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Milkshake for Breakfast??

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Breakfast tasted like dessert this morning.

I woke up, not really craving anything in particular.  I headed over to the fridge and just started pulling things out that looked good, and I ended up making this DELICIOUS treat! Seriously, it tastes like a milk shake!

Almond Cacao Milkshake Smoothie

  • 2/3 frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp raw organic cacao
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ice cubes to thicken things up

Combine all things in the blender and enjoy!  Seriously… 😉

 

 

 

 

The Bachelorette…Party

Today, I am headed to the lake and then out on the town for the night celebrating my friend Erin’s bachelorette party!

Last summer at Erin’s white coat ceremony

Because I love to pitch in when it comes to making food, I made a little Greek yogurt and spinach dip.  Again seriously addicting and delicious, I hope you enjoy!

Greek Yogurt Feta Spinach Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 green onions
  • 10 oz spinach
  • dash of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of reduced fat feta
  • 1 tsp of dried dill
  • black pepper to taste

 

Directions

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Cook the onion, and garlic for about 2 minutes until soft.  Then, add in the spinach.  Continue to gently stir until the spinach is completely wilted down.

When the spinach is wilted, scoop it with a slotted spoon into a food processor.  Pulse about 5 times.  Next, add in the rest of the ingredients except the black pepper. Pulse until desired consistency.

Stir in the black pepper to taste.  This dip can be served cool, or warm!  Enjoy!

Nutrition per 2 Tablespoon Serving:

Calories:  32.9  Fat: 1.5g  Carbs:  2g  Protein:  3.4g

The Boys Area

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Good Friday Mornin’!

The weekend is within reach, and I can hardly wait!  This morning, I was actually able to sleep in.  I must say, not having a 4am wakeup call was pretty glorious.  Usually, I complete my workouts in the morning before work, but today I am going to complete my long run for the week…after work.  Wish me luck!

Breakfast

I woke up in the mood for almond butter, and since we had a ton of almonds…I made some!  It seriously took less than 10 minutes.  Yummm!  10 minutes to warm, creamy, homemade almond butter…sign me up!

The next thing on my list of things to eat this morning was a smoothie bowl.  I miss eating these throughout the week because I eat half of my breakfast before I workout or teach and half in the car after, and smoothies are a little bit difficult to split up.

This was an almond and blueberry smoothie (almond milk, blueberries, and spinach to give it a nice blue green hue!).

I have made blueberry smoothie with spinach before, but I have never seen a color like that!

The color of my breakfast reminded me of those crazy colorful ketchups.  Even though they tasted just like regular ketchup, I always expected them to taste different…like grape or something.

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Anyone else expect a funky flavor to accompany the bright color?

Workout

Moving on…

Last night I taught a 30 minute functional core class, but beforehand I wanted to complete a legs and core routine.  Actually, I wanted to attend Body Pump, but sometimes I know that I just need to focus on my individual muscle groups so that I can work to lift heavier in Body Pump!

So, I arrived at the gym already to go with my iPod strapped to my arm, and my workout routine in hand. I have gone to the weight room…often called “the boys area”, several times in the morning before work and never thought twice about it, but today when I was at the gym in the evening during peak hours I got nervous.  The entire room was filled with guys and one other girl, and I was intimidated.

I slowly walked around the room, seeing what equipment I needed and where it was placed, thinking the entire time that the room full of big, muscular guys was wondering what the heck I was doing in there.  At first, I wondered why I felt this way.  I had been in there so many times before so, this anxiety just didn’t make sense.  Then, I realized that the only time I had completed a workout like this was with someone else.  Having someone else with me instantly gave me confidence in the past.

Then, I had a reality check.  No one was judging me, no one was wondering what I was doing there, no one cared about me….except for me.  I realized that if I acted confidant, than no one would even question my presence in the “boys area.”

I simply changed my attitude, acted confidant, and completed my workout.  It. felt. good.

Question of the morning:

What was your workout today?

Today, I am doing my long run and I am a little nervous because I am doing it at the end of the day rather than the beginning.  Does anyone have any tips or pointers for completing a long run at the END of the day???

Buckwheat Approval

Happy First Day of Fall!!!!

 

Yesterday, I was at work during the majority of the day so here is what I wore:

After work, Brian and I went downstairs to visit Caitlin and Julie, two of our good friends from Butler who just moved into our building!  We had a little wine, cookies (recipe to come later) and Modern Family.  It was relaxing and great to see good friends after a long day at work.

Breakfast

This morning I decided I would try out the Bob’s Red Mill Creamy Buckwheat Cereal.  I have made buckwheat pancakes before and absolutely loved them, but I didn’t know what to expect from the cereal.

Seriously, this stuff is great! I mixed together:

  • 1/4 cup buckwheat cereal
  • 3/4 cup water

I then microwaved it for 3 minutes and added:

Here are some interesting facts and benefits of buckwheat:
  • Buckwheat is a fruit not a grain and is completely wheat free
  • Buckwheat is a great plant source of protein (5g per 1/4 cup serving!)
  • Rich in lysine, an amino acid that is lacking in many grains
  • Eating buckwheat may keep you fuller longer, because it will keep glucose levels balanced better than other carbohydrates
Hope you all have a great first day of fall and kickoff to the weekend.
This weekend is Chelsea’s wedding weekend!  Gotta go pack!! 🙂

Breakfast Before or After?

Good Morning!

This Morning, I woke up bright and early (well it was actually still dark out) to go to Body Pump. Today, I had my favorite instructor who is great at motivating and pushing everyone to their limit!

After Body Pump, I came home and showered so that I could get ready for the work day.

I made myself my first bowl of fall oats…Oatmeal, pumpkin, cinnamon, splenda, and almond butter…delish

I then thought about the age-old question…Should we eat before or after a workout?

In my personal research and fitness education I have learned that one never wants to workout on an empty stomach, such as first thing in the morning when our body is in starvation mode. I have had instructors suggest that I eat a half of granola bar, piece of fruit, or something small to “get me going” or get my metabolism started so that I can totally maximize my workout.

But then what about eating after? I have also learned that the first 45 minutes after a workout are the prime time for eating because your body can digest and metabolize things better. So what is the consensus? I find that eating a little bit before and a little bit after works for me…What works for you??

Do you eat before or after a workout or both??? What is your reasoning???

Homemade Nutbutters

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My project for the Family Reunion auction is homemade peanut butter!  Enjoy the recipes!

 

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (Original recipe from Oh She Glows)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Almonds (I use unsalted)
  • 1/2 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
Preparation:
Place the almonds in the food processor and process for about 15 minutes while occasionally scraping down the sides.  It will look smooth and runny when it is ready!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melt the chocolate in the microwave on a low in 20 second intervals, stirring between each round.  Pour the melted chocolate and the salt into the almond butter. Process for a couple more minutes to get everything mixed together, and then you have homemade almond butter!

 

Honey Crunch Peanut Butter (Original recipe from Kath Eats Real Food)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups honey roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts to add in at the end
Preparation:
Place nuts in the food processor and scrape down the sides while processing for about 3 minutes until runny.  Then, add the extra half cup of nuts and pulse for just a little bit longer to make the peanut butter crunchy.  Enjoy!
White Chocolate Peanut Butter
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups peanuts (I use unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips or melting chocolate
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
Preparation:
Place peanuts into the food processor and process while occasionally scraping down the sides until runny and buttery (around 3 minutes).  Melt the white chocolate chips either over the stove on low, or in the microwave in 20 second intervals stirring between each one.  Add in the melted chocolate and salt once the peanuts have turned into butter.  Process for a couple more minutes to make sure everything is mixed together.