Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Lemon Berry Smoothie

Here's what you need:

  • 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Pineapple
  • 1/4 cup each  Frozen Blackberries, Raspberries, and Blueberries 
  • 1 scoop Protein Powder
Blend and enjoy! 

Roughly makes about 2 servings.
Nutritional Info per serving:
176 Calories, 19 g Carbs, 3 g Fat, 14 g Protein, 5 g Fiber, 10 g Sugar

October Challenge

I am challenging myself to a few things this month. Why? I have been at 170-172 for the last month or 2. It needs to stop. I'm not even losing inches. I'm just steadily stagnant. I hear this is actually quite common when losing weight. But what do you do when you hit a plateau? You do something different.
I almost signed up for Shakeology, Beachbody's meal program where you replace one meal with a shake. It's $120 for one month and you have to continuously do it for I don't know how long. I'm not trying to bash it, but I did a little bit of research. I read a lot of good reviews for it, other than being pricey, but I thought, what is the difference between this and making your own smoothie or shake every day as a meal replacement? So, this is one of my goals.


  • Smoothie/shake every day as meal replacement. 
I've already been in a smoothie kick already, so why not? I will post more smoothie/shake recipe's for you, as well. 

Second, I have a cheat day every Saturday. I rest that day and I eat good for breakfast and lunch, but dinner I go out to eat with my husband, as a date, and we don't eat like Olive Garden every Saturday night, but sometimes, they're bad places like Papa Johns, sometimes, they're reasonable like Panera or Jason's Deli. I don't know if anyone else can relate, but every time I have a meal, it has to be an amazing meal. If not, it's so disappointing. When I eat out, I like to EAT! Eating is an experience to me, not just to live. I love tasting things, I think I was supposed to be an exquisite french chef in this life, but I'm not. This is my problem! I eat because I enjoy the experience! Not to get nutrients! Now my aspects are changing. I eat to get the proper nutrients. You can still eat fabulously and healthy at the same time. But still, I always have the cheat meal. So....
  • No eating out this month.
Not at all. No lunches with girlfriends, no date night at a restaurant, no ''I don't feel like cooking tonight". I've already planned my meals throughout this month, so there's no excuses. 

I've also planned out a few workout challenges this month:

  • Plank challenge
  • Be able to fully run a mile
  • Splits Challenge
The splits one is mostly my own thing. I've been stretching after every workout to slowly stretch out my hips more and more for flexibility. 

Two more things:
  • Drink half of my body weight in fl oz of water (so, as of now 86 fl oz or 10.75 cups)
  • Log everything that enters my mouth onto Myfitnesspal.com 
I used to log everything I ate for about 3 or 4 months. It got to a point where I was eating throughout the day just guessing how much everything was in calories and I would log it all at the end of the night and I was right! So I stopped logging and just trusted myself. Every one in a while I would check to see if I was doing good and I still was. But then I went on vacation and ate whatever I wanted and didn't workout. It screwed me over. So I'm back to logging. If you would like to add me, my user name is blkenigma8




Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Shake


Who doesn't enjoy the childhood go to sandwich: PB & J?? 
Other than my insane weirdo of a husband. (I know, right?)
Well, here is a twist on the classic PB&J
A PB&J Protein Shake.
Admit it, I blew your mind a little.

Ingridients:
1/2 Almond Milk
1/4 cup Pure Peanut Butter (Not processed, no sugars, just PB)
5 strawberries
1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein powder (I used 1/2 a scoop of Body Fortress)

Blend and enjoy!

One of my first responses to this shake was "uhh isn't that unhealthy?" Alas, it is not.
329 Calories, 22 g Carbs, 17 g Fat, 22 g Protein, 6 g Fiber, 9 g Sugar

Peanuts are a healthy fat and have so many nutrients as well as it being a great source of protein. It is also considered to be a 'designer' antioxidant. Next to grape skins, peanuts are the richest source of resveratrol, a supplement known to extend life and have been known to produce better endurance. 


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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Lean Green Smoothie

This smoothie was made using an app from the Google app store called Smoothie recipes.
I'm on a fruit and veggie fast today, mostly in smoothie form, so prepare for 4-5 smoothies today.
For breakfast, I chose to have a Lean Green Smoothie. Anything green is a great way to start the day!

Ingredients:
 1 cup Honeydew Melon
3-4 Ice Cubes
1 cup Green Grapes
1/4 Cucumber, peeled and shopped
1/4 cup Broccoli Florets
1 sprig Mint Leaves

Blend, serve and enjoy!


Strawberry Orange Sunrise Smoothie

This smoothie was inspired by my favorite yogurt, Yoplait's Strawberry Orange Sunrise.
I wouldn't recommend this smoothie as a protein smoothie, but more as a dessert. I added in some carrot juice, which you can't even taste, because Carrot juice is so healthy for you and I can't stand the taste. 

Ingredients:
Squeezed Orange Juice
1 cup halved Strawberries
1-3 halved frozen Strawberries
1 Banana, slightly frozen and cut into 4 pieces
a dash of carrot juice (optional)

Blend, serve and enjoy!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

Inspired by FitSugar

This is so great when you're craving something sweet, especially since there is only 157 calories. What?!!? Heck yea! You save like 800 calories by having this instead of a Cinnamon bun. 

Ingredients:
1 frozen banana, cut into four pieces
1 cup Almond Milk
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp pure maple syrup
Cinnamon stick for awesomeness 

Blend and enjoy!

Best part of this delicious smoothie is the benefits:
Almond milk- great cholesterol lowering-effects from Vitamin E, magnesium and monounsaturated fats.
Cinnamon - aids digestion, recommended for treating loss of appetite and upset stomach, prevents bloating and treats heart burn and nausea.
Banana - help with depression, from traces of tryptophan which converts into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that makes one feel happy. Helps against leg cramps during workouts. Reduces PMS symptoms. 

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Green Monster Smoothie


Green smoothies are a great way to get a lot of nutrients from broccoli, spinach, kale, celery, etc.
I know it's hard to drink it when it's so green! But not only is it delicious, but it's so good for you. I've even started replacing my coffee for this green smoothie.

Ingredients:
6 oz Naked Green Machine
1/4 cup frozen Pineapple Mango mix
1/4 cup Broccoli
1 handful fresh raw Spinach 

Blend and enjoy!