Green Monsters Take Over The World

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 3, 2009

Check out this awesome email I got yesterday from Jackie:

Hi Angela!

I was in Nashville, TN this weekend for a women’s health and fitness retreat. There was a place to post recipes to share, and I posed one of a Green Monster. A girl came up to me and asked if I got it off your blog! I said yes and we talked about much we both love your writing. She is from South Dakota and I am from Texas, and we met in Tennessee. It is amazing how widespread you are! Keep up the great work, we love what you are doing. I even turned the trainer we were working with onto Green Monsters!

Seriously cool, Jackie!! Green Monster destiny brought you two together, haha.

On that note, I have a new favourite green monster!!!

You must try this combo out!!!


Cantaloupe-Banana- Spinach Green Monster


  • 1 cup ripe + juicy cantaloupe
  • 1 cup Soy milk + bit more
  • 4 cubs ice
  • 1 scoop Hemp-Maca-E3Live protein powder
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 1 T flax
  • 1 small banana


This GM tasted like a DREAM!!! I think the cantaloupe is my favourite fruit in GM’s now! This mix made a TON of liquid. My belly was so very full and happy after I drank it this morning. I think I was glowing GREEN.

I drank it this morning as I looked over our wedding album that we created at Blurb. Coolest photoalbum making website ever!

It is the best quality and super cheap prices too!

We designed our 120 page full colour wedding album for- get this- $120 USD! We ordered 5 of them and gave them as gifts to our family. It was such a nice way to give others a lasting memory that they will have forever!


We have designed 3 albums from Blurb. A Sketchie album, our wedding album, and Eric made me an album that he surprised me with the night before our wedding. It was filled with all of our old notes, cards, and pictures, that he scanned and uploaded. If you are looking for an awesome gift to make someone, I highly suggest Blurb!!!


You demanded it, I produced it…WE WANT MORE SKETCHIE!

A Day In The Life Of Sketchie…

Sketchie says, ‘I don’t play…I HUNT.’


Sketchie says, ‘Just for the record, I don’t need my claws to catch my prey. That’s how good I am.’


Sketchie says: ‘Hereyee, hereyee!! Don’t forget to enter the Book Buddy Giveaway!’ ;)




Self Magazine sent me their July ‘09 issue in the mail, brimming with fun fitness articles. I read it during yesterday’s workout!

I was intending to go for a run yesterday, but my legs were still a bit sore from the July 1st’s run, so I opted for non-impact exercise. I have learned my lesson from past injuries and try my best to listen to my body now (even though sometimes it is hard!).


In SELF magazine, they interviewed none other than Jillian Michaels on her top fitness tips!

Check out her video here as well as a contest that you can enter to win a trip for two to LA to have lunch with Jillian!! (US residents only, unfortunately).

Here is some of what she had to say:

  • Jillian:  “I don’t love broccoli and I don’t love the treadmill, but I love the way I feel when I am healthy and strong…so remember, although something might not be fun in the moment, remind yourself of the ultimate reward and allow that to motivate you.”

I love that quote! It is so true. Many of you ask me how I do my tough treadmill workouts or how I stay motivated. The truth is, I don’t always want to work out! Some days I am just feeling lazy and blah. But when I remind myself of how I feel AFTER my workout, it usually inspires me to want that feeling!


It felt so good to take this time yesterday and just sweat it out on the treadmill! I was feeling a little tense and I needed just to zone out.

The workout:

  • Duration: 55 mins
  • Treadmill hill walking + 4 advanced side planks with arm reach
  • First 10 mins (4.2 mph), next 35 mins (4.3 mph), last 10 mins 3.5 mph- all at incline 15%
  • Max heart rate: 169 bpm
  • Avg heart rate: 152 bpm

Four times during the workout, I got off the treadmill and did my advanced side planks with the arm reach. I do 10 arm reaches (very slow and controlled) per side. I LOVE these!

Today, I will of course be doing the SGBC exercises (4, 5, 6) and possibly go for a run!


Today’s Question:

What food product(s) have you seen in the blogosphere that you are DYING to try but haven’t been able to get your hands on yet?

For me, I get weak in the knees when I see this all over the US blog world…

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Oh Barney Butter, why won’t you visit Canada?


I want to wish all of my US readers a VERY fun and safe 4th of July long weekend!! Have a fabulous time whatever you may be doing. :) Kick back, relax, and enjoy good food!

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Sam @ Small Changes Add Up July 3, 2009 at 8:03 am

OMG, Barney Butter for me too definitely. And Amazing Grass. They don’t sell either in the UK and I’m absolutely dying to try both of them.


Courtney's Concoctions July 3, 2009 at 8:09 am

I am giving you some fan mail! You have inspired me to incorporate green smoothies into my life. My blog is brand new, and I can’t wait to put a picture of me drinking “green” soon. Thanks (I am orginally from Toronto too).


Brandi C July 3, 2009 at 8:34 am

I want to try Nada Moo, a coconut-based ice cream they only sell in Texas (I think) because I am a FROYO (frozen yogurt) LOVER!
You can check out the stats on their website =]


Madelin @ What is for breakfast? July 3, 2009 at 8:46 am

Oh my gosh, try everthing you all eat! Here in Australia pretty much the only thing I can get my hands on is Mary’s crackers! And I only found Kale for the first time about a month ago! Ps, sketchie is so cute!


Runjen July 3, 2009 at 8:47 am

Hilarious about the GM’s! I do think they are a phenomenon!
I have a bunch of my friends in real life hooked on them too!


Lara July 3, 2009 at 8:52 am

I might be the lone dissenter here but I did not like Barney Butter. It is sweetened and I really don’t like sweet tasting nut butter (nor do I like foods with added sweeteners in general) I have been curious about chia seeds but haven’t gotten around to try them yet.
That GM sounds great. I can’t wait until canteloupe is in season here.


Melanie July 3, 2009 at 9:04 am

I’d be so thrilled if you had a category on your blog that linked to all of your Sketchie pics:)…Reading your blog lifts me up every day, and Sketchie is the icing on the cake! He’s such a cutie!!


Marina July 3, 2009 at 9:09 am

I’ve been dieing to try everything!!!
Here in my country, we don’t have any cool products like you do. For example, almond milk, larabars, greek yogurt…
Sketchie is such a beautiful cat! A real tiger :D


Jenn July 3, 2009 at 9:09 am

I’ve been wanting to try VitaMuffins but they are mucho $$ Finally they were on sale this week! I want to see if they are worth all the hype they get.

Funny note, I worked out with my trainer last night and at the end of our session he was throwing some core work at me. He had me do the side planks with the arm reach! Love them. My midsection is rock hard this morning.

Have a great day!


Ellen @ Peace in Motion July 3, 2009 at 9:10 am

I agree with the barney butter. I’ve also been dying to try naturally more peanut butter, but so far I can’t find it anywhere!


Mara @ What's for Dinner? July 3, 2009 at 9:14 am

It’s really funny, when I told a camp coworker about my “weird green smoothies” that I’ve been drinking, she asked me “did you learn about them from Angela?” like it was some code! HOW FUNNY!


leslie July 3, 2009 at 9:27 am

i love how you started this green monster revolution. it’s practically a way of life!

i’m dying to try amazing grass and naturally nutty’s vanilla almond butter. i tried a sample of barney butter but surprisingly wasn’t really a fan.

great tips on motivation – thinking about how you feel after a workout is definitely a great motivator. i always feel strong and refreshed, and that’s reason enough to do it


Cait (Cait's Plate) July 3, 2009 at 9:30 am

Love that Jillian – she’s so awesome :)

Does Barney Butter not even DELIVER to Canada?!? That would be so sad!!


Christina July 3, 2009 at 9:34 am

I’ve been wanting to make the chia pudding that was circling around the blog world. I finally gave in and ordered chia seeds. I can’t wait til I get them!

By the way, I made your canteloupe creamsicles the other day and they were awesome! I posted about them here if you wanna check them out:

Thanks for the popsicle idea! It’s the perfect summer dessert :)


Kelly L. July 3, 2009 at 9:35 am

Hi Angela,

My treadmill only goes up to a 12% incline. Would 12% on my treadmill still be less that 15% on yours? Or are they specific to the treadmill? IS that confusing? By the way, I’m loving the challenge! :)

You rock!


Kelsey July 3, 2009 at 9:59 am

i love sketchie! what an adorable little guy :]
blogs have really made me branch out and try new things, i am so thankful for them! i really want to try amazing grass [maybe? i dont know if id like it….lol!], chia seeds, and almond + rice milk!


Megan July 3, 2009 at 9:59 am

Oh that’s so true about working out! I usually tell myself during 10-13 mile runs that i’m going to have long, lean runner’s legs just to push through to those last few miles! haha!

Sketchie is quite the character!


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 3, 2009 at 10:29 am

AMAZING picture of Sketchie!!! Wow, you must love Eric’s camera. :)

Question… how did you ever think of “Sketchie” as a name??? It’s so cute!



Angela (Oh She Glows) July 3, 2009 at 10:38 am

Heather- When we went to look at the litter, I thought he was acting very ‘Sketchie’ compared to all his other brothers and sisters…lol. He was by far the most active, hyper, and crazy!


Lori July 3, 2009 at 10:46 am

I think Cacao Bliss is something I keep seeing that sounds so interesting!

Love Sketchie – I am a cat person (much to my allergic DH’s chagrin!)


Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 3, 2009 at 10:47 am

awesome photos! Thanks for the heads up on Blurb ;)


MarathonVal July 3, 2009 at 10:49 am

Hmm, I tried the cantaloupe one time and didnt care for it, maybe I’ll try it again with your ingredients though! Happy Friday! :)


Annie July 3, 2009 at 10:56 am

You and CCV used the same title for your posts this week, which got me thinking. If you combined your foods that will take over the world, you would get the most nutritious breakfast ever and probably really could take over the world because it would be so freakin healthy and delicious!


Maxine July 3, 2009 at 11:07 am

Fage Fat free greek yogurt; I eat this all the time in the States:


Katharina July 3, 2009 at 11:14 am

Hi Angela,

I always find your posts to be very insightful. However, I get the overall message of the quote and article, but I don’t agree with it entirely. In my latest post I wrote an excerpt from a book I recently read that talked about doing things that suit you! I don’t think someone should be running if they don’t want to (that’s the implication I got from Jillian’s quote). Not everyone is a runner, or a biker, or a dancer – but the real key to sticking to something is doing something that suits you. Even some Olympian athletes cut themselves some slack on a day they just don’t feel like it.

Let’s see… what do you I want to try that I’ve seen on blogland? I’d have to say kabocha!

I couldn’t agree more…I don’t think that every type of activity suits everyone…I say if you don’t want to run, then don’t run! Don’t do yoga if you don’t want to (see how I stopped doing it a lot! lol). Not everything will suit everyone of course. My point here is to illustrate that I don’t ‘want’ to do every workout that I do…and that is ok! Sometimes it is raining and all I want to do is get outside but I do my indoor cardio on the treadmill. If I think about how good I will feel afterwards (and yes during too!) it motivates me to stick with it! With that being said, that doesn’t mean that off days aren’t good because they are- I take 1-2 a week. Thanks for bringing this point up! ~A


Susan July 3, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Greek yogurt!!!! I can’t find it anywhere around here! I love thick yogurt, and I just know I would love that stuff. Vita tops and PB2 are pretty high on the list too…

Love your thoughts on working out. My rule is never do a workout I don’t think is fun. Even when I’m pushing myself through a hard sprint, I still love every second of it ;) If I don’t feel like running one day, then I go biking instead. The key is to just do some activity, any activity, that you think is fun. That’s motivation enough! :)


Micco July 3, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I keep seeing people blog about white chocolate peanut butter. I think it’s made by the Peanut Butter Company, and while I know where to but it, I’m really holding back. I already tried their dark chocolate peanut butter, and while I hate sweet peanut butter and am really indifferent to chocolate and peanut butter together, this was definitely the crack of condiments. The jar disappeared in, like, a week, so I’m very wary of buying anything else by them. Can’t go through sugar-y peanut butter so fast!


Melanie Z July 3, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Tried my FIRST green monster today. I kept it pretty sweet with pinepple and banana, but I also had spinach, cucumber and flax meal in there. Yay me!!!


Jennifer July 3, 2009 at 2:37 pm

I have been dying to try OIKOS GREEK YOGURT!! I can’t find it anywhere. :( Nova Scotia is not so hip when it comes to all that natural, organic stuff. I really wish they would be though. I buy a good amount from the organic section at the Superstore. I love eating healthy. It tastes SO much better (IMO)! :)


Susie July 3, 2009 at 4:52 pm

I want to try Flat Out wraps! I cannot find them anywhere! Or Vitamuffins!

I love the pictures of Sketchie!


Tay July 3, 2009 at 5:22 pm

I read that article and loved it! I want to try the holey donuts! And naturally nutty nut butters. Those look delicious!


courtney July 3, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Sketchie always makes me smile… today has been kind of a crummy day, so seeing his pics was a great mood-booster! Thanks for the fun blog :)


Minta July 3, 2009 at 8:19 pm

OMIGOD! Absolutely everything! Madelin, where did you find Martha’s Crackers? Australia is an absolute desert where vegan treats are concerned. When you do find something, it costs the earth! Almond milk is only available at a very few select health food stores and then its too expensive!

Love Sketchie! He is so cute.


Hallie (Healthy Twists) July 3, 2009 at 11:37 pm

I am DYING to try Amazing Grass or one of those similar products…but it’s not in my budget these days!!


Fitzalan July 6, 2009 at 10:43 am

Mine would have to be white chocolate wonderful by PB & Co. Cannot find it anywhere.

Happiness Awaits


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