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Green Pineapple Banana Smoothie

Since I “officially” started my diet back in March (and by officially I mean that I started one and have actually continued one) I have been addicted to smoothies. They’re healthy, satisfying, and perfect for the warm weather we’re finally starting to have! Not to mention, my son loves them even after finding out I’ve been hiding spinach in it. πŸ™‚ I typically have been drinking them 3-4 times a week… at least. It’s a great way for me to attack my sweet tooth without compromising my diet. I finally bought a new memory card and battery charger for my camera, so you can best believe there will be several recipes complete with pictures being posted on here. Eating healthy has somewhat taken over my brain, and I’m practically obsessed with finding and trying new healthy foods. This smoothie is Pineapple Banana with spinach. I love adding spinach to my smoothies. Even though the color doesn’t always turn out very appealing (red strawberries + green spinach = vomit brown), you can’t taste it at all. If my son will drink it, anyone will! I have yet to experience with other veggies, but I definitely plan to sometime soon. The ingredients can be altered slightly according to your taste, which will obviously effect the overall nutritional values slightly, but for simplicity’s sake I’m just going to post exactly what I used and the calories I came up with.


Ingredients:
*1 Banana
*1 Cup Pineapple Chunks in 100% Juice
*6 oz. Oikos Vanilla Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
*3/4 Cup Blue Diamond Unsweetened Almond/Coconut Milk Blend
*1 Cup Baby Spinach
*3 Splenda Packets
*Ice

Like I said earlier, you can make several different changes in this recipe to meet your personal tastes. I prefer the Oikos brand vanilla greek yogurt just because I think it’s creamier and sweeter than most other brands that I’ve tried. You can replace the Almond/Coconut milk that I used with any kind of milk, same with the Splenda. If you’re watching how many calories, carbs, sugars, etc. that you’re consuming, just be sure to adjust them likewise, as different kinds and even brands will have different nutritional contents. Also, I strain most of the juice out of the pineapple, so my totals are probably a tad bit higher than what they should be. Keep in mind that these totals are for the whole recipe (I believe it made about 3 1/2 cups worth, but to be honest I forgot to look at the measurements), so if you make this amount and split it, be sure to make the proper deductions.

Calories: 425
Carbs: 79g
Fat 3g
Protein: 18g
Sodium: 181mg
Sugar: 60g
Fiber: 5g

Step 1: Strain out most of the juice in the can of pineapple, and slice up the banana. Put the banana and pineapple pieces, along with the yogurt, almond/coconut milk, and Splenda, into the blender. Blend until smooth (I use the “Puree” button).

Step 2: Add in the baby spinach, and blend until smooth and green. This step is particularly important if you’re going to be serving to a child. They will surely catch on if there’s little leafy bits floating in their drink! πŸ˜‰

Step 3: Add ice and blend (I use the “Ice Crush” button). This step is pretty much up to you, depending on what kind of consistency you like. I typically add about a cup, and blend it pretty good. Enough so that there’s not huge chunks floating around, and small enough that it can fit smoothly through a straw.

Step 4: Pour, garnish, and enjoy!!! πŸ˜€

May 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm Leave a comment

Custom Made Jack Daniels Sawce

This is a homemade version of T.G.I Friday’s Jack Daniels sauce. Not to be confused with the Jack Daniels brand of BBQ, this is more of a glaze. If you’ve never had this at Friday’s, I highly recommend taking a look at their Jack Daniels menu next time you’re there, because it is soooo friggin’ good! They offer it with fish, steak, chicken, burger, ribs… and a few other things. I got this recipe from The Best of Top Secret Recipes book. (P.S. Those books have SO many good rip-off recipes in them!) I’ll admit that this isn’t EXACT, but pretty damn close and still pretty damn good! I made a batch last night so I can make Jack Daniels popcorn chicken for our New Years Eve party tonight. πŸ™‚ And any leftovers will definitely be smothering the burgers I have in the freezer!

Ingredients
1 Head of Garlic
1 TB Olive Oil
2/3 C Water
1 C Pineapple Juice
1/4 C Teriyaki Sauce
1 TB Soy Sauce
1 1/3 C Dark Brown Sugar (I’ve used light and haven’t noticed a difference)
3 TB Lemon Juice
3 TB Minced White Onion
1 TB Jack Daniels Whiskey (the mini bottles are way more than enough!)
1 TB Crushed Pineapple
1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper (I usually use about 1/2 of this, I’m not a big fan of spicy!)

Roast Garlic (Optional)
The recipe starts out by having you roast the garlic in the oven for an hour. I’ve done it this way, and I’ve also just minced 2 cloves really, really fine and put it in with the rest of the ingredients without noticing too much of a difference. If you choose to do it this way, the olive oil is unnecessary, as it is only used to cook the garlic, not put in the sauce itself. If you choose to roast the garlic, read on.

Preheat over to 325 degrees F. Prep the garlic by cutting about 1/2 inch off the top of the head, and cut the roots so the garlic will sit flat. Remove most of the papery skin, but leave enough so that the cloves stay together. Place the head of garlic in a small casserole dish or baking pan, drizzle the olive oil over it, and cover it with a lid or foil. Bake for 1 hour. Remove, and let cool.

Step 1:
Combine water, pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, and brown sugar in a medium saucepan over medium/high heat. Stir occasionally until the mixture boils, then reduce the heat so the mixture is just simmering.

Step 2:
Squeeze the sides of the garlic until the pasty, roasted garlic is squeezed out. Measure 2 tsp. into the pan and whisk to combine. Add the remaining ingredients and stir.

Step 3:
Let the mixture simmer for about 40 to 50 minutes or until the glaze has reduced by about 1/3 and is a bit thick and syrupy. Make sure it doesn’t boil over!

Tada! You’re own homemade Jack Daniels glaze made famous by T.G.I Fridays. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!!!

December 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm Leave a comment


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Hello, I'm Amy! I was born in '85 and live in Pittsburgh, PA. I became the mama of my wonderful son in 2004, and also own 3 kitties that I treat like children. I am a self-admitted cosmetics and beauty addict, but I also enjoy fashion, music, art, and am totally guilty of reading way too much celebrity gossip. :P

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