My new obsession…….

is adding coconut water to my smoothies!  Move over almond milk it’s all about the coconut water this season.

And I’m gonna go out on the limb by saying this but I think I have my new go-to smoothie recipe.

The strong tastes of coconut + the fruity flavors + tons of protein =  perfect drink for breakfast, lunch, post-workout, on a hot summer day, or you could add some alchi and make an tasty healthy cocktail 😉

Super Easy Summertime Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen fruit (I used a mixed bag full of pineapple, peaches, strawberries, and mango)*
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries*
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 handful fresh spinach

*I added 1 1/2 cups frozen fruit plus some fresh strawberries but you could use either fresh or frozen fruit.  If it’s all fresh fruit, just make sure to add some ice cubes in the blender.

Directions

Add all the ingredients to the blender, pour into a glass, and enjoy! 

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On a separate note, if you’re looking for a great at-home workout, here’s a good one that I found on Pinterest.  This workout has you going from one move to the next so you never get bored.  And it’s nice already having a workout planned so you can mindlessly complete each move while also watching TV.  I did this workout yesterday and included 20 minutes of running outside and then completed 2 rounds of the workout. 

Done and done.

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What’s your new obsession?

Anyone else lovin’ coconut water in their smoothies?

Wake-Up Smoothie!

Wow boxing kicked my ass again!  Does it ever get easier?  I just got back from the 5:30am class and quickly got to work on preparing a protein packed smoothie.  I’ve been reading a lot of articles about the importance of consuming protein right after a workout in order to build muscle and lose weight.  So today’s smoothie had a lot of protein thanks to the greek yogurt.  I’m calling this one the “Wake Up Smoothie” since it’s loaded with fruity flavors and it’s an awesome way to jump-start your day.  Boo yah!

Wake-Up Smoothie!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Silk Fruit & Protein – Mango Peach flavor (2.5g protein) <— or you could substitute orange juice
  • 1 serving Chobani vanilla greek yogurt (16g protein)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 3 ice cubes

Blend & enjoy!

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Some days you just need a little umph in order to make it the gym after work.  Actually I always need a lil’ umph when I workout in the afternoon.  So yesterday was no exception.  After having a slice of chocolate cake (it was a birthday cake; I couldn’t say no) I decided it was time to break open this must needed coffee, protein shake:

And it did the trick.  I made my way over to the gym after work and completed a treadmill workout of sprinting 800 meters, jogging 400, and repeating (the same workout I did last week).  I did this for 40 minutes while watching Ellen and it wasn’t that bad.  Don’t get me wrong, I would have prefered doing it outside but the ol’ dreadmill wasn’t as horrible as usual.

After my workout, I picked up Mike’s V-Day gift and then headed home to whip up a simple, healthy dinner.  I prepared a bowl of whole wheat quinoa with frozen mixed veggies and leftover steak tips.  I also added some EVOO and sprinkled some parmesan cheese on top.

Don’t you love dinners that only take 15 minutes to prepare?

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What gets you to the gym after work?  Coffee?  Tea?  Energy gel’s?  A workout partner?

What’s your workout for today? 🙂