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June 22, 2011

Healthy Detox Snack: Roasted Brussels Sprouts

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

Day 2 and 3 of our Detox Diet (click here to see our Detox Confessions page) have so far been super easy with the help of advance planning and some creative snack ideas. Yesterday I decided that I needed some veggies to snack on, but I didn’t want the normal carrot sticks or celery, I wanted something with more taste and nutrition. So I picked up a few bags of Brussels sprouts and decided I would roast them, and then keep them around in the refrigerator for snacks.

The recipe is super simple, fresh and healthy.

Ingredients

1 lb Brussels sprouts

1 tbsp kosher salt

1 tbsp garlic powder

Olive oil spray, to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and move the top rack to the highest position.  Spray to coat a baking sheet with olive oil spray, set aside. In a large bowl mix the sprouts, salt, garlic powder and a little olive oil spray until the sprouts are evenly coated. Pour onto the baking sheet and place on top rack in the oven. Bake 10-15 minutes, shaking the rack every five minutes to evenly roast. They are done once evenly browned.

Serves 4-6.

These are great as snacks or a side dish. For the past two days, I’ve kept a freezer bag full of them next to me for munching on my allotted snack times. While they are certainly best fresh from the oven, they are still good the next day.

Enjoy!

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June 22, 2011

Robeks Fruit Smoothies, With A Squeeze of Spinach

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

If you’ve been reading our blog, you’ll know that we frequent Robek’s on a regular basis since we found it offers spinach as an additive for your smoothies.  The last few times we’ve been there, two teen/twenty-something guys have been there to serve us.  Although they don’t seem like the source of all knowledge in smoothies, they are extremely helpful and willing to put just about anything in your liquid meal. 

We found out today, after some work with the “new” guy and what looked like a manager, that you can actually get fresh squeezed apple juice and spinach juice instead of the standard juices served with the smoothies.  The owner of the store explained to us what was in the nutrient blend and we decided to leave it out for DETOX sake.  What I ended up with was a creamy bliss of a smoothie that had nothing more than fruit, spinach and ice.  I literally wanted to eat buckets of this smoothie.
If you go into a Robek’s today ask for the following:

  • Banana
  • Raspberry
  • Spinach (come on, we all know popeye was strong and healthy because he ate spinach so don’t deny it!)
  • Fresh Squeezed apple Juice
  • Ice

Slurp, gulp, pour it down your throat, on your face, bathe in it.  But run down and get one, I promise it will be a moment of seeing the light.

Four carrots for taste and the Owner was really helpful but three carrots for the workers that were there today.  All together, 3 1/2.

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