Saturday, March 9, 2013

A Woman in her Thirties and Pinterest

Fact:  One of the inventors of the PC (and one of the filthy-richest people on planet earth), originally thought of the home computer as something only his wife would use in the kitchen to store recipes.  Don't ask me how I know that-- I just do.  A woman in her thirties has her secrets.

Why do I share this?  Because I think of it every time I'm on Pinterest.  I have to admit that when Pinterest first came out I was not interested.  I am not crafty and not interested in DIY projects. (I am interested in OTHER people doing them for me, though...)  But then something happened.  I started logging on and seeing recipes I could probably use, then ideas for around the house that I could use, then ideas for the classroom.  And then this last Christmas came around and we used it to compile our Christmas wish lists (which, for me, was highly preferred over the 'Whaddya want?' emails that fly around in December).  Pinterest rocks.

While I have definitely had my share of Pinterest fails (this one is the first one that comes to mind-- NASTY), there have been two wins that I feel I must share with my fellow women in their thirties.  Here they are, in no particular order:

1.  Strawberry Lassi

I used to work with a South African guy who (I'm pretty sure) ran a real-life Fight Club in Beijing.  One time, while riding a sky glider with him over some sort of park in Chengdu, he gave me an important piece of fitness advice:

Work out hungry.  And always have some kind of protein right after.

Okay, I guess that is two pieces of advice.  Now keep in mind that I am hardly Ms. Fitness USA, nor am I Ms. Perfect Diet USA.  But I did read In Defense of Food and I know that all those preservatives and artificial nonsense in our foods is making us fatter, more tired, and more prone to illness. So I try to eat whole food as much as I can, and (almost) never diet food.

I'm not a huge fan of Jamba Juice, partially because I'm cheap and $5 for a stupid smoothie is ridiculous, but mostly because they are just WAY too sweet for me.  So I tried  this recipe out and made some changes and additions, and the end result is this:

1 banana (or any fruit, but I like bananas best)
2 big ol' scoops of nonfat Greek yogurt
two handfuls of ice
a drop of honey
a pinch of salt
and then fill the blender to the top with spinach and blend it up good

I drink this at least twice a week after I run on the treadmill.  It's so good, and with no protein-shake chemicals or Jamba-induced stomach ache.  Pinterest WIN.

2.  Black Bean Brownie

I remember before I had kids I saw Jessica Seinfeld on Oprah.  She was selling her cookbook Deceptively Delicious, where you puree healthy foods and 'hide' them in your children's food so they'll eat them.

I huffed and puffed over this.  My children will eat what I put in front of them!  My children will eat well because I'll teach them to eat well!

Yeah, well, there was a time when Anna's favorite dinner was chicken, spinach, carrots and polenta.  There was a time when the mixed vegetable puree was her favorite baby food.  Not anymore. Getting this girl to eat anything that isn't found in the dairy aisle is a serious challenge.

Except when it comes to sweets.  She most definitely inherited her Momma's sweet tooth.

So I saw this recipe on Pinterest and I thought I might give this whole tricking-your-kids-into-eating-healthy thing a try.

This is not the most delicious brownie you will ever eat.  How could it be?  THE MAIN INGREDIENT IS BLACK BEANS!  (I even omit the chocolate chips because that's how mean I am.) But guess who can't get enough?

And then, of course, is the humor section of Pinterest, which I don't visit often, but when I do I usually find a gem like this:

Because a part of a woman in her thirties is still a ten-year-old girl playing Mad Libs, no matter how old she gets.


  1. That last one is HILARIOUS. I'm so glad you came around on the Pinterest Band Wagon....I hate being last. ;)

  2. Hmmm....not sure about the smoothie...or the brownies.... But that card is Fu-nny! Maybe I'll give the brownies a whirl for the kiddos.

  3. Yay Pinterest!! I make at least one recipe a week from there and have only had a couple fails. (PS thx for the heads up on that nasty recipe before I made it!!)

  4. Also, I LOVE that pic of AB! She looks so much older than the last time I saw her...

  5. Um, could you elaborate a little on that "big ol' scoops" instruction? Big tablespoons? Big cupfuls? That combination sounds uber-delicious, if only I could figure out what a "big ol' scoop" was.

    Also, I adore that photo of Anna. And it's perfect for this blog post!

    1. Big ol' scoops is probably about 1/2 cup of greek yogurt. I don't measure any of this. Sometimes if I want more I'll add about 3/4 cup of greek yogurt. Trust me, Optimista, you will love it!

    2. Thanks, L. Shanna! I can't wait to try it!

  6. Yay for the black bean brownies! So good!