I've been doing a bit of experimenting...
and so far, so good.
In fact, so far it's great!
Over the weekend I started reading Oh She Glows, on the advice of one of my trainer's other clients...who just so happens to be a vegetarian. It didn't take me long to become completely fascinated with the website - and inspired to try some new things.
And so, today I tried a Green Monster. I admit, I was rather sceptical. The last time I had a "green drink" it was a noxious combination of spinach, cucumber, parsley and celery juice that tasted like swamp water. Why yes, a nutritionist at my doctor's office suggested it.....yech. Given that experience, I'm shocked I tried it again. To my great delight, my Virgin Green Monster was FABULOUS! I will definitely be doing that again. (By the way - I don't have a juicer, and wouldn't use it if I did. I think it's silly to waste the fiber when that's a lot of what's so good about veggies! I used my blender, and wound up with a drink just a bit too thin to be called a smoothie.
This evening, my girls and I decided to make up the Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies. Now, I've had an experience making a so-called 'healthier' chocolate chip cookie before, and the result was nasty. That cookie - billed as flourless, sugarless and butterless - well, the only person that liked it was the dog, and she couldn't eat it because of the chocolate. Who knows why I decided to try this new recipe? I'm so glad I did. They are completely yummy, mostly guilt-free and very filling. The best part about them? Making your own chocolate chips - yes, you read that right, we MADE our own chocolate chips - with the kids is a total win! Everyone had fun!
Also...for breakfast, again inspired by the website, I had a bowl of oatmeal with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, a banana and a dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder all mashed in. Best. Breakfast. Ever.
Just goes to show that experimenting with food is a very, very good thing!