Job talk and a Smoothie Recipe

Happy Monday to you!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

I guess whether or not you had a good weekend would have to depend on if you are a Broncos or a Seahawks fan;)

I myself don’t get into football or the superbowl for that matter.  This year I was happy for the outcome though because my Mom is from Seattle and she and my Dad are big Seahawks fans!  Plus Seattle is one of my favorite places.

Anyway, it’s a bit of a weird week for me because Friday was my last day working at the coffee shop that I’ve worked at for 7 years!  It was a good job and I worked with even better people, but it is time to move on.  When I say move on, I mean it’s time for me to stay at home all day watching my “soaps” and eating spoonfuls of coconut oil mixed with peanut butter.  Ok maybe that’s what I wish it meant;) What it really means is that I’m now going to really be focusing on building my Personal Training business, Brave Fitness, LLC.  I’m very happy about that but I’m also very nervous.  It’s a big change for me, I’m nervous and excited and a little overwhelmed all at the same time.

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I saw this on instagram last week and thought it really applied to my life at the moment:)

I want to give a shout out to my husband, one of my best friends, Tasha, and my Mom for being so super supportive and encouraging when I have felt overwhelmed at this big change:)  If anyone has any advice on building up a successful personal training business I’m all ears!

Moving on to this Monday morning, as I’ve mentioned recently I’ve been doing more weight lifting again and I’m loving it!  I’m also really loving mixing up my post-workout smoothies, trying to fit as much goodness and nutrition in them as I can!  Here is what I had today after a heavy leg workout:

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Cherry and Lime Mango Beet Smoothie

Serves 1

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/4 frozen cherries
  • 3 baby carrots
  • 1/4-1/2 cup frozen beets
  • 1/2-1 TB each: fresh parsley and cilantro
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 water

Place everything into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.  Add ice if needed.

Optional: top with bee pollen and hemp seeds.

I hope you will try this out!  And in case you are worried about the veggie taste, don’t be.  All you will taste is the sweetness from the protein and the fruit:)

Have a great day!

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WIAW #2: Cool Summer TrEATs

It  has been sooo hot here lately!! But I’m not complaining.  I know it doesn’t last long so I have to savor it before it gets cold again!! Today I’ll share with you some of the foods I’ve been loving lately to try and beat the heat:) But before I do that and I want to share some fun pictures with you!

My friend Rachel asked Dom and I to join her and her husband for a 4th of July themed photo shoot just to add to her amazing portfolio (check out her work here!)  I loved them all but here are just a few pics from that night:

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Love this girl!

Alright well moving on to the food stuff.

When you need a sweet healthy treat to cool you off give these a shot:

2013 015Frozen peanut butter filled dates!  

So yummy and so easy.

Simply take as many dates as you want to freeze at a time, slice one side open, fill with a little peanut butter (about 1/2-1 tsp each) place in a container with a lid and freeze.  When you need just a little treat during the day, or before a workout, or whatever have 1 or a few!  Even though there is no chocolate involved they taste like reese’s cups to me when they are frozen.  No joke!! Try them and let me know if you agree!

The next thing I’ve been loving at all times of day are smoothies!!  I had this one after my workout this morning and loved it!!  It has a great balance of carbs and protein to help you build lean muscle after exercise.  And the added oat bran gives such a great smooth texture.

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Nectarine Banana Smoothie

Serves 1

  • 1/2 nectarine
  • 1/2 banana, frozen if possible
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond coconut milk or water
  • 1 scoop plant based vanilla protein powder
  • 3 TB of oat bran
  • 1/2 tsp of spirulina or handful of spinach
  • 4 ice cubes
  • sprinkle of cinnamon

1.  Place everything in the blender except ice and blend, add ice and blend until smooth!

2.  Add a little more oat bran on top for some texture:)

Hope you will try these out!  And as always let me know what you think!

Have a fabulous day!

What are your favorite summer foods?