Abs and Beets

Happy Monday!! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.  Mine was spent in the dirt, trying to catch a chipmunk, and running away from bees. Also known as camping:)

I want to start this week off for you on a healthy note so I have a workout to share with you as well as a great recovery smoothie for you to enjoy!

This is a great workout for your whole body but especially your core.  Having a strong core is so important as it helps protect you against injury (especially in your back).  It also helps stabilize you while doing other movements such as squats, overhead presses, deadlifts, etc.  If you aren’t training your core, you are putting yourself at a higher risk of injury while performing these other moves.

400s and V-ups

Perform 4 rounds of the following for time: (click on links to see how to perform each exercise:)

After your workout, refuel your muscles with this protein shake:

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Cherry Cocoa Beet Smoothie 

Serves 1

  • 1 cup of frozen beets
  • 1/4-1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 TB raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup liquid of choice (may need a little more while blending)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder of choice
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 TB of chia seeds (optional, helps to make the smoothie even thicker)
  • A few ice cubes

Blend everything until smooth and enjoy:)

Health Notes:

Beets:  Detoxify the liver, purifies the blood, helps prevent cancer.  They are very high in vitamins and minerals including B vitamins and Iron.

Cherries:  Aid in muscle recovery and can help improve memory!

Raw Cacao:  Has more antioxidants than blueberries! Is great source of magnesium (helps with heart health), chromium which helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and is a good source of iron and zinc.

Talk about a super smoothie:)  And trust me, this is a delicious smoothie.  Don’t be scared of the beets!  This smoothie is not overly sweet but still has a good level of sweetness from the cherries and the vanilla protein powder.  I hope you will try it!


What is the strangest thing you have put in a smoothie?

What did you do over the weekend? 


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