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Jul 19, 2012

chunky monkey business smoothie...

Most of my mornings start off with fruit these days. Give a girl a new house and boyfriend, and all of a sudden you have a health nut mama bear on your hands. I mean really, I still owe you all tons of updates (did you know I'm a redhead now? just kidding!) and the most important update is that I'm a wannabe nutritionist in training. Maybe its my biological clock. Maybe its the power to afford Whole Foods. Market groceries Maybe its that red meat is starting to me make me sick and Burger King commercials make me puke. No really. I always sneered at Burger King because I knew at least there was Wendy's, but now have you seen their new commercial? Natural cut fries! What the hell does that mean! So before, Wendy's was using something other than potatoes for our fries? Geesh. So yes, I am becoming a pompous health nut, semi-vegetarian, big-mouthed opinionated foodie. Anyone want to join me?

But I digress. I now wake up to the sound of birds chirping, make my bed, skedaddle to the kitchen, and see what I can do with the array of fruits stocked to the brim in my kitchen. You see I am fond of berries now. But bananas are on the receiving end of my favoritism. And now that I have a new blender, it was only a matter of time before the bananas met their fate with one my favorite creamy delights. Peanut butter of course! Come on people, this is nothing new. Stop gasping. Bananas and peanut butter go together like sugar and butter. Its just that, well, chocolate makes the world go round, makes babies smile, ends war and brings on world peace. So, hell, I chucked some chocolate in that blender too. Now you can gasp.

But get this. I now plan on sharing all my annoyingly tedious research. I mean you can't assume recipes are healthy. A few minutes of looking ingredients up is all it takes. Turns out, a two tablespoon serving of peanut butter contains 7 grams of protein. Your body uses the amino acids found in protein to build and repair muscle tissue. In addition to building metabolism-boosting muscles, protein-rich foods like peanut butter keep you feeling fuller for longer (woo hoo! portion control!). The protein in peanuts, like other plant proteins, contains an incomplete set of amino acids, so you should have a glass of milk with your peanut butter dishes. Lucky for you, this smoothie calls for milk. And lest not forget, those infamous monounsaturated fats in peanut butter lower your risk of developing heart disease, the number one killer of women these days. Yuck.

Get it? Got it! This is the perfect sweet treat. No one can say no to sweet and sassy bananas, peanut butter will keep your tush in tip top shape, and chocolate is the perfect indulgence. I use cocoa powder now, because store bought syrups contain that substance we dare not speak of (high fructose corn syrup! double yucky) and of course finding fresh organic milk and yogurt is just what the doctor ordered. Hmmm, although I have much research to do on milk!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
a.k.a. Chunky Monkey Business

2 large bananas (frozen)
6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
1 cup milk (soy, whole, or skim...your preference)
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup (I now use cocoa powder instead/2 teaspoons)

  1. Slice the bananas, and save four slices (to be used as garnish).
  2. Place the bananas, yogurt, chocolate, milk, and peanut butter in a blender or food processor.
  3. Blend until smooth and creamy. Garnish and serve!

Jul 2, 2012

back to regular programming...

Ahh, have you missed me yet? Scarlett has been doing a killer job seducing you with meatless posts, but I should return don't you think. I know, I know. Every year I disappear and always come back with excuses, yet always bearing gifts. Well this time my excuse is that I am a farmer now. So yeah. I get a break for that one right? Also, I fell in love. Oh and writing a few recipe books to be published starting next year. So enough of that, let's get on to some previews of what's coming this week, because we know all you care about is the food. Hmmfff.
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