Mom’s First Green Monster

In Case You Missed It This Weekend…


After my sister left last night, my mom, Ryan and I hung out for a bit before Ryan headed up to bed and my mom and I watched several episodes of wedding-related TV (Platinum Weddings and some show called Girl Chooses Gown maybe?) while munching on peanut butter filled pretzels. How good are those!?

Needless to say, after visits to The Dessert Lady, an indulgent brunch, cookies last night, apple fritters, and a huge bag of kettle corn from the Farmer’s Market this weekend, we were both ready for some nutritious fare this morning.

Why are the weekends always packed with the “good stuff?” 🙂

After raving about Green Monsters to my mom, she was excited to try one for herself.

I made both of us breakfast smoothies with lots of spinach!

Green Monster

Drink Up

Our smoothies contained:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • Several handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 1 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • Cold water
  • 2 ice cubes

As always, you couldn’t even taste the spinach flavor, though the putrid green color is proof of its presence.

My mom took a sip an instantly became a fan!

Smoothies Make You Smile

Green Monster Fan

(Picture challenge: Can you spot Sadie?)


Though I got to bed a little later than usual I slept like a rock and woke up ready for a good workout!

Initially I figured I’d do my own weights routine, but when I got to the gym and saw everyone filing into BodyPump, I headed in to take the class as well.

I felt like my mind was racing throughout the class this morning. I was thinking about just about everything other than BodyPump, so the class really flew by!

I finished up my workout with 25 minutes of light cardio on the elliptical with the latest issue of Brides magazine. I think I’m in full-on wedding planning mode after this weekend!

Question of the Day

Do you eat differently on the weekends than on weekdays?

19 Responses

  1. We usually eat different on the weekends – we don’t eat as many meals since we aren’t up as early. We also usually go out to eat once or so and eat something different.

  2. I normally tend to eat the same meals….but that’s because I’m a little too scared to “indulge”…..I did however grab some Red Mango this weekend! It was delicious!!

  3. I definitely tend to indulge a little more on the weekends, I am trying to get better but it is hard.

    Hope you have a great Monday!

  4. aww glad your momma liked it! I imagine my mom would as well!

    I eat differently on the weekends–timing of my meals is different, and its a little more lax since Im at Seans house quite a bit, but its nothing crazy!

  5. I definitely indulge a little more on the weekends…but that’s they’re there for, right?

    Your green monster looks so smooth and tasty!

  6. Aww sounds like you had a really nice night with your mom!! I’m sure she loves helping you with wedding ideas 🙂
    Oh, and cute cups by the way 😉 Yay UCF!

  7. Haha oh absolutely. The weekends are like my free days when I don’t worry about calories.

  8. i totally do…i eat just about whatever I want, but just make sure it’s in good portion sizes, on the weekends. on weekdays i really try and eat more healthfully to help fuel me through the work day!

  9. Hey gorgeous girlie!!
    awww Mom is SO brave…my Dad loves green smoothies, but my Mom is afraid! 🙂
    I eat the same on the weekends because I only wake up about an hour later on sundays and on saturday mornings I have CLASS…boo! And now that I have gotten a lot better at eating when and what my body asks for: it doesnt know it’s the weekend! (so I get hungry about the same time and want the same kind of foods)…I DO make sure to get a GOOD/fancy dessert at least one night each weekend!!
    I hope you are having a great start to your week!

  10. YES, I definitely splurge on weekends and love it! 🙂

  11. I eat WAY more on weekends…I’m in college though, and most of the social events I go to don’t offer much in the form of health food! I enjoy it though- life is too short not to indulge in a cupcake (or five).

    Your clothes are always ADORABLE…what are your favorite stores?

  12. The main difference is that on the weekends we tend to go out to dinner but during the day my eats are normally the same.

  13. YES, and every monday I get back aboard the train! You’ve gotta live a little. I’m 26 I can’t not eat a piece of refined sugar for the rest of my life 😉

  14. Hi! I don’t really eat differently on the weekends, but if I’m going to cook anything that needs a bit more time, I usually have it then. So I guess weekends are more interesting meal-wise, but not unhealthy. I think I’m going to have to try some of this xanthan gum stuff you use! And I agree with Gabriela, your clothes are always gorgeous!! I love the coral coloured dress from earlier this weekend!

  15. Yes, weekends are always a little more indulgent for me…and I totally agree about PB filled pretzels! So good, but SO addicting!

  16. Julie! I tried my my first green monster…but it didn’t look like yours at all! I had lots of green spinach chunks. What kind of blender do you use to get yours so smooth?!

  17. I definitely eat different on weekends than weekdays. There are just always so many social activities, and usually food is a part of those. I don’t like to be nitpicky when I am enjoying food with company, so I go with the flow. And that usually means having more treats. I’m down with it. As long as I can maintain and it fits my current goals it is fine in my opinion.

  18. I eat way worse on the weekends, especially if I go out of town :o) I also workout harder on the weekends though, so I guess it balances out 🙂

  19. LOVE IT! Momma really wanted to try that green monster! yum yum yummmm

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