Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Jay Robb Protein Review

The nice folks over at JayRobb.com sent me a package of their products to review..I'm going to share some of that swag with one lucky reader, but first, a little about their products.


First my favorite, Jay Robb Whey Protein
From JayRobb.com:
About Jay Robb's Whey Protein Isolate  
Made With 100% rBGH-Free
Whey Protein Isolate as The Protein Source
  • From Grass Fed Cows Not Treated With rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone)
  • Now with 25 Grams Protein Per Serving!
  • Mixes with a blender or  Shaker Bottle
  • No Fat, No Cholesterol
  • No Sugar
  • No Aspartame
  • No Artificial Sweeteners or Colors
  • Made With Stevia
  • No Casein
  • No MSG
  • No Gluten
You can read more here.

I love their whey protein. It is what I will be using from now on, that's how much I love it! Jay Robb Whey Protein is everything I was looking for in a whey protein and more. I love that it's 25 grams of protein per serving and contains stevia, then add to that the fact it comes from grass fed cows not treated with rBGH and I'm a happy blogger! 

I've always been a vanilla whey protein kinda girl, but fell in love with their strawberry, yum and yum. I was impressed at the variety they offer in flavors. They have: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Pina Colada, and Tropical Dreamsicle. All the flavors were delicious.

I always feel my best when my protein intake is high. That isn't always an easy task to accomplish as a busy homeschooling/blogging/life livin' mom. I love that whey protein is so versatile. I enjoyed Jay Robb whey protein in my smoothie recipes. You can also add it to your oatmeal or use it in protein pancakes. I've even dabbled in adding it to my baking. Seriously, the possibilities are endless.

I also tried their protein bars. Again from JayRobb.com:
I've raised the bar on bars and created the JayBAR—a great tasting high protein bar made with organic ingredients.  JayBars are formulated without sugar, corn syrup, casein, artificial sweeteners, maltitol, acesulfame-K, evaporated cane juice, aspartame, or sucralose.

I liked these, I could see myself packing them for long runs if I train for a marathon again. I appreciate that these contain agave nectar. I think it's awesome they're making a protein bar without all the scary stuff you find in many others.

The next product I tried was Jay Robb egg white protein. From their site:
About Jay Robb Egg Protein

Outrageously Delicious
From chickens not treated
with hormones
  • 24 Grams Of Protein Per Serving
  • Lactose Free
  • No Fat
  • No Cholesterol
  • No MSG
  • No Aspartame
  • No Acesulfame-K
  • No Sucralose
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Sweeteners
  • No Artificial Colors
I have been dabbling at the Paleo Diet and more so Primal Blueprint. This would be a good fit for these diets. I liked it, it's a little different than the whey protein I'm used to. Tastes great though and I love that it comes from chickens not treated with hormones. 

The last product I got to try was their shaker bottle. One word: awesome. This was my second favorite product. It really is a great shaker, not like some of the cheapy ones I've tried before.

Overall I am thrilled with all the Jay Robb products I tried and will continue using them myself. Two things I appreciate most about Jay Robb:
  1. I appreciate that this company has gone above and beyond with their products in keeping out many of the junk ingredients I avoid like sucralose and corn syrup.
  2. I love that they have gone a step further to use only animal sources that haven't been subjected to things like rBGH. Check out their site for more info.
You can receive 15% off at JayRobb.com by using:
You can also sign up for Jay’s new eNewsletter, JayTalk, a weekly, one-page newsletter that offers discounts on Jay Robb products and features recipes using Jay Robb Protein.

Now for the swag sharing part...one lucky blog reader will win a Jay Robb shoppers tote filled with: a Jay Robb tank top, one of their awesome shaker bottles and an assortment of Jay Robb Protein Bars and Egg White Protein packets. 

Must be a US resident and simply leave me a comment below on what you are most excited to try from Jay Robb to be entered. You may earn extra entries for tweeting about this giveaway with a link and commenting below that you did so. Enter by Friday September 3, 2010 4 pm mountain time. Good luck!

Disclaimer: JayRobb.com provided me with samples to review and with the samples I will be giving away. As always the opinions I express on my blog are 100% my own and cannot be bought.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sweaty Bands Review



I have been searching for quite some time now for the perfect headband to run in. We're talking years here.


Then, I gave up on the perfect headband and settled for searching for one that would at least stay on my head through an entire run!


I like to put my hair in a pony tail when I run, then put a headband on to keep my bangs out of my face. 


I've tried pretty much everything from Target and Walmart and even more expensive headbands. All of them go flinging off my head some time mid-run. Very annoying, not to mention a waste of money. 


I have bought four or five different varieties and even resorted to tying some of the thinner ones in knots to make them tighter...no luck. I tried using barrets to keep them in place...nope. They ALL would fly off at some point. I began to wonder if I just had a funny shaped head! For my marathon I wound up spraying the heck out of my bangs with hair spray to keep them out of my face...ew.


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SweatyBands.com sent me these samples for review
In comes the Sweaty Band


From SweatyBands.com:


We’ve turned perspiration into a fashion sensation! Sweaty Bands are the ultimate sports and fitness headband, uniquely designed for women and girls who want to show their style, even when they sweat a while! Slip into one today and become a Sweaty Bands believer.


And a believer I am! I'm in love. Seriously I cannot say enough good things about these headbands. I have really put these through their paces and they are truly awesome. I've worn them for everything from an 8 mile run to an intense 60 minute Turbo Fire workout. They stay put. I wear them to run, I wear them to do my strength training, heck I wear the wider one to go shopping.  I'm hooked.


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This is my favorite Sweaty Band post-run
I prefer the thinner variety for running and working out, but I like the wider one for just wearing around, for errands, etc. That's just my preference though. They're both great and do their job wonderfully. 


The perfect headband at last. No need to settle. Sweaty Bands are cute, they're comfortable, they absorb sweat, and....they stay on my head! Yay for Sweaty Bands! I enthusiastically give these 5 stars. 


Disclaimer: SweatyBands.com provided me with samples to review. As always the opinions I express on my blog are 100% my own and cannot be bought.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Blogging Through The Funk



I have been hiding. 


I haven't felt like I have anything worthy to say this week.


I've had a tough couple of weeks.


I had a really rough weekend. 


I felt hopeless and like an absolute failure in every aspect of my life. I felt like I am merely spinning my wheels with no results in so many areas of my life.


Now, I know I am not a failure, and I know I have hope...but that's how I felt this weekend. 


I ate lots and lots of junk and punked out on my long run. I made bad choices. I wallowed in my self-pity and bad attitude. Yes, these were the choices I made.


I felt like I'm getting nowhere; I felt like giving up.


But I haven't. I won't.


Today I choose to be positive, I choose to make good food choices, I choose to be thankful for the good in my life, I choose to hold on tight. I'll fake it 'til I make it if need be. I will get through this. I will be stronger for it.


Just wanted to be real. I struggle too. I think we all do. It's only if we give up that we truly fail. Anything else is choices and can be corrected with different choices. 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Double Strawberry Smoothie Recipe



Made this smoothie this morning and it's so yummy, almost like a strawberry shake...but healthier of course.




Double Strawberry Smoothie:


3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 serving Jay Robb Strawberry Whey Protein
1 cup frozen strawberries


Blend well in your blender. Yum!
For an added nutritional punch add a handful or two of fresh baby spinach.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

August--Things I'm Loving Right Now



I've been wanting to do a video for this all month, but haven't gotten it done. Videos without children or cats wandering through are sometimes hard to come by around here! September's version will definitely be a vlog.


Things I'm Loving Right Now will be a new monthly addition to my blog. Just a shoutout to the fitness/weight loss/healthy living products I'm in love with at the moment. 


Puma Vectana Complete I
I know I've told you before how I love my Pumas. But now that I've ran in them all summer I'm telling you again! My half marathon training has made me love them even more. I'm downright smitten with them. Over the summer I've ran 5ks in them and began half marathon training in them. I've done everything from speed work to 8 miles long runs in these Pumas. They have been absolutely awesome. My feet are the happiest they've been since I started running. They've almost forgiven me for that whole Asics fiasco...almost.


My favorite Sweaty Band
Sweaty Bands. I cannot tell you in one post how in love with these I am. My long bangs drive me crazy during runs and workouts. I have searched and searched for a good headband that would stay on my head, especially for long runs. I began to think I just had a funny shaped head! Enter the sweaty band. It's cute AND it stays on my head. It accompanied me through my entire 8 mile run as well as through a 30 minute and 60 minute TurboFire workout. Yes, Love.
Eco Vessel Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Sport Flo Cap (25 Ounces)
My Eco Vessel water bottle. It's stainless steel and holds .5 L. Of course it's also baby pink (although they do come in other colors I guess). Love, love this water bottle! I got mine off of amazon. I think they've changed the sport top a bit from when I bought mine at Christmas time. I actually like this new design better. They have all shapes and sizes. Mine fits in my fuel belt that I run with. Which is awesome because the dumb plastic one it came with started leaking!


Jay Robb's whey protein isolate 24 ounce size also available in 5lb (80 ounce size)
Jay Robb Vanilla Whey Protein is a new love, but I'm head over heals for it. As I've talked about before it is made with Stevia which is hugely important to me as I don't do sugar or artificial sweeteners. Their whey isolate is derived from farm-raised, pasture-grazed, grass fed cows that were not treated with rBGH which I think is awesome. I've only tried the vanilla so far, but it's wonderful. It tastes great and mixes well. Love. (you can get 15% off at jayrobb.com using Code: BLOGKDD719 )

My yellow Experia Cool Max-Thin Cushion running socks by Thorlos. These are hands down my favorite running socks right now. I can't gush about them enough. They're a little expensive, but well worth it in my opinion. I also own them in orange and green and I gave my pink ones to my sister because I knew she'd love them to!


fitbook
Fitbook. I am absolutely loving my fitbook. It really helps me stay on track. I enjoy being able to plan out my workouts and also being able to look back on what I've eaten. It really puts things in perspective for me. If I'm having a bad week you can bet I'm not utilizing my fitbook!

So, there are my August Loves. 

Disclaimer: the sweaty bands, pumas, and jay robb protein were provided to me for review, the other products I purchased on my own. My opinions are unbiased and I will absolutely add only products I truly love to my monthly favorites posts. I receive no compensation for this post.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hi, I'm Kerri....and I'm a Calorie Counter

Yep, you read that right, I'm back to calorie counting. Using Sparkpeople on my Blackberry. I have not been able to get back to losing weight since, oh March or April maybe?! The scale goes up, the scales goes down a smidge, but NO real progress.


I am still flirting with Paleo. I am mostly struggling with the 'no milk products'. I love me my morning coffee with half and half, greek yogurt, and my whey protein (not sure if I'll give those up anytime soon? any paleo peeps want to explain why I should?). Other than that I've followed it so far. However currently I'm gaining weight. I'm up to 175. I still have 30 pounds to lose!


Enough. Calorie counting WORKS for me. No matter how much I WANT to listen to my body, be a mindful eater, go all hardcore Paleo, and all that jazz. I'm not THERE yet. I will be some day. However, that day is not today.


Today. I count calories.


You?

Monday, August 16, 2010

CSN Stores Winner

The winner of the CSN Stores $60 Gift Card Giveaway (as chosen by random.org) is luvdaylilies. Please email me your contact info to katdoesdiets@gmail.com You have 48 hours from the time of this post to do so.


Thanks everyone for entering!

Monday Miles--Running Films



I am absolutely hooked on running films. They inspire me, they encourage me, and strangely they make me weepy. I'm not exactly sure why running films affect me so deeply on an emotional level, but they absolutely do. I think it may be because they remind me of how far I've come


These films bring back that surge of emotion I felt at the end of my first 5k. That sense of accomplishment I felt after my first marathon. That feeling of conquering my inner fat chick I experienced after my fastest 5k. Running films also remind me of how much more I am capable of still. They make me want to stretch myself, to keep reaching, keep pushing my limits in my running. Whatever the reason, I love them!

The other day I got Ultramarathon Man: 50 Marathons, 50 States, 50 Days from Netflix. I have read both of Dean Karnazes books and absolutely loved this documentary. I cannot recommend it enough. Dean ran 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 days...WOW. Inspiration squared.


Then today I watched Spirit of the Marathon on Netflix instant play. I was weepy in the first minute! LOVED it. It made me want to run another marathon. I'll stick to my half training for now...but these films have given me the itch again, shh, don't tell hubby. 

Then, someone on Twitter recommended Hood to Coast. From hoodtocoastmovie.com:

Hood To Coast follows four unlikely teams on their epic journey to conquer the world’s largest relay race. Each year 1000 teams (12,000 runners) in 2000 vans cover 197 grueling miles as a relay team, putting themselves through an arduous physical journey that as an individual would be impossible. Some run to test their personal limits, some to overcome personal obstacles, and
others leap in blindly looking for a way to shake up a complacent life. As we follow these four teams, we realize that winning isn’t everything in a documentary that takes a celebratory look at personal motivation and attempting the extraordinary.

I cannot wait to see this!


Hood To Coast Trailer from HoodToCoastMovie on Vimeo.

I have been struggling a little the past 2 weeks with my running mojo. My hip was acting up and I have been questioning whether I'm really meant for distance running.These films reminded me why I run. They made me feel deep down to my toes my love of running again. They absolutely have me raring to go on my half training. Just what I needed, just when I needed it!


Do you have any favorite running films I should know about?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

GIVEAWAY--Win a $60 Gift Certificate from CSN Stores



I was contacted recently by CSN Stores who have offered to sponsor a giveaway to my awesome blog readers. 


CSN Stores has a huge variety of sites to shop...you can shop for everything from a dutch oven at cookware.com to a rowing machine at fitnessequipmentandmore.com. Personally I'm drooling over these dumbbells.


Down to business! CSN Stores is giving a $60 Gift Certificate to one of my blog readers. How to enter:
  • Leave a comment telling me your favorite CSN Store
  • Follow CSN Stores on Twitter and leave me a comment that you did.
  • Go to www.cookware.com and leave me a link to an item you are drooling over (entries unlimited here, go wild).
  • Tweet about this giveaway including a link to this post (again, unlimited entries here) and comment telling me you tweeted.
Rules:
  • All entries will come from comments to this post only. Be sure to comment every time you do one of the above.
  • Open to US and Canadian residents only. Canadian residents be aware that you may be liable for international shipping charges.
  • Open until Monday August 16th, 2010 4 pm mountain time.
  • Winner will be announced on this blog the evening of August 16th..If winner doesn't contact me within 48 hours of announcement I will choose another winner, so check back!!
Comment away!

FTC Disclaimer: CSN Stores is sponsoring this giveaway, prize goes directly to winner, I receive no compensation.

Grilled Chili/Lime Salmon

I've been trying to expand my protein horizons a little and so I picked up some salmon last time I went grocery shopping. Omega 3's and all that. 

Last night I grilled it, yum, yum, yum. My husband who isn't a big fish person said it was sooo good. I'm not good with measuring, recipes, etc. But here's what I did.

Grilled Chili/Lime Salmon

Spray one side of salmon with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray, place that side down on the grill. (key limes were on sale I'm sure regular lime would work) Squeeze key limes over tops of salmon. Spray top side with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray then sprinkle with garlic salt and chili powder. Cook a few minutes, then flip and squeeze key lime on other side as well, sprinkle with garlic salt and chili powder. Cook until done.

I paired it with some sweet potato fries and my kids even loved it!

How do you cook salmon?

Battling Hunger



I've become so disconnected with my natural hunger and fullness cues that I'm not really sure when I'm hungry and when I just want to eat these days. I'm really working on that right now. But still unless I am starving I cannot tell you whether I'm really and truly hungry or whether I just want to eat.


Some of you completely know where I am and some think it sounds bizarre, but it's where I'm at. It's why I struggle with intuitive eating, mindful eating, etc. I think I'm hungry when I'm just...NOT. It comes from years of alternating between ignoring my hunger in an attempt to lose weight and then eating past fullness habitually. I used to think I was hungry pretty much always, and I either fed that hunger constantly or ignored it constantly. 


That's why I have clung to counting calories in the past. If some chart can tell me how many calories to eat, then there's no more guesswork...just eat that much, period. But that can be a slippery slope to obsession for me. Sigh. Balance anyone?


Lately I am trying very hard to just focus on portions and eating regularly. I know about how much are good portions for me to eat and am trying to just stop there. For some reason this doesn't cause me to obsess like calorie counting, but is obviously much less an exact science as far as weight loss is concerned. 


Since I've been trying to work out how to eat proper portions I often constantly have a nagging 'hunger' feeling even though I've eaten plenty. Sometimes I wonder if I don't just like to be full or even stuffed all the time! 


I have found since starting the Paleo Diet last week I am experiencing the constant hunger less, I am hopeful this will continue. However I've come up with a few tricks to handle these 'hunger' feelings once I know I've eaten enough:

  • I try to drink about a half liter of water 6 times a day. Usually with the meals and snacks that I eat. It give me that full feeling.

  • I snack on apples. They really help me to feel full.

  • Protein, protein, and more protein. By far eating more protein helps the most for me.

  • After each meal is done I immediately clean up and put leftovers away. Keeps me from grazing through what's left just because it's there.

  • At night if I start feeling snacky I brush my teeth. If I still feel bingey/snacky and know I've had enough to eat I simply go to bed. It's usually a sign that I'm up too late anyway. Sleep is a good thing.
What do you do when you've had enough to eat, but still want to eat more?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mommy Blog

I have started what will be my version of a mommy blog. There's more to me than just weight loss! 


Not sure where it will go, but I wanted a place to share things about being a stay at home mom, homeschooler, living a simpler/less hectic life etc. If you're interested, it's here: http://dandelionsinthesidewalk.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Jay Robb Whey Protein Coupon Code



I've talked before about looking for a vanilla whey protein that is made with stevia...well, I found one!


From JayRobb.com:


Made With 100% rBGH-Free
Whey Protein Isolate as The Protein Source
  • From grass fed cows not treated with rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone)
  • Now with 25 Grams Protein per Serving!
  • Mixes with a blender or Shaker Bottle
  • No Fat, No Cholesterol
  • No Sugar
  • No Aspartame
  • No Sucralose
  • No Acesulfame-K
  • No Artificial Sweeteners or Colors
  • Made With Stevia
  • No Casein
  • No MSG
  • No Gluten
Thanks to the nice people over at JayRobb.com my readers can even get 15% off ANY OF THEIR AWESOME PRODUCTS if you use coupon code: BLOGKDD719 through September 2, 2010.

FTC Disclaimer: I receive no compensation for this post or referrals, just passing on a good deal.

Awesome Workout Challenge



Can you tell I like the word awesome?


Are you tried of it yet? LOL. I'm not.


OK, so Steve and I have both been quite the slackers lately in the weight loss department. Weight loss bloggers not losing weight...what the? No excuses here, we know it. We both went through the entire Awesome by August challenge quite lackluster; we definitely did not give it our all as we should have. 


So, we've cooked up a workout challenge as a sort of kick in the pants to motivate ourselves to GET MOVING in the right direction again. Of course it's called THE AWESOME WORKOUT CHALLENGE!! Twitter hashtag: #awesomeworkoutchallenge


Basically for every comment you leave over on Steve's post today we will workout for 30 seconds. Now, Steve and I are totally crazy in pretty good shape in spite of the extra weight we carry. I've ran a marathon and Steve has run a half. We're used to good hard workouts, so comment, comment, comment, then just for good measure, comment some more!


Anyone is welcome to join in the fun. We would love that. But be aware this could get lengthy. (Yes, Steve's comments and my comments will count towards the total time, and yes we will torture each other with plenty of comments). Everyone should participate at their ability. Challenge yourself to do 30 minutes with us, 60 minutes, whatever is a little bit of a stretch for you. Or challenge yourself by walking the whole time, split the time up into multiple workouts, whatever works for you. Just get moving with us!


I will be doing whatever the total time is in one workout this Sunday (when hubby is home to watch the kids). I am pledging to run the entire thing, unless it gets above 100 minutes (no hurting myself here), then I'll run that and walk the remainder of the time. 


Comments are closed here, please go to Steve's Post and comment, comment, comment!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday Miles--8 Mile Run and My Passionate Love For Sweaty Bands

Happy Monday everyone! If you're looking for the final Awesome by August weigh in you can find it here.


I took some time off running this last week because my hip was sore. This weekend it was feeling pretty good so I went ahead and ran my 8 mile long run yesterday. It was a little tough. Mostly mentally tough. But I pushed through. 


I am being very careful about my hip this time around. If I think it needs rest, then rest it gets. No over-training and running a painful race this time around! I even decided this weekend that if it gets worse I may back off and skip my half. As hard as that is to say and even though I am really hoping that won't be the case, I have decided I will not be doing the whole injury-can't-run-for-months thing again.


Other than hip worries my training is going great. I feel strong. I'm enjoying playing with running gear again. I am wearing my Polar F6 while I run. It's a whole new perspective watching my heart rate while I run. I used to just watch it for calories burned, now I use it as a gauge of how hard I'm pushing. My Pumas are rocking this half training, I'm so pleased with them. They're finally dirty. I've had to run a dirt road lately and so they're not so pristine anymore, they look well loved. I have also found something else I'm pretty excited about:

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Sweatybands.com sent me two of their headbands to try. I will be doing a whole review post/youtube video about them, but I really am so excited about them that I had to share. They stay on my head! I know for a 'head'band that should be a given, but I have tried so many different kinds to find something cute that would stay put through a run and found nothing...until now!


I like to put my hair in a pontytail while I run, but with my long bangs I need something to keep them outta my face. Everything I've tried thus far will not stay in. They go zinging off my head mid-run. Not cool. 


That cute little flower pattern Sweaty Band on the left in the pic above stayed put through my entire 8 mile run! Yep, I'm in love.


What running gear (or workout gear) are you currently in love with?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

National Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor's Porch Day


Believe it or not, today, August 8th is National Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Day!

Is that hilarious or what? 

If you don't live in a rural area or at least one where lots of people garden, this holiday may perplex you. Let me fill you in. Around here, and many parts of the country, it's about this time of year that we have zucchini running out of our ears! I have 5 large ones sitting on my counter right now and more that need picked. Then we always have those friendly, caring, giving neighbors who want to share their abundant zucchini crop with us too. It's not uncommon for me to have a box or two of zucchini that I have to do something with, quick. I have to get very creative with zucchini recipes! (You'd think we'd just plant less zucchini, but alas, no).

So, In honor of this most momentous holiday, I thought you might be interested in a few zucchini-centric recipes I received from Vitamix.

You can also visit Vitamix’s Zucchini page for more info:


ZUCCHINI RECIPES
Zucchini Pesto Yield: 1 1/2-2 cups (360-480 ml)

1 1/2 pounds zucchini cut in 1” pieces
1-2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup cashews
2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1/2 cup (50 g) freshly shredded Parmesan
cheese
1/4 lemon peeled and seeded
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper, salt
NOTE: Turn this pesto into a hummus by
adding 1 14 ounce can (drained) cannellini
or garbanzo beans during blending.
Developed in collaboration with
Chef”s Garden.


1. Place cut zucchini into Vitamix container & secure lid.
2. Select Variable 5 and turn machine on. Coarsely chop
the zucchini using the tamper to press zucchini into
blades if necessary for 10-15 seconds. Stop machine
and scrape down the sides of the container and
fold larger pieces into the bottom of the container.
Continue for another 10 seconds.
3. Place the chopped zucchini into a strainer and mix in
2 teaspoons salt. Place strainer over a bowl and let
zucchini drain for 5-10 minutes. Stir and press zucchini
with the back of a large spoon to release as much
liquid as possible.
4. Add the drained zucchini and the rest of the
ingredients to the Vitamix container in order listed.
Secure lid.
5. Select Variable speed 1.
6. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to
Variable 10 and then to High. Use tamper to press all
ingredients into the blades for 30-45 seconds.
7. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Zucchini Pancakes Yield: 3 1/4 cups (780 ml)
1/3 cup (80 ml) 1% milk
2 cups (250 g) chopped zucchini
3/4 cup (180 ml) egg substitute or 3 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 cup sugar or other sweetener, to taste
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 1/2 cups (180 g) whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1. Place milk, zucchini, egg, salt, sweetener, cinnamon
and allspice into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
2. Select Variable 1.
3. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to
Variable 4 or 5.
4. Blend for 10 seconds. Remove the lid plug. Add flour
and baking powder through the lid plug opening.
Replace lid plug.
5. Blend for 5-10 seconds or until mixed.
1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons (105 ml) olive oil
2 pounds (908 g) zucchini, sliced thin
1/2 cup (80 g) yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2 teaspoons herbs de province
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup (120 ml) vegetable broth
1. Sauté zucchini, onion, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper in
3 tablespoons olive oil, for 5 minutes. Add vegetable
broth, cover and simmer for 7 minutes.
2. Place mixture into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
3. Select Variable 1.
4. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to
Variable 3 or 4. If necessary, use the tamper to press
any ingredients into the blades while processing.
Remove the lid plug.
5. Blend for 1 minute while drizzling in remaining olive oil
through the lid plug opening. Return to sauté pan to
finish heating, if necessary.

Zucchini with Herbs De Provence Sauce Yield: 3 1/4 cups (780 ml)

1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons (105 ml) olive oil
2 pounds (908 g) zucchini, sliced thin
1/2 cup (80 g) yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2 teaspoons herbs de province
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup (120 ml) vegetable broth
1. Sauté zucchini, onion, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper in
3 tablespoons olive oil, for 5 minutes. Add vegetable
broth, cover and simmer for 7 minutes.
2. Place mixture into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
3. Select Variable 1.
4. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to
Variable 3 or 4. If necessary, use the tamper to press
any ingredients into the blades while processing.
Remove the lid plug.
5. Blend for 1 minute while drizzling in remaining olive oil
through the lid plug opening. Return to sauté pan to
finish heating, if necessary.

Here also is one of my favorite zucchini recipes from www.animalvegetablemiracle.com:


ZUCCHINI CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
(Makes about two dozen)
1 egg, beaten
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Combine in large bowl.
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
Combine in a separate, small bowl and blend into liquid mixture
1 cup finely shredded zucchini
12 oz chocolate chips
Stir these into other ingredients, mix well. Drop by spoonful onto greased baking sheet, and flatten with the back of a spoon. Bake at 350°, 10 to 15 minutes.

Happy National Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor's Porch Day!! Excuse me while I go guard my porch so no zucchini gets snuck on there, hee hee hee.