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Glad y’all liked Confessions of a Food Blogger part II as well as the great book discussion goin on up in here.

This morning I made a great green smoothie!

Boy, she was as green as ever. A smoothie was about all I could stomach this morning….it is HOT outside and inside, despite my measly window box a/c. Even the thought of heavy oatmeal made me almost gag. This smoothie was perfect though. I used 1 frozen banana, 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop chocolate Amazing Meal, 1 tbsp maca, 1 tbsp nuttzo and a whole lotta spinach!
Once that little diddy had digested, I hit the gym. I’m still doing Summer Shape Up workouts and today was chest and abs. I also ran 20 minutes of sprints on the treadmill, alternating between speed 6.0 and 7.5 on a 2.5% incline.
Lunch was more cool food!

I decided I needed more omega-3s in my life so I seared some salmon in my cast iron with a little sea salt and then threw it atop more spinach with some swiss cheese and Annie’s raspberry vinegarette. I’ve also been munching on these Mary’s crackers all day. Someone needs to take them away. Now.
To ease that afternoon slump, I tried out a new product that I received from my friends at Amazing Grass.

This is their brand new energy drink powder, which contains caffeine in the form of matcha and yerba mate. I mixed a scoop with water and it tasted sort of like lemon lime gatorade meets SuperFood….but in a good way?!

I’ll be the first to tell ya that drinking greens is not for the faint of heart. It took me awhile to get used to the taste, but once I did and starting drinking more, I felt so much better. I think I’m going to try to drink this in the mornings to see if it increases my energy throughout the day. I haven’t really been into coffee lately and just ran out of my favorite tea, so we’ll see what happens. I’ll keep you posted of any random energy spurts throughout the day. You never know.
Just ate a snack of some egg whites on toast with grape tomatoes (sounds gross and looked gross but was actually quite delicious) and I’m about to get some writing done.

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  • Becki @ HikeBikeEat
    June 28, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Why is your Monsta that yellow color? Is it lighting?

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Mmm..I love a good piece of salmon now and then! It’s so delicious on a simple salad like that. 😀

    I thought for sure the smoothie was mango-flavored, but it still looks delicious. 😉

  • Daisy
    June 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    the great yellow smoothie?!

  • Jenna
    June 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I am digging the color of your smoothie!

    I’m still following the Summer Shape Up and will probably incorporate her workouts even after I complete it. I did a back and ab workout yesterday and my upper body is KILLING ME, in a good way. 🙂

  • Kaz
    June 28, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    It’s still chilly where I live to enjoy oats, but your smoothie sure looks like it hit the spot. 😀

    And to share the sentiments of others…wow. Yellow. Is that the lighting?

  • Kelly Michelle
    June 28, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    not gross. egg whites on toast w/ tomatoes is my go to food, except I add mustard too, maybe that’s gross?

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    June 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Greens is for SURE not for the faint of heart! The new product sounds really cool though!

  • Sara @
    June 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I love eating things that look gross and sound gross but taste awesome. It’s a common thing in my life.

  • Jennu
    June 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I think I need to reintroduce greens into my life!

  • Kerri Beth
    June 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    What does the green energy drink taste like? Grass?

  • Naomi(onefitfoodie)
    June 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    yelow smoothie!! it looks so frothy and delicious though!! i just got a blender bottle and OBSESSED with it!!! I pour my smoothie in it after and it stays frothy because of the blender ball!!!

    I have the chocolate amazing grass, its awesome!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    June 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I love Amazing Grass!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    June 28, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    IMHO fresh squeezed wheat grass tastes disgusting–so strong. But then I saw dramatic results of drinking 2-4 oz of fresh wheat grass daily. A lawyer friend who had been super fit was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. All the treatments left her on the edge of death and looking like a death camp survivor. Scary. But in under 6 months, after drinking wheat grass, being on all veg/fruit juice diet w/non meat protin, and swimming/yoga/mediation she transformed into someone who looked like the most healthy person in ANY roomof 100+ people and 15 years younger–at least. It was amazing. I forced myself into Jamba Juice daily to drink the stuff–and truly a remarkable change in under two weeks. Glowing skin, super bright eyes, tons of energy, hair/nails etc all looked great. So going to restart the regieme as so beneficial–but definitely don’t look forward to the taste.

    Fresh Wheat grass is supposed to be one of the most concentrated good things for you on the planet. The brochure at Jamba Juice says you’d need to consume an entire table top of fresh veggies to get the benefitsof 2-4 oz. After my experience, I believe it. So will redo it and see if it works its charm a second time. 🙂

  • Jo
    June 28, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    extra fantastic photos today! especially the smoothie one!

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
    June 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Am I crazy or is that great green smoothie you’re talking about look very yellow? Huh. Strange.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    June 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I’m addicted to Amazing Grass 🙂

  • Stacey
    June 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I really need to start having some green smoothies, there so good for you.

  • Nora@LifeLifeEatRight
    June 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Sounds like a delicious cool day! Your monster combination has inspired many of my hot day breakfasts. Always need a little granola to boot, but love adding the nut butter right in the green goodness!

  • allison @ thesundayflog
    June 28, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    what makes your smoothie that yellow??? awesome! you always have the best looking smoothies 🙂 maybe it’s the wine glass!

    • jenna
      June 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm

      LOL I think its the lighting, everyone! No yellow smoothies! hahaha

  • eatmovelove
    June 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Definitely yellow. Crazy.
    I am so impressed by your workouts.

  • Leanne
    June 28, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I am intrigued by the new Amazing Grass product…a trip to Whole Foods might be in order. 🙂

  • foodandfarm
    June 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    would you say this would work well in juice, like the juices you used to make?

  • foodandfarm
    June 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    it’s also hard to find these amazing grass products around here 🙁 🙁 🙁

  • Laura (Starloz)
    June 28, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I need some salmon, it’s on everyone’s blogs at the moment.

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething
    June 28, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    i need to try that new amazing grass!

  • Camille
    June 28, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Your monster looks yellow! But delicious none the less…

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople
    June 28, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I try and stay away from caffeine, but I’m so curious about the green superfood!

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    June 28, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    That new amazing grass product has me intrigued. I gotta try it. I wonder if they sell single servings? Anyway, that green smoothie looks amazing, I had a similar one this morning and it was as delicious as ever! 🙂

  • Rebecca
    June 28, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Love the green (yellow) smoothie! I had the same routine this morning. Green smoothie then gym! Now I’m craving another one!

  • Sarah for Real
    June 28, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I must try that amazing grass! Greens plus caffeine?! Perfection. Do you know if it’s out in stores yet?

  • Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life
    June 29, 2010 at 2:53 am

    I need more green powder- haven’t tried this flavor yet! I’m a little hesitant because of the caffeine… maybe I’ll stick with the original.

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    June 29, 2010 at 3:47 am

    That salmon looks so good. Yum. I can’t even remember the last time I had salmon… *must buy*

  • style'n
    June 29, 2010 at 4:18 am

    I will have to try that smoothie recipes. I am sipping on mine now. Isn’t it great to start the day with a healthy and tasty smoothie? I am hooked on them.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    June 29, 2010 at 4:44 am

    I’m so impressed with how you’ve been sticking with the Summer Shape Up! I lasted, um, one day. 😛

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    June 29, 2010 at 4:46 am

    I like the length of your posts! They remind me that I don’t have to write a monster every day.

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy
    June 29, 2010 at 5:40 am

    I’ve been wanting to try Amazing Grass forever, but I’m afraid of spending a ton of money and then hating it! I may just have to suck it up and take the risk! 🙂

  • Amanda
    June 29, 2010 at 5:51 am

    How do you cook fish in the house without leaving the house to smell like fish for a week?!? I LOVE fish but always avoid making it for that reason.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    June 29, 2010 at 5:56 am

    i’d love to see what you think about drinking greens in the morning and the change in your energy! as my hubby and i are looking to have kids in the next year or so, i know i’ll need to ween myself off of caffeine…YIKES!

  • Kristin (Salty Tooth)
    June 29, 2010 at 6:09 am

    I love Amazing Grass and use it a lot in my smoothies, but lately the wheat grass has been destroying my stomach. I’m not sure what the deal it, but it makes me very sad.

  • Nichole
    June 29, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Always looking for energy drink alternatives, thanks for sharing!

  • Tina
    June 29, 2010 at 6:23 am

    I have been eating my weight in fresh fruit lately. Summer always means cravings of juicy, light, fresh foods. Mmmm!

  • Kelly
    June 29, 2010 at 6:32 am

    I always put Amazing Grass in my smoothie but still haven’t tried it just in water. Have you tried the chocolate in water only?

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    June 29, 2010 at 6:34 am

    I feel ya on the cool-eats cravings! It’s been so humid and sticky here in Southern Ontario lately and my diet has consisted largely of Green Monsters and Greek yogurt. Your salmon looks delicious! 🙂

  • Allie
    June 29, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Love that smoothie color 😀 Your salmon looks awesome. Makes me crave some kind of fish…mmm!

  • Amalia
    June 29, 2010 at 7:07 am

    I would love to try that flavor of amazing grass! Any chance they’ll give your readers a discount? 😀

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    June 29, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I need a better camera so I can take vibrant pictures like that of my salads. So much color!