Just sipping on a green monster smoothie post-spinning. I didn't originally have plans to work out today, but my nephew decided he wanted pizza last night and, well, the rest is history. I decided a morning of cardio was just what I needed to lessen the late night pizza guilt :)
My quads were killing me so I didn't do a great job with the sprints, but nevertheless I made a great healthy decision and walked off the soreness on an incline for fifteen minutes afterward. It is mornings like this when all that motivation talked about here really comes in handy!
I'd like to take the time to mention to y'all a couple of my favorite healthy foods. Sometimes we are stuck in a rut and can't figure out what to snack on, or what to have for breakfast. I typically workout before I have an actual breakfast and so my pre-fuel for my workout typically consists of either 1) an apple, 2) peanut butter toast, or 3) a banana. I think I'm going to start adding a cup of greek yogurt to that list though, because of the fat burning benefits. Gotta tackle that belly fat. When I get hungry between meals and I DO (I take this as a great sign that my metabolism is high and those workouts are paying off), I typically grab some of the Emerald Cocoa Roasted Almonds. If you typically don't eat nuts and get thrown off by the fat content, well, don't. Yes, it may seem like a lot of fat for such a small baggie, but remember that nuts are a good fat. These have minimal sodium (15mg) and are lightly and naturally sweetened by the cocoa powder that covers them. Almonds help to curb my apetite and make me feel full until my next meal.
|YUM! You can also purchase simply roasted with no cocoa.|
- 1 cup of milk of choice (I usually use regular milk or almond milk)
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 handfuls of fresh spinach (you can add more or less)
- Ice cubes (1-4)
- Greek Yogurt (I find that it makes it creamy and dreamy)
- Chia seeds or flax seeds
- Nut butter (peanut, almond, sunflower seed)
Start with the liquid, add milk first, then spinach followed by the banana on top. Top with ice cubes and blend until smooth (typically about 2 mins). Serves 1-2 cups.
|Don't be like me and put your ingredients in the correct order ;)|
|The more spinach, the greener. The less, the more brownish it will look. But regardless, it'll be tasty|
|This one is missing the spinach because I was out. Make sure and put some in there, it makes it look colorful.|
In regard to how much I eat, I don't really count calories. I find that excruciating and because I'm a control freak that probably wouldn't be good for me. I typically know how many calories my food is and I try to keep the meals lower in calories so that I can truly see the benefits from my workouts. That doesn't mean I eat less. I definitely don't, just healthier. Smaller meals, lower in calories and rich in protein at times to keep me feeling full. That's enough foodie stuff for today. I promise I will share more another day. Feel free to ask me any questions about the food. Enjoy!
Did you try the green monster? Love it, hate it, not sure how you feel about it? What's your favorite healthy breakfast?