Archive for November, 2010

Shakeology… a short review

November 29, 2010 2 comments

Good stuff

I was interested in adding Shakeology to my fitness routine not as a way to lose weight per se (although it definitely has been helping with that), but for the good things it contains. A lot of times my diet leaves a lot to be desired, and I found this is a great way to get the nutrients and vitamins/minerals I may be lacking. A snippet:

And it tastes great, no lie!

There are two flavors… Greenberry and Chocolate. I’m an established chocoholic, so you can imagine which one I went with in my shipment 🙂 But seriously folks, this is the best tasting replacement shake I have ever tried. It’s very thick and rich just with water, so imagine what it’s like with skim or almond milk. Heaven. I like to add a little cinnamon, nutmeg, PB2, and pumpkin pie spice now that we’re in the cooler months, and it’s divine. I find that a shake in the morning will keep me going until lunch. Another combo is PB2, sliced strawberries, and a banana with plain lowfat soymilk with water and ice in the blender. That thickens the shake up quite a bit.

For those who really want to see what really makes up a scoop of chocolate Shakeology, here you go.

One thing I do have to note: the prebiotics and digestive enzymes are no joke. No. joke. You will need to visit your favorite private sanitary facilities more often. After all, it’s like a trip to the salad bar in a shake, and we all know what salad bar trips do after the fact.

An interesting side-effect? My hair and nails have been growing a lot faster. I’ve heard some folks experience this, and some don’t. Interesting, no?

Over the years, I’ve developed a sensitivity to chemicals like caffeine and artificial sweeteners, and this product contains neither. It’s also gluten-free. Just all natural good stuff, and I like that 🙂

If this is something that interests you, by all means go to and order some. There are also sellers on eBay who can hook you up with a 7 day supply to try it out before making the big purchase. It can be pricy, so you as the consumer will have to decide if it’s worthy. I know BeachBody coaches tend to push it hard just like with the P90x Recovery Formula (also pretty pricy), but in my opinion, it’s hard to beat the ingredient list and the taste with this shake.

Again, I’m not affiliated with Beach Body in any way (although I have purchased many of their DVDs), so this is just a review from a regular Jane type of casual athlete. Send me a comment or a message if you’d like more info or want to chat about it.

Recipe: The famous (or infamous, depending on who you talk to) “Mrs. Fields’ Cookie Recipe”

November 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Made... "like a boss"

I have been getting requests to post it in its entirety, along with pics. This recipe was made for Thanksgiving, and its definitely an oldie but a goodie. You know they’re a hit when your sister asks you to make them again at Christmas.

I think what makes them interesting is processing the oatmeal in the blender to blast it into a fine powder. Big difference in taste, for sure. And, the cookies hold together at lot easier too.

The recipe version I had yielded a huge amount, so I only used half. That still made about 50 good sized cookies. And, you can freeze the rest of the dough for use at Christmas. That helps me because I usually make tins of baked goodies to give out as gifts, and that’s one less batch to make.

One more thing… the recipe advises about 10 minutes baking time. I went for 12, but that’s a personal preference.

And now, without further ado, here you go:

Ingredients (the 1 batch version):
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Hershey bar, plain (2oz)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup pecans (be creative, throw in some chopped macadamia nuts and walnuts also because they rule)
  • 1 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 package chocolate chips (6oz)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cream together butter, sugar, brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla.
  3. Put small amounts of oatmeal in blender; blend until it turns to powder; set aside.
  4. Grate Hershey Bar in blender or by hand; set aside. Mix powdered oatmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  5. Combine all of the above ingredients except chocolate; mix well.
  6. Add chocolate chips and grated Hershey Bar.
  7. Make golf ball sized cookies (about 2″), spaced 2″ apart.
  8. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet using a layer of parchment paper for 10-12 minutes.

Makes about 50.

If you’re looking for the ingredients that make up the crazy huge batch of this delicious goodness, I’m here to help:

  • 2 cups butter
  • 24 oz. Chocolate chips
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
  • 5 cups blended oatmeal
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. Baking powder
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)

Same instructions as the small batch version.

Categories: Desserts recipes

Recipe: Apple Cottage Cheese Pancakes

November 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Sounds weird, yes. But, the ingredients are all good for you things, and very tasty. I got this off the ‘Net, but changed it up a bit because the original was a bit dry.

Ingredients (yields about 8 pancakes)

  • 4 eggs separated (I put the yolks and egg whites into seperate bowls)
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (used 1% because that’s all I had. It worked 🙂
  • 1 grated apple (peel and grate with a cheese grater. First time I ever did this, no lie. It worked out great)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp finely minced walnuts (optional)
  • 1 tsp canola oil (gotta get those essential oils in)

Step-By-Step Directions:

1. In a large bowl, mix cottage cheese, egg yolks, apple, flour, walnuts, lemon juice, oil, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt until well combined.
2. In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff and form peaks.
3. Fold the egg whites into the apple mixture.

Looks kind of like meatloaf, no? Pancakes!

4. In a large hot and greased skillet, drop batter into pancake forms. Smooth out the batter with the back of a spoon to flatten them a little. I used about 1/4 cup of the mixture for each pancake.

A little cooking spray goes a long way

5. Cook until firm and golden brown on both sides.

Ready to rock and roll

It’s great for a healthy way to start the day. Top with maple syrup, honey, or whatever you like.

Categories: Breakfast recipes
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