It was difficult to get up this morning and my legs were extremely tired. However, I’d already committed to running with my friend, Jill, so up I got at 5:00 am. We again did the Body for Life workout I talked about here.
This was tough, I was pretty physically tired, but I still managed to make it through the workout.
Last night I made the smoothies for today and really changed it up. I found 2 recipes online that I wanted to try in order to get some more protein and more fat as well as some more greens. Here are the recipes along with the changes I made:
From the Minimalistbaker.com which she titles:
Favorite Green Smoothie
1 medium banana, previously peeled, frozen and quartered – (I didn’t have any frozen so I just used a room temperature banana)
1/2 cup mixed frozen berries
1 Tbsp flaxseed meal (I didn’t have any on hand so I left this out)
1 heaping Tbsp natural, salted peanut butter
½ -3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I only had vanilla flavored so that’s what I used)
2 cups fresh spinach
Glowing Green Smoothie
3/4 cucumber, diced (I used ½ a cucumber b/c I already had one cut up)
2 stalks celery, diced
1 huge handful flat-leaf parsley (about 3/4 cup)
4 1/2 cups spinach
juice from 1 1/2 lemons, (if lemons are very juicy, you may only need one)
1 scant tablespoon sea salt (himalayan pink salt, or Celtic, preferably) (As this seemed like WAY too much, I used less than a teaspoon and still think it was way too much – not sure why you’d want this much sea salt)
2 scallions or green onion, roughly chopped (I didn’t have any so I left these out)
2 cups water
7 ice cubes (ended up adding more because I was trying to cut down the salty taste)
– I also added in ¾ cup of mixed berries and then a mango b/c the salt was still too much
For breakfast I drank the Glowing Green Smoothie. I found it while searching for a smoothie with an avocado in the recipe and thought it sounded really good will all the greens although I was a little nervous about adding the salt. I have no idea why it calls for a little less than a tablespoon of sea salt because I used less than a teaspoon and still thought it was way too much. If I make this again, I’d probably leave it out completely and then maybe add a little in if I felt like it was needed. The fruit I added helped, but I’m still not very happy with this recipe. I was able to drink it an the flavor was fine besides the saltyness.
At lunch I drank the Favorite Green Smoothie which was awesome! There were 3 items in here that I haven’t had so far in my smoothies: peanut butter, banana, and almond milk and they were so good! I’m hoping the extra calories, fat and protein will help me have a little more energy for my workouts.
I used Jif Natural Peanut Butter because that’s what we had. I realize it’s not that natural, but I figure it’s better than the regular kind and my husband likes it so this way we don’t have to buy 2 different kinds of peanut butter. My preferred peanut butter is the Trader Joes salted version – once you mix it up, you don’t normally have to do it again. However, about ¾ of the way through the jar, I feel like it is too dry. To remedy this, I take it out of the fridge and leave it on the counter for a few hours so it will separate out a little and then I mix it up again and it seems more like it did when I first purchased the product. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it.
I made the peach pie delight from the Reboot plan but without the sweet potato because I hadn’t baked any yet. This time I remembered to add a dash of cinnamon which added a nice touch. Just remember that you don’t need much. The recipe made about 1 1/2 servings so I shared the 1/2 portion with my Matt.
Today was a little more difficult as I was craving some solid food and thinking about what I want to eat next Wednesday. However, knowing I’m halfway through has helped. Again, I’m not hungry so all is well. I can’t believe it’s been 5 days – 50% COMPLETE!