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Superfood Smoothie

Over the weekend I found myself with some strawberries and bananas that were about to go bad, so I decided that they would be perfect smoothie fruit.  But the strawberries and bananas aren’t the real stars of this show.  The ingredients that really make this is a ‘superfood’ smoothie are the ginger, baby spinach, and cinnamon.  Not to mention that the greek yogurt will keep you full until lunch time.
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Ginger is packed full of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties that offer a wide variety of benefits.  This article from Authority Nutrition lists 11 different health benefits of ginger.  It’s a pretty incredible little root.

Cinnamon is also classified as a superfood and has anti-inflammatory properties and may help with a host of ailments.

Baby Spinach is one of those leafy greens that everyone is always raving about because of its high dose of nutrients and low calorie count.  Spinach is also a good source of iron and B vitamins which will give you the energy boost you need to combat the day.

Superfood Smoothie

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 5 sliced strawberries
  • 1 tsp diced ginger root
  • dash of cinnamon
  • handful baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut almond milk

Blend and enjoy!

smoothie for one serving

Butternut Goat Cheese Salads

I actually found this little gem in my drafts from August and although, it’s actually not what I’m having for lunch this week, it is perfect for the season!  (And it was delicious).

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Butternut Goat Cheese Salads

Ingredients:

If you’re in the market to spice up your lunches and celebrate the season, definitely give it a try.  I would also like to try it with pomegranate seeds instead of the craisins.

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I put these on a chicken kale & wild rice salad last night and it was glorious.  I also squeezed in a 6 mile run with the Queen B and made enough salads for lunches the rest of the week. Success!

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…And then ate two huge bowls of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin O’s before bed because I was starving.

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No regrets.  They kind of remind me of Apple Jacks or something, but pumpkin.  If that makes sense? Definitely worth a try.

Have a great day!

Pizza Monster

Alternate titles for this post could be I Have No Self Control Around Pizza or What I Ate Wednesday.

Yesterday started out like any other.  I got up, finished my morning routine, got out the door and went in to work.  Here’s a little glimpse of my day:

Breakfast

1 slice of whole wheat bread with Trader Joe’s Raw Almond Butter

Trader Joe's Raw Almond Butter

I know some people may have an aversion to the consistency of this.  It’s not very thick, but the I love the taste.  It’s hard to find nut butters that don’t have a bunch of added junk.  This one is 100% almonds, so I forgive the texture.

Coffee (yes, I consider this it’s own meal category)

Lunch

Leftover acorn squash with a side of Trader Joe’s pita chips and Beet Hummus.  And of course a carbonated water that I’m sure someday we will find out is way too good to be true.

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Green Tea (also it’s own category)

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Side note – I’m a little disappointed no one at work has noticed this mug.  It’s a real statement piece.  And it wasn’t easy for me to sneak it out of the house unnoticed.

Snack

I have been on an ‘Oh My Yog!’ kick lately.  I can’t get enough of the creamy deliciousness.  I’m hoping Stonyfield will come out with some new flavors soon. My favorite is the Vanilla.

You caught me… his picture is old, I totally forgot to snap one yesterday.

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Workout

After work I went straight to a Hot Yoga Power Hour.  It feels so great to be back at it, I really missed yoga in my life.  And I can’t believe how weak I have gotten in the few months that I have taken off.  My arms are on the super struggle bus for every sun salutation.  And let’s just say attempting any sort of head stands or fancy-ness are completely on the back burner until I can work up some strength.

After yoga, I came home and took the Busy B for a nice long walk.

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I hit my 10,000 step goal, and the Queen B had a nice little outlet.  We even stopped to check out the geese bedding down for the night in the pond nearby.

Dinner

When we got back Kris was home with a huge pepperoni pizza. mmmmmmm.  I was already halfway through my slice of pizza before I remembered to take a picture.  These pizza slices from the Amherst Alehouse are massive.  I planned to eat one slice and exercise some sort of self control, but by the time it was all said and done I had 2 slices of extra large pepperoni pizza and 1 chocolate chip cookie.  And it. was. glorious.

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On that note, I guess I better get to preppin’ something healthy for todays meals.  Happy Hump Day!

4 Miles and Eggplant Parmesan

Yesterday was a long day filled with work, running, and cooking.

After work I came home for a 4 mile run.  The little Beester came with me for 2 of them, but it was way too hot and humid, especially for a pup to be logging the miles.

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(I swear I tried to lighten up this picture, but my efforts were futile.  It took me about 39:20 to run 4 miles.  Not my best time ever, but I’m generally happy if I average under 10 minute miles.)

I hadn’t run in a while and I felt surprisingly good.  There’s nothing better than a run that feels good both mentally and physically.  I wasn’t even counting down the miles, which has felt rare lately.  After my run I chugged some dark chocolate almond milk while I looked up a recipe for dinner.  I think I could easily drink that whole carton in 2 servings.  It is heavenly.

dark chocolate almond milk

I had an eggplant that needed to be cooked but I didn’t want to spend hours in the kitchen making eggplant parmesan, so I did a little research and came up with this Whole Foods Market recipe.  It was still a decent amount of work, but it was easy enough and it turned out delicious!

eggplant parmesan

I actually had some broccoli on hand so I decided to make the broccoli side as well (recipe is also included in the Whole Foods link).

roasted broccoli eggplant parm

Dinner was a success!  And lunch will be leftovers.  Happy hump day!

You Know you Need A Motivation Monday When…

Yesterday morning as I was sitting at my desk, sulking in my Monday blues, I decided it was a good time to do some organizing which happened to include a very large stack of papers that needed stapled back together and filed.

In the midst of my stapling frenzy, I realized that my shoulder was getting tired… From picking up a stapler and putting it back on my desk over and over. While I was feeling a little embarrassed for myself, I realized that it was a clear sign that I needed some motivation. And also that I need to re-evaluate my summer routine.

In an effort to save some money and embrace the summer weather, I quit my gym membership and came up with a handful of circuit workouts that I was going to combine with running. Well let me just be the first to admit that I have officially fallen off the wagon.

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Here are some other signs that you might also need a good, old fashioned, Motivation Monday:

1. Your arms are aching while blow drying your hair (check)

2. You are embarrassingly out of breath at the top of the stairs (yep)

3. Doing one push-up feels like the equivalent of running a marathon (ugh)

4. You post a Motivation Monday post on a Tuesday (whoops)…

On the plus side, I spent all last night grocery shopping and meal planning so at least I have a plan!  Here’s what’s on the agenda today:

Breakfast: English muffin with peanut butter

Snack: Fruit!

fruit bowl

Lunch: One of these awesome salads with baby spinach, arugula, sprouts, cucumber, tomato, bell peppers, edamame, and cottage cheese.

lunch salad

Snack: yogurt and green tea

Dinner: Some sort of eggplant/zucchini parmesan

How do you know when it’s time to re-evaluate your workout regimen?

Cinco de Mayo Margaritas for Two

Happy hump day! Last night, in honor of cinco de mayo, Kris talked me into having a margarita with dinner.  I was a little reluctant at first… as much as I love a drink after work I feel like I haven’t been eating the best… but then again, I am easily peer pressured.

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So Kris made the margaritas and they turned out awesome.  We threw together some ingredients we had on hand and didn’t even have to use a sugar and preservative-filled drink mix.  Here is the recipe:

Cinco de Mayo Margaritas for Two

Ingredients:

– crushed ice

– 2 shots tequilla

– 1/2 shot triple sec

– 1 teaspoon sugar

– juice from 2 limes

– salt to taste (we added a decent amount)

Mix ingredients in drink shaker, serve in margarita glasses (line with salt, if you prefer) 🙂

I have to admit we weren’t very festive with our choice of dinner though… we had sloppy joes and margaritas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  At least we got it half right?

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Sabra Hummus Recall and Thursday Eats

Happy Thursday, my friends!

Yesterday after work I was snacking on some delicious pine nut hummus and tortilla chips with strawberries (and also having an intense game of ball) before Pure Barre…

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Which was all well and good… until I woke up this morning and saw that there is a recall on Sabra hummus for listeria.  Chances are it’s probably fine, and it appears to be affecting the “classic” hummus… but not the best morning news.  Whoops!

On the menu:

Breakfast – whole grain English muffin with Almond butter and strawberries

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Lunch – chicken salad with mustard as dressing, a side of strawberries, a carbonated water, and some dark chocolate

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Snack – green tea with cranberry Chobani & steel cut oats

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Dinner – leftover pork tenderloin with sauerkraut and BBQ sauce:

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(I promise it tastes better than it looks).  I’m planning to do a long run this evening but the weather just doesn’t want to cooperate, so we shall see!  On the bright side, it officially feels like spring in Buffalo!

Pure Barre + Steak Salads

Happy hump day!!  I hope your week is going well, we are inching closer to Friday (thank goodness!).

Monday evening I went to my second Pure Barre class and holy crap, I am still feeling the burn.  I really enjoyed the class, even though I was shaking like a leaf the whole time.  The instructor was super nice and on my first day she told me that if I stick with it for at least 3 days a week over the next month (the length of my Groupon) I will start to see some changes… so stay tuned.

While I was at the barre class, Kris was in charge of dinner… and he nailed it.  He grilled up a steak, roasted some baby red potatoes, and sliced some veggies for a delicious steak salad.

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The dressing was a drizzle of this yogurt blue cheese and balsamic vinegar (such a great combination):

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Yesterday was super busy and I didn’t make my 6 mile run.  I’m struggling with adjusting to my new routine (and the still colder weather) and it’s really hindering my half marathon training.  Since I was feeling disappointed in myself, I made it a point to get all of my other items completed from my to-do list.  So I wouldn’t call it a complete bust.  Just getting random paperwork, bills, and taxes out of the way really relieves the stress that overwhelms me sometimes.

Breakfast this morning was the usual:

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Last night for dinner we roasted another chicken from Wegman’s and some asparagus.  I used the leftovers to construct a chicken salad for lunch today.  In the salad: kale, baby spinach, chicken, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, mustard as dressing:

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With a side of strawberries and a mint-lime carbonated water, and 2 pieces of Bliss dark chocolate.

Afternoon snack is a cup of tea and the usual Chobani yogurt:

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Have a great day!

BBQ Salmon BLT Salad & Sore Legs

Hola! I hope everyone can share in the sentiment that comes with a short week… so let’s just call this Tuesday – Wednesday.

Yesterday was a busy Monday.  After I got done with work I came home to let the little Beester out and play a pretty intense round of ball while waiting for Kris to get home from work.

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I bought a Pure Barre Groupon last week and I was looking forward to going to my first class today, but to be honest my legs were too freaking sore.  I went to buffaloBARRE on Saturday and having never done a barre workout before coupled with a few weeks of slacking – my legs could not deal.  We’re talking – sore to the touch, almost limping when I stand up – sore (embarrassing).

So instead we all went for a short run around the neighborhood.

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Someone can’t handle being excluded…

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B’s favorite place to be in the entire world is right between Kris and I.  You think I’m kidding… but she squeezes right between our legs if we even hug each other.

After the run I made a super yummy salmon salad.  I don’t think I’ve chosen a recipe yet from Iowa Girl Eats that we haven’t marveled over for the entire meal.  The recipe wasn’t overly difficult or time consuming either which was a major selling point.

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After the dinner clean-up I made a cup of mint tea, watched some of the Voice, and hit the sheets!

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Today on the agenda –

1. Work (happy closing to all of my fellow Accounting nerds out there)

2. 6 mile run.  I hope the weather is going to be nice today, I can’t handle another snowy, rainy day!  On a side note, I’m fairly convinced we are living in an arctic tunnel – holy crap that wind is cold.  Imagine a beach breeze… but in Alaska.  That’s what our neighborhood feels like.  I’m sure I will be appreciating this flat ground when summer rolls around, but right now it’s just painful.

Have a great Tuesday (basically Wednesday)!

Easter Eggs and A Long Run

Happy Monday!  Sadly, another weekend has come to an end.  Yesterday we started the day drinking coffee and lounging around. Those are the exact ingredients for a great Sunday morning, just incase you were wondering.  Around noon we got ready and headed over to Kris’ aunt and uncle’s house for a delicious lunch!

But first… I ate jelly beans.  A lot of jelly beans.

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After lunch we headed out to check out an open house, came home to continue our house searching efforts online, and then hit the road for a long run.  Finally!!! My legs were still extremely sore from my first barre experience, and I was feeling a little post lunch coma coming on but I finally convinced myself that if I am going to run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon the first week of May then I had to start getting long runs in.

I started the run thinking “It’s cold out. 7 miles is so excessive. I don’t know why I do this to myself”,  and then “if I can just make it 4 miles then at least it will be a good workout”, and finally “this isn’t so bad, basically only a 5k left”.  And that’s how I finished the 7 mile run.

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Dinner was baked chicken breast with rice and cream of mushroom soup.  Kris was nice enough to take charge in the kitchen while I showered, recovered, and boiled some eggs for our Easter eggs!!

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This morning for breakfast I had a whole wheat English muffin topped with almond butter and a banana.

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Have a great Monday!