Posts tagged ‘Green Monsters’
Hey Yo! We made it over the hump of the week! I’m super happy that this week is zooming by; it’s just cruising downhill from here.
You can probably guess what was on my
plate for breakfast today…yep, waffles it was! I went with an “open-faced sandwich” today – the more PB & banana, the better.
I normally don’t get to eat lunch home on Wednesdays, so it was a treat to have a break in my day to do so. I was dreaming of this lunch all morning.
Green Monster a la:
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup mixed berries [strawberries, raspberries, blueberries & blackberries]
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup fresh baby spinach
Sandwich a la:
whole wheat toast
extra sharp white cheddar
fresh baby spinach
…and because I always have something sweet to polish off a meal:
Remember the box of No Pudge Fudge Brownie Mix my mama gave me?
4 T mix
2 T 0% Vanilla Greek Yogurt
a few bittersweet chocolate chips
+ 1 minute in Mr. Micro = a guiltless decadent dessert.
After my last class, I rushed home to make an early dinner in lightening speed. I guess I should be on Iron Chef because this rushed salad was a victory!
It screamed Spring – fresh color, color, color!
Baby Arugula, Spinach & Lettuce Mix, Carrot, Edamame, Tomatoes, Sunflower Seeds, Feta, Olive Oil & Seasoned Rice Vinegar + Fresh Pepper
I also tested out a new item I picked up at TJ’s yesterday – edamame hummus – with a couple multigrain crackers. As if hummus couldn’t get any healthier, this was colorful too. Edamame makes green hummus – surprise, surprise.
I didn’t have a lot of time to savor my delicious & nutritious dinner because I had to rush out the door to go baby-sit. Edamame –> Idamommy…wow, I’m ridiculous. I wish I had had time to workout today, but making a little extra cash is always helpful. Plus, yesterday’s time at The Resort left my legs sore today:
1 mile indoor track run @ 8:10
strength [arms + legs]:
- seated row: 20 @ 40 lbs.
- bicep curls: 40 @ 10 lbs.
- “weights-to-chin”: 20 @ 10 lbs.
- bicep curl lunges: 20 @ 20 lbs.
- glute press: 40 @ 40 lbs.
- squats: 40 @ 20 lbs.
1/2 mile indoor track run @ 4:15
30-minute spin [11.2 mi.]
1/2 mile indoor track run @ 5:00
There are my eats for the day [minus a couple post-sittin’ snacks]. It felt good to take photos of my food again. It’s become part of me; the addiction is in my blood : )
How do you like to consume edamame?
Hi again! Lucky for you, I can’t complain about a lot at the moment as I am blogging from my comfy bed [which now is bedded…after two days], with the soothing sounds of James Morrison. I enjoyed my Tuesday just like any other
Tuesday Saturday. After my banana berry waffle, I was craving a Green Monster for lunch, so I pulled out the blender…and it stayed out the remainder of the day; I ended up using it a total of three times today!
Blender Round 1
Mmm…Dark Chocolate Milkshake. Fooled ya! That would be my delicious Green Monster a la: 1 banana, 1/2 cup frozen berries [raspberries, blueberries, strawberries & blackberries], 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 T ground flax, 1 humongous handful of fresh spinach, and ice.
I then got an intense craving for p.nut buttah:
Whole Wheat Toast a la PB & Raspberry Jam
After lunch and running a few errands via Green Monster energy, I came home and rinsed out the blender for round two.
Blender Round 2
After working for a hummus company [summer 2008] and being spoiled by both my mom and dad’s homemade hummus, I am never amazed by any tubs I bring home from the store. Today I decided to give making my own a go. I basically made the recipe up as I went, so it didn’t turn out to be blue ribbon quality [I’m thinking more tahini, more acidity, more zing!]…but it’s definitely edible : )
Healthy Hill’s Hummus
1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained
2 T tahini [sesame paste]
1 T olive oil
1 T seasoned rice vinegar
4 T water
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/3 cup chopped parsley
3-4 minced garlic cloves
salt to taste
I gave my hummus a taste test with half of a huge carrot for an afternoon snack and then I was off to the gym. Today’s time spent at the gym was a complete 180* spin from yesterday’s weak workout:
- 1 hour spin class
- indoor track run [1 mi.]
- arms + stretching
2 x 12 lat pull downs @ 40 lbs.
2 x 12 seated row @ 40 lbs.
4 x 12 “weights to chin” w/ 12 lb. bar
4 x 12 bicep curls w/ 12 lb. bar
2 x 12 tricep extension w/ 12 lb. bar
Dinner was Sunday’s leftovers: stir-fried tofu, brown rice, broccoli & carrot + sesame seeds & sesame oil [sesame 3x in 1 day!].
Blender Round 3
That you might ask is banana soft serve! I know it doesn’t look like much, but holy yum! For those of you ice cream/fro yo lovers, like myself, you must try this ASAP.
To make: Freeze your overly ripe bananas – the longer the better – that didn’t get invited to your most recent oatmeal party. Place however many bananas into a blender – I’d say 1 per serving – and blend away! You don’t have to add a thing! I didn’t freeze the banana for long enough tonight, hence the runnier texture, but with a dollop of PB&Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams, I couldn’t find a spoon fast enough.
Talk about a healthy dessert. This soft serve would be delicious with an encyclopedia’s worth of toppings.
There ya have it…today’s blender excursion. I hope ya’ll will give these recipes a whirl in your blender! Well, my contacts are getting drier by each word I type. Must turn off my light. I’ve got
classes a holiday to prepare for!
Hello, how goes it? I got up nice and early this morning and have been crossing things off my to-do list right and left.
First thing first…breakfast! Today’s inspiration came from Miss Caitlin. She is sort of famous for her pumpkin yogurt, and even though it’s no longer “pumpkin season”, she still enjoys her orange yogurt bowls on a regular basis. I love pumpkin, so yesterday while on my grocery quest, I bought a huge 30 oz. can of pumpkin. I was really excited adding another item to my breakfast possibilities list, but was so disappointed when I did not like it [icky texture]. I maybe ate half of what is pictured, and then resorted to a piece of toast. Dang it! Now I’ve got a life-supply of canned pumpkin that I need to figure out what to do with. Ideas?
1/3 cup Pumpkin, 1/3 cup 0% Plain Greek, 1/3 cup Humboldt Honey Granola + a few raisins & drizzle of agave
Whole Wheat Toast with Real Butter, Cinnamon & Sugar
…sometimes you just need the real deal.
Next on my list: SPIN! I went to my usual 10:00am class at The Resort and left an hour later after a rockin’ ride. I think that makes three hard rides for the week – yippee!
After running a couple errands, I refueled with a Green Monster. Oh, how I missed these. It’s been far too long.
In the mix:
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 T ground flax
1 cup fresh spinach
…polished off with of hunk of 73% dark chocolate, of course!
I am hoping the addition of the oats to my smoothie will make it stick to my ribs a little longer than normal, so I can keep moving on down my Saturday “chore” list.
What are ya’ll up to today? Anyone have a kick-butt workout to share?
Your Questions Answered
What’s your workout schedule like? Do you plan it out or just do whatever you feel like doing that particular day?
My workout schedule is fairly random. It changes depending on whether or not I am at school [where I have a “free” gym], or at home where I do not belong to a gym, but have friends to run with/make me run a million miles =] I currently exercise an average of 5 days per week. I would probably prefer 6, but my school schedule makes that difficult. With the luxurious recreation center on campus [a.k.a. The Resort], I am able to switch up my workouts…as there are numerous types of cardio machines and fun classes, such as Zumba. The majority of my gym workouts usually include some sort of strength training as well. While at home, my workouts consist of running and DanceFit classes [run 3-4 days a week & dance 3 days].
I can officially say Happy Saturday! My body clock is back on schedule and I’m no longer confused about what day of the week it is, as was the case on Thursday. However, I am telling myself that today is January 1st since I didn’t like how my year started off (food wise) yesterday. I am starting fresh today, ignoring all lazy thoughts and fueling my body with healthy, colorful eats…and LOTS of exercise.
Speaking of colorful eats, I made my first Green Monster for lunch today. For those of you not-so seasoned bloggers, a Green Monster is a smoothie made with spinach. I have only seen and heard wonderful things about these smoothies from fellow bloggers, and I’ve been wanting to give it whirl. The adorable Angela founded the Green Monster Movement in response to the positive feedback she received about her green creation.
My Virgin GM:
1 cup organic baby spinach
1 cup organic almond milk
1 frozen banana
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
My first Green Brown (due to the blueberries) Monster was 100% delicious! I am so excited to experiment with other versions, including 1) Amazing Grass, 2) yogurt, 3) flax, 4) almond butter, and more!
I had a great treadmill workout, inspired by Angela, before my Green Monster experience:
45 minutes walking @ 10.0 incline [15 minutes each @ 3.8, 4.0, 4.2mph]
45 Leg Raises
Planks (45 seconds each right, left, center)
2 x 10 push-ups
15 tricep extensions @ 15lbs.
2 x 15 squats @ 15lbs.
15 Toe Touches @ 30lbs.
Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Off to run a couple errands…