What the Kale?

Ha ha ha! Guess what I experimented with today. I’ll get to that in a bit.

First off, I NEED to give a shout out to my dear friend, Jenna, who is 9 months pregnant with baby number 2 and STILL coming to Strollerwise class. I am so proud of her, excited for her, and most of all thankful for her dedication and support with my classes. Smile The boys send their love…..

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Don’t be fooled. They love the stroller and they love class (most of the time). I just happen to catch them at a weak moment this morning. ha!

A quick peek at my dinner last night.

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Some Costco rotisserie chicken, TATS barbeque sauce, and a jalapeno over quinoa. It was fabulous.

And now..….. 

Smoothies today were kale, strawberries, a couple of frozen banana chunks, soymilk, apple juice and a little yogurt.

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The kale was a little strong tasting so I was nervous that they boys might not go for it.

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I was wrong. They loved them. Yay! (and yes, that’s right, they are Supermen)

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Man I hate cleaning those cups though. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions for easier smoothie cups? Grrrr…. anyway…..

I spent the afternoon steaming,

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(Aren’t those containers cool? Microwave steamers. LOVE them!)

pureeing,

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and freezing vegetables.

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I made some carrot cubes that I’m planning on using in smoothies. We’ll see if it works.

Then I prepared dinners. Shrimp and Trader Joe’s Chimchurri rice for Andrew. Macaroni and cheese with pureed broccoli and veggie dogs for the boys.

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Now… on to more kale.

Everyone’s been talking about kale chips. I tried to make them once before. Burned the crap out of them and still made myself eat them. Then was almost physically ill when I went for a run afterward. But, I’m not one to give up, so I thought I’d try it again. And………. success! Yay! Smile I used some leaves from a bag of kale from Trader Joe’s. (They just started selling it prepackaged already cut and rinsed.) Put some on a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Sprayed a little more on top. Topped it with sea salt, pepper and cayenne.

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Baked it at 400 for a little while. (Sorry- I didn’t time it. I think it was about 10 minutes.) And…….. they were awesome. Crunchy, spicy, yummy. I had to pair them with a sandwich wrap. A Flatout wrap with fat free cream cheese, turkey, a jalapeno, sprouts, and broccoli slaw. Mmmmm.

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After a long night at the Y (teaching 3 classes), I  knew I wanted a big bowl of “ice cream” after dinner. Let me just show you the masterpiece I created. Oh wait,

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So, anyway..…. I started making this because I have been known to sit and easily down a whole pint of ice cream in one sitting. I freaking love big portions. Ugh. I needed an alternative that I could make kind of big, feel satisfied and still keep the calories somewhat reasonable. So I came up with my…..

STUFT Fro Yogurt

I’ve made all different kinds of variations, but tonight I wanted something with some peanut butter and chocolate. Here’s what I got out.

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Here’s what I did. Mix 1 cup FAGE 0% with 1-1 1/2 serving(s) (8-12 grams) sugar free vanilla jello pudding mix. add 1 splenda packet and a little vanilla extract.

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In a separate container combine 1/2 cup Cool Whip Free with a little cocoa powder.

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I used some PB2 as my peanut butter. It’s this REALLY cool stuff that comes in powder form and you mix it with water to make peanut butter. LOVE it! Less calories and less fat than regular peanut butter. I also just add tablespoons of the powder to yogurt, cottage cheese, muffin mix, etc. Sooo many things you can do with this stuff!

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You’ll have 3 different mixes.

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First, mix in the peanut butter with the yogurt mixture. Then, gently fold in the Cool Whip to the yogurt and PB mix. It should look something like this.

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Put in a container. Cover and freeze for about an hour or so. Maybe a little bit longer. (Warning- If you leave it in the freezer too long it get’s a bit icy and hard to eat. You definitely don’t want it sitting in the freezer overnight.)

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While I was waiting for my STUFT Fro Yogurt I needed some Cheesy Wild Bread STUFT Style. The presentation wasn’t as pretty.

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But the taste was just as good! Hey look at all that crushed red pepper in my sauce.

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Yum! Okay, it had been long enough……….. on to dessert. I got out the STUFT Fro Yogurt from the freezer.

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Decided I needed a few of these on top.

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Umm… hmmmm……I’m a little embarrassed at how big this dessert got, but I told myself I’d put it all out there in this blog so………. look at this puppy.

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You know what else? There’s even a Peanut Butter Fudge Vitatop on the bottom. Holy catfish people! It was DELICIOUS!!!!!!! I love that I can have this HUGE serving rather than a dinky piece of some crazy full-fat cake or something (I occasionally do that though too, but not on a regular basis).

Oh man, 11:50. 10 minutes to be in bed. I need some advice though. Should I post shorter posts more often? (One morning one and one night one? That way I and focus on one meal or one topic at a time.) I feel like these are getting LONG (and probably boring). Let me know what you think.

Tomorrow is FITNESS FRIDAY! I’m finally going to post an at home strength workout on here (for my awesome niece)! Woo hoo!!!!!!

Good night! Here’s a little something, just because…. Smile

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Comments

  1. 1
    Perdita says:

    Hey Kristin,
    I am in your Thursday night gym class at the Y. I really enjoy reading your blog. Your sense of humor always makes me giggle and the pics of your boys getting up to mischief are so divine. (being a child care provider, I am always drawn to pictures and anecdotes of kids)
    It’s really great to be introduced to new foods, one in particular that you have mentioned is the Naturally More peanut butter! Gotta go get some. I’m always on the look out for a quick protein fix. To answer your question about the length of your posts….my advise from 1 busy, working mom to another….go with the flow of the day. It’s YOUR blog. Your readers will enjoy whatever you write, whenever….no matter how long or short. Thank you for always being so upbeat and happy. You are very inspirational. I admire your energy and drive. O.k, so you ARE 10 yrs younger than me (I’m not going to let that be any excuse, I’m not!) but still! The fact that you drive the distance you do to teach says it all! I feel bad for making a negative comment here…but we are all sharing, right? Beware of steaming in the microwave! I know those containers rock, and they are probably PBA free….but I’ve read sooo many articles of how bad microwaves are for us, that I actually threw mine out! Figured what was the point of cooking organic food, if I’m destroying the molecular structure of the food using that form of cooking. I guess it’s a controversial topic, but having studied a bit of microbiology in college a thousand yrs ago, the articles just made sense. The puzzle pieces fit so to speak.
    On a lighter note….LOVE the bullet. I have used mine so much, that I am only down to one blade. I recommend the Nubi cups from Walmart (or Target) for the smoothies. There is no straw. The nipple is soft,and the hole is big enough for the thickness of the smoothie They are easy to clean.
    So my question is: should my comments be this long, or do you prefer shorter ones???!! hahahahahahaha

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    Tracy says:

    Ok, so I JUST found your blog and I have think I have read it for the last couple hours! Needless to ay..LOVE IT!! Love ll the pics of yr recipe creations and of ourse, the boys! Keep up the great writing..love yr sense of humor as well. Your inspiring me! Onward girlfriend!

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    Robin Baker says:

    Girllllll, one a day is a ton of work. just go with what you got.

    HILARIOUS. and you can eat that much and rock that hard ass body because you work out like a maniac. And I know WHY you work out like that because if I had the time, you know I would too. Because you know I did. Wait, I’m getting side tracked. You work out like that so YOU CAN EAT LIKE THAT. Don’t make excuses for your portions, ENJOY them. You work your ass off so you can!

    Nothin but love from an old work out fanatic turned sedentary mess. Me.

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    Eftychia says:

    All dishes look delicious. Very cute babies!!

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    I am so making your Stuft Fro Yogurt soon! And can you believe I’ve never tried a Vitatop?! I’ll have to get on that soon ;)

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    randi says:

    i’m new to your blog and stumbled upon it by means of someone else’s site…so happy i did!! you are amazing and i love your posts!! been reading up all week, i really admire everything you writer about and post…
    perfect friday night while boyfriend is at work i made your stuft fro-yogurt…wow…thank you for posting…will be a staple dessert : )

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    Grace says:

    How many calories re in the Stuft fro yo???

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    Grace says:

    Nutrition for:

    1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt ( I used FAGE)

    1 serving Jell-O sugar free vanilla pudding mix (8 grams of powder)

    a little almond extract

    1 splenda packet (optional)
    Thank you!! Looks delicious!

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    Tracey says:

    OMG where has your blog been all my life! Love all your recipe ideas! BTW: How much cocoa powder, 1tbsp? Also, how much PB2? Thanks soo much!

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    Mimi says:

    Love this blog!

    I am mad that I found the recipe for the fro yo! I see a more than once-a-day addiction!
    I used SF cheesecake pudding, 2% Fage, Cool whip lite stevia and cacao powder. Thought I died and went to heaven:)

    Cant keep Vita tops in the house…..tried it too many times……..I eat them all

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    STUFT Mama says:

    Just so you know, you have to link a source and have permission to use other people’s pictures. :) I don’t mind too much, but please make sure you link the source.

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    Brigid says:

    I just ordered some PB2 to try in the Stuft Fro yo recipe – how much did you use, and cocoa? I was going to follow the 1 cup Fage yogurt, 1 1/2 servings of sugar free pudding, etc recipe…can’t wait to try this! Thanks!

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    Jennipher says:

    Thanks for your blog! Love the recipes and the posts. :-) I have a little guy always getting into mischief on his own! I have a sweet tooth and love the low cal desserts. There’s a special place in my heart for peanut butter and chocolate!! I LOVE PB2! the best.

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    Randi says:

    it’s been WAY too long that I have been back to your block (been following you on IG lately)…hubs was out of town and wanted dessert for dinner and no better than a Stuft fro-yo! made it with a protein brownie…so freakin’ delish. I hid the cool whip so I can make again when he goes back out of town! :-o hehe rediscovered the protein fudge as well, need to go back to your recipes for you delish and crazy mixtures.

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