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Today was a sort of rough day at work. The classroom has been the site of a recent plague for the past two weeks. We have eight children, ranging in age from 2 to 5, and for the past two weeks we have averaged four per day out with ear infections, whooping cough, intestinal tract issues, stomach flus and run-of-the-mill-ick. Today, even though some should probably still be at home, all eight were present and accounted for. I, for one, had become incredibly spoiled by our 1-on-1 ratio, and now that we’re back to 2-on-1’s I realized that I got lazy. I love all the kiddos and I love having them all there, but I can’t help but think how much more they would benefit from a proper ratio.

That being said, I came home and for once I wasn’t hungry. I just wanted a cigarette and an hour or two with some of my favorite literary friends. So now here it is, nigh on 5 o’clock, and I’m just now getting in my “afternoon snack.” What’s worse is that I broke down at lunch and ate a chicken tender dinner from the little grocette across the street from my school. Then, I get home and realize that, yet again, I didn’t stop at the grocery store to pick up any soy milk. I have not a single lactose-alternative in the house, and none of us actually want me to have milk products. So, against my better judgement, I decided I wanted cherries in my GM today. With only orange juice, I was worried about the outcome of this one. But to my surprise, it was actually rather tasty 🙂

Cherry Green Monster “Surprise”

  • 1 c. frozen cherries
  • 1 c. Trop-50 orange juice
  • 1 c. fresh baby spinach
  • 1 Tbs. chia seeds

Place all ingredients in your magic bullet, in this order. Blend about 15 seconds or until smooth. Tangy but a little sweet, and a glorious garnet color. The “surprise?” It’s yummy! 

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So I’ve decided to try and jump-start my weight loss again. From May to August I lost nearly 35 pounds, but I’ve been stalled at the same weight since the first week of August. And I’m definitely not where I want to be. So to try and get myself back on track, I’m doing another round of my Green Monster 14-Day Challenge. The rules are simple: drink one Green Monster smoothie, once per day, whenever I decide to do so. My previous challenge brought me 14 days of Green Monster breakfasts, but I’m not quite back up to speed with my early morning routine since school started back. I’ve been struggling with afternoon and late night eating since I started working again, so today I’ve made my first GM my afternoon snack. I’ll include recipes with each entry. Wish me luck!!

Mango Strawberry Green Monster

  • 1/2 c. frozen sliced mango
  • 5 frozen strawberries (about 1/2 to 3/4c)
  • 1 cup raw baby spinach
  • 1 Tbs. flax seed
  • 1.5c. Trop-50 orange juice

I actually really like this smoothie combo. Normally, I tend to go for soy or almond milk in my GMs because the orange juice, well, makes it taste a little too “green” for me. But the combination of mango & strawberry made this smoothie a little slice of the tropics. Part of me wanted to throw in a little splash of peach schnapps and vodka and just skip the spinach all together (after the week/weekend I’ve had), but that wouldn’t fulfill my challenge requirements. Lol.

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