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how to give your smoothie staying power

Lately, all I have been wanting for breakfast is a smoothie.  I think it has to do with the heat and humidity.  Smoothie’s are cool and refreshing and don’t weigh you down.  I love how simple or complex they can be!  If you are using them as a meal, just make sure to pack them with protein to increase the staying power.

Good ways to add protein into your smoothies:

  • nut butter
  • nuts
  • protein powder
  • yogurt
  • milk
  • oats

A smoothie can definitely be made into a meal by adding a few extras other than fruit.  Try a tbsp of peanut butter or pepitas (pumpkin seeds) for extra iron or hemp seeds for extra protein.

This morning, I was feeling like chocolate, so I mixed away in my Vita-Mix!

  • 1 frozen banana (the key to a thicker smoothie!)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (antioxidants!)
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 tbsp mango jelly
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • dash vanilla
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds (extra protein)

It was a pretty yucky color, but sure did taste good!

Yum.

I try to stock up on frozen fruit when I am at Trader Joes because they make excellent smoothie additions.  The frozen fruit adds depth to the smoothie by making it thicker and colder.

Moving on…

I have been so thirsty lately!  Has anyone else been?  It must be the weather because I already drink a lot of water, but have been drinking so much more recently.  Darn humidity!

I wasn’t really hungry for a mid-morning snack, so I skipped right to an early lunch since that was on my mind – leftover Stuffed Patty Pan Squash!

Packed in two seperate containers to prevent them from tipping over and heated in the microwave at work, they were just as good as last night.

Along with the leftovers, I had a blueberry yogurt and 2 apricots.  A pretty well-balanced lunch if you ask me. 🙂

An afternoon snack included Livin’ Spoonful raw crackers (filled with nuts and herbs and oh so flavorful!) and lemon hummus.

And, a Refresh Glo Bar.  I loved this flavor.  Chocolate and mint is a favorite combination of mine!

I’m thinking of a quick run tonight before dinner, then I’ve got another quick and yummy recipe to whip up.

See ya!

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meet my vita-mix

That’s right!  Guess who showed up in the mail?!

My Vita-Mix 5200!

And, look at that, she just fits under the counter.  The base is huge, but I guess that is where all of the power comes from.  And, when I say power – the Vita-Mix is powerful!

It has low and high speeds along with variable speeds, which are great.  When making a smoothie, Vita-Mix recommends that you start off on 1 and slowly turn the knob up to 10 before flipping it on high for 30 seconds to completely blend.  This gets rid of a chance for air pockets which will cause the smoothie to stop blending properly.

You can also use the tamper to push down your ingredients to get them to blend properly.  It works like a charm when making ice cream and nut butters.

This morning, I decided to make a smoothie, so I dropped all of my ingredients into the blender.

  • beet greens
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 6 frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds

I blended away for no longer than 60 seconds and came out with an extremely smooth smoothie!

The Vita-Mix was quick!  And, completely blended everything.  I didn’t have chunks of greens or hemp seeds throughout like I normally would have with my other blender.  I could not even tell that there were greens or seeds in the smoothie!  It was awesome.

Over the past few days, I have also made ice cream and multiple smoothies in the Vita.  Each time, it comes out perfect.  It pulverizes the frozen fruit, greens and nuts in a matter of seconds.

I am extremely happy about my purchase!

One other great thing, is how you clean it.  Rinse out the pitcher and fill half way with water and a squirt of dish soap.

Use the variable speed to get up to 10.

Then, blend on high for 30-60 seconds.

Viola!  A clean blender!

I’m so excited!!!

I was starving once lunch rolled around, so I pulled out some random veggies, eggs and hummus that I had packed.

A sliced up pickling cucumber and leftover grilled eggplant.

2 hard boiled eggs.

And, lemon hummus.

Some snacks today included yogurt, a nectarine and a S’more Glo Bar.

The Adore Glo Bar was good, but not my favorite.  I much prefer the Chocolate Coffee Bar!  Still, a great texture and flavor, though.

We are off for pizza and a talk on Barefoot Running tonight.

Have a great one.

chocopologie & chipotle

It was gorgeous out in NYC yesterday morning when I headed out for my walk.  I walked along the river for a few miles, then headed over to pick up a juice at One Lucky Duck!

I ordered the Bunny Brew, which is a mix of carrots, apples and ginger.  I love the kick of ginger and the apples add a bit of sweetness to the drink.  It is delicious!

At this point, I was happy to have the juice because it go HOT out on my walk back home.

All in all, I covered a little over 3 miles in 45 minutes.  It felt great to stretch my legs after walking around and standing all day and night on Saturday!

Back at my brother’s apartment, we had bagels for breakfast before heading out.  I toasted up 1/2 of a cinnamon raisin bagel and spread it with peanut butter with a yogurt.  I love carbs. 🙂

On our drive home, we made a pit stop in South Norwalk (SoNo) for lunch.  It is a really small town right off of the highway, but the downtown is so cute!  It is a small strip of restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques.

We decided on Chocopologie for lunch.  Why?  Because of the name!!

It was so cute inside and everything on the menu sounded amazing from sandwiches to salads to buckwheat crepes to french toast and a lot more.

I started with a Raspberry Smoothie while we waited for our meals.  It was so good, it tasted like a milkshake.  Although, it could have been colder and thicker…

For my lunch, I ordered the Meditteranean Salad.  It was hands down, the best salad I have ever had!  I can’t wait to re-create it at home.

The salad contained arugula, green beans, kidney beans, roasted beets, goat cheese, croutons and a lemon viniagrette.

The salad was served warm!  I loved it.

We made a few more stops on our ride home, so I snacked on an Endure GloBar a few hours later.  This flavor was awesome!  There is something about cranberries that I just love in granola bars.

And, we picked up dinner at Chipotle because the last thing you want to do after a weekend away is cook on a Sunday night!!

A vegetarian burrito bowl with rice, black beans, peppers, onions, corn salsa, hot salsa, lettuce and guacamole.

Delicious!

north fork – fun on the water

My father-in-law raced in a triathlon on Sunday morning, which was our main reason for heading down to the North Fork.  We were up bright and early to watch him race, which allowed us to have a full and relaxing rest of the day.

The beach was gorgeous this morning!

While waiting for the race to start, I headed out on a 4.5 mile run of my own.  I ran the course route and loved how peaceful it was.  I was feeling good and finished the 4.5 miles in 40 minutes.  My run was complete on a Sunday morning by 6:30am!  I had the whole rest of the day to relax. 🙂

I snacked on an Empower Glo Bar and a coconut water while watching the race.

A few of you asked me to let you know how the Glo Bars were.  Well, this is the only flavor that I have tried so far, but it was unbelievebly delicious!  I don’t know how Angela does it, but the bar was soft yet stuck together so well.  The flavor was awesome – I love the coffee and chocolate combination.  I can’t wait to try some more!

After the race, we ate breakfast – yogurt, hemp granola and a banana for me.

And, a veggie juice (I have no idea what was in it, since the shop was out of a lot, but it tasted mostly like carrots).

Then, we headed out on the boat!

We ended up on Shelter Island’s shore.  The houses are gorgeous!

It was a phenomenal day – sunny and hot, but cooler on the water.

Everyone had fun swimming in the ocean and enjoying the day.

It was the perfect summer day.

We ate a late lunch, then headed to the ferry for our journey home.  I hate that weekends have to come to an end!!