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I have been experimenting with other blog platforms, but this one is my favorite.  I am ready to move past that, and once I can get my tumbler one to be more cooperative my intention was to paste those over.  Such is life as it relates to technology. 

I have everything set up to make posts via my Blackberry as my intention is to post much more frequently.  Like daily even.  I want to track what I’m doing more closely, how I feel, and things along that line to look back on.  I want to see what works, what doesn’t, and find some motivation when I just plain don’t feel like doing the right thing as it pertains to that healthy lifestyle I’m working towards.  With that in mind…

I started the C25K training program this week.  I absolutely love jogging.  As my prior attempts have ended in injury you’d think I would give up the idea of going at it again.  Nope.  I know what caused the injuries, and I know how to prevent them.  I hear running is really bad for an overweight person’s knees, but I’m not sure that just ‘being’ overweight is good for knees.  I’m taking the risk.

I joined a Biggest Loser Challenge through www.SparkPeople.com, and let me tell you these ladies are motivating!  I really started working out & pushing myself, and I gained 1 pound for my week 1 weigh in.  My eating is better than the week before, so I’m going to say it is the working out.  I even felt bloated yesterday, but today I’m at least back to my original weigh in weight.  Doh!  I’m going to keep it going… I know it works, and I know I feel fabulous now that I’ve added the turtle paced jogging. 

Since the last posting & things going on –

  • Bear has been with his dad & will be back late Christmas Eve
  • I started school again.  PE started this week, and that Speech starts in January.  I’ll have that associates in May finally (with 120 something credit hours lol).
  • Financial situation settled
  • Vacation starts today at 4!

Woohoo!  Now for a cell shot of a yummy strawberry-banana-cucumber-celery smoothie…

I really had a hard time finding smoothie recipes when I first got turned onto the idea of a nutritious fruit and veggie on-the-go option.  Let me take that back.  I had a hard time finding good ‘recipes’ with ingredients that I was willing to go with.  There weren’t many with amounts, and some consisted of exotic ingredients that were intimidating and expensive.  Then those with amounts that had normal fruits and veggies just sounded so off together I couldn’t envision actually trying it.  While I still haven’t moved over to using avocados or anything I get the jist of  it now!

I am not a pro, but really once you get started it is simple.  I have a Magic Bullet at the moment (but I’m eyeing a fancy blender), so I don’t really need to measure.  I am going through the motions of measuring ingredients out to provide actual recipes for those a little intimidated by just throwing spinach in a blender.  However, feel free to change it up to make your taste buds happy!

 

 

My base smoothie:

  • 1/2 small frozen banana
  • 1/2 cupish of frozen fruit
  • 3/4 cupish of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • as much spinach as will fit

 

This picture is before the milk & spinach.  With my specific blender cups I fill them to these levels with fruit (larger chunks in my larger cup), and I generally pour in enough milk to just above cover the frozen portion.  Too much & it takes too long for the blender to work it’s magic for my patience.  To little & it’s too thick to drink. 

That’s it.  Voila!

This is what I consider my go-to smoothie.  By all means, leave out the spinach if you’re scared.  You can’t taste it, but it does tend to make them look a little less appetizing.  These smoothies can be as good as ice cream.  I promise.  When you’re ready add in a couple of leaves of spinach.   Then a couple of more the next day.   One day you may reach a cup or so or not.  Baby steps! 

Substitute the frozen fruit for fresh fruit if that is what you have.  I recommend peeling fruits like apples with the blender I have.  Use your common sense with fresh fruit – orange peel can’t possibly taste good.  I’m really big on the frozen banana thing, but I’ll cover that in a minute. 

Substitute the almond milk with coconut water, any other milk or even orange juice.  I have even seen recipes with water, but I’m personally not crazy about using water.   I’m betting you have the ingredients to try one out right now!

As far as the bananas go I highly recommend freezing your bananas as soon as they are to your level of ripeness just for the smoothie goodness that awaits you.  The riper the banana, the stronger the flavor in your smoothie.  Break them up (into thirds if they are larger, halves if they are smaller) & put them in the freezer in a freezer bag. You can use fresh bananas.   It’s not my preference, but if you go that route I would recommend adding in some ice cubes for the smoothie consistency.  Just my 2 cents!

This is a good place to start.  In part 2 we’ll get creative with add in options and toppings.  Talk about fun!  I’ll leave you with today’s finished product.

Strawberry Chocolate Fun

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup frozen strawberries
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • spinach packed into the space left

I stuck it in the freezer for about 30 minutes after the blend to make it spoon worthy.  No cheating!  We’ll talk toppings tomorrow.

I have been drinking smoothies this year pretty regularly.  I lost about 15 pounds this year, and I attribute keeping it off to this.  Recently I ran across a blog called sprinkle massacre that has inspired me to get more creative with smoothies.  I’d like to start incorporating more into my diet to keep calories down.  They can really feel indulgent!  Here is smoothie #1 post inspiration:

Delicious green goop

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/3 c frozen mixed fruit (looked like mostly peaches when pouring out of the bag)
  • 3/4 c unsweetened almond milk
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • spinach til no more will fit in my bullet

Gave this a whirl and stuck it in the freezer while I got ready for work.  When I got to work (after too much traffic) I stuck it in the freezer while I got my day started.  Pulled it out, and topped it with sprinkles.  Isn’t that awesome?!?!  Well some coworkers agreed & others didn’t, but I promise it was phenomenal.  Add a mini whole wheat bagel & reduced fat cream cheese put me at under 400 calories & full.  Yay!

Renee

I'm a 32 year old single mom with a great job working towards a healthier lifestyle. These are the baby steps & random musings of that journey.

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