Hey, hey buddies!

Ugh – last night was the perfect, quintessential summer night! I headed out for my 4 miler (which I ended up running all of!) and when I got home, I hopped on my bike and took a leisurely ride to my parents house…which is all of .6 miles away, but still… After spending a little time there, I rode home and had myself a sweet, ripe peach…and then some Reeses Pieces :) The weather was beautiful, the eats were good…I was in such a great mood!

Anyways :) This morning I made my go-to breakfast – I’ve missed it so…Banana & Fig Oatmeal!

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In my bowl:

  • 1/2 cup each of old fashioned oats, skim milk & water
  • 1 medium banana
  • dash of vanilla & cinnamon
  • 4 dried figs
  • drizzle of sugar-free syrup

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No lies, I was sweating eating this, but I didn’t care. Banana fig oatmeal is always worth sweating for!!!!

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Mmmm…sweet, sweet bliss :)

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For lunch I packed one of my leftover Greek Turkey Burgers with a tooON of baby spinach. I think I’ll eat this cold – it’ll be fantastic :)

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I was so in love with the sun-dried tomatoes in the burgers and how sweet they were, that I added some more sweetness to the dish in the form of dried cranberries!

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Seriously – make this your next burger recipe – it is a winner!

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Last night I also cut up the juiciest cantaloupe I’ve ever come across – the juice was literally running off the cutting board and all over the counter-top…YUMMEEEEE! I packed a big bowl of it for lunch.

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See? Juicy, right!?

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So, a couple of people have asked me some questions about Green Monsters. Let me address:

1. Can’t you taste the spinach?

Nope! You really can’t! Spinach doesn’t have a super distinct taste, in my opinion, and when you blend it up with a banana, the green color is really the only indication that there’s even spinach in there. Also, if you’re still feeling weird about putting spinach in your smoothie – just think if it as a vitamin. You don’t taste all the ingredients in your vitamin, but you know everything in there is good for you!!

2. Do you put the oatmeal in there cooked?

Nope again – just add the oats, dry – right from the container! I usually start by blending my spinach, oats and milk for about 30 seconds. When everything is liquefied, I add my frozen banana, peanut butter and ice, and let that blend until the ice and banana are blended. The oatmeal adds a wonderfully thick texture!

3. I want to try it, but I don’t want to waste a bunch of ingredients in case I hate it.

Try a half batch! Just use: 1 handful spinach, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup oats, a dollop of peanut butter, 1/2 to a whole frozen banana & a handful of ice! If you don’t like it – you really haven’t wasted that much. But I’m positive you will love it! :D

Need even MORE convincing?! Check out these facts:

  • Spinach is rich in a number of essential nutrients, including calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin A. Each of these nutrients plays a crucial role in our bodies health, from maintaining bone structure, preventing neural tube defects, assisting in red blood cell production, regulating our heartbeat and fighting free radicals.
  • Spinach is also a great source of lutein and zeaxanthin, two nutrients that are important for healthy eyes.
  • By combining soluble and insoluble fiber, oatmeal lowers bad cholesterol.
  • A serving of oatmeal contains nearly 5 grams of protein, 6% of your daily requirement for fiber, no sugar and vitamins and minerals like Vitamin B6, iron, calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, magnanese and trace amounts of vitamin E, folic acid and potassium.

What more could you ask from a quick, easy and delicious smoothie, I ask you?!

Alright friends – have a super Tuesday!!

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Several things:

1. What’s your favorite cereal? Mine’s cinnamon toast crunch. Can’t help it.

2. Um Bachelorette last night, anyone?? EW, what a scumbag Wes is!!!

3. Check out Keep It Simple Foods for a great Immaculate Baking Company giveaway!