Super Duper Protein Juice

I was going to name this drink after all the different ingredients that go into it, but I have a slight pet peeve about food titles that contain every single ingredient in the recipe. Sometimes it gets out of hand. So Super Duper Protein Juice it is.

I lucked out a few weekends ago and picked up a Jack LaLanne Power Juicer for 15 dollars. The husband told me that his wife bought it and only used it once. He was trying his hardest not to sound bitter, but I could tell that he was a slight bit annoyed that she never used it. I snatched it up before anyone else could and I was on my merry way.

I don’t really have any other juicer to compare it with, but I am pretty happy with it. The one minor complaint about the juicer itself is that it’s a lot to clean up. It does a great job juicing everything, but there are five or six different pieces that you need to take apart and clean.  I think that is somewhat typical for juicers.  I am getting used to it though and now the cleanup/breakdown is pretty quick.

My other complaint/problem is that all of this raw juice is bothering my allergies. I had to run out to get more Zyrtec today because it was really bothering me. For whatever reason I have an allergic reaction to raw fruits and veggies. Yesterday I juiced some beets, apples, carrots and kale and I thought my throat and chest were going to close up on me.  I am thinking it was the beets.

However, when I do take my allergy medicine I am loving having all of this yummy juice to drink. My body actually started craving it. I also notice that my energy level perks up on days when I drink my juice.

One day I thought I would try making my juice into a meal. I got the bright idea of combining my protein powder into the concoction I was juicing that day. The results were a bit thicker and much more filling.   I have no idea how many calories are in this, but I can tell you that it keeps me full through a good chunk of the afternoon.  I add a dropper of vitamin B-12, but that is completely optional.  For more information on the potential health benefits of B-12 you can read here or here.

You can absolutely play around with this mixture and if you aren’t a fan of grapefruit you can certainly swap it out for another orange or apple.  I like to do a mixture of fruits and veggies when I juice just because I think it balances out the sugar and calories.

I plan on drinking one of these for my lunch (along with a Zyrtec) through the month of December. I know there will be a few extra cookies and goodies this month so I am trying to offset those calories with some super food meals.

Enjoy!

Super Duper Protein Juice
 
Ingredients
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 apple
  • 1 handful of kale or spinach
  • ½ grapefruit
  • 1 orange
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 dropper of liquid B-12 (optional)

Instructions
  1. Peel the grapefruit and orange. Cut the carrot and apple into small chunks that will pass through the tube in your juicer. Process all the fruits and veggies. I like to process the juiciest fruits last because it helps to flush all the less juicy veggies/fruits out of the juicer.
  2. Fill a shaker bottle with protein powder, B-12 and juice. Shake until the protein powder has dissolved. Pour over a glass filled with ice. Juice is best when used that day.
  3. Enjoy!

 

Oreo Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

I received an e-mail at work last week letting me know that my manager had scheduled training for Friday, the 16th. My first thought was “ughhhh, training on Friday??? Seriously???” I mean, who wants to sit through an all day class on a Friday, on business writing nonetheless? I don’t know about you, but my Friday’s are usually a heads down, catch-up day. I try to avoid meetings, not only because my brain can’t handle them anymore, but because I need a day to just do some less “thinky” or interactive type tasks. That’s not to say I don’t work hard, but I just focus on the stuff that I know how to do really well….and catch up on things I couldn’t get to during the week.

My plans for Friday, the 16th, were clearly foiled.

I read a little further in the note and even though it was a course in business writing the course was by Franklin Covey. My interest piqued a bit. I put things in perspective and realized that this might actually be a good training session.  Not only might it help my business writing out, but also my blog writing. Ok. Plus, I get to come into the office to see my co-workers which is always fun.  Even if it is a Friday.

I’m glad that I kept an open mind, because it was an awesome class. If you ever get to take one of their writing classes I highly recommend it. Our trainer was awesome. She reminded me of a funny and down to earth college professor who actually had some background in business. We received a Franklin Covey Style Guide which we all a few of us geekier students wanted to go home and read with a glass of wine that night. This book touches on and answers so many of the questions you have ever had about writing and grammar.

I came home that night and tried to express my excitement over my new-found skills for using active vs. passive voice and parallelism with Jim. I know he was trying to feign excitement but I was having a hard time competing with the grill and a cold beer.

He did, however, get excited about these Peanut Butter Oreo Chocolate Chip Blondies. So will you. Enjoy!

This recipe is very slightly adapted from Picky Palate.  She is a great source and creator of some wonderful Oreo recipes.

Oreo Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
 
Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour (I used half all-purpose and half white whole wheat (King Arthur)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups Oreos cut into chunks

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease an 8X8 inch pan. You can line the pan with foil and then spray if you want to make it easier to remove the bars from the pan.
  2. In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. Mix with a whisk to get everything combined.
  3. In a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugars until very well combined. Add peanut butter and continue to mix for another minute. Add egg and vanilla and mix for one more minute. Carefully add the dry mixture and mix until just combined. Do not overmix..
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips and Oreos and combine until evenly distributed throughout your batter.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the top is a nice golden brown. Allow to cool before cutting into squares. Enjoy!

 

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