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Star Wars is Coming Back!

The return of an MS smoothie master

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When I first started bloggin,g one of Montel William’s peeps sent me a free Healthmaster Elite in the hopes that I would blog about using it.  I did and the result was this blog post from July of 2012.  I’m reposting now because I have vowed to get back to making healthy smoothies a regular part of my routine.   

And because I’m not above using the current Star Wars craze to promote my own writing. ID-10079450

So the Banana Peanut Smoothie was actually pretty good.   It wasn’t as incredibly super delicious as say, a Cookie Dough Nor’easter (the Cape Cod version of a DQ Blizzard), but it wasn’t bad.   Strangely, the recipe said it made four servings when it actually made ten.  Why is that?

I think people who put together recipes and serving sizes have no idea that they are doing.  It’s like when you open a container of something really good and the label says the container contains eight servings when it barely contains three, maybe four.   Somebody is doing something wrong.

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So while I did like the Banana Peanut Smoothie, it was a little too banana-ie/peanut-ie for me and I moved on to the next recipe I was bravely going to check out.  But first, I noticed something really cool.

Before I tell you what that was, allow me to say that I truly appreciate the Healthmaster Elite way more than the Ancient Warrior blender thingy I had tried before.  The Healthmaster comes in cool colors, is easier to use and much easier to clean.  There is no removing of the blades in the Healthmaster so it is likely I will keep all of my fingers while using it.

As I gathered the ingredients for my next smoothie, the Strawberry Banana Peanut Smoothie (I chose this one as I still had some of the ingredients hanging around and those bananas were just crying out to be used again), I really looked at my Healthmaster.r2dr2

I noticed how much it resembled a robot.  Then I grabbed this cool tool that comes with the Healthmaster Elite (and was badly needed and DID NOT come with the Ancient Warrior) called the tamper.   I don’t know why it’s called the tamper as it’s really a smoothie maker’s lightsaber, used to duel the ingredients of healthy stuff into an actual smoothie.Picture 10

Since I was really impressed with this tool, I couldn’t help noticing that the Healthmaster Elite kind of looked like one of R2-D2’s cousins.  I don’t know why everything in that day’s smoothie making experiment was making me think of Star Wars.  Perhaps it was because the last time I didn’t have to worry about my weight was when I saw the original Star Wars in 1977.

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Oh Obi-Wan, I could use your wisdom on my ‘get fit’ plan.  Yes, I am fortunate to have Montel’s recipes but Obi-Wan could send in the force.

The lightsaber fascination lead to actual exercise as I dashed around my living room fighting off imaginary Stormtroopers.  Then it lead to even more exercise as I moved around the room again, this time cleaning Strawberry Banana Peanut Smoothie off the walls.

Perhaps next time I should play pretend Star Wars BEFORE actually using the lightsaber to make the smoothie.

Admit it- you want to do this-you’re making the lightsaber sound right now.

The point is, as silly as it might have been, I had fun and enjoyed my Star Wars smoothie maker more than ever.  As for the Strawberry Banana Peanut Smoothie, it was really good.   I know because the recipe said it made eight servings and I only came up with five and a half, the half being on my walls.

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So my ‘get fit’ friends, take it from me.  If it works for you as you’re trying to get healthy, do it.  If childhood memories cause you to fly around your house like an idiot, at least you’re moving.

If you, like me, have a plan I can only say to you, “may the force be with you!”

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Friends- are you so excited about the upcoming release of the latest Star Wars movie that you want even more Star Wars humor?  If so, I suggest checking out My Odd Sock’s (another funny MS blog-can never have too many of those) latest post.  My Odd Sock and I will have you Star Wars ready in no time!

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Banana smoothie image courtesy of justingun at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Bananas image courtesy of adamr at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Laughing dude image courtesy of MisterGC at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Other images courtesy of my own private webcam

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere

An MS’er acknowledges autumn, again

 

******This blog was first published last year.  But the sentiment is so relevant, I had to post it again.  Plus, it was a busy week.******

I have said it before and I will say it again, I love fall!  And again, I really, really love fall!  It is my absolute favorite season by far!  When I tell grouchy people this they say, “ya, well, fall means winter is coming soon.”

To me that is ok; winter is my second favorite season!

I love fall so much that, MS fatigue aside, I don’t even bother to sweep up the dead leaves that blow into my front doorway every time I go in or out- they are just awesome fall decorations!

Here are some reasons why I love fall- cooler weather, cool breezes, barely any humidity, cooler weather, no bathing suits, cooler weather, and pumpkins.  Pumpkins are definitely a great part of fall.

 

I am not very artistic, so carving pumpkins has never been my thing.  But I like looking at carved pumpkins.

Mostly, I love the essence of pumpkins.   So much so, that I have pumpkin room deodorizer and a vanilla pumpkin scented candle.

I thought pumpkin was a vegetable but it turns out it is actually a fruit.  The confusion comes from the fact that it is in the squash family but it is still just a fruit.  That’s ok.  It is a healthy thing I actually like.

Come fall I seek out pumpkin everything.  Do you know that Dunkin Donuts makes pumpkin coffee, pumpkin munchkins, and pumpkin donuts?  I don’t even like coffee but throw some pumpkin in it and it is yummy!

 

Recently I discovered that Dunkin’s also offers pumpkin cream cheese.  It is beyond describable in its deliciousness. Then I learned that you can buy pumpkin cream cheese in the grocery store and have it at home whenever you like!  I considered this but reasoned that the nutritional benefits of the pumpkin paled in relation to the calories in the cream cheese and thus, didn’t buy it.

The grocery store also had pumpkin ice cream but the container was huge and that was just a bizarre mix.  Pumpkin is a fall food and does not belong in combination with ice cream, a summer food for when it is super hot out.   Pumpkin belongs with hot things, like my beloved tea.

I learned from Facebook about Hersheys Pumpkin Spice Kisses but told they were hard to find.  I went on a quest to find them that took me two and one half hours away from home and employed the assistance of a friend.  We didn’t find them.

 

Truth be told, I was in the area anyway and didn’t make the long drive just for the kisses.   Lucky for me, two weeks before Halloween, they appeared in a local pharmacy and they were scrumptious.

I have heard that Pringles will be releasing Pumpkin Spice potato chips soon and if the Pringles factory were nearby, I’d be waiting at the door!  I wonder if the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory has any direct links to the Pringles factory?

Reese’s even makes chocolate peanut butter pumpkins but I must admit, I’m not sure how much real pumpkin is in them.

 

Please don’t think I have fallen off my ‘get fit’ plan, I am just trying to incorporate my favorite fall flavor into it.   I hadn’t used my Montel Williams Healthmaster Elite in a bit and thought maybe I should see if Montel had a recipe for a Pumpkin Smoothie in the recipe book.

He did not.  BUT, he did have a recipe for Pumpkin Yogurt Pancakes and Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins.  I was in!

First up, the pancakes.   I think they might have been super delicious except for the one fact I forgot- I totally stink at making pancakes.   Is that an MS thing?  If not, it should be because part of the problem was flipping the floppy things.   Usually I am a good flipper (see prior post- Flipnastics) but the problem is, I can’t flip on demand.  Plus it was hard to know when to flip.

 

The bottom line was that while I sampled the few bits of cooked pieces I came up with, and they tasted pretty good, mostly I had a mess of burnt cakes on the outside, raw pumpkin yogurt batter on the inside.

Next up were the Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins.  I was able to use many of the same ingredients so I only needed to go back to the store for zucchini which was puzzlinging as all I could find was something called green squash. I asked a healthy looking person in the store for help and she informed that green squash was the same as zucchini.  So why the two different names?  Is it just to confuse the already confused like me?

 

Whatever it is called, I brought it home and made the muffins and score- they were awesome and healthy!!!  They were easy to make and each muffin was filling and had a vegetable and a fruit in it!  I have got the healthy eating thing down friends!

Fall is here and everything pumpkin is good for you.   The world is a happy, smiley pumpkin face, place!

 

*Note #1   This year my local Dunkin Donuts is not carrying pumpkin cream cheese.   Thought I would warn you in case you don’t find it at your local Dunkin’s either.  Why do they take away something amazing?  I had no choice- I was forced to double my order of pumpkin munchkins.

 

*Note #2  Our guy Jack danced a sexy rhumba (yes, rhumba is a dance, not a vacuum cleaning robot,)  to make it to round 3 on DWTS!  His family was there to cheer him on although I am not sure Ozzy knew where he was.  Does Ozzy ever know where he is??  Don’t worry Ozzy, I can relate!

 

MS ironic comment of the night came from Head Judge Len Goodman, “you do weird things with your hands.”

Please keep voting.  Interestingly, I heard from cyberspace that some clueless person has actually challenged an MS’er with the expected “if Jack Osborne can do DWTS then you must be fine.”  The MS’er responded.  I don’t think I can legally print her response here but I say hey, at least they were talking about MS!

(Somewhere in between the bleeps and $%&&$#@@’s of course.)

Talking is awareness friends so let’s keep Jack in.  Turns out, the guy is not only one of us, but a pretty darn good dancer!

Vote for Jack and his partner Cheryl Burke by calling 1-800-868-3402 up to 60 minutes after the show on Monday nights or by logging onto ABC.com or Facebook.com/votedwts up to 24 hours after.

 

 

 

 

The Star Wars Way is Back

Another installment in the multiple sclerosis ‘get fit’ plan updates

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Ahhh, spring is here.  A time when your internal core body temperature thermometer competes with your indoor thermometer and your outdoor thermometer all at once.  A time when you don’t know whether you want to put on a second pair of wool socks or jump into the nearest swimming pool.  A time when you can’t decide if you want your h20 and your caffeine hot or iced.

Whatever the weather and MS are throwing at your hot/cold sensitivities, you can count on one thing; ice cream weather is on its way!

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But if you have a ‘get fit’ plan like me, you may want to avoid ice cream.  You can try to do this with smoothies, but it won’t work.  Still, they are a healthy alternative and better for you than hot fudge.

I have learned a lot about healthy eating in the last year, (no Mounds bars still do not count as fruit,) but I can always use a refresher course.   So as I dust off my Healthmaster Elite, I thought I would re-visit an old blog about some of the things I learned when I was just starting out….

 

So the Banana Peanut Smoothie was actually pretty good. It wasn’t as incredibly super delicious as say, a Cookie Dough Nor’easter (the Cape Cod version of a DQ Blizzard), but it was ok. Strangely, the recipe said it made four servings when it actually made ten. Why is that?

I think people who put together recipes and serving sizes have no idea that they are doing. It’s like when you open a container of something really good and the label says the container contains eight servings when it barely contains three, maybe four. Somebody is doing something wrong.

So while I did like the Banana Peanut Smoothie, it was a little too banana-ie/peanut-ie for me and I moved on to the next recipe I was bravely going to check out. But first, I noticed something really cool.

 

Before I tell you what that was, allow me to say that I truly appreciate Montel William’s Healthmaster Elite way more than the Ancient Warrior blender thingy I had tried before. The Healthmaster comes in cool colors, is easier to use and much easier to clean. There is no removing of the blades in the Healthmaster so it is likely I will keep all of my fingers while using it.

As I gathered the ingredients for my next smoothie, the Strawberry Banana Peanut Smoothie (I chose this one as I still had some of the ingredients hanging around and those bananas were just crying out to be used again), I really looked at my Healthmaster.

I noticed how much it resembled a robot. Then I grabbed this cool tool that comes with the Healthmaster Elite (and was badly needed and DID NOT come with the Ancient Warrior) called the Tamper. I don’t know why it is called the Tamper as it is really a smoothie maker’s lightsaber, used to duel the indredients of a smoothie into an actual smoothie.

 

Since I was really impressed with this tool, I couldn’t help noticing that the Healthmaster Elite kind of looked like one of R2-D2’s cousins. I don’t know why everything in that day’s smoothie making experiment was making me think of Star Wars. Perhaps it was because the last time I didn’t have to worry about my weight was when I saw the original Star Wars in 1977. Oh Obi-Wan, I could use your wisdom on my ‘get fit’ plan. Yes, I am fortunate to have Montel’s recipes but Obi-Wan could send in the Force.

The lightsaber fascination lead to actual exercise as I dashed around my living room fighting off imaginary Stormtroopers. Then it lead to even more exercise as I moved around the room again cleaning Strawberry Banana Peanut Smoothie off the walls. Perhaps next time I will play pretend Star Wars BEFORE actually using the lightsaber to make the smoothie.

Admit it- you want to do this. You are making the lightsaber sound right now.

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The point is, as silly as it might have been, I had fun and enjoyed my Star Wars smoothie maker more than ever. As for the Strawberry Banana Peanut Smoothie, it was really good. I know because the recipe said it made eight servings and I only came up with five and a half, the half being on my walls.

So my ‘get fit’ friends, take it from me. If it works for you as you are trying to get healthy, do it. If childhood memories cause you to fly around your house like an idiot, at least you are moving.

If you, like me, have a plan I can only say to you, “may the force be with you!’

 

 

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Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere

An MS/Montel Healthy Eating Fall Post

I have said it before and I will say it again, I love fall! And again, I really, really love fall! It is my absolute favorite season by far! When I tell grouchy people this they say, “ya, well, fall means winter is coming soon.”

To me that is ok; winter is my second favorite season!

I love fall so much that, MS fatigue aside, I don’t even bother to sweep up the dead leaves that blow into my front doorway every time I go in or out- they are just awesome fall decorations!

Here are some reasons why I love fall- cooler weather, cool breezes, barely any humidity, no bathing suits, cooler weather, and pumpkins. Pumpkins are definitely a great part of fall. I am not very artistic, so carving pumpkins has never been my thing. But I like looking at carved pumpkins.

Mostly, I love the essence of pumpkins. So much so, that I have pumpkin room deodorizer and a vanilla pumpkin scented candle.

I thought pumpkin was a vegetable but it turns out it is actually a fruit. The confusion comes from the fact that it is in the squash family but it is still just a fruit. That’s ok. It is a healthy thing I actually like.

Come fall I seek out pumpkin everything. Do you know that Dunkin Donuts make pumpkin coffee, pumpkin munchkins, and pumpkin donuts? I don’t even like coffee but throw some pumpkin in it and it is yummy!

Recently I discovered that Dunkin’s also offers pumpkin cream cheese. It is beyond describable in its deliciousness. Then I learned that you can buy pumpkin cream cheese in the grocery store and have it at home whenever you like! I considered this but reasoned that the nutritional benefits of the pumpkin paled in relation to the calories in the cream cheese and thus, didn’t buy it.

The grocery store also had pumpkin ice cream but the container was huge and that was just a confusing mix. Pumpkin is a fall food and does not belong in combination with ice cream, a summer food for when it is super hot out. Pumpkin belongs with hot things, like my beloved tea.

I learned from Facebook about Hersheys Pumpkin Spice Kisses but told they were hard to find. I went on a quest to find them that took me two and one half hours away from home and employed the assistance of a friend. We didn’t find them.

Truth be told, I was in the area anyway and didn’t make the long drive just for the kisses. Lucky for me, two weeks before Halloween, they appeared in a local pharmacy and they were scrumptious.

I have heard that Pringles will be releasing Pumpkin Spice potato chips soon and if the Pringles factory were nearby, I’d be waiting at the door! I wonder if the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory has any direct links to the Pringles factory?

Reese’s even makes chocolate peanut butter pumpkins but I must admit, I’m not sure how much real pumpkin is in them.

Please don’t think I have fallen off my ‘get fit’ plan, I am just trying to incorporate my favorite fall flavor into it. I hadn’t used my Montel Williams Healthmaster Elite in a bit and thought maybe I should see if Montel had a recipe for a Pumpkin Smoothie in the recipe book. He did not. BUT, he did have a recipe for Pumpkin Yogurt Pancakes and Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins. I was in!

First up, the pancakes. I think they might have been super delicious except for the one fact I forgot- I totally stink at making pancakes. Is that an MS thing? If not, it should be because part of the problem was flipping the floppy things. Usually I am a good flipper (see prior post- Flipnastics) but the problem is, I can’t flip on demand. Plus it was hard to know when to flip.

The bottom line was that while I sampled the few bits of cooked pieces I came up with, and they tasted pretty good, mostly I had a mess of burnt cakes on the outside, raw pumpkin yogurt batter on the inside.

Next up were the Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins. I was able to use many of the same ingredients so I only needed to go back to the store for zucchini which was confusing as all I could find was something called green squash. I asked a healthy looking person in the store for help and she informed that green squash was the same as zucchini. So why the two different names? Is it just to confuse the already confused like me?

Whatever it is called, I brought it home and made the muffins and score- they were awesome and healthy!!! They were easy to make and each muffin was filling and had a vegetable and a fruit in it! I have got the healthy eating thing down friends!

Fall is here and everything pumpkin is good for you. The world is a happy, smiley pumpkin face, place!

 

 

Multiple Sclerosis in Margaritaville

 

Recently, a friend who visits Florida twice a year, every year, gave me a gift. It was a glass from Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Café and it had taken her a lot of alcoholic, frozen drinks to accumulate enough glasses to pass around to her friends.

In the last days of August, as the humidity had lessoned, the gift made me appreciate the fact that I shouldn’t be a total summer scrooge. I was still waiting with deep excitement for my favorite season, autumn, which I have decided will start on 9/4/12 this year.

I don’t care that my calendar claims the official first day of fall is 9/22- what does my calendar know? Fall will start next week- I demand it!

Translating all of the above into my healthy eating plan, I decided to finish up the last days of summer by making Montel William’s Tropical Smoothie. The first step in that plan, of course, is a visit to the grocery store where I actually found the coconut milk required for the smoothie.

Did you know there is a whole aisle in the grocery store that sells only super healthy stuff? I had never ventured down that aisle before as it looked too weird and scary. But I braved it this trip and that is where I found the coconut milk. Good thing too, as if I didn’t find the coconut milk there I planned to head to the liquor store for coconut rum instead.

It took me forever and major determination to find frozen vanilla yogurt. I am not opposed to frozen yogurt but most of the varieties I found weren’t plain vanilla. There was Ben and Jerry’s New Greek Vanilla Frozen Yogurt with graham crackers and blueberries, (blueberries are healthy aren’t they?) and all kinds of other types of frozen yogurts with delicious add ins- cookies, chocolate, caramel, fruit and nuts (yuck on the nuts.)

Eventually I found plain vanilla, and ignored the more tempting varieties. As fall would start in a few days (per me), and Tuesday I would wake up to a chill in the air and automatically need a sweater, I also purchased the ingredients for Montel William’s Potato and Leek Soup. At least I think I did.

I have had leeks before in restaurant versions of this same soup filled with gooey cheese but I am not sure what leeks look like before they go into the soup. I didn’t see a sign anywhere and so I asked a store employee who looked about 12 where the leeks were. She had no idea and asked another employee who looked about 16. He pointed to these palm tree looking things with grubby roots and I put them in my cart. I hope they are actually leeks and I am not the butt of some cosmic produce aisle end of summer prank.

Anyway, the next day I made Montel’s Tropical Smoothie and enjoyed it immensely. I drank it in my Margaritaville glass to truly honor the end of the summer season.

I thought I should drink the smoothie at the beach while I looked for sharks (there had been a lot of great whites in local waters lately), but I didn’t know how to safely transport my smoothie in my Margaritaville glass. And frankly, I was kind of tired and not really into going anywhere.

A pool would be nice. I wished there was a pool in my yard to lounge by while I drank my Tropical Smoothie and bade goodbye to summer.

I decided to celebrate in my own MS kind of way. I grabbed a beach-read kind of book, put in a Buffet cd (fins to the left, fins to the right), and lounged on my sofa in front of a fan while I drank my Tropical Smoothie.

Ahhh, paradise……

 

Remember to submit your recipes for the 50 Shades of Green/Doing It Veggie Style Contest by midnight tomorrow, 8/31/12!

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Broccoli Soup

A Healthy Eating Plan for People with Multiple Sclerosis

Little by little, through bouts of miserable humidity, I am making my way through Montel’s smoothies. On an only slightly hot day, I made the Raspberry Peach Smoothie and it was awesome! It was a healthy and refreshing way to cool off. I would next like to make the Pomegranate Pow Smoothie but I am little intimidated by it. It calls for the seeds of a pomegranate and I don’t even know what a pomegranate looks like, never mind where to find its seeds.

I would like to master (pun intended for the Healthmaster Elite) through all the smoothie recipes but I’m not sure I will be making the Montel Kid Smoothie. The #1 reason is because I am not a kid and it is so healthy that I think if I make it for any kids I know, I won’t be the cool aunt or mom’s cool friend anymore.

The #2 reason is because it calls for beets and I have a personal issue with beets. I find them extremely phony and manipulative, based on an incident when I was about nine. My mom set my dinner before me and I was excited to see the canned jellied cranberry sauce that I liked so much on the plate. The sauce is an excellent veggie choice as cranberries are super good for you, even if you stuff them in a can and add a ton of sugar. But instead of the sauce, I bit into a beet!

Yuck! That was just too incredibly unfair! How dare beets masquerade around as delicious cranberry sauce! I decided that I would never forgive them, ever!

(Note- if anyone sent me a recipe using beets for the 50 Shades of Green/Doing It Veggie Style Contest, I am sorry that I didn’t issue a disclaimer. But don’t worry. If your recipe sounds good, I will still consider it and either leave the beets out, or replace them with jellied cranberry sauce.)

The number #3 reason why I am not likely to make the kid smoothie is that I’m not sure where to find beets. They are likely hanging around the produce area somewhere but some things in life are better left unknown.

The next step in my ‘get fit’ plan was to make Montel’s broccoli soup, even if it does require broccoli. I went to the store specifically for the ingredients and had the healthiest shopping experience of my whole lifetime- check out the attached receipt if you don’t believe me.

Funny how a ‘get fit’ plan can turn you into someone you do not know. I was perusing the potatoes for the soup when I glanced over and saw that there was only a little bit of broccoli left in the broccoli bin. And a skinny, healthy looking woman was heading for it. No way lady, that broccoli is mine. I have soup to make!

She got to the broccoli first and I sent her an evil stink eye as she pawed through what was left. Should I ram my cart into hers to get my broccoli? Who had I become that I would fight to the death for one of my most hated veggies?

She must have sensed my determination and only picked a small amount leaving me enough for the soup. I added what was left to my cart and walked away just as an employee came over with a new batch for the bin. Should I replace with fresher broccoli? The steps back to the bin seemed too tiring and I no longer have the energy for major decisions, so I headed to the check out instead.

Later, I was listening to the news as I put away the healthy groceries and was informed that 20 lbs of food per person, is wasted every month. I hung my head in shame.

I do believe in not wasting things and do believe in trying to save the planet (the water bottles on the receipt WILL be recycled.)

If you are following my blog, you know that I had bought the soup ingredients previously. But then the humidity stuck around longer than expected and the produce started to look gross and I wound up tossing it and went to the store again.

Here is yet ANOTHER multiple sclerosis conundrum. Eating fruits and vegetables will help give you energy. Fresh fruit and vegetables are the best and it is recommended that you purchase them regularly so that they stay fresh and you don’t waste any. But going to the store frequently to buy the freshest of the fresh requires energy you don’t have. Never mind that you are wasting food and money if after shopping you don’t have the energy to make what you bought.

I resolved to do better. Autumn would be here soon and at that time my life is going to evolve into a super healthy, super saver, super non-waster.

 

The next day, I finally made the soup. Did you know that if you mash the hell out of broccoli so that it no longer looks like broccoli, it is not as obnoxious as broccoli in regular broccoli form?

The point being, I actually liked the soup! How could that be? I was eating broccoli and surviving! The other weird thing was that it came out of the Health Master Elite hot. How did the Healthmaster DO that?

The whole experiment taught me that miracle do exist. And with autumn just around the corner, and many other Montel Williams soup recipes to try, I couldn’t wait!

 

50 Shades of Green/Doing It Veggie Style Contest update-the Healthmaster Elite recipe collection is only 171 pages and I need all the help I can get! Only one more week- 8/31/12- to send in up to three recipes and possibly win a prize! Make sure your recipes include green veggies and submit them through the comments or contact section of the www.yvonnedesousa.com website.

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