Last month I had the privilege of giving away copies of Rocco Di Spirito’s new cookbook, Now Eat This. Imagine my surprise when I got an email from the same publisher, offering me his new book Now Eat This Diet to my readers! Now I know the world is all about green monsters and smoothies – I am quite possibly the very last food blogger not to try one.
But the publishers gave me a sneak peak at one of his smoothie recipes!
Green Tea Watermelon Super Punch
Makes 4 servings: 176 calories, 0 fat, 37 carbs, 1 fiber and 6 protein (4 PointsPlus)
· 2 cups ice
· 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
· 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, such as 0% Fage Total
· ¼ cup fresh lime juice
· ¼ cup agave nectar
· 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
· 4 teaspoons unsweetened matcha green tea powder
· Toss all ingredients into a blender and blend for 5 minutes to increase volume.
· Serve in glasses with a straw.
Here is my smoothie – believe it or not I already had everything at home to make this, except for the watermelon, which I picked up on my way home from work. Hannah loves green tea ice cream and Tony bought some matcha green tea powder at a Japanese grocery store last fall so we could make green tea ice cream at home.
The verdict? I really liked this. It’s bright and refreshing. Not sure why mine isn’t as bright looking as Rocco’s, but I guess that would depend on the green tea powder.
I definitely think when the weather gets warmer, I’ll be making more smoothies. But our weather is . . . cold. . .windy. . . snowy. . .nasty. So I was happy that yesterday was . . .
BAGEL WEDNESDAY! 8 Point Jalapeno Cheddar Bagel with 1/2 cup egg beaters and 1 ounce deli ham. Perfect 10 point breakfast. 😀
For lunch I decided to shake it up a bit at the gym – I did the Stair Master and chose the “random” setting. I really had no idea what that even meant, until I realized I had no idea what was coming. The first 30 second intervals were pretty slow, and I almost changed the level when all of a sudden I was pedaling so fast! I only did it for 20 minutes (2 minute cool down) and ended up doing 66 floors!
Next up was the bike machine – I had time to do a 3 mile bike ride. My incentive was to beat the pacer bike by as much time as possible. I ended up doing the ride in 12:36 minutes – beating the pacer bike by 8:08! Woot! Then it was 5 minutes of abs and a few minutes of stretching.
My idea for lunch was based off of a Clean Eating recipe – a sweet potato steak wrap with a spinach blue cheese sauce. I will be the first to tell you that I am not a sweet potato fan. I am trying though. I baked 3 sweet potatoes over the weekend. I had to call my Mom and ask her if you ate the skin like a regular baked potato – turns out you can’t!
Since I had the fryer out last night for the fries, I sliced the sweet potatoes kind of thick, and flash fried them for about 2 minutes to give them some texture. I let them drain on a paper towel and just finished them off with salt and pepper. While the sweet potatoes were supposed to go IN the wrap, I opted to keep them on the side. 😀
Spinach and Blue Cheese Sauce (adapted from Clean Eating)
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 1/3 cup fat free half and half
- 3 tablespoons blue cheese
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pepper
- pinch of cumin
- pinch of crushed red pepper
Put in a blender and puree. Keep in refrigerator for up to a week. Holy cow this sauce is good – although very mile on the blue cheese front – in fact there is just a hint. My friends at work and I decided that we would add an extra point of crumbled blue cheese in the wrap to get that blue cheese taste. I had this make 8 servings, for about 3/4 of a point per serving – about 1/4 of a cup.
The middle of the wrap is just two ounces of cooked steak, romaine lettuce, wrapped in a 4 point whole grain wrapper, heated in the microwave and then drizzled with the spinach sauce.
While I liked the wrap (I need to reduce the cooking time of the steak next time – the meat while still tender was well done) – guess what I loved the most? The sweet potatoes! Although, I have to admit, I added a splash of Tabasco to them to balance the sweetness, and then I dipped them in the spinach sauce – lunch was a delicious 9 points! 😀
I had pork chops on the menu last night, only to realize as I was driving home that I forgot to take them out to defrost. So a simple pasta dish subbed nicely – I cooked 2 ounces of lean ground beef, drained any fat, then added a cup of baby spinach and marinara sauce and poured it over a cup of fusili – dinner is 8 points.
- 39 points (including 12 points for wine and Trader Joe’s sesame crack pretzels eaten while watching Top Chef)
- 40 minute stair climber/bike ride
- average blood sugar 108
I am off to put my breakfast and lunch together – can’t wait for lunch today: a skinny reuben sandwich with new potato/green bean pesto salad. 😀