Friday, March 23, 2012

the smoothie that rocks my world...and a GIVE-AWAY!

Good morning friends.  We finally made it to Friday!  I'm going to share one of my favorite recipes with you this morning.  I kind of made it up myself or tweaked it from various sources.  It's my mango smoothie.  It's also a really great snack for your kiddos when they get home from school.  It's the perfect blend of healthy and yummy:)

When I'm on the wagon and doing really good, it's usually because I started out the day drinking this!  Not having bread in the morning somehow wires me to watch carbs the rest of the day.  If I eat toast, or waffles or whatever then that's all I crave.  Weird.  For instance ya'll know I'm pmsing.  Yesterday I had 2 pieces of toast for breakfast, a package of Ritz crackers for lunch...with swiss cheese and then before dinner I ate 3 scones!  Oh yeah and before bed I made more toast!  What in the WORLD??  Anyway that no bread thing isn't working for me as of late. 

When I make my smoothie I load up the blender with tons of spinach...or a mixture of kale and spinach.  We are talking two giant handfuls.  I add approximately 1 cup of water, or you could add milk or a little orange juice if you wanted.  Then add one scoop of protein whey powder...or  half a scoop if you are watching calories.  For me this step is super important because the protein keeps me from getting hungry in an hour.

I finish it off with one teaspoon of local honey, a few chunks of mango (but you can use any fruit) and two heaping spoonfuls of Greek yogurt.  Again the Greek yogurt adds protein!  Mix until smooth and creamy.  SO GOOD!  I also make variations of this with peanut butter, and bananas or raspberries.  You really can't go wrong.  If you know of a great green drink make sure to share your recipe with us.

I'm attempting to grow the Feed my Family Friday posts.  I think alot of you lurk on Fridays;)  Recipe posts tend to be a little boring in my book, but it's keeping me accountable with my goals for the year of feeding my sweet family.  AND according to my linky page views the links are receiving between 6,000-7,500 hits.  Who knew?  That's so that's amazing!  So link up friends:)

Okay so this week I'm offering a smaller version of my beautiful soul to one of my linked up readers.  Don't worry if you don't have a blog, you can still be thrown in the pot if you leave a recipe in the comment section.  So grab my button pretty please and link to your recipe post...not to your blog url.  I'll leave the linky thing open until next Friday and announce the winner then.  Can't wait to see what you've been feeding your families.

feed my family friday

Have a blessed weekend.

514.  sweet mango...makes me feel like i'm in hawaii
515.  a new playlist
516.  the hunger games movie comes out!
517.  second chances
518.  phone calls with long distance friends...brings me out of the pit
519.  happy little songbirds

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  1. I've never been first before....;)
    You've been on my heart to come visit..
    I LOVE spinach smoothies!
    I totally understand on the carbs but this just kinda made me feel guilty for wanting to get Waffle House this morning:(
    I think the waffle may win!
    LOVE love ya girl
    happy friday

  2. This recipe looks so yummy! I am going to try it out this weekend. Can I ask what brand of protein powder you use and can we get it in Richmond? In the past, I have ordered Jay Robb brand on-line but would prefer not to have to pay shipping. Have a great weekend!

  3. Smoothies are the shape of my heart. Really, really. I usually have one for lunch. I've never had mango before. Yum! I add flax and oatmeal to mine - so good! I must try protein powder at some point. You know, I meant to link up! Then I got sidetracked with Instagram. Hey, I'll trade you your iPad for my phone?! ; )

  4. This looks so good! I could totally have this for breakfast! I'm thinking up soon. Got a good recipe for ya :) talk to you soon, love

  5. I fix a protein shake every morning with greens and whey protein powder, chocolate whey protein powder, and fruit. Must add some kale...trying to get brave enough to try...happy Friday!!

  6. I love a smoothie with banana, peanut butter, and vanilla greek yogurt! I feel guilty with the p.b. so I have been experimenting. I have tried a Brand Better than P.B. that has less calories. I have also heard of PB2 that is a powdered p.b. that has lowere calories and fat..but still has taste. I want to check it out soon. Love your blog! It makes me happy!

  7. Oh, yum! With these summer-like temps we've been having I'm ready for smoothie season to begin! Thanks for the idea!

  8. Smoothies are so wonderful! I need to make one for us this morning. My blender is on the fritz, though, so every smoothie I make is an adventure. :P
    Here is a link to a recipe that I made recently, for taco cornbread casserole. It's super easy, and SO yummy! Plus, you can really play around with how you want it to taste. (Love this gal's blog, too. She's got lots of great healthy recipe ideas!)

    Happy weekend!

  9. I love smoothies. I usually add Greek Yogurt but have never tried protein powder before. Maybe that's the secret. I always seem to feel hungry soon after having a smoothie. I thought it was that psychological theory of drinking instead of chewing therefore it's not satisfying. I'll have to try protein powder.

  10. I'm a total lurker and rarely leave comments but I LOVE your beautiful soul picture!!
    I found this recipe in Gourmet mag eons ago and it is a family favorite in the summer:

    Grilled Lemon Chicken
    TB fresh lemon zest
    1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1 large egg
    TB salt
    tsp poultry seasoning (or 1/2 tsp each rosemary and thyme)
    1/4 teaspoon white pepper
    2 cloves garlic
    I usually mix this up with my hand blender. Pour the marinade over your choice of chicken cut; breasts, skinned bone in thighs, whatever you like best but I totally think it's best when you take the skin off because the flavors soak into the meat. Let the chicken soak (covered in the fridge) for at least 4-6 hours but overnight REALLY makes it good. Grill chicken and serve with pasta salad or roasted potatoes or caesar salad.

    I hope you like it!!

    1. I can do this. Sounds like the perfect summer recipe.

  11. Yay - My linky thing finally worked - LOL - it never works for me :) Hope you like the Greek Salad - it really is yummy!
    Have a blessed weekend.

  12. i was just at the store and saw kale for sale for over $2 a bunch. we grow kale in the garden and it grows like wildfire, so in the dead of winter (when the kale won't grow) i can't bring myself to buy any! in the summer we drink a kale juicer every single day. good for you--i'm trying to get back on the exercising band wagon, but i'm doing terrible. are you still doing well?

  13. That looks so refreshing, mango is one of my all time favorite smoothie fruit.

    I so get the carb thing last night I ate 3 of Lissa's GF cupcakes, I blame PMS not that I don't have self control!

    Have a great Friday!

  14. You are just the cutest thing in the world. And I laughed at your bread confession. I would probably have had the same thing yesterday if it wasn't for gluten! LOL

  15. i HEART smoothies!
    you would LOVE Shaklee Cinch protein!
    i should send you a sample! want some? :)
    my fave smoothie...
    handful of spinach, kale leaf, banana, strawberries, lil grape juice or water, flax meal, and two scoops of Shaklee vanilla Cinch!
    you wouldn't believe how full the soy protein keeps you, and it helps you to lose fat, NOT muscle. love it!
    have a great day!
    be back later for the link up. ;)

  16. I love how I plan out my recipes in advance to post and 9 times out of 10 I come here to find a "theme" I fit in with the other linked recipes! Off to visit all them :-)

    Oh, and the smoothie sounds good! I usually juice my stuff, so I may try a little spinach mango juice soon (mangoes are on SALE this week!)

  17. Thats looking pretty healthy. Im on a low carb diet too. Here is my favorite lunch:Quick and low cal
    Roast Beef Wrap
    1/4 cup red fat cream cheese
    4 9-10in tortillas (corn)
    1/2 red onion sliced
    8 oz slices roast beef

    Heat tortilla
    Toss all ingredients in and EAT!
    Also love Whole grain bread with low fat cream cheese with cucumber slices and pepper. Yum! So quick

    1. That sounds amazing. I love roast beef. You've got me craving it now.

  18. I'm having trouble with linky... so here is my recipe link.

    I confess. I've been one of those lurkers here for your Friday Feed my Family. I've been enjoying it though. Honestly, I have.
    Since I was doing my own giveaway - regarding this recipe of mine today- I thought I'd try and link up and well, like I said - It wasn't letting me. Sorry.

  19. Ooh...that smoothie sounds like it's packed full of all kinds of wonderful nutrients! I must try it soon!

  20. THAT IS SO SO SO ME. Dang PMS. except throw in a little chocolate in here and there. That smoothie looks...gross lets be honest. BUT - I will TRUST that it tastes delish. :) I am just warming up to kale - and I think its time to put on my big girl panties and throw it in my protein shakes too. :)

    Happy Friday, friend - I'm trying to link up my recipe (FOR's that for a carb intake - had it for dinner during my PMS'ing....) - but my link isn't working well right now. blerg.


  21. Mmmm! That really sounds good, Becky! I've been drinking Shellagh's protein shakes in the morning (froz strawberries, Muscle Milk Protein powder, blueberries, a touch of vanilla, 2 green tea pills, and a 1/8 tsp of Stevia) and just love it. You're right eating carbs in the morning. They affect me the same way. Once in my mouth....the rest of the day in my mouth! lol! I'm going to have to try adding spinach and yogurt to my morning smoothie! Thanks for the tip!

    Hugs to you!

    xoxo laurie

  22. the songs you post on your page!

  23. I only wish I could link up. Alas, it was takeout pizza for dinner tonight. I'm on a year of eating junk and my body shows it. Just haven't gotten that kick in the pants that I need to get the weight off. Hopefully soon. Your blog is easily one of my very favorites!

  24. Oh my gosh! I was also going to share my favorite smoothie this week. I took all of the photos yesterday. :) I will be posting it by Sunday night Becky. I love your recipe and will be giving it a try. It sounds yummy and so healthy. I *love* the painting that you did and the way that you have arranged everything on your mantel. Beautiful!


  25. the little linky is broken for now, but i posted a yummy recipe! :)

  26. okay grrrr..the linky thing is messed up. finally got it back on my post, but there are TWO. if you want to link up just link to one! thanks so much:)

  27. that smoothie looks great!!! you are making me really crave one! I am trying to exercise more and eat better and that would be perfect!

    I wanted to linkup, but it seems the linky's server is down and should be up again maybe tomorrow...

  28. I'm telling you...this is true for me, too. If I start with breads, then it just continues alllll day long. :(

    great smoothie recipe...thanks!!!

    love your art!

  29. love the smoothie recipe. I've been wanting a juicer. tried some at williams sonoma with kale and it was soooo yummy. add it to the list of things I want... :)

    my bread loving friend!

  30. My Photo and link have been added. :) I will be giving your spinach smoothy a try as soon as I get all of the ingredients.


  31. Love smoothies with strawberries, bananas, spinach and greek yogurt...guess I'll have to get on the protein powder soon. hugs, Margie

  32. Look at all those links!! That was a great idea! (and anything w mango in it is a friend of mine!!)
    I'm getting ready to launch my photo link-up & so want it to be a success. It will be my 3rd attempt at link-ups. : /


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