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My First Attempt at Spinach Smoothies

20 Mar

Today was wonderful. Girls’ morning with another Marine wife and then finished things around the house and got a great at home workout in. I did a 30 min Nike Training Club workout and then about a 15 min boxing inspired workout, great cardio and my legs were worked at the end of it all!

After the workout I wanted to make a protein shake to tide me over until dinner and decided to be brave. I did some searching and decided to try a spinach protein smoothie. I was pleasantly surprised! I want to play with other ingredients but this was a good start.

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Here’s the recipe I made based off what I had in the house:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 3/4 frozen banana
  • 1 handful frozen raspberries
  • 1 small handful blackberries
  • 1 tbs flax seed
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein

Blend until smooth 🙂

Do you have a favorite spinach smoothie?

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Arms and Smoothies

24 Jan

Sorry it’s been longer than normal since I last posted! I feel like I’ve been sprinting a marathon just to get a quarter mile in order to volunteer at the hospital out here… about like this, which makes me laugh:

horizontal running

Anyway, I’ve been working out with a trainer a bit here and on Monday she KILLED my biceps… it had been a while since I’d been sore so it was good and I needed it. But then the hospital schedule kept changing so I missed 2 days of workouts :-/ Not the end of the world, rest days just came early this week. Today I hit triceps and chest. Still (semi) following the Jamie Eason LiveFit workouts so it looked like this:

3 sets of 12 for everything with a 30-45 sec rest in between:

  • Wide Push-Ups
  • Dumbbell chest press
  • Cable Flyes
  • Narrow Push-Ups
  • Overhead tricep extension
  • Tricep Pull-Downs with the rope
  • Tricep Dips

Really the only thing I changed from LiveFit was adding in the tricep dips but sometimes I work different body parts than that day calls for or take my rest day at a different time based off whatever hospital training I have. And I’m not following the diet exactly but am trying to clean up my snacks and have gotten better about after dinner snacks this past week thanks to hubby.

I’ve also discovered new smoothie combinations I really like.

  • 1 C Almond Milk
  • 1/2 – 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein

Or…

  • 1 C Milk (of your choice)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4C frozen blueberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein

Both are really good and the frozen banana gives it a bit of a creaminess/sweetness… it is much easier if you peel some bananas and just throw them in a plastic bag to keep them in the freezer so you always have some on hand 🙂

Protein Cinnamon Bread

9 Oct

Fall is here!! So tonight I made a protein cinnamon swirl bread and an apple pork tenderloin… yum! I’ll post the tenderloin tomorrow but for now…

Jamie Eason Cinnamon Swirl Bread: http://www.heandsheeatclean.com/2012/06/clean-eat-recipe-jamie-easons-cinnamon.html

For once I followed the recipe pretty closely, I’ll bold the things I changed.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Almond milk

Cinnamon

Low fat Organic Vanilla Yogurt

Apple Baby Food (or just natural apple sauce)

Vanilla Whey Protein

Oat Flour (**I use a gluten free blend; Namaste Perfect Blend is my favorite for baking)

Truvia and Splenda (I used the Splenda in the batter and the Truvia to top… but mainly because I’m trying to get rid of my Splenda, I prefer Truvia)

Egg whites

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix the following ingredients together in a small bowl & set aside:
– 1/3 cup Truvia
– 2 tsp cinnamon
3. Mix the following ingredients together in a large bowl:
– 1 1/2 cups of Gluten Free Flour
1.5 scoops vanilla whey protein
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
– 1/2 cup Splenda
4. Mix the following ingredients together in a small bowl:
– 2 egg whites
– 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
– 1/3 cup or 4 oz of apple baby food
– 1/4 cup low fat organic vanilla yogurt

**I’ve never understood why you mix things in 2 different bowls. I mixed the dry ingredients and then added in the wet ingredients and mixed it all together again.
5. Spray 8X8 dish with canola oil spray.
6. Pour a shallow layer of batter into the dish .
7. Sprinkle heavily with half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture (from step 1).
8. Repeat with the remaining batter & add the remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture on top.
9. Draw a knife through the batter to marble **make sure to do this, I didn’t for the last layer and had a bit of a sugar crust on top, still delicious but not as pretty

10. Bake for 25-28 minutes

*My dad had a piece and really liked it too. Might not look like much in the picture (I need to get better at that) but,  it’s so good!