Green Sunrise Smoothie

 

 

Green Sunrise Smoothie

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So, I know I promised that the next time I tried to do a green drank, I’d be brave and use Kale instead of Spinach… but this recipe just sounded too good to ruin!  I’m sorry!  I lied.  But it’s okay because now I have another awesome spinach smoothie recipe for you that is SO YUMMY.  I promise.  I actually think this is my favorite one.  Thank you, Rachael Ray!

And I guess I should warn you…

If you’re all like WHOA what is up with the super healthy green smoothie?!  I should definitely tell you that as of MONDAY, Dave and I are starting our back to healthy eating habits/lifestyle.  We had a few months off track and now we’re back on!  I made this yummy smoothie for us for breakfast and it will definitely be in our rotation.

Green Sunrise Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (fresh or frozen) Mango Chunks 
  • 1 Cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 3/4 cup Apple Juice (I used organic, no sugar added)
  • 1/2 cup (packed) Baby Spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice (I used 1 packet True Lemon)

Directions:

1.  Put ingredients in a blender and blend for two minutes until everything is combined.

Slightly adapted from Rachael Ray

Trader Joe's frozen fruit is my favorite.  It's so cheap too!

Trader Joe’s frozen fruit is my favorite. It’s so cheap too!

This stuff is awesome.  Dave's Mom introduced me to it years ago.. it's great to have in the pantry!

This stuff is awesome. Dave’s Mom introduced me to it years ago.. it’s great to have in the pantry!

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“Biggest Loser” Healthy Pancakes

Nobody likes boring.  Right?

That’s how I’ve felt lately with my life weekday breakfasts.  I’ve been eating the same breakfast for about a year.  I’ll make some modifications but it’s basically the same:  Fat Free Greek Yogurt -or- Fat Free Cottage Cheese + Jam -or- Fig Butter + Wheat Germ -or- Ground Flax + Frozen Berries -or Fresh Berries (crazy change-up here, right?) + 1/2 Banana.

Don’t get me wrong.  It’s freakin’ delicious and so filling.  It’s super healthy in so many ways and it’s for sure been a huge part of my successful weight loss.  But I’m over it.  Maybe not for good, but for today.

I decided to try a recipe from The Biggest Loser.  When I lived at home, we used to watch this show every week during dinner time.  Don’t you just feel like a giant shit eating a delicious dinner while the contestants are learning how to diet and going through the most grueling, difficult training in their lives?  It works for me though.

“Biggest Loser” Healthy Pancakes

Ingredients:

6 Egg Whites

1 cup Old Fashioned Oats, dry

1 cup Fat Free Cottage Cheese

2 teaspoons Sugar

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 teaspoon Vanilla

Directions:  

1.  Put all ingredients into a blender and mix until creamy and smooth.

2.  Heat a large non-stick skillet or griddle to medium-high heat.  Prepare with Cooking Spray and using a 1/4 Cup Measure, pour out four pancakes.  Let cook until the tops start to bubble, then flip.  Cook for another 4 minutes or so until the bottom is also browned.

Recipe from:  Biggest Loser Recipes

I first  have to tell you that I never eat pancakes.  My Mom used to make us girls and our best friends Laurie and Julie the most amazing pancakes ever.  She would make them for us every weekend when we had sleepovers.  She used to fry them up in butter which would make the pancakes have what we called “crispy ends”… they… where… SO GOOD!  We used to pull them off the pancakes, save them, and eat them all at once at the end.  Once a fatty foodie, always a foodie!  

Besides no pancakes living up to my Mom’s, I never can resist a poached egg or omelet when I’m out to brunch, so I NEVER end up with the sweeter options.  With all of that being said, I think I have a new found friend in the pancake.

Dave and I ate this for breakfast so fast that we BOTH forgot I needed a picture of the finished product :)  YUM!

Dave and I ate this for breakfast so fast that we BOTH forgot I needed a picture of the finished product 🙂 YUM!

These pancakes are SO super easy to make, and they actually taste good!  Really good!  I was surprised at how perfectly they “fried” up, every single one of them were perfectly browned and crispy without being greasy or burnt.  YUM!

This recipe made 9 pancakes for us- 1 we split while they were hot, and Dave and I each had 4 for breakfast.  Splitting the entire recipe only costs just under 300 calories.  Not too bad, right?

Next week, I’m going to try them with bananas!  🙂

Check out a few other Breakfast Recipes here…

Recipe for my normal Greek Yogurt Breakfast

Recipe for my normal Greek Yogurt Breakfast

One-Pan Hash Brown Breakfast

One-Pan Hash Brown Breakfast

Blueberry Oatmeal in a Mug

Blueberry Oatmeal in a Mug

Portobello Omelette

Portobello Omelette