Beets, Booties, and Bananas

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 28, 2010

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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Gillian January 29, 2010 at 10:54 am

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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Leila January 29, 2010 at 10:55 am

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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Sophie @ yumventures January 29, 2010 at 10:56 am

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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Lauren January 29, 2010 at 10:57 am

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

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Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 29, 2010 at 11:11 am

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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Nancy January 29, 2010 at 11:27 am

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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Jenna January 29, 2010 at 11:33 am

your dessert looks amazing!

all three of you girls are glowing!! beautiful!

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Jenna @ Health and Happiness January 29, 2010 at 11:52 am

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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jodes January 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm

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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skinnyrunner January 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm

the pictures are you 3 girls are gorgeous!

that soft serve looks mighty tasty too.

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Gracie @ Girl Meets Health January 29, 2010 at 1:42 pm

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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Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) January 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm

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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Annalisa February 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm

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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Lauren March 16, 2010 at 6:51 am

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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