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My Guilty Pleasure(s)…

June 27, 2009

Yesterday, I did the 60 minute Forrest Yoga class from YogaDownload. (Remember you have until June 30 to receive 50% of all classes at YogaDownload with the promotional code HEAB).  Forrest yoga = burning quads.  Wow, talk about some long Warrior holds.  My legs were on fire, but I really enjoyed this class.  There was no flow action, but a good deal of core work and focus on breath.  Good stuff!

Later in the day, I met a friend at Baja Burrito, the coolest little burrito shop and probably one of my favorite restaurants in town.  Now, coffee with cream is my #1 guilty pleasure, but chips are a close 2nd.  Y’all, I love tortilla chips.  I love them so much.  However, you will rarely see them in our house because once I start eating them, I can’t stop.  Yesterday’s lunch:

Salad piled high with veggies and guac and a basket of chips on the side.

Salad piled high with veggies and guac with a side of chips.

I hated it:


So, if you’re ever in Nashville with a craving for Mexican, please call me…just don’t expect me to share the chip basket…or the guac. 🙂

After Thursday’s Heat the Salmon Butt breakfast, I decided to give xanthan gum and guar gum another chance, and they totally redeemed themselves in last night’s dessert.

Green Monster Ice-Cream

Green Monster Ice-Cream

I can’t believe how creamy this tasted.  So delicious.  Into the Vita-Mix went (yes, we made up):

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop Jay Robb chocolate rice protein powder
  • 3 handfuls of frozen spinach
  • handful ice
  • 5 drops dark chocolate stevia
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp guar gum

I love the gums and their thickening abilities, and many thanks to reader Deb for suggesting I try them.

OK, off to a new yoga class called Bliss Yoga, 2 hours of deep core openings based on the principals of Svaroopa yoga. Don’t ask…I have no idea, but I’ll tell you all about it later. 🙂

Be sure to check out Faith’s informative post on the great milk debate.

35 Comments leave one →
  1. June 27, 2009 1:36 pm

    Oh my goodness in heaven, green monster ice cream! I’m so making this, just hope my less than Vita Mix blender will survive the ice!


    PS Checking Yogadownload now. I subscribe to…love the yoga at homeness.

  2. June 27, 2009 1:59 pm

    wonderful yoga site. have you done the yoga with weights? I think that one sounds really good; I love to workout with weights, only way for me to really burn fat.

  3. Mandy A permalink
    June 27, 2009 2:03 pm

    girl i had no idea you loved baja so much! I haven’t been there in ages! I can never choose between going there or to calypso down the street… Actually, I think the last time I had baja – I was pregnant with maddie (which i couldn’t get enough of it then!) Maybe I need to make a visit SOON? 🙂

    Bliss yoga sounds interesting… can’t wait to hear about it

  4. June 27, 2009 2:06 pm

    This looks so delicious, my dear!

  5. Melanie permalink
    June 27, 2009 2:10 pm

    That Green Monster ice cream looks AWESOME!! How fabulous!

  6. June 27, 2009 2:32 pm

    My Lord, that restaurant looks AWESOME. Expect a call from me next year, and we can munch on some tortilla chips ‘n guac together. 🙂

  7. June 27, 2009 2:42 pm

    Yeah homemade ice cream. Now is the time! Just finished reading Gena’s post about banana “froyo.” All this after I brought home a carton of ACTUAL froyo. Oops, moment of weakness. Ice cream is my ultimate kryptonite, after all.

  8. June 27, 2009 2:44 pm

    Green Monster ice cream?! Delish!

    Enjoy your yoga =)

  9. cottchz permalink
    June 27, 2009 2:53 pm

    thanks for the link! that ice cream does look good…oh i envy the vita mix…almonds soaking now, stay tuned!!! oh, have you tried tj’s flaxseed tortilla chips, those are num num!!!

  10. June 27, 2009 2:58 pm

    oooooh ice cream!!! 😀

    I just read Gena’s post about banana ice cream and of course I am thinking… “how yummy almond butter would be drizzled or glopped on top?” I know you know what I mean, my friend.

    Have fun at YOGA!! Tell me all about it, Heabs.

    Mega almond butter love day. It goes so perfectly on everything. I almost made green oats with avocado on top tonight, but opted for romaine wrapped avocado snackies and dessert was more fresh picked berries and AB. holy yum.

    I think between your love of CHIPS and AB and YOGA… we must be related. Seriously.

    Happy weekend!! Hi to CD from D! My poor guy is sick today… hoping feeding him green food will make him look less green. 😉


  11. June 27, 2009 3:17 pm

    I ALWAYS have a craving for Mexican!

  12. June 27, 2009 3:54 pm

    Ooh, the ice cream looks yummy!! I am definitely much more of a sweet person that a salty chip person, but it is hard to resist tortilla chips at a Mexican place!

  13. jacobc permalink
    June 27, 2009 4:06 pm

    haha, green monster ice cream ;-p
    Ice cream is def my vice.. you should make up a big batch and contract with the ice cream van that drives around the neighborhood when i’m mowing yards!
    Baja buritto rocks!! one of my fav places, but i don’t go there for salad 😉
    Have a great rest of the weekend, and stay inside- we don’t need any more dehydration scares! I have put down over a gallon of fluid today.. between winning a 5k this morning, mowing 3 yards, and walking around at the fleamarket..ehh killer hot

  14. June 27, 2009 4:09 pm

    Chips aren’t bad food in my book. Besides, there’s so much food out there that we say no to. We gotta give ourselves a break once in a while.

    Which is why I’m half an hour from scoring some sweet potato fries. 🙂

  15. Erin permalink
    June 27, 2009 4:47 pm

    Food porn all over the place. At least for me! We have very similar guilty pleasures. Or maybe the same ones. I cannot have chips. Can’t. Disaster always ensues. But I so love when I get them on the rare occasion! And guac. Mmmm.
    Your dessert is soooo beautiful! I made an extra creamy creation today and felt a little more like you 🙂 I need to locate some gums for extra thickening action.

  16. June 27, 2009 4:52 pm

    Who would have thought that green ice cream could look so yummy! I’m tellin’ ya, EVERY time I look at your blog, I am amazed and leave hungry!

  17. June 27, 2009 4:58 pm


    Mexi is the best summa food! delish!

  18. June 27, 2009 5:41 pm

    Have fun at yoga! I have yoga tomorrow morning, and I’m dreading it. I’m so incredibly NOT flexible. It’s horrible. They tell me yoga will help that. Not so far. lol

  19. June 27, 2009 5:55 pm

    That yoga sounds fabulous! Mexican sounds super yummy. Guac is so good! Have fun with yoga!
    ❤ jess

  20. June 27, 2009 6:20 pm

    That Mexican food looks absolutely delish–definitely piled high with goodies ;). The green monster ice cream looks fab too, the only problem for me is that I don’t have a vitamix, although I have everything on hand. Maybe I’ll try it with my food processor? Hope you have a great rest of the weekend, Heather!

  21. June 27, 2009 6:40 pm

    Oh man. You look like me with my chips. I CANNOT buy chips because I will literally eat the entire like, 2 settings. My boyfriend always gives me crap about it. And guacamole? Forget about it. Mexican is by far my fave food evah!

  22. June 27, 2009 7:25 pm

    Glad to see you and the Vita Mix are on again. I tried to make a small GM in my Magic Bullet today and we broke up. The Vita Mix and I are forever soulmates. Magic Bullet will never come betwixt us.

  23. June 27, 2009 9:03 pm

    Tortilla chips are my biggest guilty pleasure too- I LOVE them. Totally delicious. Josh likes having them in the house so I pretend they don’t exist. When we go out to a Mexican restaurant though…I always let myself get a little out of control 😉

    I have a few questions for you regarding Josh’s back and yoga…I will shoot you a note in a little

  24. Kristen (Flexy Fare) permalink
    June 27, 2009 9:36 pm

    I love me some Baja Burrito!! 🙂 Happy Sunday, Heather.

  25. Samantha permalink
    June 27, 2009 10:06 pm

    I need to try some GM ice cream. I just bought 2 more containers of plain nf yogurt so I can strain and make some kind of frozen treat. Maybe with some berries.

    The new class sounds interesting, can’t wait to hear more!

  26. June 28, 2009 3:48 am

    Ohh, your green monster ice cream looks so good!

  27. June 28, 2009 3:51 am

    I love tortilla chips, too. Is there Chevy’s out in Nashville? They do the BEST chips & salsa 🙂
    The GM ice cream sounds awesome…can you taste the gums at all? I don’t know why but it seems like they might have a weird falvor (just an asusmption, I do not know from experience)!

  28. frenchybelle permalink
    June 28, 2009 6:59 am

    GREEN MONSTER ICE CREAM!!!! I’m all over that today!!!!! 🙂 🙂 Ok… but I see you actually froze your spinach! Does this make it more icy or cold? I never thought of that! yumm!!!!

  29. June 28, 2009 7:58 am

    sounds like you had a great yoga session 🙂 I just love how relaxing yoga is.
    Those tortilla chips are mexican restaurants are so addicting!! especially when they are all warm with the freshly made salsa. haha

    ohh that green monster ice-cream sounds awesome! have a wonderful sunday

  30. June 28, 2009 10:39 am

    Heather, I am also in love with tortilla chips. I don’t even need a real meal at a Mexican restaurant, so long as I have some guac and tortilla chips. I wish I didn’t love them so much, but they’re so perfect! I’ve been trying to not bring them into my house anymore since I don’t trust myself around them. Your willpower is what I strive for!

    And if I find myself in Nashville, I think I will have to meet you there. Holy yum!

  31. June 28, 2009 12:48 pm

    I’m so jealous! Please tell me you enjoyed some pineapple salsa!?! Definitely in my top 3 fave restaurants in nashville…it’s a close tie with Calypso. 🙂

    Kaneil, balanceisbest

  32. yogiclarebear permalink
    June 28, 2009 10:56 pm

    wow that green ice cream looks supah! what brand of chocolate stevia do you use? ive found NOW foods brand to be super…thick? but the “Stevia” brand i like a lot.

  33. June 30, 2009 12:46 am

    Ohhh, I’m trying that green monster ice cream for sure! I use xanthan gum occasionally but never guar gum. What’s the difference between them? I think I need to get me some of the guar.

    And Heather, I’m totally coming to Nashville for a few of days in September! I’d love to try your amazing lunch if you’re at all free!

  34. June 30, 2009 7:06 pm

    oh no you didn’t… i want that goddess ice cream 🙂


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