Triple Chocolate Smoothies

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I’ve been wrapped up in a Chicago Fire marathon all day. We had been DVR’ing them all season and just started watching it. Awesome show! But I got nothing done today. It was nice! Hardly cooked either. Juicer for breakfast, nachos for lunch, frozen pizza for dinner. :/

Perfect post-frozen pizza snack….

1 Banana
3-1/2 cups Low Fat Chocolate Sorbet
1 cup Chocolate Soy Milk
3 tablespoons Chocolate Syrup

Place banana on a plate in a single layer and freeze for 20 minutes.

Combine banana and remaining ingredients in blender until smooth.

Adapted from Cooking Light

Servings: 4
Calories 239
Total Fat 3.1g
Total Carbohydrates 51.2g
Dietary Fiber 3.3g
Protein 4.4g
Nutrition Grade B-

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Cherry Chocolate Smoothie

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I had to go have my yearly MRI for my Chiari. I had surgery in 2009 and I’ve had an MRI every year since to make sure everything stayed where it was supposed to.Well today  Dr. McDreamy gave me the all clear and released me forever. Right after he told me I had beautiful hair and a beautiful brain. First time I’ve heard that one.

Delicious, cures a chocolate craving, gives you a cup of fruit and only has 144 calories….

1 cup Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Vanilla
1 cup Frozen Cherries
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1 packet Truvia

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Servings: 1
Calories 144
Total Fat 3.9g
Total Carbohydrates 28.9g
Dietary Fiber 7.2g
Protein 3.9g
Nutrition Grade A

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Leopard Print Desk Set – Scissors Tape Dispenser and Stapler

Banana Orange Smoothie

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I’ve decided that KettleWorx is making me OCD. Anyone else doing it?? Did they edit those things at all? There must be about 30 errors on each DVD. 3 moves on the right side, then 7 on the left side leaves me feeling unbalanced the rest of the day. Or my favorite is when he says “okay, 4 more reps! 1, 2, and last one”. Don’t get me wrong, I love KettleWorx. I’ve been doing it for about 6 months. But 6 months of the same errors over and over and over again is going to make me crazy. I’m tempted to just write down the exercises on a sheet of paper and do them on my own, evenly on both sides.

One of my favorite smoothies…

1 cup Orange Juice
1 cup Vanilla Low-Fat Yogurt
1/8 tsp Cinnamon
1 Frozen Banana, sliced

Place in blender and blend until smooth.

Adapted from MyRecipes.com

Servings: 2
Calories 174
Total Fat 0.4g
Total Carbohydrates 38.0g
Dietary Fiber 1.9g
Protein 5.5g
Nutrition Grade B+

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Resin Buffet Lamp with Leopard Shade

Sunrise Smoothie

Halloween decorations are all put away and Thanksgiving is out! Why is it so hard to find good Thanksgiving decorations?? I need more turkeys!! Although for some strange reason my hubby is telling me I have way too many seasonal decorations in the attic. Duh! That’s why I started putting some in the closets!

Our Little Turkeys Plate:

Smoothies are such an easy way to sneak in some fruits without the girls knowing. Almost makes me want a juicer! Although I can only imagine their faces if I tried to serve them a bright green drink.

1 cup Strawberries
1/2 cup Peaches
1 medium Banana
1 Tbs Honey
1 cup Orange Juice
2 cups Ice, crushed

Servings: 3
Calories 120
Fat 0.5g
Carbohydrates 29.7g
Fiber 2.6g
Nutrition Grade A

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Rare Editions GIRLS 2T-6X 2-Piece BROWN Baby Turkey Chick Applique Leopard Print Glittered Tutu Legging Set

Healthy Coffee Latte Shake and Guinea Pig Twins

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Princess and her pigs….Fluffy and Oreo
Last weekend we found a loving home for our last guinea pig Oreo. I say last because 4 years ago the girls wanted hamsters. I talked them into guinea pigs because they are easier to hold and I thought the girls would enjoy them more. So we went to Petco and got two male guinea pigs. About 2 months later while the girls were spending the night with their Mimi, I heard a lot of ruckus coming from the piggy cage but I didn’t think much of it. Later that morning I hear Johnny scream (loudly) from the other room…”Beth!!!! Ummm, you need to get in here! Did you buy more guinea pigs??” (he didn’t even want the first two – another reason why the girls call him The Road Blocker”). So I was more than a little surprised when I went in there and found these…
WTH??? Where did these come from??? I had just been in there the night before and there were only two.
This was the mom. Sure she had grown rather fast in those two months but I just figured she liked the fruit I was feeding her. Bless her heart for squeezing out two full grown guinea pigs all by herself. So then we had four. :/ I quickly got on the internet trying to see if this was normal. Apparently, yes it is. They are born with fur, eyes open, walking around… AND if you hadn’t figured it out yet, apparently this was a girl guinea pig. In my internet research, I discovered that they can get pregnant again right away and a male baby can reproduce at just three weeks. So after Taylor and Megan saying this was “THE BEST DAY OF THEIR ENTIRE LIFE!!!!” at the mature age of 6, how could we not keep them??? So I loaded them up in the car, took them for an $80 trip to the vet to determine the sexes and as we should have known since Johnny is always outnumbered, they were all girls.  Even Oreo… She had to use a microscope. If you haven’t ever seen how to tell if a guinea pig is a boy or girl, I highly recommend googling it…this is why I took them to the vet and why the vet needed a microscope. It looks like a tic tac. Oreo wasn’t fond of the new additions so we ended up with 2 cages, 2 litter boxes, high maintenance twins (just like mine) that were so full of personality, but they just became too much for me to deal with. The girls never played with any of them so we took Fluffy and the 2 surprises back to Petco and kept Oreo since she was litter box trained.
Last week my friend Heather told me her son wanted a dog so he got Oreo instead.  So happy she finally has a playmate that will give her attention. Oreo and Haden are both doing well.
Haden with his new pet. (now the girls will wish they would have fixed their hair like I told them too…)
In my attempt to sneak some vitamins into the girls diet (and because they think they should be allowed a dessert every day) I tried making them a healthy shake. They loved it. Unfortunately too much, because now they think they should have this as their normal drink.

8 oz Ensure Coffee Latte
8 Ice Cubes
4 Tbs Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

Blend Ensure, ice cubes and 1 tablespoon of the syrup until smooth. Drizzle the other tablespoon of syrup around the glass. Pour shake in and serve.
Servings: 2
Calories: 175
Fat: 3g
Fiber: 1g
Today’s Leopard Find: Keychain

Healthy Tropical Smoothie

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I just watched the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy. Now I realize that May is my least favorite month of the year. I’m going to start holding off on watching the finales until the beginning of September so then I only have to wait 7.2 days to watch vs. 4.1 months. I still haven’t recovered from deleting my last episode ever of Desperate Housewives. So I’m going to drown my sorrows in my smoothie….

1 cup Assorted Tropical Fruit, frozen (the bag I bought had mango, pineapple and strawberries)
6 oz Light Tropical Yogurt
2 Tablespoons Orange Juice, not from concentrate
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
4 Ice Cubes

Servings: 1
Calories: 256
Fat: 6g
Fiber: 4g

Today’s Leopard Find: Medium Glass Ball Lamp with Leopard Shade