Sunday, July 15, 2012

#Mamavation Monday - Green

I hope you had a fabulous week!

The sun was shining, we got outside everyday and we have been eating our fair share of green.

We started out a few days with our favorite Green Monster Smoothie. Our recipe changes depending on what fruit we have on hand. Here is my basic recipe:

1 sml. can Pineapple chunks in juice
1 c. packed baby spinach
8 oz. homemade Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. Flaxseed oil
1 c. frozen fruit of choice - I throw overripe bananas, strawberries or peaches in the freezer overnight.

But that isn't the only green showing up in my kitchen right now. Our green beans are ready!

At only 40 calories in a 4 oz serving, I like to snack on them raw. My kids tend to eat the most while out picking them fresh from the field. Though I enjoy them slightly blanched, too, be careful not to overcook them or pick old woody beans.

Recent surveys show that 60% of all commercially grown green beans are produced in the United States, with large amounts of green bean acreage found in the states of Illinois, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Yep, shout out here to Oregon. We only produce enough for our market, but those rows of beans are mighty beautiful.

So this week we will be eating our fair share of green beans. They are considered a starchy vegetable, but remember they are not processed and natural. Just watch your portion sizes.

Okay, speaking of food, here is my week's meal plan:

Monday - Grilled Chicken and Peaches with Green Beans and Orzo - From Augusts' Better Homes &      Gardens magazine
Tuesday - Spaghetti & Meatballs, salad
Wednesday - Meatless Taco Salad
Thursday - Potatoes, spinach and mushrooms with scrambled eggs
Friday - Go Out!
Saturday - Garden Veggie Pizza, salad
Sunday - Broccoli Crustless Quiche, salad

I enjoyed finishing the 2weekchallenge, but sadly didn't see the scale budge much. My energy level was pretty low so this week I am working on more movement, more steps, more sleep and strength training. It is always a challenge to fit into a busy schedule, but with a goal of being as healthy as I can... I just need to do it.

I set a goal of 100 miles in a month. I want to see how far my feet can take me with a combination of walks, training runs and treadmill time. Did I mention that I get so bored on the treadmill? Working on that though. Having Coach Erika, from FFIT at Home  on Mamavation TV this week sounds great to me! I am hoping to even make the show this week. I am pretty sure my DH owes me for being absent the past couple of Monday nights.

BLOGGING CARNIVAL: This week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by FFIT.

*Disclaimer - This post is sponsored by FFIT and hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway.

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