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Tropical Green Monster

Only a month away from getting my CSA box!  Pretty excited–and speaking of vegetables, here’s a baby tomato plant update (it’s been a while):

Fritz and I have been talking about trying to eat more vegetables, and now that it’s getting warmer it occurred to both of us to start having more Green Monsters in the mornings for breakfast.

Yeah, Green Monsters.  Those frighteningly green smoothies that taste surprisingly good.  Actually, really good if you make ’em right–and you like the taste of fruits and veggies, of course.

I decided to go with a tropical Green Monster this morning, since we had some frozen mango and some spotted bananas that needed using.  Combined with a little coconut and a lot of spinach–good morning, energy smoothie.

I also included a present from my mom–a tablespoon of hemp powder, made from ground hemp seeds.  Hemp seeds are a complete protein, with all eight essential amino acids.  It’s also green, so I thought it would be a good time to try it out!

Tropical Green Monster

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 2 handfuls rinsed spinach
  • 1/2 C frozen mango
  • 1 T pure creamed coconut
  • 1 C water (you could also use skim milk, or coconut water and take out the creamed coconut)
  • 1 T hemp powder
  • 4-5 ice cubes

 

This is super easy to blend, especially if you layer the ingredients properly in the blender.  Start with the water, then add the hemp powder, coconut, and ice cubes.  Toss the spinach on top, and weight it down with the banana and frozen mango. 

It should blend like a dream.  Let it go for long enough to liquefy the spinach as well as possible–you don’t want leafy chunks floating in your drink.

At least I don’t.

This smoothie definitely tastes more “green” than the classic Green Monster, most likely because there’s no chocolate–but it still tastes like a fruit smoothie and not a vegetable one.  The spinach would be difficult to detect at all, if it weren’t for the bright green color.

That makes it a little obvious.

Anyway, I’m off to school–it has been such a busy week already!  I’ve been doing lots of homework and projects every day, and still my schedule shows no signs of stopping soon.  I even took a nap after school yesterday because I haven’t quite recovered from switching over from the relaxing days of spring break.

Fritz tried to wake me up after about 45 minutes, and I only awoke long enough to firmly say “no!”, before turning over and falling back asleep.

It felt so good.

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Banana Nut Oatmeal Cookies

I made these cookies two days ago when I got that late night urge for a whole-wheat sweet (ooh! a rhyme!).  The next day we were back on the road headed to Long Island, and I packed all the leftover cookies–and they were perfect energizers for the second half of the trip.  I promised my sister Kristen that I would post the recipe for her, and since I had some browning bananas to use up, I doubled the recipe and froze half of them for next week.

It has been a gray, rainy day, and these cookies perfectly fit the mood.  I wasn’t sure what to call them, because there are so many delicious ingredients that I wanted to highlight–but I thought that “Banana Walnut Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Maple Whole Wheat Cookies” was a bit too much…so I settled on the most important players.

Banana Nut Oatmeal Cookies  (adapted from this recipe)

  • 1 C old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 T ground chia or flaxseed
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 C raisins or craisins
  • 1/2 C to 1 C walnuts (I was heavy-handed with the nuts)
  • 1 banana, roughly mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 C maple syrup (I used 1/2 C Indian or maple sugar, and mixed in 1/8 C water)
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1/2 t lemon juice

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.  Toast the walnuts for six to eight minutes, and cool. 

In your mixer, mix all the dry ingredients (flour, oats, salt, soda, powder, cinnamon, chia).  Add the wet ingredients (syrup, eggs, vanilla, lemon) and mix just until it forms a ball.  Add the banana, raisins, and walnuts, and blend in.  I mixed until everything was combined–I loved finding chunks of banana in the cookies, so don’t overmix.

Line a baking sheet with parchment and space the dough close together–the cookies don’t spread out much, so you can cram ’em all in there.  Press down the dough a little, and place in the oven in the middle rack for about 10 minutes, or until golden on the bottom.

Cool on the sheets for a few minutes, then place on a cooling rack.  Since I doubled the recipe, I froze half of them in freezer bags for later–but it wont be too much later, since Fritz just got home from class and ate four already.

These cookies are just too darn good.

I wanted to call them “energy bites” because they really are energizing little crunch bites, but I was afraid that would make me forget they are cookies and think that I could eat more than two at a time.  Don’t want that!

Fritz and I are headed off to the gym in a few minutes–I am taking a Total Body Conditioning class, and then either doing some cardio afterwards or going to my old Hatha yoga class–not sure which one I’m in the mood for, but I’m leaning towards cardio.  Might be all those cookies I ate today…

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