Category Archives: smoothie
This week, thanks to a feature post on Healthy Ashley‘s site, I discovered the wonderful Angela of Oh She Glows! I’ve been following her site for the past few days and I’m so glad I found her 🙂 She’s also doing a Crap Free Week right now to detox from sugar, but she’s a couple days ahead of me. Anyway, for breakfast, she’s been having what she refers to as “Green Monsters” aka breakfast smoothies that include greens. I had seen people do spinach smoothies before and had always wanted to try one and for some reason she inspired me to do so today.
Here’s what went into my smoothie, taken directly from Angela’s site, with some slight modifications:
1 cup milk
A few ice cubes
Two big handfuls of spinach leaves
1 tbsp ground flax
1 medium banana
Oh…my…word. This was so good it made me wonder why the heck I haven’t been drinking these everyday! What an awesome way to get veggies in first thing in the morning. She was right too, I could not taste the spinach at all, it tasted very much like a banana smoothie. Every once in a while, I could feel the texture of the spinach (and flax) but I think I could’ve blended it a bit longer. Still, that wasn’t bad or anything. Plus look how cool the green color is! 😉
I also had a slice of bread (not toasted) with a tbsp of natural peanut butter. This breakfast was awesome and I can’t wait to make more of these smoothies in the future. Especially in the summer time when its warmer, although yesterday we were in the 60’s (raining and windy though). The temps are going back down today unfortunately but hopefully Spring is right around the corner (please)!
I just feel so good about starting off my morning that way. They are right when they say breakfast sets the tone. If you really enjoy breakfast and it makes you feel good, you are likely to feel that way the rest of the day. How cool. I’m thinking about having another tomorrow and using different fruits. Yay!
Happy Friday 🙂
…to feel like my old self again! Today was a red letter day if I do say so myself. Not only did I eat healthy, exercise and get lots of work done, I also got a lot more housework done tonight. The only thing I didn’t do was go through boxes, but I plan to start on that tomorrow. No need to overdo anything, right?! 😉
Mid-afternoon before I left work, I had a cheese stick:
I did a really quick strength routine because I was pressed for time, but I managed to get the following done:
2 sets of chest presses (set 1 – 15lbs x 12 reps; set 2 – 20 lbs x 10 reps)
2 sets of shoulder presses (set 1 – 10 lbs x 12 reps; set 2 – 12.5 lbs x 10 reps)
2 sets of bicep curls (set 1 – 12.5 lbs x 12 reps; set 2 – 15 lbs x 10 reps)
2 sets of tricep extensions (set 1 – 12.5 lbs x 12 reps; set 2 – 15 lbs x 10 reps)
2 sets of lunges (with one leg on weight bench, 10 reps per leg per set)
2 sets of squats (10 reps per set)
2 sets of table leg-lifts aka Caitlin’s ab exercise day 2 (15 reps per set)
2 sets of bicycle crunches (30 reps per set)
I also drank tons of water over the course of my workout. I’ve noticed that when I’m at work and the gym, I am better at drinking more water than when I am at home on vacation!
When I got home, I was hongry, so I made a big salad for some filling delicious veggies…romaine lettuce, 8 grape tomatoes, 1/3 of a cucumber, 1 tbsp turkey bacon bits, 1 tsp parmesan cheese and 2 tbsp light balsamic dressing…
Yesterday was fake Friday to me, so I am feeling like it’s the weekend right now which is why I have not kept up very well with my blogging…I know, excuses, excuses!
Anyway, here is the rest of Tuesday/Friday for ya:
Lunch – Tomato bruschetta veggie burger with mustard, side salad with sunflower kernels, pumpkin seeds, Parmesan cheese & balsamic vinaigrette, tangerine.
Dinner – Hamburger (yes, a real one!) with 2% cheese & ketchup, broccoli, barley (1/2 cup), 1/2 a sour pickle from NYC 🙂 My father-in-law brought these back for my husband last time he went. I also had one dark chocolate kiss after dinner.
When I got home, I was really thirsty and craving something sweet and refreshing, so I decided to make a smoothie…it’s 1 cup plain soymilk, 2/3 cup frozen strawberries, and a packet of fat free hot cocoa – YUM!
This morning, I woke up and took the dog for a walk and then debated over what to have for breakfast. We are going grocery shopping this weekend, so my goal was to use up a lot of the stuff we already have on hand.
I decided on a breakfast smoothie (1 cup skim milk, 1/2 frozen medium banana, 1 packet of hot cocoa mix, 1 tbsp peanut butter, ice) and two poached eggs…
It was a great filler, but I’m afraid the smoothie made me really COLD! Brr…luckily I had some coffee to warm me up. Since I had a cup of milk with breakfast, I chose to just have my coffee with 1 packet of Equal and no “cream”…
I am still perplexed by our weather. Usually, this time of year, it has only begun to cool down and we still have some days with 70 degree temperatures here and there, sometimes even Christmas Day is warm. But it’s like we’ve hit winter early 😦 The HIGH today is 36.
HAPPY FRIDAY TO ALL!
Even being car-less and sleep deprived can’t take away the satisfaction I got from today’s breakfast, not to mention my early morning walk! 🙂
I started things off with a smoothie: 1/2 cup Dannon plain fat free yogurt, 1/2 cup skim milk, and 2/3 cup frozen strawberries (145 calories). This smoothie was heavenly. I thought it would be plain tasting because of the yogurt, but the strawberries added just the right about of sweetness. I think I’ve really cured some cravings and tastes thanks to the SBD.
Then I reluctantly made what turned out to be a gorgeous omelet! Using the generic store brand egg beaters stuff, I made a mushroom-broccoli omelet (using leftover broccoli from last night) and some turkey sausage on the side. I expected the omelet to taste funny because it wasn’t real eggs (I haven’t had egg substitute in a long time) but I actually think I preferred this one! Something about it was softer and easier to fold over too.
I guess I did so much yesterday that I could’ve sworn today was Wednesday already, ha!
I overslept this morning by 30 minutes so I had to make breakfast quick. I made a poached egg (using my microwaveable egg poacher), a piece of toast with real blueberry preserves (purchased in Gatlinburg, TN), and a smoothie (1/2 cup OJ, kiwi, peach, plum). It wasn’t my favorite combination but it definitely tasted good and got some fruit servings in! Sorry for the dark pic, the lighting in our room is not very good.
…and the cold won!
Well, hi folks! Yay, I’m not dead 🙂 But I was very, very sick. I think I am finally on the mend and ready to get back to normal life now. This cold kicked my butt!
There was plenty of eating while I was off and sick, the cold took everything but my appetite. I had some really weird cravings, mostly for carbs and sweets, and I indulged a little, but not too much.
Here are a few pics I managed to take while I was ill…
Breakfast (can’t remember which day) – Pumpkin raisin oat bran (recipe from Tina at Carrots ‘n Cake) it was really good!
Sunday breakfast – French Toast (whole wheat with sugar free syrup)!
A Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffin with a side of Carrot Cake soy ice cream!
I will post the recipes after I remember and find which ones I used…the last few days have been kind of a blur, haha…
My friend sent me part of that article about what Michael Phelps eats for breakfast. I only had to see the words “chocolate chip pancakes” once and I instantly wanted them. So after waiting patiently, I made some this morning using my Hodgson Mill Buckwheat pancake mix and 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips (makes 4, I only ate 2).
Happy Wednesday! Hope you all are still feeling (and sounding) better than me 🙂
I think I have come down with that dreaded summer cold, although I think the change in weather is what got me, it really feels like fall around here right now 😉 Anyway, here’s a wrap-up of my weekend…
Not pictured: Tall mocha lite frappuccino! (forgot to take pic)
2 pancakes with sugar free syrup, Morningstar Farms ‘sausage’ patty and dried apricots…a little while after this, I went for a 60-minute walk/run, which was great!
Beer of the month: Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat 🙂
Grilled chicken salad with no croutons or cheese and lite italian dressing –
Kashi Heart to Heart cereal (about 1/2 cup)…I actually ended up eating this in a bowl with a splash of soy milk…
Lunch at Chili’s…Chicken fajita pita with a side of apples (only ate half, they weren’t very good, I want some good cinnamon apples! Going to have to make them myself I guess!)
Caramel lite frappuccino!
Dinner (not pictured): went to a party and left my camera/phone in the car! But I had some fruit, potato salad, turkey, and salad greens.
I am leaving the country a week from today! I am excited but also kinda nervous. But just FYI, I will most likely not be able to blog from next Wednesday through the following Friday.
Breakfast this morning was another smoothie (I am hooked!) made with soy milk, blueberries and raspberries (another purple one but lighter this time) and a Thomas whole wheat bagel with light cream cheese. Simple and perfect!
My mid-morning snacks were a cup of Stash decaf chocolate hazelnut tea, 1/4 cup of cashews and a banana.