A New Adventure

28 07 2014

You might have noticed that I started drinking Shakeology a few months ago.

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Not gonna lie, I’m a big fan.

This stuff has a slew of vitamins, minerals, and protein, and it also has good-for-you probiotics, prebiotics, fiber, and digestive enzymes! No wonder they call it the healthiest meal of the day! It tastes yummy, and I can mix up so many different flavor combinations.

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You may have also asked yourself why the heck I’ve been adding in PiYo to my Ironman training?

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The combo of pilates and yoga stretches me out while building a strong core.

Strong core = injury prevention. And who can say no to a good stretching after a run?

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PiYo “forces” me – in a fun way, to get in the stretches I often neglect, and helps me not only to build core strength, but to define my entire body. It certainly helps that the longest workout is 45 minutes, while the shorter end is 20-25 minutes. How can I say no to that?

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So, why am I telling you this?

 

Well…I’ve decided to become a Beachbody coach!

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No, I’m not giving up my day job…but I’ve had the itch to dip my toe in the health and fitness waters for some time now, since it is such a huge part of my life already. So here goes nothin! My adventure is just beginning.

Join me?

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Smoothies With a Crunch!

21 05 2014

 

I don’t know about you, but I love a good smoothie. There’s a smoothie place in Tampa that has buy 1 get 1 free smoothies on Sundays. If Bill’s in town on a Sunday, there’s a good chance we’ll partake in that deal, indulging in the “Peanut Butter Whirl” smoothie: which is peanut butter, banana, honey, fro yo and milk. Delicious!

Smoothies make for a great snack or are a healthy way to jumpstart your day. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, folks!

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The biggest “problem” I have with smoothies (if you can really call it a problem)- is that I’m not just satisfied with slurping one up and calling it a day. I crave some other kind of texture; something I can chew or something I can crunch. When I’m grabbing a smoothie on the go, I’ll often buy one of those so called “healthy” cookies they have by the counter of the smoothie shop to get my texture fix. Sayonara healthy meal.

Recently, I’ve started drinking Shakeology for breakfast, and the way I’ve been enjoying my morning shake is with a few clusters of granola on top. It’s just enough crunch and isn’t quite as high calorie as that cookie I always grab at the smoothie place. 😉

The friendly folks at KIND sent me a few bags of granola to review and I’m happy to say that they are a PERFECT complement to my smoothies. Or to eat by the handful, which I often do. 🙂 I tried the Peanut Butter Clusters, the Dark Chocolate & Cranberry clusters, and the Cinnamon Oat Clusters. The PB one is the bomb- it’s a great way to satisfy a peanut butter craving, without all the fat of a few spoonfuls of PB. Chocolate and cranberry is also a great combo, and I used that one on top of my Red Velvet Smoothie.

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Red Velvet Smoothie

Chocolate Shakeology
1/2 boiled beet (cooled)
spoonful of cottage cheese
Coconut milk
Ice
Topped with KIND Dark Chocolate & Cranberry Clusters Granola

Don’t worry- you can’t taste the beet! I’ve actually found that hiding some veggies in my smoothies helps me stay full longer.

The most versatile granola I received was the Cinnamon Oat Clusters granola. This is one of the more simple flavors, and it pairs well with so much. It goes great on top of some fresh Greek yogurt with berries, or with a banana in a bowl with milk. My favorite combination was of course on top of a smoothie!

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Lulu wanted to try it too!

For this one, I made a Sweet Potato Cream Pie Smoothie. Let me tell you, this is definitely one of my favorite smoothie concoctions ever! If you want to replicate, here’s the recipe:

Sweet Potato Cream Pie Smoothie: 

Vanilla Shakeology
1/2 boiled sweet potato (cooled)
2 TBS cottage cheese
1 TBS almond butter
cinnamon (to taste)
almond milk
ice
a drizzle of maple syrup
topped with KIND granola

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Mmm. So good.

Thank you to the awesome peeps at KIND for sending me some yummy granola to try. You can grab some at your local supermarket too- it’s delicious!