of soy yogurt! I had to use soy milk in a pinch. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but when it all happens within a span of 3 hours it can get a bit hectic. :)

Luckily I made sure to have some fun on the side:

I had to taste each muffin of course!

Flax ‘n Gl’oat Power Muffin:


Carrot ‘n Raisin Spice Muffins:


Sweet ‘n Spicy Zucchini Breakfast Muffins:


Yes, I ate all three muffins! Plus 1 more. Luckily they are super healthy right? :)

Unfortunately though, I have to re-bake all 3 muffins. The zucchini ones are stuck to the paper and I don’t feel good delivering these! So Eric will get the rest. The carrot ones flopped too I think because I cut the recipe in half and used soy milk. And lastly I didn’t like how the carob chips tasted in my flax muffins. 3 stikes, I’m out! :( I guess I will be back to the drawing board tomorrow.

Needless to say I spoiled my lunch and I am not hungry one bit! Opps!

I also did some more organizing in the kitchen while I was waiting for them to cook:

Eric installed this spice rack for the drawer, so I started to put my spices in it. Don’t worry I have more than that, I just took this picture before I filled it up :)


I also organized another cupboard and changed the height of the shelves. I made the bottom two shorter to fit all our supplements and medicine, and then I put the cookbooks on top.




Just when you thought you couldn’t handle one more challenge, Caitlin and I have teamed together to rock one out!

This time the goal is Glowing and healthy skin for the summer!

Caitlin wrote me last week looking for a glowing skin challenge! She was sick and tired of dull and sallow looking skin. I think her skin is gorgeous, but of course we are always our own worst critic, right?

See Caitlin’s post this morning for all the details!


Untitled-51 Day: 33 (April 28, 2009): Today we are going to work on the legs! I hadn’t done some traditional leg lifts in a long time so I thought it would be fun to add to the BBBC Challenge!

Here is me doing the traditional leg lift. I did 3 sets of 50 per leg.


And here I am doing inner thigh lifts. A reader named Andrea recently reminded me that strong inner thigh muscles prevent running injuries. So I am bringing them back baby! :) I did 3 sets of 50 per leg.


And no, my downward dog has not gotten any better as of late:



Damnit, I want to be flexible! I hope with time I can get better at it. I don’t know why this one pose bothers me so much! haha.

On this afternoon’s agenda:

  • Treadmill workout
  • Finish filing taxes online (I am getting a hefty return this year from my tuition in 2008- sweet!)
  • Mail in GST Application
  • Find headshots for interview
  • Input receipts
  • Shop 4 A Cause
  • Read all comments from this AM post

Hope you are having a GLOWING day!!


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Lisa M April 28, 2009 at 2:30 pm

My husband has no problems at all with the Green Monsters. I make them with banana, kale, almond milk, flax meal and frozen strawberries and he drinks them right down. He’ll eat pretty much anything I put in front of him, except maybe eggplant. He has a very different view of food. He doesn’t LOVE it like I do or really enjoy the eating process itself. He says that if he could push a button when he’s hungry and instantly be full, he would. Not me, I love food WAAAAYYY too much;)
Looking forward to more details on the Glow Challenge!!!


Colleen April 28, 2009 at 2:33 pm

I made a GM, took it outside, the hubby had a sip…I said isn’t that good? He said “Yeah, that’s doesn’t taste like spinach at all.” Then later I offered to make him a smoothie and I said “Can I put some spinach in it?” “No thanks,” he said. GAH! I SHOULD have put some in the chocolate shake I made him the other day. HAHAHA Oh well!


Lea April 28, 2009 at 2:34 pm

I’m lovin’ the Project Glow challenge you have going with Caitlin. ^^

& I also came across a Q posted on her blog about making the Green Monster the night before and drinking it the next morning. I’m usually pressed for time and don’t wanna scare the roomies early morning, so will the GM lose some of it’s nutritional value if I don’t drink it right away? Since you seem to be the GM expert in the blogworld, I would really appreciate your expertise(?). (:


Juli (Peanut Butter and Juli) April 28, 2009 at 2:34 pm

My boyfriend LOVES them!!!!

But to his I add chocolate protein powder and peanut butter :) Hehehehe


Valerie April 28, 2009 at 2:35 pm

My boyfriend was pretty scared when I made my first green monster. He gave me a look that said “you’re going to DRINK THAT?” It was hilarious! I don’t think he’ll be trying them anytime soon.

What a neat challenge! I already use Apricot Scrub daily (with tea tree oil cleanser once or twice a week if I’m starting to break out) and since switching to that my skin has been much clearer and healthier looking.


Krista April 28, 2009 at 2:38 pm

I couldn’t pay my husband to try a GM! He does make a pretty good smoothie, though!

Sorry to hear your baking didn’t turn out the way you wanted it too! All 3 muffins sure look delish!


Sonia S April 28, 2009 at 2:43 pm

I make a GM just about every morning, only I have always called mine the Green Goddess!!! I can always get my fiance to try a sip out of the ones I make (I used kale or spinach, a banana, mango, and chopped almonds), but whenever I make “extra” and pour some in a glass for him he says he probably won’t finish it. However, I tricked him into drinking half of one today when I “shared” mine with him!! I just kept handing him the glass after I took a few sips :)


Kris April 28, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Poor Pete is forced to drink them on the

I make them pretty sweet though. I use spinach, strawberries, yogourt, & milk. Who wouldn’t love the taste of that???


alli April 28, 2009 at 2:47 pm

i asked my fiancee to try a green monster i made, and he just looked at it and was like, “no way!” but then when i dared him to and peer-pressured him a bit he tried it and liked it!


Allison April 28, 2009 at 2:50 pm

I talked to my boyfriend about green monsters before I started trying them and he said he’d tried some sort of smoothie awhile that was similar. I think it was store-bought, but it had spinach and flaxseed and a ton of fiber…he loved it but said it gave him the worst gas. And I got to hear about that in excruciating detail…so I’m not sure if I *want* him trying these again! (btw, if anyone wants to try a delicious concoction, I use baby spinach, plain Greek yogurt and a little bit of low-fat vanilla yogurt, plus a banana and splashes of cranberry juice and blueberry-pomegranate juice for antioxidant power!)


brandi April 28, 2009 at 2:51 pm

love the idea of project glow! that stinks about your muffins, but I’m sure the next batch will be great :)


Red Head, Yellow Dog April 28, 2009 at 2:51 pm

James took a little sip of one I made and described it as “tart”, “bitter”, “grainy” and “not that bad!” I’m not sure how the first three adjectives led to that conclusion but I’ll take it!


Run sarah April 28, 2009 at 2:53 pm

All of those muffins look wonderful! I haven’t convinced my fiancé yet, but oh well, more for me.


Lindsey (Mrs. LC) April 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Yes my husband drinks green smoothies! The first time I made one he looked at me like I had gone off the deep end. But I told him, “just try one sip! I promise, that’s it!”. And he admitted, “hey that’s not that bad!”. And now he is a proponent of green smoothies. :) He’s tried a wide variety of green smoothies I have made, as well as green protein smoothies and more.

I think the secret is just that Ross eats different now than he did before we met (he worked at a lot of fast food places, and thus ate fast food), so he’s gotten used to trusting me and all the new foods I put in front of him.


e. April 28, 2009 at 3:05 pm

My husb drinks the Green Monsters — I put orange juice in his to make it a little more palatable, but I’ve been slowly cutting back and he doesn’t notice. His mom was a super earthy crunchy hippie growing up, so he can out-granola me when it comes to healthy food. :-)

Today I made him just a Monster for breakfast — for some reason when I used blueberries, his stayed pink. Mine, on the other hand, turned BLACK, probably because I didn’t add the OJ and cow’s milk yogurt to mine. Maybe that’s the key is to make pink smoothies and just gradually up the greens quotient. Or maybe don’t serve them in a clear glass. ;-)


Elisabeth April 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm

My boyfriend drinks green smoothies all the time. I always make a double batch for him! He is kind of a health and exercise nut though, and his family used to have a juicer when he was little. He’s sort of immune to the green monster, unless I put bananas in them…he hates bananas! =)


Carolyn April 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Are you kidding??? He is worse than i am… I caught him browsing at the kale area of the grocery store recently after he read your smoothie recipe(we do 2-3 cups spinach per smoothie now). He is a serious food blogger reader too. I send him the fun postings of the day at work… But we love food so it’s a natural thing because the food bloggers are all so creative with putting things together…not processed stuff… And grocery shopping, wandering the isles is something we have done forever as a hobby..(married 25 years) I would say that is one way to get them intersted.. Take them to the high end (Whole Foods, Trader Joes, your local cool grocery) with you for fun. You should see the combos i make for him in his oats/bran…Chia seeds every morning as of last week! I think what might help in the green monsters is that we use JRobb whey protein (1/2 scoop)in there too, so it really tastes like a wonderful shake. The stevia… Maybe you could let your guy have a pack of sweetener in there to break him into the habit.. It helps!


Holly April 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm


i’ve been reading your blog for some time now, and i don’t think i’ve ever commented, but i have got to give it to you girl! you really have something going here. the difference between your blog and every other food/fitness blogger out there is that you blog for the rest of us while everyone else blogs for themselves. your blog is outstanding! the work you put into it really shines through. keep it up, and keep promoting yourself, because you really do have something here.


Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 28, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I’m totally going to try it… scrubby stuff and green monsters and all.


Amy April 28, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Haha, cracking me up. I did get the BF to have a smoothie with a little kale and flax in it, but it was TOTALLY hidden, as in there was way more of other stuff than of the greens, you could barely even see them. Would love to hear other people’s strategies though!


Kaneil, Balance is Best April 28, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Andrew shared my first green monster with me! I basically conned him into trying it using the “I bet you won’t” method…he is determined to anything that I say he can’t :) Believe it or not, he finished the huge glass and has had a few smaller ones since then. :)

I love your organized kitchen! I am such an organization freak – I’m so envious that you are baking and organizing all day. Good for you!!!

Kaneil, balanceisbest


Rachel April 28, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Hubby REFUSES to go near a green monster. He looks at me like I’m insane every time I drink one. On the plus side though, now that we have spinach in the house more often he’s putting it in other things (salads, tomato sauce, on pizzas)… small victories!!


Carrie April 28, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Hey Angela! I have a question – do you work anymore or are you just doing the blog/bakery full time? Thanks!


Sarah April 28, 2009 at 3:33 pm

I made my Dad one and get drank it! The trick was to not tell him what was in the smoothie and put it in a travel mug so he couldn’t see the beautiful….yet sometimes frightening shade of green!


Jessica B April 28, 2009 at 3:38 pm

My BF loved them more than me! I made the first batch for a week or so then he started making them! I only say ‘loved’ because lately he’s been juicing for us. He’s such a healthy boy without trying or forcing himself to be. Even when we juice I prefer more fruit and he goes straight for the beets, celery, parsley, etc. I think he does it because he knows the health benefits. But we usually make ours with: hemp milk, a banana, spinach, flax seeds, and Jay Robb’s Vanilla (the protein powder alone makes it yummy!).


coco April 28, 2009 at 3:39 pm

oh…really good challenge! I’ve always looking for skin improvement tricks! :D
Will you post detail about it later or it’s just what Caitlin is going to do is the guideline?


ashley April 28, 2009 at 3:43 pm

i just made my first green monster, and my fiance was there to witness it all! he even had the first sip..and went back for more! although, he did say that it was a bit too “planty.” you can read it here:


tj April 28, 2009 at 3:44 pm

My BF loves them! I do add a lil honey to his…he has a sweet tooth. :)


Help Meghan Run April 28, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I think the secret is an opaque glass…no one would ever know! ;)


Whitney April 28, 2009 at 4:02 pm

I was never good at down dog either, until I started taking yoga with a good instructor. Start on all 4’s (hands + knees), and focus on straightening your back. Your back must absolutely be straight for this pose. Keep your knees tucked into your chest/stomach until you have lengthened your spine completely. Then slowly push your feet back. It also helps to put a prop under your heels for added support. If your heels don’t touch the floor, that’s okay, but a straight back is imperative to the stretch. When you look up the pose on, you will notice the same. When you look at tohers in yoga class, they will not look right.

No, my boy hasn’t tried a green monster, either. Shall I steam my spinach before blending?


sminnick April 28, 2009 at 4:27 pm

One day my husband saw me take a green monster out of the fridge and drink it- he said “OMG you drink that stuff? I thought it was for cleaning!!” So needless to say -I have no tips on getting your hubby to drink one :)



Sarah April 28, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Hi Angela!

I love your site, it’s nice to read about someone in my area (I live in the GTA too, but in Durham!) About your muffin cups problem: I was at the Good Food Festival this past weekend (you should definitely check it out next year, it’s great!) and bought a bunch of stuff from the company Chef Select. They make parchment paper, as well as parchment paper muffin cups. I have used the cups before and they’re great! They don’t stick at all. Plus they’re compostable! At least in Durham, we can put parchment in our green bins. Hope that helps!


Heather April 28, 2009 at 4:32 pm

I love how you’re able to stay so optimistic and not get frustrated by your minor setbacks when baking. It’s so true that baking should be a purely fun way to experiment with foods and never something to get upset over… you never know what you might end up creating from a so-called “mistake”!

Way to go on all the organizing! That’s definitely on the top of my summertime-rainy day agenda!


Shelby April 28, 2009 at 4:43 pm

I want to do the Green Monster challenge in May, one everyday instead of the processed cereals I’ve been eating!


Diane April 28, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Yeah, I second what the other commenter said about down dog. The point is totally not to get your heels on the floor. You’re not ‘bad’ at it if you can’t do that. It’s the straightness of the back that matters, as well as your strength and comfort while doing it. Down dog is a resting pose during sun salutations and other series’ of poses, but it takes a lot of doing it for it to feel restful. Perfect yoga technique doesn’t come right away, don’t worry!


Milca April 28, 2009 at 4:51 pm

What I usually do is make my husband feel guilty about throwing it away. I usually say I accidentally made too much and I don’t want to throw the rest away. He probably drinks just about a cup of it. Thanks for your post.


Niki April 28, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Yes I made one for my Hubby and he loves it! I made mine with spinach and berries with the usual ingredients. xxx


Leanne April 28, 2009 at 4:52 pm

I love that St. Ives apricot scrub… I use it all the time! Smells so wonderful and fresh.


Francesca April 28, 2009 at 4:59 pm


Quick Question…

Do you juice the kale/spinach first and then add to smoothie?
Or do you put all the ingredients in a blender to make it?

I am confused on how to make and am dying to try!!!



Ryan (Chase Daylight) April 28, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Hi Angela! My boyfriend LOVES the green smoothies! In fact, he’s started making them himself with kale and spinach almost every day. We both want a juicer, but for now it’s GM’s!!


bobbi April 28, 2009 at 5:24 pm

My hubby loved the Green Monsters and so did the 9 year old I babysat:) I need to get my but moving for the summer!


bobbi April 28, 2009 at 5:56 pm

My hubby loved the Green Monsters and so did the 9 year old I babysat:) I need to get my but moving for the summer!
Oops, should have mentioned good post! Waiting for the next one!


Tiffany April 28, 2009 at 6:37 pm

I’ve been pushing GMs on anyone who happens to be in my house at breakfast time, which has so far been my husband, my brother, my sister, my parents, and some assorted girlfriends. Some have tried it, and those who did acknowledged how good (and non-veggie tasting) it was. Though the hubby loves to eat healthy, he hasn’t sported the GMs yet…though he makes his own soy milk + green powder goodness mix in the morning. I’ll work on him :)

On a side note, thanks for keeping up the motivation with your BBBC! I started my own informal “get your booty in shape challenge” for myself a bit earlier, and the ongoing motivation has been great. I haven’t officially re-measured yet, but I know I’ve dropped a pant/dress size so far (thank goodness for belts) and in the past week have had various friends and family members ask if I’ve lost weight. I’m stronger. I can hold planks longer and run faster. I’ve made my husband look at a brand new muscle now visible on my shoulders. (Ok, I was more impressed than he was. :)) More importantly, I feel fabulous and full of energy!


IRJessica April 28, 2009 at 7:02 pm

A long time ago I was in much better shape… and leg lifts got way too easy. My errr, trainer showed me a tougher one.

Lay in leg lift position on your right side. Place your left foot on the floor, behind your right knee. Now lift your right leg.

Try it! : )


Crunchy Granola Girl April 28, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Well I’m currently lacking in the boyfriend/husband department but I did get my Dad to try my purple monster (more berries & less kale)! The verdict: he loved it. He’s training for a 1/2 marathon with me and is a pretty health-conscious person himself so it didn’t take much convincing. I would say if you make it more like a smoothie at first (because kale can be quite frightening) Eric might come around.

As far as the down dog, I’m right there with you! I’ve never been too flexible and I don’t think I ever will be- I think it has a lot to do with joint structure & genetics. That’s my excuse anyway!


Jess April 28, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Hey Angela. I’m a yoga instructor and just thought I’d offer you two quick tips on your downdog. One thing to remember is you always want to be pointing your hips high toward the ceiling. To help with this, once you’re in the pose raise up on the balls of your feet. That will make you hips elevate. Then try lowering your heels to their normal spot while maintaining the elevation in your hips.

Also the other tip is to keep your shoulders down and away from your ears. You can do this by pulling your shoulder blades in toward your spine.

Hope those tips help you work toward an awesome down dog!


carolinebee April 28, 2009 at 9:23 pm

haha you’re so cute in your down dog! I do those leg lifts all the time, i have a bunch of diff ones from pilates classes, they give such a good burn :D! I loved your post this AM and all those comments- I agree with you about not posting about the bad times. I always post later in the day, so if crappy stuff happened, i feel bad just whining on my blog, and also it’s not good to dwell on it! But I can see how everyone seems pretty happy and perfect most of the time- but not true haha! It’s nice to meet/e-mail/call other bloggers in person, it really helped me see that we are all just people and I can never have too many true friends out there.


coco April 28, 2009 at 9:45 pm

love the glow challenge!!! I think I’m doing okay with the cleaning and moisturizing… I’d definitely have to incorporate the green monster thing.
one quick question: How long it took to you to see the benefits of green monster? and which are the most noticeable?


e April 28, 2009 at 9:47 pm

My husband drinks gm’s. Sometimes straight water and spinach. Occassionally he’ll add carrot juice. When he is using it as a meal replacement he will add protein powder. I agree w/Holly’s comments about your blog vs other blogs. You are inspirational in many ways. Thanks to the guest comment link to Great site.


Mona April 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm

My husband loves them, in fact he makes them for himself even. He’s not really into healthy eating usually. He says they give him great energy. I asked him what the secret is and he said to say “real men drink green monsters, puts hair on your chest”. So there you have it.


Minta April 28, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Hey Angela. I was going to comment on your downward dog as well, but I notice you have already received lots of advice. So, I’ll only add – you’re doing great, and just relax your shoulders and enjoy the pose. Its one of my favourites for relaxing.

And I added a teaspoon of agave and a little vanilla to entice a male friend, and now he is totally hooked. Very skeptical at first, but rang me to tell me he has bought all the ingredients and is hoping to get his girlfriend on board.


TorontoGirloutWest April 28, 2009 at 11:23 pm

My fiance has been drinking Green Monsters from the very beginning. In fact it’s his favourite breakfast! ;) And trust me he’s not a health-food kind of guy.

The very first time I offered him a Green Monster he made a really grossed out face but then he tried it and realized that they actually have a pretty natural sweetness!

In fact now I have to make sure he doesn’t take my Green Monster too! :P


Lara (Thinspired) April 29, 2009 at 4:31 am

I got my husband to try a sip of one of my GM’s because it had chocolate protein powder in it. He was actually pleasantly surprised but I wouldn’t share the rest because it was so tasty!


Andrea (Off Her Cork) April 29, 2009 at 12:15 pm

My husband drinks them with me. I make mine a little sweeter though but he loves them. :)


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