Oh She Glows Classic Green Monster

Remember when I posted about losing weight and advocated eating a lot of fruits and vegetables? Well I thought I would offer you my little secret for sneaking those veggies in regularly if you aren’t used to incorporating them into your meals often (like me, circa January 2011).

Oh She Glows Classic Green Monster Recipe:

Classic Green Monster in my Christmas Mug

This little protein shake looks intimidating. I mean, it’s greenBut it tastes exactly like cake batter while managing to sneak in more than 2 cups of fresh spinach and over 30g of protein. Just one shake gives you three of your five servings of fruits and vegetables for the day (win!).

Mmm, delicious and healthy!

If you haven’t discovered Oh She Glows yet, take a look around, even if protein shakes aren’t your thing. Angela, the blog owner of Oh She Glows, has the most fantastic collection of easy, healthy vegan meals. Another of my favorite recipes from Oh She Glows it the Back on Track Wheat Berry and Bean Salad which is absolutely delicious! I make it at least once a month to have on hand for a small snack or quick dinner.

What is your secret healthy recipe?

Ashley

Reindeer Treats

Originally I had planned to make these for my co-workers and I am so glad I made my Festive Cupcakes instead because making this in large quantities is exhausting! But I just had to make these for Ian’s family.

To make Reindeer Treats:

Make a batch of “Muddy Buddies” (otherwise known as “Puppy Chow”) according to the recipe on the back of a Chex Cereal box. Wash out a mason jar and fill with the mix. Tie a festive ribbon around the lid and add a tag saying “Reindeer Treats”.  I think they turned out pretty cute but I wish I had made more so I could have given some to my family too! But be sure to learn from my mistake and make the mix in small batches. Otherwise you’ll wind up with a floor covered in reindeer treats.

Ashley

P.s. Sorry for the blurry photos, Santa didn’t bring me a tripod this Christmas…

My Favorite Festive Cupcakes

Last night I realized I hadn’t planned anything as gifts for my co-workers… and I felt like a deer in headlights. With at least twelve co-workers to find gifts for, I had to think of something relatively inexpensive but still thoughtful since I do work with these people every single day.

While I was running around the grocery store last night with an idea of making reindeer food (puppy chow in mason jars with cute tags), the reality of making 24 cups of puppy chow hit me. I didn’t even have enough bowls for the job, not to mention that I don’t have a car here in the city so I would have to lug home over six boxes of cereal, four bags of chocolate chips… yikes!

Luckily I happened to be in the baking aisle when this epiphany hit and like a small Christmas miracle, a large box of red velvet cake mix was on the shelf right in front of me and I began to think. Cupcakes are pretty easy to make in large quantities… Plus. Red velvet cupcakes are festive… Plus! Red currants, the most festive berry, just happened to be in stock in the produce aisle… Plus. And then I realized it: there were no minuses to this plan.

So if you are looking for a thoughtful last-minute gift idea, try these out!

My Favorite Super Easy Festive Cupcakes

What You’ll Need:

1 box of red velvet cake mix

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional, but I recommend it!)

3 teaspoons milk

1 bag chocolate chunks, for garnish

1 carton of red currants, for garnish

Directions:

Make red velvet mix as directed for cupcakes. Meanwhile mix powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract until they form a pourable icing. Once cupcakes are done (a toothpick should be able to poke through them cleanly) pull out of the oven and drizzle icing as desired. Once cupcakes have cooled for about ten minutes, place a small pile of chocolate chunks on top. Garnish with a small sprig of red currants.

And enjoy! Yes, it’s that easy.

These are especially delicious to enjoy in front of the Christmas tree, it creates the right atmosphere:

Ashley

P.s. For some reason these cupcakes make me think of another red and chocolate dessert: