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smoothie-a-day

in an attempt to get back on the healthy train, i have challenged myself to a smoothie a day.  i love smoothies.  i have a several frozen in my freezer.  they are quick.  they are super healthy.  i have a vitamix, that i love.  {i am kinda obsessed}  no reason or excuse.

since becoming a mama i have struggled with eating well and i know my health has suffered.  i have been sick more this year than any before.  so not only do i want to lose some major poundage, i really want to kick start my immune system.  basically, i want to FEEL healthy again.

here is what i will be drinking this first week.

several smoothies that i made and have left in the freezer.

super immune smoothie.  i made this one this morning and it was SO refreshing.  the pineapple popped and the fresh lemon and orange juice definitely woke me up.  it literally was like sunshine in my glass.

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orange creamsicle smoothie.

sunrise metabolism booster. people swear by the health power in apple cider vinegar.  i thought, here is a good way to start.

thin mint smoothie. i mean, what better way to get back into the habit of green smoothies than one that tastes like a thin mint.

do you have a favorite smoothie recipe?  or favorite immunity boosting drink?  if so, share!


adventures in eating.

tonight was the first time eating in his high chair. i did a facebook poll and everyone said ikea was the way to go.  so off we went and conquered.  i opted for the red wooden one over the completely plastic one.  i just fell in love with it.  did i mention it was red.  love.

on the menu was oat pancakes, strawberries, a tangerine and plain yogurt.

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for the oat pancakes here is the recipe:

 

1 cup oat flour (i made my own by simply putting raw oats in the dry vitamix container but you can buy it too)
3/4 cup almond milk
3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 egg
splash of vanilla
few shakes of cinnamon

directions:

 

mix all together
grease a non-stick pan with oil or butter
cook all the way through (especially if you use an egg)

g was definitely a fan.

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when i say blw is messy, this is the beautiful messiness that i mean.  i am learning to embrace the sticky fingers.

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{crazy} healthy mint chocolate chip milkshake

my daily green smoothie recipe is getting a bit redundant.  pb2, frozen banana, milk and spinach.  easy and yummy but i wanted something new.  something fresh.  something green and minty.  my favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip.  this flavor was the inspiration.

1 cup milk
1 banana (mine was peeled and frozen)
3 cups baby spinach
1/4-1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (a little goes a LONG way!)
1 sprig fresh mint leaves
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
3 cups ice cubes
2 tablespoons chocolate chocolate chips

blend all ingredients except for chocolate chips until smooth. add more milk if mixture is too thick to turn. add chocolate and pulse until ground into chunky pieces. transfer to glasses.

yesterday i bought mint chocolate chip ice cream.  like no other ice cream before, it is still in our freezer.  i made one of these last night and it hit the craving.  super healthy.  ridiculously delicious.  i see many more of these in my future.


a smoothie and handmade washcloths {pinterest finds friday}

i am still adjusting to working full days on etsy orders and didn’t even remember my {pinterest finds friday} post until, well, this morning.  so no crafts but instead, a smoothie.  i have followed the undressed skeleton blog for a while now but haven’t really tried many of her recipes.  before the new year, she used a lot of artificial sweeteners and shortcuts to avoid calories.  as her new years resolution, she is trying to avoid the “chemical shit storm” {as i refer to anything that is artificially sweetened or flavored} products.

here is the pinterest inspiration:

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i made a couple of adjustments to the original recipe.  here is the original and my {adaptations}:

1/2 small banana {frozen}

5 large strawberries {frozen}

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk {1 cup}

1 packet of Truvia

1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

{i added 1 tbsp of chia seeds}

and those beauties next to my morning smoothie, handmade washcloths.  i LOVE handmade gifts.  these were made by my former 8th grade language arts teacher and now good friend.  she gave these to me and i just love them.  i haven’t used them yet.  i just see them and they make me smile.

thank you so much kathy for the thoughtful gifts.  i love them.


breakfast with a book

why is it so difficult to make breakfast in the morning?  i wake up, hungry, and desperately want to start my day off with healthy decisions, but that box of cereal just looks so easy.  damn you gluten-free honey nut chex.  since tracking my food, i have noticed a trend.  when i eat a really small breakfast, i end up having a SUPER hard time staying within my calorie per day allotment.  when i eat a big breakfast, the rest of the day doesn’t seem that difficult.  this was my morning pep talk to myself today.

so i peeled a carrot.  washed and cut up an apple and an orange.  i whipped up a super green smoothie with both veggies and fruit.  {the vegs will keep me fuller, longer}  i took some photos because the newness of the light box is still there.  i sat down to a healthy, good for me 343 calorie breakfast.

here is a great beginner green smoothie {meaning, all you taste with sweet fruit}

1 cup grapes {recipe called for green, i only had red on hand}

1 medium orange, peeled & halved

1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks {i used frozen}

1 frozen banana

1 carrot, peeled and halved

2 cups fresh spinach

1 medium apple, quartered & seeded

i am trying different yogurts.  there are not a whole lot of options for full fat or at the least, 2% milk yogurts.  i really like the atlanta fresh co. but they are a bit expensive to eat every day.  i am kinda loving this dreaming cow.  it isn’t greek yogurt {for those of you that can’t stand the greek stuff} and has interesting flavors.  my favorite so far is the maple ginger.  at 141 calories and 5g of healthy dairy fat, i feel good about making this choice.

i am so excited to have met with my book club last night!  we set out books for the next 6 months and i am super excited about our list.  first up, gone girl by gillian flynn.

 

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thanks to the kindle, i was able to start this morning with my smoothie breakfast in hand.



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