Fueled By Greens

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 6, 2009

If someone would have told me last year that I would be DRINKING greens in 2009 and loving them, I would have laughed in their face…

Never say never!

I had 3 delicious green monsters today.

My morning batch made 2 glasses full….sweet! :) IMG_9156

Today’s mix was pineapple banana kale!



  • 1.25 cup low-fat soy milk (PC brand)
  • 1 T natural peanut butter
  • 1 T flax
  • 3 organic kale leaves
  • 1/2 c pineapple
  • 1 small banana
  • ice (4 cubes)
  • Small scoop Hemp-Maca-E3Live powder

This GM was delicious!! I totally forgot that I had frozen pineapple chunks in our freezer, so I was quite excited to try it in a new smoothie this morning! :)

On a more solemn note- I have decided that I do NOT like the Ruth’s Hemp-Maca-E3Live protein powder that I got! It just has such a bad aftertaste! I will stick to my Amazing grass Meal Powder, thankyouverymuch! :) It is the best tasting powder by far.

Many of you are asking me what my favourite powders are over at Amazing Grass. At first I thought it was the Berry Wheat Grass, but now I am convinced it is the Chocolate Amazing Meal Powder or the Green Chocolate Drink Powder (shown below). I mix it with just H2o and it tastes like chocolate milk- seriously! Pretty darn close to it for just mixing it with water!

If you click on it, it brings you right to the product on the Amazing Grass website! I am all out of this powder right now, but I have another shipment on its’ merry old way! I hope it gets here FAST! lol.

This afternoon’s energizing GM:


My nails are still growing like bad weeds!



  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • cinnamon (I was feeling frisky!)
  • 1/2 banana
  • ice
  • bit of water to thin out
  • 3 cups spinach

This Green monster was yummy too. Not as sweet, but still lovely for an afternoon pick me up!

I am always asked whether I like kale or spinach better and the easy answer to that is SPINACH! It just blends better, However, I eat kale too for the variety of nutrients. There is no question that kale is chewier but I have just gotten used to it! I like to mix up my greens for the maximum benefit. I also need to get some more organic dandelion from Whole Foods! I wish we had one closer…


I was flooded with orders this morning, and I made over 200 bars all day today and packaged them up!

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I actually ran out of all my ingredients so I have to make an early morning run to the store tomorrow to finish off the rest of the 6-7 orders! My house is turning into a distribution/packaging center before my eyes! lol.

GOOD NEWS regarding shipping prices!!!

My business is now registered with Canada Post so I am getting some awesome discounts for shipping! For those of you who I gave quotes to before today for out West- I can probably get your shipping for up to $10 less than originally quoted!!! Please email me for details. :D Very good news though!

I didn’t have time to take pictures of my lunch but it was a can of Amy’s soup along with 2 slices of whole wheat toast (with becel olive oil margarine) and a pear.

Eric was just elated when he came home tonight and saw how much work I got done today.

He helped me do the dishes and he cooked dinner tonight so I was very thankful.

Tonight I tried out a new SOL burger– the spicy bean kind. Clicky to enlarge…

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Just a note- this Summer Fresh Lemon Dill hummus I bought is disgusting!!! Serves me right for not making my own 50 cent hummus! Lately I have been relying far too much on pre-made food because I have been so busy. It’s a catch 22 at times!


  • 1 heaping T of black bean dip (shown above)
  • 1 SOL burger (spicy bean)
  • 1 T PC organic salsa
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 High protein, high fibre pita
  • Red pepper
  • Summer Fresh hummus (blech!!!)


I had another let down tonight- these spicy burgers! They were too spicy for my liking and VERY mushy! I guess that was the beans in them, making it so mushy…? I didn’t like it.

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However, it was a quick and healthy dinner filled with lots of protein, carbs, veggies, and healthy fats!

Not sure if I am working out or not today- it might be a well deserved day off! My arms are sore from all that stirring.

In Other News..

  • Don’t forget to enter the Neal Brothers Contest giveaway for a huge loot bag of prizes!
  • Also, check out my new website- Green Monster Movement if you haven’t already. Don’t forget to submit your green monster story to be featured on the site.
  • Check out this amazing email I received after this morning’s post on Happy weights:

J says, “Love this post. I am 39 and a mom of 3. Most people don’t think I’m that old because I am healthy and fit and pretty thin. However, I still struggle with feeling happy at my weight – more now than when I was younger. I used to not think about my weight and now focus on it a lot. I used to look at MUCH younger girls and want their slim legs, waists, arms, but I’ve finally realized that I am supposed to look like a woman at nearly 40, NOT a little girl anymore!  Hello?! Why did that take so long to sink in?! I am now trying to appreciate my curves. Anyway, that’s what men like… including my husband. The bottom line is inner happiness and self acceptance as the beautiful people/souls/bodies God created. Our physical appearances aren’t as important as we like to think they are as it always fades.”

I couldn’t agree more J!!! :)

Tonight’s question:

Have you tried a ‘health food’ recently that you had high expectations for and it turned out to be a big DUD and tasted bad? What was it??

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Aaron @ CrossBorderCravings July 6, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Awesome news about shipping! That is one drag to ordering online :( Good news you can get a discount!

I was excited to see the Spicy Bean Burgers on your blog beccause I LOVE them! I’m sad that you aren’t a fan, lol. But I am addicted to HEAT! :P


Danielle C. July 6, 2009 at 8:43 pm

I was just thinking of adding pineapple to my GM, we bought a huge fresh pineapple so I wonder if fresh would be as good as frozen.


Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) July 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Pineapple banana?!?! What a great idea! :D


[email protected] July 6, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I love using frozen pineapple in my GM’s. This morning’s also included pumpkin, so filling!
I recently bought Trader Joe’s vanilla hemp protein, and it is really difficult to get down. You can really tell its in there, even if its just a spoonful. Still, it was expensive so I am getting through it! :)


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 6, 2009 at 8:56 pm

AWESOME green smoothies Angela! I HAVE to try out pumpkin… haha I can already see the future of Halloween smoothies! ;)

And I totally agree that spinach is the best!!! Kale is a nice addition, but nothing beats spinach.



Marian July 6, 2009 at 8:59 pm

I had a Sol Veggie Burger in my dinner tonight and I also found it quite mushy. Maybe it’s the brand in general? This was my first box of the Sol brand but they definitely don’t hold up as well as my favourite Money’s Garden Burger! Although, the crumbling of the Sol’s was perfect tonight in my stir-fry of veggies!


Annie D. July 6, 2009 at 9:09 pm

My flop was Coconut Water! Believe it or not, I couldn’t drink the whole carton. Maybe it’ll grow on me…

LOVE LOVE LOVE GM’s though- had one this morning! I too put pineapple and banana in mine!!


Normal Gal July 6, 2009 at 9:18 pm

I’ve got to jump on this Green Monster Movement!

And girl, you’ve got to get yourself some workerbees! :-)


Jess July 6, 2009 at 9:28 pm

I love pineapple and orange too … I found a recipe for a great smoothie that includes the pineapple core! I”m hoping to make one tomorrow



Jackie July 6, 2009 at 9:36 pm

The Chocolate Amazing Grass is my favorite too! The latest “health food” (I hesitate to say it’s a health food because of what I’ve read about dairy) I tried was Oikos Greek Yogurt it was just sooo thick to me and not at all what I expected. I know my taste buds are still very dead from my years of over processed and sugary foods so maybe this like the whole foods I’m trying without sugar I will have to revist down the road when my taste buds learn to enjoy foods without additives. One step at a time and I know I’ll get there!


Ruth (Plentiful Plants) July 6, 2009 at 9:41 pm

I’ve tried coconut water several times, both from an actual coconut, and the bottled variety, and it makes me want to gag every time!

But on a happier note, I suggest you troll craigslist for a vita-mix. I got one for $250 (in Toronto, as opposed to $6-700 regularly) and I’m in love with it, and my kale is absolutely pulverised in my green monsters!


Katherine July 6, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I tried drinking the Amazing Grass Wheatgrass in cranberry juice, nothing else, and it was almost the end of me! I’ve learned my lesson ;-)

I also had a terrible tempeh mishap a year or so ago and haven’t ventured back since…


Bec July 6, 2009 at 10:03 pm

I love that you made your burger into wraps instead of the traditional method!


Jocelyn July 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm

aww I really liked those burgers!! :)

I have to agree with that hummus..I’v had it before and it was a definite yuckkkkkk. I think it was some sort of vegan wholefood smoothie infusion that I really could not stand..I was so excited to try it, and it made my smoothie taste like chalk..it was so so bad..never use them :S


I HAD A GLO BROWNIE AND PEPPY MINT BAR..yes it was included in dinner lol thanks :)


kayla July 6, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Hello Gorgeous girl! I hope you have a great week! I got my wisdom teeth out today!! eek so I will be relying on green monsters for fuel now more than ever!! :) Instead of the usual icecream ( which I will take some part in, don’t get me wrong) I plan on keeping up my healthy eating!


april July 6, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I’m sorry your wrap wasn’t that great.. it looks delicious though!


Kristina July 6, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Ruth’s E3 Maca is my flop…I bought it due to all the fantastic ingredients and that is the ONLY reason why I add it to my GMs. I can’t wait until I finish my container.

Now that I received my Amazing Meal in the mail, my Ruth’s is gathering dust in the cupboard.

I’m also not a fan of Ezekiel’s english muffins…they just don’t do anything for me.


Becky July 6, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Pineapple sounds like a great idea for the G.M. I am also meaning to get some Amazing Meal…will it ever go on sale??? lol


Jess July 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm

I tried Naturally More Organic PB and was not impressed! I cannot get paste the weird texture.

Love your eats today. Wooohoo for green monsters :D
<3 jess


sminnick July 6, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Hey! I just wanted to tell you that I added an extra ingredient to your On the Glo II bar recipe…chocolate amazing grass!! I didn’t have any chocolate chips to add, but amazing grass did the trick :)



elliebelle July 6, 2009 at 10:59 pm

Congrats on the productivity today! I am totally amazed at how much you can make in one day!
I have to say the one healthy food flop I’ve had is actually LaraBars. I know everyone seems to love them, but there is just something about them that I don’t really like. I think they are ok – but I wouldn’t buy them again. I’m proably the only one that feels this way as everyone else seems to rave about them!


Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now July 6, 2009 at 11:18 pm

I’ve tried kale and I wasn’t too keen on it. I’m getting to like spinach more, though!


Kasondra July 6, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Hello! i have been an avid reader of your blog. I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for your inspiration. I just started a blog on my own. I wanted to let you know so you could check it out! i hope that we can become friends in the blogging community : )


Jules July 6, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Hey Ange! I’ve been noticing that you are really into these green monster drinks but after months of research I’ve realized that the food combination of them is completely wrong. Eating veggies, fruits and nuts in the same serving is very dangerous for your diguestive tract. I know you suffered with IBS and I was wondering how do you stomach these drinks? Especially in the morning? Could you do a post on food pairings?

Thanks again!


Kathy July 7, 2009 at 12:15 am

oooh I made a green smoothie this morning too! It definitely kept me energized all morning long, but i did feel a slump in the afternoon :( Then again.. I woke up at 6 am, so I think 8 hours of keeping me awake is pretty darn good. I will post the GM on your site soon! Also, have you tried the original amazing meal? hmm it reminds me a LOT of green tea.And this chinese dessert I used to eat as a child. haha it makes me very confused- sometimes I love it, and other times I’m not so sure!


April July 7, 2009 at 1:25 am

I tried the Barney Butter and didn’t really like it.


Randi July 7, 2009 at 2:30 am

My dud is beets! I have tried them over and over again but I just don’t like them! I can’t help it. :( Maybe I just haven’t found the right way to cook them?

Also, I find found Barney Butter today at the store. I’m shocked we get it in Alaska but you don’t in Canada?! Strange?! I would gladly send you some for some Canadian goods though! Let me know. :)


Susan July 7, 2009 at 6:02 am

Ha, we must have similar tastebuds. I also just posted about how I don’t care for the spicy bean burger – too spicy! I don’t like the lemon summer fresh hummus either. Actually, I don’t care for summer fresh or store bought hummus in general. Homemade is where it’s at!! :P

My “dud” has been green smoothies so far. I can’t stomach a lot of raw vegetables at once, and handfuls of raw spinach just makes my belly do somersaults!


Maxine July 7, 2009 at 7:30 am

For those burgers, I cook mine in the toaster so that they don’t end up being as mushy!!!


Judy July 7, 2009 at 7:48 am

I really enjoyed the post you shared. I wrote to you last week saying I may be one of your oldest readers, and SO appreciate that you commented back.:) I just wanted to say THANK YOU for recognizing and supporting us “older” readers, there are many other Blogs where I really feel out of place due to my age, but not here. I think maybe society has a different standard of beauty for older women that may not be as “flattering” but I tend to think and feel and “try” to look younger. Why not? And I am wearing my bikini on vacation at the end of the month. SO THERE!! LOL


Katrina (gluten free gidget) July 7, 2009 at 8:45 am

You are awesome! I am so proud of you for the amazing progress you and your bakery have made. Get em’ missy!


Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) July 7, 2009 at 9:50 am

you and those GMs are amazing! love the pineapple combo – its my fave fruit :)

can’t wait until you can ship to the US – i am still counting down the days, haha!


Maggie July 7, 2009 at 10:40 am

Even if they did fall apart those Sol burgers still look yummy, I wonder if you can get them in Alberta, although truth be told I should probable try making my own one of these days.
I tried the Vega meal replacement powder in chocolate a nice while ago and was really excited at the time because I heard so many good things about it. To my disappointment it tasted like dirt and needless to say the little jug is still sitting in my cupboard….oh if only I had bought a sample pack. Ah well, live and learn.


Cait (Cait's Plate) July 7, 2009 at 10:47 am

YUM! Those GMs look amazingly delicious! I love the glasses :)


Erin July 7, 2009 at 11:38 am

I was trying to do a good thing and tried Stevia. It has the most bitter aftertaste and just tastes funky. I know I shouldn’t resort to Splenda but it tastes better. My question to you is what do you use to sweeten drinks? Do you use honey or is there a product you recommend, organic sugar maybe? I know I should cut it out all together but I live in the south and we drink sweet tea, sweet coffee, sweet everything. Help a girl out!


Fitzalan July 7, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I have slowly become more and more addicted to the chocolate amazing meal powder. I am not a chocolate person at all, but I am definitely digging this stuff!

I often find that protein powders are major duds. Especially the ones pitched as being chocolate. They often taste like chalk.

Happiness Awaits


[email protected] July 7, 2009 at 4:45 pm

I love the pic of your green monsters! :)


EatingRD July 7, 2009 at 5:00 pm

I still don’t know about the chocolate meal powder, maybe I need to try it again and mix it up better? I do like the regular powders and have tried the original and berry, so far I like the original. I still have to try the chocolate powder. Loved the addition of pumpkin! I also bought some chia seeds I’m going to try to experiment with, I wonder how they would do in a bar?


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