Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Ninja and the Green Monster

Wow.  It isn't Friday yet?  I totally thought it was when I woke up this morning.  *deep sigh*

I started out this Thursday morning by trying the Nature's Path Organic Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise Cereal I bought yesterday.  I'm a big fan of other Nature's Path gluten-free cereals such as Whole O's and Envirokidz Koala Crisps and Panda Puffs.  I was looking forward to trying this cereal because I knew it just had to be good!  I was not disappointed.  I love this cereal.   It is light and crunchy with a very mild, yummy vanilla taste.

From the Nature's Path website:

NEW! A delicious warm real vanilla breakfast cereal taste with a variety of crunchy textures from flakes, puffs and crispies make this a genuinely tasty gluten free breakfast.

Made with love and ...

INGREDIENTS: Organic whole grain corn meal, organic evaporated cane juice, organic brown rice flour, organic yellow corn flour, organic inulin, organic quinoa puffs, organic flax seeds, natural vanilla flavor, organic buckwheat flour, organic quinoa, sea salt, organic amaranth, organic molasses, tocopherols (natural vitamin E). Produced in a facility that uses peanuts, tree nuts and soy.

For lunch, I decided to try something I've been seeing a lot of on many blogs, in books and on tv shows lately.  They call it "The Green Monster".  I've seen Dr. Oz drink it on his show, Montel Williams wrote about it in his book, I even saw it on an infomercial for the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer.  Yesterday, while I was catching up on my favorite blogs, I saw many recipes from Jenna over at Eat, Live, Run.  She even drinks them out of applesauce jars!  She does!  Check out her blog and you'll see!

I wanted to make a smaller version of the green monster, so I used 1/2 a frozen banana, a handful of fresh spinach, a handful of blueberries, a tablespoon of  Chocolate Infusion Amazing Meal and about 1/2 c of  vanilla soymilk.

I threw it all in my Ninja and gave it a whirl!

I even put it into one of my Irish coffee mugs...

I ate it with the rest of my Quinoa Salad I bought yesterday and a slice of Saratoga Gluten-Free Bakery Multigrain Bread with a pat of real, organic butter (yum).

I have to say, I wasn't sure what to expect from my Green Monster, but, it was delicious!  What a great way to get your veggies!  I will definitely be drinking these more often and playing with the ingredients!

While I was out and about today, I got a nice compliment on my Vincent van Gogh water bottle.

It always makes me smile when I look at it and I can't help but think of the song in my head...

Starry, starry night.

Paint your palette blue and grey,

Look out on a summer's day,

With eyes that know the darkness in my soul.

Shadows on the hills,

Sketch the trees and the daffodils,

Catch the breeze and the winter chills,

In colors on the snowy linen land.

~ Don Mclean

I hope you all have a wonderful, starry, starry night!


Kim said...

Love, love, love that cereal!

I also tried the Amazing Grass Meal this week - not sure if that is what bothered my stomach or if it is this virus I have. I'll have to try it again when I am all better before I review. Did it sit okay with you?


Lisa said...

You know, that you mention it, I've been having stomach trouble for about two weeks now. I wasn't sure what caused it, but it did start about the time I drank the Amazing Grass Meal. I just figured I had gotten glutened, but maybe that's what did it? I haven't tried it again since, so I don't know for sure.

I've been feeling better the last few days, so hopefully whatever it was is out of my system!

I hope you feel better!!!