Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Salad Addict, Stir Fry, Amazing Grass

Hi all! Thank you for your comments about heart rate monitors. Although I REALLY want a Garmin....I do teach group finesses classes indoors and I know the Garmin doesn't really work well in those conditions. I think I am between a Polar F6 and F11.

Did you have a good day? My day at work was semi slow. I came home and made up our dinners (to be consumed later in the night). For me, I cooked up some bell peppers, garlic, pinto beans, and corn in a little bit of olive oil. I tossed the cooked veggies on top of some spinach and tomatoes. I tossed this in the fridge and enjoyed it after I taught Body Attack with a thick slice of the bread Kath and Matt brought.

For Josh, I stir fried up some turkey, baby corn and water chestnuts in stir fry sauce. I topped it with some sesame seeds.

The most exciting part of my day is the package I received from Amazing Grass.

I won these goods from a contest on Run to The Finish!! Since I had a lighter dinner, I decided to give the Chocolate Whole Food Energy Bar a go. According to the Amazing Grass website, the bars are:
  • Raw
  • Cold Processed
  • Alkaline
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Vegan

"Our Green SuperFood powder has a high concentration of naturally-occurring enzymes, carotenoids, phytonutrients and antioxidants that work synergistically to fight free radicals, remove toxins and repair damaged cells. Ultimately, our products contain every amino acid, vitamin, and mineral necessary to sustain human life. Since the human body is designed to get nutrition from whole foods, the body is able to efficiently and rapidly absorb the nutrients in Green SuperFood and quickly convert them to energy to fuel your body. "

Nutritional Information:

  • 230 calorie bar
  • 9 grams of fats (healthy omegas)
  • 5 grams of protein.
  • 27 grams of sugar only 2 grams is from the cane sugar)
  • 37 grams of carbohydrates

Taste-wise, the bar was delicious. Very chocolaty in a natural, non-fake kind of way. I liked the chunks of cacao nibs. However, 230 calories is a lot for a snack bar and they only contain 5 grams of protein :( The bar is a nice size, but it isn't so large that I'd want to break it into 2 snack sized portions. I think I would use this bar as a part of a meal.

I am planning on trying the green superfood powder in my first green monster tomorrow!! Any suggestions on add ins?


~M~ said...

I love lining my plates with spinach and topping them with lots of yummy ingredients!

Anna said...

I received some Amazing Grass today too! I just finished a little smoothie with almond milk, half a frozen banana, and a packet of the chocolate infusion powder. While I wouldn't mistake it for a McDonald's chocolate milkshake, it was pretty damn good! I can't wait to hear your impressions.

Aggie said...

Yum! love your salad!!

Unknown said...

I have some amazing grass on the way - I can't wait to get it!

I make my green monsters with 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tbs peanut butter, 1/2 tsp of flax and two handfuls of spinach. I am excited to try the different amazing grass combos!

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

So cool that you won a contest!! Yay for your very first GM! You'll have to tell me how you liked it...I KNOW you'll like it! Get ready to pull out the blender every morning :)

Rose said...

You'll definitely be happy with the Polar F6 - it works great for me during aerobics and classes at the gym!

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

I had my GM this morning with Amazing Grass with Acai, blueberries and spinach. it was really good!

Alison Can Read said...

Add in ideas - soy/almond/rice milk, lots of blueberries...mango might be good too.

I Run for Fun said...

Gosh...how do you cook up 2 dinners every night? You're a wonder woman! The chocolate whole food energy bar sounds really good.

Being Healthier said...

oh you are back from HHI!!!! Horray!

I just got an amazing grass package as well! IT is SO DELICIOUS!

I haven't found a good mix yet.... I tried just water and it was still tasty- then i tried milk and mango with the green powder which was good as well.

Let me know if you find a great combo!

Maria said...

I haven't tried those bars, but I am looking for a good one. Any others you like? I would prefer one with a little less calories and more protein. And one I can choke down..ha! Great salad!

Holly said...

That is so exciting that you're thinking about a heart monitor! I really want a Garmin, too. Maybe you could get the Polar now for inside and a Garmin at Christmas? Worth a shot? ;-)

I'm anxious to see what you think of the AG! I tried it once, in a smoothie, and it was just meh. Maybe it was the flavor/kind I got. The bars sounds really good, too!

Unknown said...

half a frozen banana :)

Juliana said...

Yummie salad...looks delicious and just right for the summer.

Anonymous said...

I love frozen strawberries or blues in mine :)

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MizFit said...

my green shakes are boring but filled with spinach flax chia bananas and almond milk.

CANT WAIT to hear what you think!

Yum Yucky said...

Hmmm. Healthy turkey stir frys and Green Super Foods. I better get with the program. I ate Dino nuggets last night.

Anonymous said...

spinach is such a great base for ANY topping!

Enjoy the Amazing Grass- banana would be a feature in any smoothie I would make.

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Fitnessista said...

i love my polar hrm-- i have a pink f6 and it's been amazing!
i still haven't tried the amazing grass stuff..
hope you have a wonderful day!

RunToTheFinish said...

YEAHH glad you got your prize hope you like it! I liked the bars better than the powder, but I seem to be the minority so hopefully you love it

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I am dying to try a slice of Matt's bread--your lucky =)

K from ksgoodeats said...

Gotta love having dinner all prepared to eat when you get home! That's the best!

I haven't used my Amazing Grass yet (I'm ashamed!) so I hope you find a good combination to use :)

Peanut Butter Swirl said...

baby corn is one of my favorite veggies to add to stirfry dishes! amazing meals girlie!

Stacy said...

banana and pineapple. You don't need much, but they make it taste sweet and mask the green taste!

Krista said...

Great salad! You know how I love'em...

I'm too late for GM suggetions, but can't wait to hear what you ended up trying!

Anne said...

I agree with you on that chocolate amazing grass bar! It tasted good and I love that it's nutritious, but it's a little caloric for me :)

Katie said...

Your salad looks really good.

The Amazing Grass products sound really interesting. Can't wait to hear what you think!

Maria Rose said...

I might have to give the bar a try. I am always on the lookout for a good vegan bar that I can turn to in a jam.

whole body love said...

I noticed the caloric density of these bars as well. It would be a nice part of a meal. Maybe they will eventually make a snack size version like LARA bars did!

lynn said...

mmmm! lucky you! i haven't tried amazing grass goods yet but have heard so much about them....

Chef Jeena said...

Hi Erica how are you?

Your meals always look so tasty and I never know which I like best because it all is so very tasty. :-)

Kristen said...

Add-in ideas? A kiwi or a pear!!