Good morning! I’m enjoying a lovely breakfast as I type. But first:
Thoughts on American Idol:
1. Ok. So honestly, how many of these people are paid actors because the real contestants were too boring? Andrew Whatever has way too nice of a jawline to just be some out-of-work musician.
2. I just don’t really trust/like Kara. I feel like she is hungry at all times and needs to just eat a cookie before the auditions.
3. Speaking of cookies, did anyone else notice the insane amount of Wendy’s commericals? I started really craving chicken nuggets around 8:45. I finally had to get up and get a plate of cheese and crackers.
4. Ryan Seacrest…you’re lucky you were born cute.
I could go on about this, but the point is, that show has some flaws. However, I am not a producer and would not know how to be and therefore should probably just shut up. I did enjoy it and will be parking in front of myself in front of the TV for the full two hours again tonight.
On to breakfast: a Green Monster + half a whole wheat bagel with reduced sugar strawberry jam!
Green Monsters are super popular in the blogging world–it’s a smoothie made with fruit, spinach, almond butter, milk, oats, ice, etc. You can customize it, but I used this recipe from Kristin’s blog. Before you gag, you MUST give it a chance. You can’t taste the oats or spinach at all–it basically tastes like cool, creamy, drinkable almond butter. Therefore, it’s the best.thing.ever.
You blend all ingredients except the ice and banana first, then add the other two, then continue to blend to icy perfection.
Green monsters are the perfect summer breakfast—light and refreshing— but I was craving one today, even though it’s 18 degrees outside (EW.) So you’ll probably be seeing them a lot when it gets warmer. PS, it’s in a beer glass because I was out of clean glasses. Who doesn’t need a little beer glass action in their life before 8:00am?
And here’s the strawberry preserves I used on my bagel:
On to lunch:
A piece of leftover Spicy Cheddar Cornbread, a little baby clementine, and a banana bread LaraBar! I’ve never had this flavor before and I have high hopes:
So, who’s ready for Change the World Wednesday?? Last week, I introduced this column with Children International, and now I’d like to present another nonprofit organization that I think deserves our help:
Heigl’s Hounds of Hope!
This organazation was founded by Katherine Heigl from Grey’s Anatomy and her mom in memory of Katherine’s brother Jason, who was killed in a car accident when he was 15 and was passionate about animals. The mission statement:
The focus of the Foundation is to increase awareness of inhumane treatment of animals, support non-proﬁt rescue efforts, assist homeless shelter animals with rescue and medical treatment, fund and encourage free spay/neuter clinics, place rescue dogs and cats in loving homes, and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills and dog ﬁghting.
I know there are many, many animal lovers out there who agree with me that this is a great cause. For more information on getting involved and donating, visit the website. And for a little visual persuasion, the cutest doggy in the world asking for your help:
Have a great day!