Friday’s Five Favorites

Hello and happy Friday!  I hope everyone has had a fantastic week.

I know I have.  It’s been a busy one, but it’s been filled with goodness.  Here are my five favorite things from this week!

1.  This smoothie recipe.  Let’s call it the Glamorous Green Smoothie.  Because it’s green and makes you feel fantastic!  I’ve enjoyed this smoothie a couple times for my quart of smoothie a day challenge (which i’m really enjoying)!  It so satisfyingly creamy.

Serves 1

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3 leaves of romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 of a cucumber or 1-2 stalks or celery
  • 1/2 avocado
  • small knob of ginger, grated
  • 3/4 scoop of chocolate or vanilla vegan protein powder (great with either flavor)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 ice cubes
  • Optional: 1 tsp of maca powder
  • Optional:  if you don’t want to use a protein powder I would suggest adding 1 date some more sweetness.

Blend everything together and enjoy!

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2. Ingrid Michaelson’s new album that came out this week.  I think she is super cool and her new album does not disappoint!

IMG_20140415_1219423.  This website I came across, ResponsibleEatingAndLiving.com.  I have been looking for a good podcast to listen to that focuses on a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle and I finally found it in this website!  It has some great stuff on it and I’ve listened to some interesting interviews this week while at work including this one with Tom Campbell, MD .  If your interested in eating more whole plant based foods, check it out!

4.  Celebrating Dom and I’s 5 year anniversary.  That’s our total time together.  Next month will be our 4 year wedding anniversary!  Anyway, last night we hiked up to the spot where we had one of our first dates.  It was nice to spend that time together.  I’m a pretty lucky girl to have spent the last 5 years of my life with him <3.

5.  As far as workouts go this was my favorite for the week.  Probably because it involved doing Power cleans, which I haven’t done for awhile!  It felt good.  Well bad, then good once I was done;)

Here we are back in the old days where Dom tried to drop me in nasty water.

Here we are back in the old days where Dom tried to drop me in nasty water.

Here is the breakdown of Brave Fitness Workout #4

 Core Craze Workout

Do 3 rounds for time:

This took me just over 22 minutes.  Let’s see if you can beat my time!

I guess that about covers my week.  I hope you all have a very happy Easter weekend spent with loved ones!

What was your favorite thing from this week?

Are you a fan of Ingrid Michaelson?

 

 

Liebster Award

This is going to be a fun post today because I was nominated for a Liebster Award!  Sweet Amanda from Amanda Browning Nutrition nominated me:)

I “met” Amanda on Instagram.  Amanda and I both share a love of food, health, and fitness; especially in the form of kale salads and big nutrition packed smoothies!  She is always so kind and supportive of my posts and I just love her positivity!!  She has plans of becoming a Registered Holistic Nutritionist one day and from what I can tell, she really knows her stuff.  Not only that, she lives it!  She will do great things I’m sure of it.

Thank you, Amanda, for the nomination!

Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:

1.  Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2.  Answer the questions you were given.

3.  Nominate other blogs with less than 500 followers.

4.  Post questions for your selected nominees to answer.

5.  Tag and link the nominees and post a comment to let them know you have nominated them and appreciate their hard work.

Here are the questions Amanda asked me:

1.  What “comfort food” reminds you of your childhood?

I’m going to have to go with tacos for that one.  In my house we would have homemade tacos every first sunday of the month.  I try to keep the tradition up because I love it.  The tacos I make look a little different now that I don’t eat meat but beans and veggies are a great sub for that!  Tacos were probably the first thing I really learned how to cook besides toast and ramen;)  My toppings of choice:  tomatoes, lettuce, corn, and hot sauce.  These days I add avocado as well.

2.  What helps keep you grounded in today’s busy world?

Counting my blessings and my husband Dom.  He has the ability to stay very calm, even when I am not.  He brings me back down to earth when I’m going out of my mind for one reason or another.

3.  What is your favorite kitchen appliance and what do you make with/in it?

These days it’s gotta be my Ninja blender.  I use it daily.  I use it to make almond/coconut milk, peanut butter, almond butter, blended soups, sauces, and of course smoothies!  So thankful I have that blender, it saves me lots of money on store bought nut milks/butters!

4.  Is healthy eating important to you?

Yes, absolutely.  For one, I feel a lot better physically when I’m making healthy eating choices.  I want my food to provide me with health, energy, mental clarity, stamina for tough workouts,  and happiness of course.  Healthy eating does that for me.  Also, for me, eating healthy also means buying organic when possible and avoiding GMOs.  This is also important to me because I prefer to support companies/farmers that are doing good in the world and not companies who just want to make a buck by creating inferior products and calling it food.

Now I nominate:

Maria at Maria Trains.  I met Maria at the GPP Intensive Training last July and have kept up with her through Instagram.  She is awesome and very inspiring.  She is a health expert and personal trainer.  Her recent journey of intuitive eating has really inspired me to keep listening to my own body, treat myself with love, and to always keep a positive body image!

Here are my questions for you:

1.  What is your favorite music to listen to during a workout?

2.  What is your favorite vegetable? Least favorite?

3.  What or who inspires you to live a healthy life?

4.  What is your dream job?  Or do you already have your dream job?

5. What is your favorite place you’ve visited and why?

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I’ll be back later this week with a new recipe!

Have a great day!

If you’d like, you can answer the questions in the comments below!

 

Green Smoothie Girl Lecture

Welcome to Friday my friends!

Last night I had the opportunity to attend a class/lecture by Robyn Openshaw aka The Green Smoothie Girl.  I went with my Mom, 2 of my sisters, and a friend.  I’m really glad I was able to go to it.  I had heard of her blog before but  for whatever reason, had never checked it out!  Because I didn’t know much about Robyn, I wasn’t sure what to expect at the class.  I was happy to find out that she teaches about how following a plant-based, whole foods diet (or at least eating more plants and a lot less animal protein and processed foods) can be extremely beneficial to your health.  As you know I absolutely agree with this 100%.  I have been eating this way for sometime and it has helped me in a lot of ways.  So although I didn’t learn too much that I didn’t know already, it was great to get a boost of energy and get excited about living a healthy life!

After the lecture I wanted to challenge myself.  Since I don’t need to eliminate anything from my diet since I avoid processed “foods” anyway, I decided I could start adding more smoothies into my life again.  I feel really good inside and out when I’m having a smoothie a day on a regular basis:)  My challenge for myself is to have a quart size smoothie once a day until my birthday at the end of the month:)  By then it will hopefully be a healthy habit of mine.  It might be a smoothie for breakfast, snack, lunch, whatever!  So I have 23 more days to go.  Day 1 is done!  Oh, and I even got Dom to have a smoothie along with his cereal today! Proud wife moment;)

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If you want to join me, please do!  Follow me on instagram and post your smoothie photos so I can see!  I will be using the hashtag #quartofsmoothieaday.  Feel free to use it too (even if it’s not a quart, any size will do)!

One more thing that I loved from the lecture was a quote she shared.  I believe it was her Mother-in-law that said it.  I could be wrong though!

“It’s not what you do once in awhile that will kill you.  It’s what you do everyday that will save you.”

I loved that and it stuck with me because for a long time I was very strict with my eating and exercise habits.  I would not leave room for any fun foods or extra servings of food that I loved.  That is not health.  And it’s not how I want to live.  I’m a lot less strict now which is a good thing.  I still struggle from time to time though with allowing myself something I’m craving that I feel isn’t good for me, even if it’s just an extra scoop of peanut butter!  Luckily this doesn’t happen too often and I can usually go with the flow and eat what my body is craving.  And because I tend to eat very clean the majority of the time I know I need to be easier on myself.  Anyway, that’s why I liked the quote so much!

That’s all for now I guess!  I hope you all have a great weekend!  And definitely check out Robyn’s blog.  She’s got some great information on there!