I’m typing up some recipes for my mom to add to our little collection of favorite family recipes. This is a slightly time consuming project because my mom’s handwriting is miniscule and therefore often requires some interpreting.

That said, I’m massively annoyed with myself because I have a stack of recipes that I wanted to put into the computer, but was too lazy to actually type up. Now, of course, would be the perfect time to do so. Would you like to take a guess at where they might be though?

In my file cabinet in the “To Do” folder? Of course not! That would have been too sensible.

In a box in the warehouse with the majority of my other belongs? No, even that would have been too easy.

They are, instead, in a box in the boyfriend’s parents’ basement. On Long Island.

Which is, of course, AWESOME. Sigh.

So Jenna has a pretty amazing coupon on her blog for Amazing Meal. I’m debating whether or not to take advantage of it (indeed the AG experiment is still ongoing here in the fifi household. Dad claims to be getting used to it, but frankly, he puts so much fruit it, I’m amazed he can taste anything at all. Other people have Green Monsters, we drink Grayish-Brown Monsters. But they are pretty yummy). The thing is I really think I prefer the Green Superfood, especially since we are getting protein from the whey protein powder. The Amazing Meal also has a lot fewer servings in the 2 lb. container – 35 vs. 113 with the Green Superfood 2 lb. container. Even though I would be saving money shortterm with the Amazing Meal, I would be spending more longterm by not getting the Green Superfood. But, who doesn’t love a free included shaker? Clearly, this is a tough call.

So in an effort to combat the AG, my dad decided to add some frozen berries to the morning shake. Obviously adding more good stuff is always great so I am on board with this development. Unfortunately, he still seems pretty skeptical of the AG. He admitted today that it didn’t taste too bad,* but I think he is freaked out by the fact that no matter what he adds to the shake, the AG wins out, color-wise. He kept repeating: “It’s green.” So we’ll see if this is a hurdle we can overcome.

*I think it is definitely an acquired taste. I started from a stronger point than he did because this weekend when I brought the AG home, I was so excited to try it that I thought I would just follow the directions on the can and mix it in with some water. BIG mistake. (When I type that, it sounds like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman in the store interlude to the “Pretty Woman” montage in my head. I realize that is completely irrelevant, but I thought you might like to know where my head is). It took me 2 hours and several infusions of cranberry juice to get it down. The shake is a HUGE improvement. Seriously. If you are just starting out with the AG, do NOT just mix with water and drink. Baby steps, people, baby steps.

So even though this is not a food blog (although I’m thinking about doing a “what fifi eats every day” post and I may post super-yummy things from time to time), as you can see from my blogroll, I do read¬†several food blogs and am always on the lookout for ways to add good stuff to my diet.¬†

The latest experiment is with Amazing Grass: I’ve seen it pop up on different blogs (Healthy Tipping Point, for example) and was curious to try it. I even have the perfect easy way to try it: my dad is very health conscious (we were eating multigrain bread WAY before it got trendy) and, among other things, drinks a protein shake with banana and 2% milk every morning and now that I’m home, he makes me a glass every morning as well (this practice dates back to my track and cross-country days in high school). Anyway, the powder he uses has good muscle stuff, but is pretty lacking in vitamins so I figured we could add some AG and have a perfect breakfast fuel. When he read up on the AG, he was pretty excited so I envisioned smooth sailing ahead.

Unfortunately, I think I should have bought a flavored version of the AG, (such as the chocolate – the man loves chocolate) instead of going with the green version (I was so sure I would love the green version that I bought the big container, instead of the small container. Lesson learned). With the banana and the milk and the whey protein, the taste isn’t overpowering, but it’s definitely something to get used to. It tastes maybe a little like green tea. Dad is skeptical, (the look on his face when he was describing the taste was pretty funny), but is agreeing to tough it out for the sake of vitamins and being healthy. I have a pretty awesome dad.