Thursday, December 29, 2011

Clean and Green

I have discussed the non vegetable eating boyfriend numerous times, so you all know I am constantly trying to sneak veggies into whatever I can. Veggie bread, veggie milk, veggie water. Okay just kidding, but I did sneak a whole handful of spinach in his shake this morning and he loved it. One point for me. 

Now, when I say I snuck it in, that is clearly a lie. There is no sneaking when your shake looks like your lawn threw up in your glass BUT I promise promise promise you cannot taste the spinach whatsoever. If you have picky kids, boyfriends, or you just don't care for veggies yourself I highly recommend you try this! It's the perfect way to get a serving of Vitamin packed spinach into your day without even realizing it. 

Switching gears to a very non-vegetable based food, Jamie Eason's Cinnamon Swirl Protein bread is the new must-make-every-week-since-last-week bread. You can make these just like you do any of the other bars, but I baked mine in a loaf pan and I think I'll continue to make this particular recipe that way. 

I followed Jamie's recipe for the most part, except I didn't do the "swirl" part because my batter was no where near as thick as hers is in this video. So, I just poured my extra cinnamon/sugar mixture on top so it ended up making kind of a crust of cinnamon sugar delighfulness. (Yep, just made that word up, feel free to use it whenever something is super delightful)

For topping:
1/3 cup sweetener (If you're using Truvia, you can use less than this)
2 tbsp cinnamon 
For bread:
1 1/2 cups oat flour
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4-1/2 cup sweetener, depending on what brand/how sweet you want your bread
2 egg whites 
1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
1/3 cup applesauce
1/4 cup non fat greek yogurt

1. I take the easy way (and maybe this is why my consistency is different that in the video) and just combine everything together and mix. 
2. Pour into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture on top. 
3. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. 

For Jamie's specific directions including how to do the "swirl" part, you can click here! 

Have you tried any other veggies in your protein shakes?


  1. I'm glad he drank the smoothie! I always tell people to add spinach because you don't taste it, but no one ever believes me!

  2. Hiiii! Havent commented lately, but glad you got everything you wanted from Santa this year and had a nice Christmas with your family! How many slices do you slice your loaf into and is it the same calories per serving as the bars? I'm assuming it's a bit more. Thanks love.

  3. I sliced it into 16 pieces... the nutrition can be found under the link I posted above :)

  4. Hey B... So one of my tots can't have dairy so mom packs him veggie cheese. Cheese made from veggies. CRAZY. Haven't tried it but it smells like "real" cheese. Have you snuck that in anywhere?

  5. My mom LOVES green smoothies! She got me a blender for Christmas and filled out a little recipe book with all of her favorite veggie smoothies. Now I just have to try one :)


  6. I just can't get into shakes, especially veggie ones. Too bad because they are soooo healthy!

  7. Hi Little B...if I may ask, what else did you use in the smoothie?

  8. This one had pumpkin cinnamon 1/2 frozen banana splash of almond milk and a few ice cubes. Tastes like pumpkin pie!

  9. Is 2 egg whites the equivalent of 1/4 cup egg beaters? What if I omit all the sugar in this recipe and have none? I don't have anything other than single-serving stevia packets.

    Also, Any suggestions for a monthly workout plan? I like Jamie Eason's (i want a PLAN and goals), but have no gym.
    So....I have 5 and 8 lb dumbbells at home...I see a lot of "at home workouts" on peoples blogs that are fine...but I don't just want to get up and pick something random suggestions? Something I can plan to do for one month, then make a new plan for the next month?

    I'm thinking maybe a strength training focus (but with cardio bursts???) maybe 4 times a week????
    I'm gong to start the Couch to 5K walk-jog program, so that is walk/jog short for 3x a
    thoughts??? I want to be fit and lean and strong.

  10. What kind of protein powder do you suggest for baking?

  11. To the anonymous post above about workouts, can you send me an email?

    I use Dymatize Iso 100 in vanilla for baking.

  12. I also put kale in my green smoothies and you can't taste it.

  13. Hey little b can you double your protein in this recipe like in the lemon bar?

    1. Ya of course, for every scoop of PP you want to decrease the oat flour by 1/4 cup.

  14. Hi, would you eat this instead of the protein brownies for a mid morning and afternoon small meal? What would the portion size be?

    1. I would do about 1 1/2 slices-- yes you can use for a small meal option.

  15. could you replace the almond milk with plain water?

    1. You could... it may change the texture and it will probably be less sweet. Do you not like almond milk?

  16. Tried the green shake today and I'm SOOO glad I couldn't taste the spinach! I'm always battling anemia and even though I'm a huge veggie lover, I've never loved the taste/texture of spinach. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I tried it with a frozen banana this morning and next I'm going to try frozen strawberries. Thanks for all the hard work you put into sharing your great ideas!

  17. Does anyone have the macro break down for this recipe??


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