Piña Colada Smoothie!

Happy Friday, everyone!  

And Happy {belated} National Piña Colada Day!  Apparently I made my Piña Colada Smoothie a day early (on Wednesday) and missed out on National Piña Colada day yesterday!?  Someday I’ll get on top of these fun, national holidays. 

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Here’s a delicious smoothie recipe that’s packed with nutrients, full of protein and is super refreshing!

Piña Colada Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup vanilla greek yogurt (or plain)
1 frozen banana
1 cup fresh pineapple 
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Shredded coconut (for ganish)

Directions

Add ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.  Garnish with shredded coconut and enjoy!  You can also add a pineapple wedge and little umbrella to make it even more festive. :)

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Tropical Pineapple Banana Smoothie (WIAW #27)

Happy WIAW!

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With the weather in Boston becoming hot, hot, hot, my smoothie addiction is becoming out of control!  I’ve been enjoying a smoothie a day so it was no surprise when all I wanted for dinner the other night was yet another cold, refreshing smoothie.  Not only is a smoothie the perfect snack or meal any time of the day but there’s also en endless amount of ways to make a smoothie…  you’ve got the super healthy green smoothie, the fruit-filled smoothie, the tropical coconut water smoothie, the creamy greek yogurt smoothie, the protein-packed smoothie and on and on.  So many amazing options! 

But before we keep talking smoothies let’s start with my foods + drinks from earlier in the day…  

Here’s ‘What I Ate Wednesday Last Sunday’:

Breakfast – 7 am

My morning started with a bowl full of vanilla greek yogurt, blueberries, sliced banana, almond slivers + grape-nuts cereal.

Morning Snack – 10 am

A Peanut Butter Bear Naked energy bar – so good!

Lunch – 12 pm

A turkey, lettuce, tomato, avocado, cheese wrap with cherries and Cape Cod potato chips on the side.  Oh, and a glass of ice water…  this pregnancy has me chugging water 24/7.

Afternoon Snacks – 4ish pm

I packed a container of strawberries + blueberries for a ‘lil snack at the beach…

and then came home and stuffed my face with Oreos, ughhh.  But it’s OK, everything in moderation, right? ;)

Dinner – 8 pm

Apparently eating too many Oreos left me feeling kinda sick and not super hungry for dinner…   but I knew I needed something to hold me over through the night (plus, I figured the baby could use some more nutrients) so I quickly whipped up a delicious, protein-filled smoothie for dinner!

Tropical Pineapple Banana Smoothie

1 cup coconut water
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 banana
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

Blend & enjoy!

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What’d you have for breakfast today?  

Do you crave smoothies during the hot summer months?

Summertime Green Smoothie (WIAW #20)

Helloooo and Happy Wednesday!

Before we get into this weeks WIAW post, I wanted to quickly show you my delicious lunch from Saturday at Legal C Bar.  My mom and I were out for a Mother’s Day lunch and I ordered the best grilled salmon reuben! 

  Omggg so good! If you ever see a salmon reuben on the menu, you should definitely go for it.

 I also enjoyed an awesome lemonade + pomegranate juice mocktail with my meal. :)

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Let’s jump into ‘What I Ate Wednesday Sunday’

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Breakfast

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Welp, I’ve officially switched from my winter smoothies w/ almond milk to my summer smoothies w/ coconut water.  Something about the coconut-y flavor just makes them taste so damn good! :)

Summertime Green Smoothie

1 cup coconut water
2 handfuls fresh spinach
1 cup frozen fruit (I used a mix of banana, strawberry & pineapple)
1 banana
1 cup vanilla greek yogurt
1 tablespoon chia seeds (or flax seeds)

Blend & enjoy!

Morning snack

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Lunch

A spinach, chicken sausage, cheese omelette and sliced grapefruit.

Pre-dinner snack

Havarti dill cheese with wheat crackers and some vitamin water (a glass of white wine would have made the snack even better (!!) but unfortunately that wasn’t an option for this prego lady…)

Dinner

A grilled turkey burger topped with lettuce, cheese, tomato, avocado slices and light mayo (not pictured).  We also had grilled corn on the cob on the side.  Love easy, grilled dinners!  

Dessert

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And since I can’t go a day without chocolate, I ended the night with some of these tasty morsels!

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Are you into smoothies?  What do you usually add to them?

What’s your favorite mocktail?  

-Seriously, you guys have to try a lemonade + pomegranate juice mocktail asap :)

 

Roasted Salmon w/ a Grapefruit Glaze

Happy Friday, friends!

Let’s start with last nights dinner before moving on to today.

I really wanted salmon for dinner but I also couldn’t stop thinking about the super juicy, delicious grapefruit I had with my breakfast so I figured why not add the grapefruit to my dinner?  So I did. :)  

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Layer a baking sheet with aluminum foil and then add the wild caught salmon with EVOO {extra virgin olive oil}, a little ground pepper and place it in the oven for 16-18 minutes.  While the salmon is cooking, add a little EVOO into a skillet and warm it up over low heat.  Then add some lemon juice, raw honey, salt & pepper and the juice from a fresh grapefruit and let it all heat up in the skillet.  About 5 minutes later, add the pieces of cut up grapefruit to the skillet and stir everything together for a few more minutes.  Once the salmon is ready, pour the grapefruit mixture on top and serve.  

1 bowl for the grapefruit juice and 1 bowl for the pieces of grapefruit.

 I also added 90-second wild brown rice and roasted broccoli to the meal.  Dinner in 20 minutes!

Today

I woke up at 5:15 so I could do the Jillian Michaels yoga INFERNO DVD before work.  I tried out workout #2 on the DVD which incorporated light weights into the yoga moves with cardio bursts in between each set.  Although it wasn’t as hard as workout #1, it was still a challenging full body workout.  

After the 30 minute workout, I showered, grabbed my green smoothie {which I prepared last night} and took off for work.   I made the smoothie with a banana, frozen strawberries, spinach, peanut butter, and almond milk.

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Annnnnnd before logging off for the night here’s some fun things I wanted to share:

1) 43 Things That Will Make You Feel Old.  Man, oh man, did this make me feel old!  I still can’t believe the Full House cast had their 25th Anniversary last year?!?  Hoooooow is that possible?  And how is JTT an adult?? 

2)  Compilation of Cats Stealing Dogs Beds <—- Such a cute video! :D

 

Clean Eating

Boy, oh boy, did I eat a lot of crap and drink way too many beers over the weekend.  I guess that’s what happens when you’re in DC for 3 days with friends?  Since I spent the majority of yesterday hungover/ barely functioning, I couldn’t wait to wake up this morning and start feeling like myself again.  And in order to do so, I need to start eating a cleaner diet.   No more pizza at 10 pm or late night diner stops for grilled cheese and fries.  This week it’s all about healthy good eats.  

First up?  A green smoothie for breakfast.

‘PB & J Green Smoothie’

In the blender:

  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 spoonfuls peanut butter
  • 1/2 – 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 medium banana
  • handful of kale (<– I’m def using spinach next time)

I packed up the smoothie and brought it to work with me. 

Maybe it’s just me but I was not lovin’ the kale as much as I like spinach in my green smoothie.  It had a really strong taste that overpowered the other flavors. :(  Do you guys like kale in smoothies?? 

Lunch

I didn’t have any ‘lunch foods’ at home so I took a quick break and headed over to Whole Foods.  I made a salad with with romaine lettuce, green beans, peas, corn, shredded cheddar cheese, 1 hard boiled egg, grilled tofu, and olive oil vinaigrette dressing.  Such a tasty, satisfying meal.

Dinner

Wild haddock with some EVOO, ground flax seed, and pepper on top.  And on the side I had roasted asparagus and butternut squash.  Although the haddock wasn’t my favorite and I kinda wished I splurged and went with the wild salmon, it was still an awesome dinner.  The butternut squash was very ‘fall’ tasting and delicious!

I also snacked on trail mix, green tea, and this Suja drink:

For real, eating healthy was pretty easy today so I’m hoping that feeling continues all week.  I have less than 4 weeks ’til my wedding/honeymoon in Aruba/bikini-time so I really want to be as healthy as can be!  

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And to switch gears for a bit, lets talk workouts for the week.  Here’s my plan:

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 3 mile run + tabata workout (I’ll post the workout tomorrow)

Wednesday: 6 am Power Vinyasa class + weekly 5K road race @ 6:45 pm

Thursday: 4 mile run w/ hills

Friday: 6 am Power Vinyasa class

Saturday: Long run (maybe 10-12 miles)

Sunday: Easy 4 mile run

Off to catch up on the Kardashians and face plant in bed….    g’night, everyone!

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Smoothie

Annnnd it’s Day #5 of our heat wave which means I either run super early or not at all.  So today I got up and at it at 5am and headed out for a 5 mile run.  Yea it was humid and I was covered in sweat within 6 minutes but thankfully there was a beautiful sunrise so it made the run a tiny bit more enjoyable. 

Breakfast

As soon as I arrived home, I watered my poor thirsty lawn and then headed to the kitchen to whip up a chocolate almond butter protein smoothie.  I’ve had this smoothie so many times before (especially last summer during my smoothie addiction) and yet I always get excited for it.  Chocolate + almond butter (or peanut butter) + protein = the best combination ever. 

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Smoothie

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In the mix:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 big scoop almond butter (about 5 grams of protein)
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (110 calories & a whopping 24 grams of protein!)

Post Workout Protein

Speaking of protein, on most days I try to have protein shortly after my workout.   Other days it doesn’t happen and that’s fine but I know it’s better for me when I have some sort of protein post workout.  I’ve read tons of articles on the benefits of it but basically here’s what it comes down to:

  • It’s great for weight loss,
  • It provides you with instant energy
  • And it revs up your metabolism

But it’s also important for athletes to consume protein following a workout for the RECOVERY benefits.  Protein provides the optimum amount of protein, carbohydrate, amino acids and other nutrients which necessary to repair torn muscles fibers.  It also helps in recovery of your muscles tissue and starts regeneration of your new muscles fibers.  Athletes or bodybuilders looking to build muscle mass and strength should consume 30 to 45 g of protein, while others can see benefits from 15 to 30 g of protein.

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Do you have protein post workouts? 

What type?  Protein shake, chocolate milk, protein bar…  ??

My new obsession…….

is adding coconut water to my smoothies!  Move over almond milk it’s all about the coconut water this season.

And I’m gonna go out on the limb by saying this but I think I have my new go-to smoothie recipe.

The strong tastes of coconut + the fruity flavors + tons of protein =  perfect drink for breakfast, lunch, post-workout, on a hot summer day, or you could add some alchi and make an tasty healthy cocktail ;)

 Summertime Coconut Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen fruit (I used a mixed bag full of pineapple, peaches, strawberries, and mango)*
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries*
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 handful fresh spinach

*I added 1 1/2 cups frozen fruit plus some fresh strawberries but you could use either fresh or frozen fruit.  If it’s all fresh fruit, just make sure to add some ice cubes in the blender.

Directions

Add all the ingredients to the blender, pour into a glass, and enjoy! 

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On a separate note, if you’re looking for a great at-home workout, here’s a good one that I found on Pinterest.  This workout has you going from one move to the next so you never get bored.  And it’s nice already having a workout planned so you can mindlessly complete each move while also watching TV.  I did this workout yesterday and included 20 minutes of running outside and then completed 2 rounds of the workout. 

Done and done.

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What’s your new obsession?

Anyone else lovin’ coconut water in their smoothies?

Wake-Up Smoothie!

Wow boxing kicked my ass again!  Does it ever get easier?  I just got back from the 5:30am class and quickly got to work on preparing a protein packed smoothie.  I’ve been reading a lot of articles about the importance of consuming protein right after a workout in order to build muscle and lose weight.  So today’s smoothie had a lot of protein thanks to the greek yogurt.  I’m calling this one the “Wake Up Smoothie” since it’s loaded with fruity flavors and it’s an awesome way to jump-start your day.  Boo yah!

Wake-Up Smoothie!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Silk Fruit & Protein – Mango Peach flavor (2.5g protein) <— or you could substitute orange juice
  • 1 serving Chobani vanilla greek yogurt (16g protein)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 3 ice cubes

Blend & enjoy!

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Some days you just need a little umph in order to make it the gym after work.  Actually I always need a lil’ umph when I workout in the afternoon.  So yesterday was no exception.  After having a slice of chocolate cake (it was a birthday cake; I couldn’t say no) I decided it was time to break open this must needed coffee, protein shake:

And it did the trick.  I made my way over to the gym after work and completed a treadmill workout of sprinting 800 meters, jogging 400, and repeating (the same workout I did last week).  I did this for 40 minutes while watching Ellen and it wasn’t that bad.  Don’t get me wrong, I would have prefered doing it outside but the ol’ dreadmill wasn’t as horrible as usual.

After my workout, I picked up Mike’s V-Day gift and then headed home to whip up a simple, healthy dinner.  I prepared a bowl of whole wheat quinoa with frozen mixed veggies and leftover steak tips.  I also added some EVOO and sprinkled some parmesan cheese on top.

Don’t you love dinners that only take 15 minutes to prepare?

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What gets you to the gym after work?  Coffee?  Tea?  Energy gel’s?  A workout partner?

What’s your workout for today? :)

Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie

Hello, hello!  I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

Question for ya:  Can you eat healthy at a bbq or is it really difficult?  For me it’s a challenge.  Mike and I attended my neighbor’s BBQ yesterday afternoon and I knew I should go into the party with a game plan (and really stick to it this time!)  I usually start off fairly healthy and slowly end up pigging out on anything and everything in sight.  This time I was going to practice will power!

Here’s a couple of the rules I tried to follow:

  • Drink water and not just beer.
  • Take a loop around to check out all the food before digging in.
  • Do not stand near a food table!
  • Start with veggies and fruits (whenever I start with healthy foods, it’s easier sticking with them).
  • Don’t eat crap that I can eat anytime, such as Doritos and tortilla chips.
  • 1 dessert, so pick wisely.
  • Have protein with my meal.

And surprisingly my game plan worked!!  I also reminded myself that a BBQ isn’t all about the food, it’s about hanging-out and catching up with friends and family…  :D

Mid-Morning Snack

Once again I was craving a cold, tasty smoothie today.  I decided to mix it up by adding the dark sweet cherries that we had in the fridge.  I also wanted it to be a filling smoothie so I knew a scoop of protein powder as a must. And to make it even better I threw some chocolate shavings to the top of the glass.  Perfect-O. :)

 Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie

Combine the following in the blender:

  • 1 cup pitted dark sweet cherries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

**Top the smoothie with chocolate shavings.

This smoothie is loaded with protein and antioxidants!  ENJOY!