smoothie in a bowl

Happy Sunday! 🙂

I was feeling very productive this morning doing my work, so I decided to hold off on my workout until the afternoon.  Mid-morning, I was finally ready for a break for some breakfast.  I was famished at this point, so I made up a big bowl of oatmeal/oatbran.  See, some days, I just crave a solid bowl of oatmeal!

In my mix this morning went:

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup oat bran (I am liking this combo of rolled oats/oatbran)
  • 1 huge banana
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

YUM!  As always, it was delicious and very filling.  In fact, It kept me full for a really long time.

While I was making this delicious bowl of oats for myself, Brant was working on his own creation.

Check out his omelet!  Yup, I was a little jealous when I saw that!

Anyways, while I finished up my work, I put some pineapple into the dehydrator to make my dried pineapple stash for the week.  Doesn’t it look good?!

In 12-14 hours I will have a delicious dried pineapple snack for the week.

Before my workout, I snacked on a granola bar and an orange to hold me over until my late lunch.  I tried this 18 Rabbits bar that I was sent to sample.

It was delicious.  See my review of other flavors here.  I loved the big chunks of figs and cherries.

At the gym, I decided to take it easy and do 45 minutes on the elliptical and 10 on the stepper.  My legs and body were a bit sore from yesterday’s weight session, so I want to let my body recover.

Once home, I knew that I needed some protein for my muscle recovery, and some greens for nutrients.  The last thing I felt like was a salad, so instead I made a thick, creamy Smoothie in a Bowl which I had seen on Kath’s blog!

In my SIAB mix:

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 huge handfuls spinach
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 packet Chocolate Amazing Meal (you could substitute any protein powder here)
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds

Blended in the blender until thick and creamy.  For a normal smoothie I would have added more water or milk, but I wanted to eat this with a spoon.

Perfect for muscle recovery and staying power!  You have probably noticed that I love smoothies by reading my blog, and it’s true!  What I love most about them is that you can basically put anything that you want into a blender and have a super nutritious, quick and portable meal in a matter of seconds.  They are perfect for a meal replacement if you make it dense enough (because sometimes, like today, my smoothie was basically a salad blended up!), or for a quick protein replacement after a tough workout.  I keep frozen fruit and spinach in my freezer all the time, and a tub of hemp protein powder in the fridge for quick and easy smoothies when I am running out the door and don’t have time to think about or prepare a meal.  They really are perfect. 🙂

I used a ton of fresh spinach in this baby!

Once blended, I added some crunchy granola on top.  I loved the crunch.  Eating this smoothie with a spoon, tricked my mind into thinking that this was a larger meal, I think.  Funny how the mind works.

I also had a slice of toast with Chocolate Coconut Butter and Raspberry Jam.

A delicious late afternoon lunch!

We are off to a fun potluck tonight – off to make my dish. 🙂

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