Cookies ‘N Cream Green Monster Smoothie (Energy Boosting)


If you’ve never stuffed a handful of baby spinach into a smoothie, then you’re missing out. Adding spinach to a smoothie is hands down one of the easiest (and sneakiest…hehe…shhh) ways to get your spinach serving in for the day.

Any why eat spinach? Check out this quote from

Spinach is an excellent source of bone-healthy vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, and calcium; heart-healthy folate, potassium, and vitamin B6; energy-producing iron and vitamin B2; and free radical-scavenging vitamin A (through its concentration of beta-carotene) and vitamin C.

So basically…you should eat spinach because it’s good for you. Yep…just like mom said. Parents…they’re always right!


Anywho, if you’re on the fence on trying spinach, then try this recipe on for size. I promise, you won’t taste the spinach at all. Just chocolate-y-creamy goodness.


This smoothie has a pretty short and healthful ingredient list: banana, milk of some sort (I used vanilla soy), cookies, ice…


…and the star ingredient – spinach!


I know, I know Green-Monster-first-timers. It looks scary, but it’s good. Trust me!


Cookies ‘N Cream Green Monster Smoothie (Energy Boosting)
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The Green Monster signature ingredient is spinach (or kale). The vegetable is almost tasteless and imparts that gorgeous green color on the smoothie. Fun, right? Add more spinach for a deeper green color.
It’s a healthy smoothie (with both a fruit and vegetable serving) hiding behind a handful of cookies. Sneaky, sneaky! ;)
*Vegan if you use vegan cookies*
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
  • 1½ – 2 cups loosely packed spinach (or kale)
  • 1 banana (a frozen banana will give you a thicker consistency, but non-frozen works, too)
  • 1 cup vanilla non-dairy milk, sweetened (or use unsweetened milk, dairy or non-dairy – just also add a drop of vanilla and your sweetener of choice, to taste)
  • 2 cubes ice
  • ¼ cup chocolate cookies (or sub chocolate/vanilla sandwich cookies and use non-sweetened milk and vanilla extract – see notes)
  1. Place spinach, banana, milk, and ice in the blender.
  2. Cover and blend until banana/ice is processed and smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add cookies to the blender, re-cover, and blend until cookies are chopped finely, about 30-60 seconds. Optional – sprinkle an extra cookie, crushed into crumbs/small pieces, on top before serving.
  4. Enjoy!
Easily multiplies for additional servings, if needed!

I found some great chocolate cookies at Trader Joe’s that were not only tasty and crunchy but also not as filled with chemicals and additives as some other options.

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Have you ever added spinach to your smoothie? What did you think about it?

Sweet Beach Treats


I was so excited to wake up today and be on vacation!


I happily checked the raw coconut macaroons I’d been dehydrating since before (a late) dinner last night.


After enjoying the delicious smells that had been filling my house overnight, I had just a short wait before I actually got to enjoy the flavor.


I also woke up early this morning to make a special request from Megan…


My famous Green Monster muffins!


I made the regular version, but the vegan version is available here in case you’d like to check these out. They seriously super yummy!


They made for great road trip eats!


And you’ll never guess what we did as soon as we got to the beeeeeach! Winking smile Any guesses?

Which beach treat would you rather have? Green Monster muffins or coconut macaroons?!

Monday Meals + TCL Blue Polish


Monday was a good day for eats. I love that. Good food usually means happy me!


I tried out a new recipe – individual egg bake – and it was a success! I’ll be sharing the recipe soon.


And for another recipe success – a Meatless Monday lunch entree – whole wheat spaghetti with chick peas and tomatoes. Nom!


I whipped up some steel cut oats for an afternoon snack.


The cinnamon whipped honey made it a real treat and since I added a little…lightly sweet.


Plus, I now have a few servings for later!


Post-work, I went to Zumba and enjoyed a fun-filled workout.


And then I came home to a taco bar a la hubby – spelt tortillas (props to him for picking that out on his own!), tomatoes, lettuce, and grated cheddar.


Have I mentioned I love spelt? Oh yes, numerous times, right? ;) Well, spelt just seems more tender than whole wheat while still enjoying all the whole grain wonderfulness. I find most WW tortillas to be dry and brittle but these were smooth and didn’t crack a bit when I rolled them into soft tacos. Whole grain tortilla WIN!


Oh and Bailey says HIIIIIII!!!!!!!!


And check out the new nail polish I painted my nails. It’s The Chic Life blue! Ok, it’s actually called “Royal Mint”, and it’s by Aldo, but TCL blue sounds more fun. ;)

What nail polish color are you currently rocking?

And which of the meals posted in this post would you most like to eat? Nommmmm!

Two-Toned Eyes


I loved your fill-in-the-blank responses on my Facebook wall earlier today. Fill-in-the-blanks remind me of Mad Libs! Did you guys ever play those? I think I had at least a dozen all filled out at one point in time. My sister and I used to do them on road trips all the time…until we got road sickness of writing/reading in the car. lol Whatever happened to those Mad Libs books? I really miss them.


Yay carbs!


I had one of my favorite pre-workout snacks today in one of my new bowls


Simple banana oatmeal! I made mine with rice milk, chia seeds, coconut flakes, and sliced almonds.

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I tried something new with my makeup to teach Zumba tonight – two toned eye colors!


I haven’t done anything this crazy since probably college…or since the last time I went to class and wore glitter eye liner, if you want to get technical. ;)

I did a pretty, kelly green on the inside of my lid and then a pinky-purple on the outside. I wore black eye liner and then put some glitter eye liner over that for some sparkle. I wish I had better photos but I just snapped these quickly before class.

As for class, it was wonderful! I’m really loving my new location. The venue is beautiful and the participants are so fun!

My favorite songs tonight were:

  • Que Te Pica
  • Maria
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love

In the spirit of my Facebook post earlier, let’s do a little game!

Fill in the blank: I love my _____________ because it makes me feel ____________!

Hooking Hubby on Oatmeal


I loved reading everyone’s guesses on yesterday’s tease-post! You guys are so creative. If you’re my Facebook friend, then you already knew what flavor of nut butter I made. But if you aren’t yet (though I think you should be), then read on for more dets…


After my morning coffee, I still wanted a pick-me-up, so I whipped up a quick matcha green tea latte using rice milk for my “creamer.”


I did another TCL noodle stir fry for lunch.


Though noodles are typically my staple, I was almost out of udon. So, I did a mix of udon and green tea noodles. Nom! Also in the mix – edamame and broccoli. I just used soy sauce, pasta water, and drop of sesame oil for my sauce.

You can check out this recipe for basic cooking directions for a noodle stir fry.


Now…on to more yummy goodness. Did you guess my new nut butter creation correctly?

I was inspired by the whipped cinnamon honey that I’ve been enjoying so much lately that I decided to make cinnamon-honey nut butter. But not just any cinnamon-honey nut butter. I made…

Honey Roasted Cinnamon Wink Almond Butter!

I’ll be posting a recipe tomorrow in case any one wants to try it.

Ooh and one cool thing about it – it’s a Not So Sweet recipe! Yeaaaaaa!


After making my new almond butter, I did what any “normal” girl would do.


I whipped up a batch of simple rolled oats cooked in rice milk to be my canvas for my nut butter “paint.”


This new nut butter was a definite winner.

Hubby was going crazy for it! He wanted to eat ALL of it! I ended up only eating about 3/4 of my oats because I was having it for a pre-work-out snack, and didn’t want to eat too much before Zumba. I offered him the rest of my oats (which he almost always turns down), but he excitedly accepted them and quickly found the almond butter jar to add more on top. He happily slurped up my leftovers and in a jiffy!

Perhaps this is how I can hook hubby on oatmeal? Hmm…


I taught a small but mighty Zumba class on Thursday. ;)

My favorite songs were:

  • Chillin
  • Rompe
  • Battlefield

And two of my participants showed me a dance they choreographed all on their own. It was pretty awesome. I only wish I had taped it to share with you all! Those girls have skillz!


I took Friday off from work to take care of stuff at home. The day FLEW right by, but I got a lot done. I guess I not only took the day off from work, but I sort of took it off from blogging, too. Whoops, ya’ll. Good thing I took so many photos on Thursday!


I’m off to pack. I’m visiting my fam first thing tomorrow morning. And rumor has it I will be picking up more of those amazing rye bagels while I’m in town! ;)


Have you gotten your SO to enjoy something they previously didn’t? What was it and how did you do it?

Creative Quinoa + Stawberries ‘N Cream Oats


Wasabi! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. We only have one day left now so make it count!


I returned to an old fave for breakfast today.

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I started by cooking up a medium sized batch of plain quinoa.


I made a Breakfast Quinoa Bowl (similar to this one) to enjoy first thing this morning.

I plucked a single kale leaf from the garden from some greenery, and I made a quick garlic-tahini sauce for the quinoa. On top – a cage-free fried egg.


Nommmm! I love quinoa over eggs. Have you tried it yet? Dooo ittttttt!


I also had some fresh organic strawberries. I’m so excited that the good season for produce is coming around now. I can’t wait for fresh berries and other veggies at the local farmer’s market.

I’m also hoping to make it to a strawberry farm this year! I haven’t been in too long.


Guess who found a new favorite spot in the house. Bailey has moved over to this couch. Don’t you just want to curl up with him?


Since I had so much quinoa already cooked, I decided to utilize it in lunch, too.


I heated up a can of TJ’s cuban black beans, steamed some local broccoli and made a quick herbed quinoa pilaf with cilantro, lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.


This meal was quick, easy, and made almost exclusively from the pantry. Gotta love that! I sure did and gobbled everything up in a matter of minutes. I especially liked the local broccoli – it was more tender and flavorful than the regular stuff in the grocery store.


After work, it was time to get glam with my glitter eyeliner to teach Zumba tonight!

I had another energy-charged class with lots of fun girls!

My favorite songs tonight were:

  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • Battlefield
  • Born This Way

Ok, no “true Zumba” songs in there, but we don’t do 100% Latin songs in class. ;)


Oh and don’t let me forget this blast-from-the-past pre-workout snack.

Growing up, my family always had the Quaker Oats variety packs in the house. My sister and I would fight over who got the best one – the strawberries ‘n cream (duh!). There were only 2 precious packs of the strawberries ‘n cream and we’d work hard to earn one of the packs, often getting into silly sisterly arguments over who deserved it and why. Usually I won because I was the oldest. ;)


Anywho, today I decided to add some organic strawberries to my oatmeal snack since I had them in the fridge. After cutting them up a bit and stirring them into the oats…oh-em-gee…it tasted just like my old-school fave – strawberries ‘n cream…only BETTER! The chewy texture from the rolled oats, the bright strawberry bits, and the creaminess that gave off that melt-in-your-mouth feeling. Yum! I was sad when it was gone, but it was the perfect portion for a pre-workout snack.

Strawberries ‘N Cream Oats

This freshened up version of a classic gives you all the sentimental flavor with more wholesome ingredients and fresh, crisp berries.

Serves 1 (small portion – double recipe for large portion)


  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla rice milk (use milk for that creamy consistency)
  • 1-3 organic strawberries, rinsed, tops removed, and chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds, optional
  • sliced almonds, optional topping


  1. Combine oats, rice milk and chia seeds (if using) in a small pot and mix up. Cook over medium low heat until mixture is thickened up to your liking, stirring occasionally. NOTE: Try to keep the oatmeal hot but not boiling.
  2. Stir strawberries in and cook until they’re warmed through, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Serve in a bowl and top with sliced almonds if you’d like.
  4. Enjoy!

Did you eat oatmeal as a kid? What was your favorite flavor (of pack or with random mixins)?

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