Fit Stanley as been a busy little bee in our home the last couple of days. I tell you, every day I fall more in love with him. Any man who can cook is worth his weight in gold. In Fit Stanley’s case, that would be about one sixteenth of an ounce.
Fit Stanley has been hard at work, whipping this chick into shape. He is helping me to make all sorts of healthy choices this week. For instance, take a look at this lunch he made for us.
First, Fit Stanley made wraps for lunch. He started with a 100% whole wheat tortilla. He spread one wedge of Laughing Cow roasted tomato and basil cheese on the tortilla. He told me this was a much healthier alternative than mayonnaise or ranch dressing that is typical of wraps such as these. I was just happy that it tasted good.
Then he added two thin slices of ham, some leaf lettuce, some sliced avocado and tomatoes that he harvested from my garden. I was so thankful for his help with that as all of my tomatoes had to be pulled to avoid the frost. I’m not sure I could have done it without him.
Next, Fit Stanley whipped up a tasty green smoothie. We make these often and get lots of questions about them. They are so healthy, and so yummy and a great way to add some whole, raw foods to your diet. And they are even yummier when I don’t have to make them myself.
Fit Stanley started with some frozen banana, peeled of course. He told me he likes to use frozen fruits in his smoothies because it makes them nice and cold. Nobody likes a room temperature smoothie!
Then he added some peeled and sliced mango. I was so glad because that is one of our favorite additions as well. I knew I liked this guy!
Then he added an avocado, a tomato, a carrot, 2 kiwi fruits, some flax seed and a bit of water to make it nice and creamy. And on top of all that, of course, came the GREEN.
In this case, it was a couple of cups of fresh spinach. After he blended all of that up, he added in several frozen strawberries. Yum!
Looks yummy, no?
Fit Stanley gave me a tip that I thought I hould pass along. If the color bothers you, you can add more berries to cover up the greenish-brownish tint that comes with blending up all of those colorful fruits and vegetables. Blueberries are especially good for this, but raspberries, blackberries and strawberries will do the trick as well, as will grape juice.
Fit Stanley also added a tablespoon of raw honey to this smoothie. Usually the green smoothies I make don’t need any honey, but if they are heavy on the veggies sometimes it gives it the extra oomph that makes these smoothies oh-so-delicious. The flavorful fruits ALWAYS overpower the veggies and you can’t even detect a hint of green goodness in there.
Trust me, if you did a blind taste test, you would never in a million years believe this was a cup full of vegetables.
But, now, we have to put Fit Stanley’s smoothie to the real test.
Cue ominous music. Duh duh duh.
First, Fit Stanley has a taste test to be sure it meets his high standards.
Two thumbs up. That’s a good sign.
This is so good I need two straws, Mom! Thanks Fit Stanley!
Oh yeah. Mikey likes it.
Where’d it go?
Wait a minute! That’s MY cup!!! Were two cups not enough for you that you have to go and steal mine you little stinker!
I’d call that a success. Thank you Fit Stanley!
Stay tuned for more Fit Stanley adventures including bread-baking, laundry-soap-making, and purpose-walking (have you donated yet? I would SO appreciate your support!)
I’m curious, have you ever made a green smoothie before? What are your favorite ingredients?
Are you weirded out by the thought of drinking spinach?