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Hungry’s Hearty Hash – Veggie Mode Engaged

Here is a vegetarian breakfast option that packs a ton of protein! It also has a decent amount of fats and carbs too, so this is a real winner in my book! It’s simple too. You’ll only need one burner, one skillet, one spatula and or your favorite thing to move stuff around in a pan with! And a microwave doesn’t hurt.

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Hungry’s Hearty Hash (Vegetarian Style)

Serves 2
A vegetarian style of a hearty breakfast–a complete meal with protein, carbs, and fat!


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Prep Time
3 min

Cook Time
8 min

Prep Time
3 min

Cook Time
8 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 potato
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 1 cup spinach
  4. 4 cloves garlic
  5. 2 Morningstar sausage patties
  6. 1 piece toast
  7. Olive oil
  8. Salt pepper
Instructions
  1. Wash your potato and cut into small cubes so they cook faster.
  2. Throw them in a skillet at medium heat, then treat with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Throw your patties into the microwave for a minute. Use that minute to rough chop your garlic.
  4. Put your garlic in with the potatoes.
  5. Cut your patties into 8-12 pieces each and wash your spinach.
  6. Put the patties into the skillet, then cover everything with the slightly wet spinach.
  7. Once the spinach has cooked down, crack three eggs into the skiller.
  8. Add some more salt and pepper as you spread the egg around the pan evenly.
  9. Now, once it looks like a beautiful omelet that is ready to flip, smash it into a hash.
  10. Serve with your favorite ketchup or hot sauce!
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It’s a fast one that should take under ten minutes total! It filled us for an amazing Sunday. We believe starting the day includes a great, hearty breakfast. Especially if that day includes Dragon Age and workouts. We believe it’s good to include all macronutrients in a meal, if possible. And we show you despite being a vegetarian, it is possible to get all your nutrients! Even a meat-eater like Hungry knows it. Eat this breakfast to stay hungry and fit!

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite breakfast?

Homemade Banana Fritters

In my experience, it seems like banana fritters are not a huge thing in the United States. However, growing up in my household with a Kiwi mother promises otherwise. Oh homemade banana fritters, how can words do justice to your magnificence? Banana fritters are a special part of weekend breakfasts in my family. They are basically a banana and flour mixture that’s fried in oil on the stove top. We usually top them with powdered sugar. It’s so delicious. And better even still–they are incredibly simple to make! Let’s get to the recipe.

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Banana Fritters

Yields 8
A decadent breakfast recipe that takes under 15 minutes to make


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Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
6 min

Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
6 min

Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup flour
  2. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  3. water
  4. powdered sugar
  5. 2 bananas
Instructions
  1. Sift flour and baking powder
  2. Mix with water to batter consistency (water amount could be different for everyone)
  3. Slice bananas and stir them into the batter
  4. Heat a pan with quarter of an inch of oil
  5. Take a large spoonful (see pictures) of fritter mix and plop into pan
  6. Cook until little bubbles start to appear in batter (roughly 3 minutes)
  7. Flip and do the same
  8. Take out of pan and put on paper towel
  9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar
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I can usually only get through about two because they are very rich and quite rewarding. I’m sure many other Americans would love to play around with this recipe like put syrup or fruit on top. You should experiment! For me, it’s powdered sugar until the end. This is my mum’s recipe and I feel very lucky indeed to have it and also to be able to share it with you all! She’s been making it for who knows how many years, so it’s almost as easy as making a cup of tea for her. Enjoy this recipe to stay hungry and fit!

*Question of the Day: What’s a special breakfast tradition for your family?

The Clean-Eater’s Breakfast

I was going to title this “The Bodybuilder’s Breakfast,” but I was worried that would scare too many people off. As in they would see my head on Arnold’s body. Bodybuilding is just creating a toned and muscular body! But that aside…if you want to do some clean eating, here’s an easy way to start your day. I have this most days out of the week. It keeps me full for a long period of time and it satisfies my taste buds. Oatmeal and hard-boiled egg whites. Pretty common ingredients. Simple, nutritious, delicious

I always put hot sauce on my eggs...you could call me obsessed

I always put hot sauce on my eggs…you could call me obsessed

Oatmeal is such a foundation for creativity!

Oatmeal is such a foundation for creativity!

Clean-Eater’s Breakfast

Serves 1
A great way to start the day, full of nutrition and satisfaction


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Cook Time
5 min

Cook Time
5 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats (however you can use any kind, it will just take longer)
  3. raisins
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. anything else you want to add- bananas, nuts, other dried fruit, maple syrup, etc
  6. 3 hard-boiled eggs
Instructions
  1. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil
  2. Take your hard boiled eggs and delicately peel the white off and drop in a bowl
  3. Add any hot sauce you want to the eggs and cut them up with your fork
  4. Once the water for the oatmeal boils, stir in the oats
  5. Soon after, put in the cinnamon, raisins, and any other additions you would like
Notes
  1. Hard-boil the eggs beforehand to make it a super quick breakfast
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You can spiff up the oatmeal all you want. While I was in contest prep, I just had cinnamon in it to limit my sugars, but you can go wild with it! In college, we used to put the weirdest things in. Hey, it’s fun! This breakfast is sure to provide long-lasting satisfaction with no guilt involved. Eat clean to stay hungry and fit!

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How to Make Beignets in Under 10 Minutes

Back in college, I did two service trips to New Orleans. That is where I discovered this magical things called beignets (French for “donuts”). There’s nothing like them really, and I always get overexcited when I get to eat them. Although there’s nothing like getting them fresh and hot from Cafe du Monde (original place in New Orleans), it’s still a treat to be able to have them from home. This isn’t going to be a complicated recipe. No, instead, I used the actual box mix that Cafe du Monde sells. Chris got me 3 boxes of them for Valentine’s Day last year. This product gets a full thumbs up. 

Feast yer eyes

Feast yer eyes

  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cooking Time: >1 minute

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Cafe du Monde beignet box mix
  • 7/8 cup water
  • flour for unsticking purposes
  • oil
  • powdered sugar

Directions

  • Stir together the 2 cups of the mix and the water until it is all bound together
  • Heat up a deep pot or skillet with an inch of oil in it. Turn up the heat!
  • Flour a cutting board and your rolling pin and roll out the mixture until it’s around 1/4 inch
  • Then go ahead and cut it into a little bigger than 2 square inch pieces. It was all a rough estimate for me.
  • As soon as your oil is hot (I don’t have a thermometer so I dropped water in to see if it would sizzle), drop those bad boys in. They shouldn’t need longer than 2 minutes
  • Take them out and dry them
  • Pour copious amounts of powdered sugar on them and then STUFF YOUR FACE!!

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At least, that’s what I did. I couldn’t even finish them and Chris wouldn’t help me because he wasn’t hungry that early. I had tried making these before and failed horribly. It’s taken me awhile to try again and I’m glad I did because they came out pretty darn good. Not as good as Cafe du Monde, but that was never a goal. Go ahead and treat yourself with a box of this magic. We found it at World Market near us, but look it up! And as always…stay hungry and fit!

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Nymeria taking a selfie

Nymeria taking a selfie

Whole-Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread

So one of my clients gave me a RIDICULOUSLY big zucchini. Enormous. Like an elephant trunk. I wish I took a picture of it. So what to do with this unholy piece of vegetable? At first I would cut it up and roast or fry it…but then I was still left with half of the zucchini (I would probably measure it at 2 feet). So I say to myself…why not bake something you’ve tried before? Whole-wheat chocolate chip zucchini bread, of course! I got the recipe from here and tweaked it. And I may have added a few dashes of things to make it more Falllike. This is one delicious and healthy recipe! Let’s get to it.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Baking Time60 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup mini-chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a bread pan
  • First off, let’s peel and shred that darn zucchini. Remember you only need 2 cups worth, so don’t get too crazy

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  • Mix all the wet stuff (honey, oil, sugar, vanilla, and eggs) until nice and smooth
Whisk away

Whisk away

  • Now add the flour, salt, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg!  Mix it well
  • Now stir in the zucchini, nuts, and chocolate chips!
Could eat this batter allllll day

Could eat this batter allllll day

  • Now scoop this batter into that greased up bread pan and make even

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  • Now let’s put it in the oven for 55-60 minutes. Test it by sticking a fork or toothpick in it.
Nom nom nom

Nom nom nom

And that’s really it! The zucchini adds a wonderful texture to the bread. This is one great way of tricking your kids into eating zucchini by hiding it in this beautiful bread! Make sure to let cool for a little bit before serving, I know, it’s hard. Pretty simple recipe and instructions, perfect for leftover zucchini. After the first day, put in the fridge to keep the zucchini from going bad. Use this recipe to stay hungry and fit!

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Chocolate Protein Rounds [No Baking Required]

My friend made me a batch of these for my birthday last week and I devoured way too many. Like wayyyy too many. But who cares, you only have a birthday once a year, right? Luckily, these things are pretty healthy and help me get my daily protein intake, so I wasn’t too worried. She had given me the recipe a long time ago, but I just never got around to making them. The original recipe doesn’t necessarily call for chocolate protein powder, but it’s all we have so I decided to give it a go. Really glad I did–super easy. And it’s nice not to bake when it’s 80 degrees out! I altered it somewhat and it turned out well!

My own version of a Hershey's Kiss...without the slave labor!

My own version of a Hershey’s Kiss…without the slave labor!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 2 cups chocolate protein powder (you could do vanilla, though)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2/3 cup Silk Vanilla Unsweetened Almondmilk (you can use regular)
  • 1 tbsp dried cherries (you can use any dried fruit)
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp walnuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  • Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl
Dry ingredients mixed together

Dry ingredients mixed together

  • Mix the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl. It’s tough at first because of the peanut butter, but I just whisked it down until it was well-mixed and of one mixture
  • Slowly mix the wet into the dry ingredient bowl. First I used a whisk, but in the end I had to use a wooden spoon to really mix it well.

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  • Take out a cookie sheet and place wax paper on top. Then scoop out bite-sized pieces of the mixture and line it up on the wax paper.

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  • Put into the freezer for 30 minutes. Remove from the freezer and then wrap them individually with wax paper, otherwise it’s a sticky mess. Place in fridge until ready to eat!
Ready to go in the fridge

Ready to go in the fridge

I am so glad the chocolate protein powder worked out. This is such a good snack before or after a workout. Gives you a bit of energy, but doesn’t weigh you down and has a good amount of protein to keep your muscles happy. It’s an unbelievably easy recipe and a great way to stay hungry and fit!

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Sajah caught sleeping on the job

Sajah caught sleeping on the job

Happy 23rd Birthday, Alana!

Yay! Happy Birthday to me! Chris and I had a great “birthday weekend” (his birthday is this coming Thursday—yes, a pair of Virgos) involving lots of good food and good company. Though I am peeved at myself for not taking more group photos, oh well! ABC Family obviously knew that it was my birthday weekend because it was a Harry Potter Weekend (yessss). So besides home  We decided on our “group birthday dinner” (meaning more than just Chris and I) we would do on the Saturday. We couldn’t decide on a place…from Korea House to Efrain’s and we finally decided on one of our favorite spots, Tibet Kitchen. But before that, Saturday morning, we went with friends to go play Frisbee Golf on a hot morning. But the view was incredible.

Frisbee golf view

Frisbee golf view

Sample of a Tibet Kitchen plate

Sample of a Tibet Kitchen plate

Really should’ve taken pictures of the group as a whole, but it included co-workers, friends, and family–a great bunch. We all had a ton of food and felt pretty full…but not full enough to not get ice cream! We finished the night off well with plenty of ice cream to celebrate. It was a great time. The next morning (on my actual birthday) we went to breakfast at Lucille’s, a southern, New Orleans-style breakfast joint. I always hear how popular it is and we got there at the right time. No wait, and we got a seat outside on an absolutely beautiful morning. We obviously got some beignets to share and some dishes for ourselves. It was absolutely delicious and neither of us could finish it (hellooo leftovers!).

I could eat wayyyy too many beignets

I could eat wayyyy too many beignets

After we stuffed ourselves, we ran over to Flatirons Mall AMC (which has the most comfy recliner chairs, it’s ridiculous) and caught a double feature of The Butler and Riddick (both reviews to come). We enjoyed both, but came out starving because it was about 4 hours of movie time with no snacks in between (I forgot the popcorn!). After a long debate about what to eat, we decided on trying Protos Pizza up in North Boulder. And we loved it. We ordered 4 small pies (don’t worry, it was 4-slice, small slice pizzas, not real expensive) to try everything out. The ingredients were fresh, crust cooked to perfection, and a wonderful blend of flavors.

This is a piece from each pie

This is a piece from each pie

After that, Chris went to give a private swim lesson. We did a laid-back workout, and then headed to Ras Kassa’s Ethiopian Restaurant. It was open late and we had never tried it. We ordered a “vegetarian passport meal for two” which ended up being a ton of food plus two drinks and dessert! Let’s just say there’s a good amount of leftovers in the fridge. It was an absolutely lovely night, we sat outside next to a creek and beautiful little lights. We enjoyed some drink and a lot of food and had a great time.

Those rolled up parts are injera (Ethiopian "bread") to use to eat the rest of the meal

Those rolled up parts are injera (Ethiopian “bread”) to use to eat the rest of the meal

Honey Wine and Papaya Margarita

Honey Wine and Papaya Margarita

So I had a great great birthday, and I was lucky enough to get cards from loved ones and presents too. My parents sent me great gifts plus a boat load of Trader Joe’s goodies. Chris got me a wonderful collection of presents that was perfectly catered to who I am. Overall, I had a lovely birthday and look forward to celebrating Chris’ coming up soon. As always…stay hungry and fit! 

Trader Joe's yummies

Trader Joe’s yummies

Yes that's a bento box on top

Yes that’s a bento box on top (and Game of Thrones graphic novel)

Chris got me crocs!! I know my friends will be so happy (not

Chris got me crocs!! I know my friends will be so happy (not

Miyazaki play on Wizard of Oz hoodie

Miyazaki play on Wizard of Oz hoodie (from Chris, of course)

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Nymeria on her back

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Sweetie-Pie Peach Cobbler

Sweetie-Pie? Huh? I say that because this recipe is sweet. Very sweet. So much so that I’m not a huge fan of it, but those who I made it for loved it (and that’s what matters, right?). At first, I thought I had done something wrong, and I was ready to angrily toss it in the bin, but I left it in the fridge overnight and it turned out great! Anyhow, this is a peach cobbler from this blog. I didn’t change much out of the recipe because I’m kind of new to cobblers. Alright, let’s take a look.

  • Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Baking TIme: 20-25 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • pinch of salt 
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 4 peaches
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (yes, it’s on the ingredient list twice)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Put the stick of butter in a few-inch-deep pan, like a casserole dish and let it melt in the oven.
  • Let’s start with the batter. I’m not a huge fan of the batter–it’s very typical white cake type stuff. But again, other people liked this! Combine the flour, white sugar, baking powder, and salt. 

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  • Add the milk and vanilla to that dry mix and stir. Set it aside
  • Get out a pot and put in the peaches (they should be chopped up in little chunks)brown sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil and then let it boil for 5 minutes.
Pretty peaches

Pretty peaches

Cinnamon added

Cinnamon added

Gettin' juicy!

Gettin’ juicy!

  • Pour the white batter into the casserole with the butter in it, but do not stir! Make a nice layer and then pour the hot peach mixture on top too, for a delicious, beautiful layer
Ready to bake!

Ready to bake!

  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • While it’s baking, combine the oats, the (other) brown sugar, and nutmeg in a small bowl
  • Take the cobbler out and sprinkle the oat mixture on top. Put back in the oven for 10-15 minutes until it’s nice and brown on top and cooked through
Hot from the oven

Hot from the oven

You can serve hot with ice cream or chill it in the fridge for a nice cool cobbler. I would go for the latter. The more I kept trying it over time, the better it became. And it was perfect by the time I brought it to work. Two people had birthdays within the next two days so we decided to do a little birthday bash for them. One of them is picky about desserts (doesn’t like sweets), but mentioned that she loves peach cobbler so I gave it a go! I also made these muffinsAnd as always… stay hungry and fit!

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The How-To Guide to Smart Snacking

I’m pretty sure all of us have fallen into the trap of mindless snacking. It’s one of the biggest road blocks in achieving our goals. We get home from a long day of work, our stomachs grumbling, but our feet are tired and so our minds. Instead of whipping up a snack, we go into the fridge or pantry and just mindlessly stuff our gobs until we somehow feel full. But usually we go past the point of being full, to where the point of not eating a good dinner because of that. And what does that lead to? MORE mindless snacking after “dinner.” If you can’t tell, this is a bad cycle. So how do we stop it?

Fruit protein smoothies: stopping mindless snacking since its creation

Fruit protein smoothies: stopping mindless snacking since its creation

Snack with a purpose. I can’t emphasize this enough so I’m writing a whole post about it. This is the best defense against the mindless zombie eating that can plague us all. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of “oh, I’ll just snack on a few crackers while I think of a food plan—oops there goes the entire package.” I can’t count the number of times I’ve done this (yikes), but I’ve learned now, how to beat that back with a stick. A well-planned and satisfying stick.

Popcorn, cheese & crackers,

Popcorn, cheese & crackers,

What exactly is snacking with a purpose? It’s the opposite of mindless eating and I can’t tell you how much more satisfying it is than just stuffing your face. If you snack with a purpose, you have a plan. A plan to satisfy your hunger without going overboard and getting some nutrients to boot! It may take a LITTLE more time (and I mean little), but that is also a way that makes it that much more satisfying. Just like growing your own vegetables, when you snack with a purpose, you feel good. 

Egg on top of avocado

Egg on top of avocado

Snacking with a purpose means you don’t go straight for the chip bag. Instead, you have something in mind for a snack. Yesterday, I was craving something cold and refreshing. I wanted to go grab an iced mocha latte or something, but didn’t want to spend money and drink a bunch of sugar. So I bit the bullet, went home, had some chocolate milk beside a Van’s waffle topped with greek yogurtPerfect snack for after work or after school. You have some sugar in the waffle and milk to pick you up, the protein in the greek yogurt to keep you going, and the cold chocolate milk to refresh you. It’s well-rounded, simple, and took less than 5 minutes to make.

A little more extravagant version of my example

A little more extravagant version of my example

Starting to get it now? Snacking with a purpose means sitting down and eating something to keep that body and mind of yours going. It means slowing down for 10-15 minutes, making yourself some cheese, apples, and crackers or popcorn or an egg on toast to satisfy hunger and give the body what it needs. And the mind. You think your mind is happy when you shovel crap down your throat? Absolutely not. One of the reasons why we love eating is because it is pleasurable. So why skimp out on that just because it’s a snack? Make something nice for yourself, sit down, and enjoy a snack. Your body, your weight, your fitness, and your mind will thank you. Snack with a purpose to stay hungry and fit!

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Sajah trying to blend in

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Green Protein Smoothie

This may surprise you, but I’ve never really done “juicing” or used spinach in my smoothies. Sure I’ve had carrot/apple juices, but it’s just not something I’m into (nor am I against it–just don’t have a juicer). However, when I saw this recipe from one of my favorite bloggers, I had to try it immediately! Yes, it has spinach in it, but don’t let that deter you! It also has peanut butter, banana, and greek yogurt in it! Those are the ingredients that pulled me in. I actually wanted to make this a few days ago, but we had everything except bananas (I had just made these muffins). I was heartbroken. So the next day, we went and got bananas so I could make this first thing. I changed this recipe a little: went from smooth to chunky peanut butter, used almond milk instead of regular, and, of course, threw some protein powder in there

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Macros (per serving)

  • Calories: 261
  • Fat: 5.7g
  • Carbs: 28g
  • Protein: 28.6g

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • 1/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Silk Vanilla Unsweeted Almondmilk
  • 1 tsp chunky peanut butter
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 scoop unflavored protein powder (but a vanilla flavor would do well too)
  • 5 ice cubes

Directions

  • Throw the ice, milk, yogurt, banana, spinach, peanut butter, and honey into the blender. Press “ice crush” a few times to get that ice down to bits. Then blend. 
  • Once it starts to become mixed, throw the protein powder in.
  • Serve!
Yum

Yum

Pretty easy directions and it serves well anytime of the day. I was a little cautious about trying it, with spinach being the main ingredient of the smoothie. However, I threw a straw in and went for it. I was so pleased and surprised–it was delicious! You could taste all the subtle flavors. The spinach didn’t overpower it at all but rather shared the palate well with the peanut butter and banana. I wish I had two servings because it was so tasty, but I was actually quite full and satisfied just after one. And I absolutely love the natural color the spinach brings out–a light fresh green. Use this recipe to stay hungry and fit!

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