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Heat Wave

Up here in the northeast, we are expected to see temperatures in the 90’s and even 100 this week! It’s crazy! All I want to do is eat smoothies in this weather, which is why last night’s dinner consisted of just that.

I see you checkin' out my new placemat

Banana Blackberry Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • a few ice cubes
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • a handful of blackberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla SunWarrior
  • pizzelles (italian waffle cookies) whip and sprinkles to top it off!

I consider this dinner and dessert since I added on some toppings! 🙂 There’s also some hidden strawberries cut up at the bottom of the bowl. It definitely hit the spot after a long day at work!

Today

I repeated Saturday’s upper body workout this morning because it felt so good last week. I modified it a little because I am short on time compared to the weekends, but I left the gym feeling like I did an hour of cardio! I did finish up with 20 minutes on the elliptical, but the strength training had me sweating already.

After enjoying last night’s smoothie so much, I decided to go with the frozen banana theme again this morning. I basically made last night’s smoothie without the blackberries and headed to work.

This weather is not helping me be productive at work. I just want to be swimming or at the beach getting some color!

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Peanut Butter Banana Protein Oatmeal

Yesterday after work I met up with Claire one last time before she headed back to California. We were sitting in Bryant Park when our 3rd roommate from college walks by. We could not believe the 3 of us, well 4 (Elliott), would run into each other at such a random place and time! Claire just so happened to be visiting, and I just so happened to be meeting up with her, and Lanna just so happened to be walking out of work and through the park. We were all kind of in awe and also so excited to see each other again. The three of us haven’t been together in years. We lived in a small apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan during college with Claire’s little Elliott!

Claire, Lanna, and I (above), talked for about 30 minutes until we all had to go our own ways. At that point, I was starvin’ marvin’ so I headed back to the dirty Jerz, stopped at Joe’s restaurant to see what was going on, and then headed to Garden of Eden to pick up a quick dinner because I couldn’t bear the thought of cooking while my tummy was growling that much. I ended up bringing home a turkey burger and brussel sprouts from the hot bar and added my own cheese, ketchup, and Nayonaise. I scarfed it down immediately.

I also picked up this:

I give this four thumbs up (I’ll have to use my toes). It’s all natural and only 30 calories per serving compared to 70 for regular hummus. Obviously the “kid approved” part caught my eye. My love for pizza and hummus is combined at last. Some turkey burger bites were dipped in this. I then washed it all down with this enormous ooey gooey cookie that Claire gave me from Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side.

Ummmm! That thing was the size of three cookies combined. The picture is about 1/4 of it, because I was so nice as to leave Joe a bite.

Today

Joe and I woke up around 8:30 and headed to the gym. I had intentions of getting up earlier because I have so much to get done today. Oh well. Joe had me do a new upper body routine and by the time I was done I was sweaty, sore and shaking.

Shoulders (7.5 lb dumbbell per arm for all, 1 min rest between all 4)

  • Military Presses: 3 sets of 15-20 reps, 10 seconds in between
  • Front Shoulder Raises: 3 sets of 15-20 reps, 10 seconds
  • Side Shoulder Raises: 3 sets of 15-20 reps, 10 seconds
  • Sitting Flys (5 lb dumbbells): 3 sets of 15-20 reps, 10 seconds
Back (55 lbs. on machine, 1 min rest between each exercise)
 
  • Lat Pull Downs (behind head): 8 sets, 18-25 reps, 10 seconds in between
  • Close Grip Front Lat Pull Downs: 6 sets, 15-25 reps, 10 seconds
Chest (10 lb. dumbbell per arm)
 
  • Laying on Incline Flys: 6 sets, 15-20 reps, 10 seconds in between

After that I did tricep raises (behind head) and bicep curls as I normally do, but I was already feeling it in my shoulder, back, and chest! I completed 25 minutes on the elliptical and an ab workout as well.

As soon as we got home we were both starving. I cooked us up both some protein oatmeal. I made mine this way:

Peanut Butter Banana Protein Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds (they make it nice and fluffy)
  • 1 banana, cut into pieces
  • cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • drop of honey
  • peanut butter
  • drop of vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop Vanilla SunWarrior protein powder

Bring the oats, milk, salt, and chia seeds to a boil. Add in cinnamon, vanilla extract, and honey as you prefer (to taste). Add in half of the banana slices and whip it up. Add in the protein powder when it’s pretty much fully cooked. You might need to add some water if it gets too thick. Drop in a bowl and top with remaining banana slices and drizzle peanut butter all over!

After fueling up, I was then determined to start knocking stuff off of my to-do list. I started with laundry, which was 90% gym clothes. It’s amazing how much laundry accumulates in one week. I guess both of us wear like 3 outfits a day though. It felt like forever to fold it all!

Monster pile

Next up was the grocery store.

Lots of goodies! ..and a PB cup for cheat day Sunday!

I like to prep as soon as I get home to get it over with. I marinated chicken to grill later for lunch next week, chopped up bananas to freeze for smoothies, and cut into the watermelon.

A few bites were consumed.

Still on my list: more laundry, a mani/pedi, TJMaxx (for some odds and ends, such as bowls and place mats to make prettier picture for you guys!), get a gift for a bridal shower tomorrow, and take my bridesmaids dress to get fixed (thinking 6pm on Saturday is too late for that, Monday it is). Ohhhh chores! Currently, blogging and organizing my life over a smoothie bowl. Catch ya later.

Sprinkle Massacre!

Sugar Intake

Happy Friday! I always feel so productive on Friday and I figured out why. First, let’s cover my workout and breakfast (x2). Yeah, that’s right.

Workout

Today is leg day again! I feel like I just got over my extremely sore glutes and hammies.

  • 20 minute ab workout
  • 32 minutes on the treadmill: 3.5 miles
  • 6 sets of 10-15 reps assisted squats: 50 lbs
  • 6 sets of 12-18 reps deadlifts:
  • seated (machine) calves raises: 5 sets of 20 reps at 20 lbs.
  • hip adduction machine: 4 sets of 20 reps at 100 lbs.
  • leg curls: 4 sets of 15 at 20 lbs.

Time to eat! I am starting to like my new habit of waiting until I leave for work to make my smoothie (in my new cup!). It makes my car ride more enjoyable.

This morning’s mixture was extra thick and took longer than usual to finish during my commute.

  • 5 ice cubes
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • a few peices of frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 heaping scoop of vanilla SunWarrior protein powder
  • 1 tbsp. Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder
  • a handful of spinach

For some reason it was extremely thick, no qualms here! Maybe it was just the ice/milk to powder ratio.

My second breakfast that I usually eat about two hours after my smoothie when I get to work, and is usually a Vitatop, was extra special today too! Last night I decided to mix up some overnight oats in a jar in a recently devoured jar of PB.

In the mix went:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla SunWarrior
  • 1/2 fresh banana, mashed
  • sprinkle cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup of almond milk (or enough to mix it up)

This morning I added some more milk to soften it up and 1 tbsp. chia seeds because I totally forgot last night!

I finished it and practically licked the jar clean while I was having my productive morning at work. I think that I get a lot done on Fridays because I have less stress. Friday is just an overall carefree day and knowing that the weekend is only a few hours away gives me that extra push to complete all my work. I guess it is a good thing.

Sugar Intake

I feel like lately, between treats at work,

Cookie cake for my co-workers promotion to another area

..and all of the fruit (strawberries, bananas), sweeteners (agave, honey, and stevia) that I use for my smoothies, I have been consuming so much sugar. I eat nanners like they are going out of style! Joe brought home 4 bunches that were extra from his restaurant, which are pictured in the background below. Bad news, but more to freeze for smoothies! Last night I was craving ice cream so I went and bought my favorite substitute, Arctic Zero.

 
This stuff is amazing. Check out the stats:
 

Of course there is organic cane sugar in it, along with all other natural ingredients like xanath for thickening. But of course, I topped it with nanners, whip, and sprinks.

This clearly added to my sugar intake. I decided to do a little research on fruit sugars, specifically bananas.

Bananas (source)

  • You don’t need to eat bananas for the potassium! (Although it is present in bananas, potassium is the predominant nutrient among most all fruits and vegetables.)
  • Bananas are high in sugar, so they should not be eaten if you have blood sugar problems.
  • Don’t eat bananas on an empty stomach; combining them with a bit of protein will help to normalize the insulin response caused by the sugar in the banana.
  • Green-tipped bananas are better for your health than over-ripe bananas.
  • On a side note: Because bananas are so popular, rainforests are often destroyed to make way for banana plantations.

Wel it’s a good thing I pretty much only eat them with protein (shakes, PB, etc) and that I contribute to rainforest distinction. Great.

I also found this to be interesting. Bananas can affect your mood. I mean, I know that bananas make me happy! But so does peanut butter, and cake, and chocolate. I think bananas get a bad rep because of the carb content, too, but at the end of the day it is a peice of fruit and it’s only 100 calories. It’s better than eating a bag of candy!

Anyway, obviously natural sugars are better for you than artificial sweeteners and your body processes them differently. Sugar is still sugar, though. In leui of my sugar concerns, I opted out of Dunkin Donuts free donut day offer and got my usual starbucks coffee instead.

It’s Friiiday Friday Friiiday! Does anyone else listen to Madison on Alt Nation? Cracks me up….

Inspiration

In the past two months that I have been blogging, the though of quitting has crossed my mind. I’m not going to lie, it is a lot harder than it looks. My job is extremely demanding at times and leaves me to either post a quick, meaningless post, or not post at all. All I think about is writing on here all day long and it makes me sad to not be able to execute all of my ideas on my blog.

This week at work in particular has been a rough one. This morning, I read Julie’s post. I have to say that ever since starting this blog, I have had small thoughts of changing careers. I am interested in social media, jobs in health, fitness, writing, etc. I feel like a whole new door opened up for me and I don’t know exactly where this might take me, but I do know that quitting is not going to get me anywhere! When I really enjoy something, I can’t just give up due to uncontrollable circumstances. I’ll say that this new passion has definitely caused me to dream of doing what Julie has taken a chance at. Obviously, it is way to early for that, but that was just the right inspiration that I needed this week.

Breakfast

Shhh..don’t tell anyone, but I read Julie’s post while sitting in traffic this morning and sipping on this:

I found an insulated cup for my smoothies so I can enjoy them on my morning drive, instead of woofing them down right after the gym before getting in the shower. This particular smoothie included a mixture of SunWarrior, spinach, blackberries, frozen bananas, and almond milk.

Since I missed a day, I’ll also share this concoction from last night’s dinner.

See how sprinkles make everything look pretty? 🙂

I mixed in the blender:

  • 1 1/2 scoops SunWarrior vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • a few ice cubes
  • pinch xanath to thicken

In the bowl I chopped up some strawberries (clearly unseen as they are sunk to the bottom of the bowl) and added whip, sprinkles, and some almond butter.

Fashion

A quick note that I want to cover is that I know I am missing the fashion element on this blog. I know that my intentions were to cover a healthy lifestyle including fitness and food. I also wanted to incorporate fashion because it is also a passion of mine. I have clearly been lacking because of time, but I do have some ideas floating around. On Tuesday, after having a long, stressful, non-blogging day at work, I asked Joe to take a picture of me. You’ll have to excuse his poor photography skills.

I was excited about some new purchases and intend to eventually have a seperate fashion experience on here!

  • Maroon/cream striped top:  J. Crew
  • Salmon pants: Zara
  • Nude Sandals: Charles David
  • Scarf: Limited (from like 5 years ago?)
  • Nude Belt: J Crew
  • Sunburn: Beach on Sunday

…and my pudgy looking face: the heat? Ew, haha….

I hope you can all hang on for this ride with me because I have so many ideas! Now, I am off to finish some things at work and meet Claire for dinner because she is in town for the week! Yay!

Lemon Basil Mojitos

Last night, Joe and I prepped the infused vodka for the Lemon Basil Mojitos that I will be bringing to my friend’s wedding shower this weekend. We muddled basil leaves, cut up lemons, and agave nectar and added it to 3 bottles of vodka in a mason jar. This will infuse until Saturday when I bring it to the shower and add the club soda.

I know that mojitos are typically rum, this is a specialty drink at Joe’s restaurant that Carrie (the bride to be) loves, so we wanted to make it for her.

After we made the infusions, we made smoothies and had “dinner” together. Joe had a sprinkle massacre. I don’t even know how it happened. Typical. It’s fine, he just sweeped them all into his bowl anyway.

This Morning

I still feel like I haven’t caught up on sleep from the night before. I snoozed a little extra but still got in a 3 mile run and a leg workout. I made a quick protein smoothie to hold me over before what I considered my real breakfast. I had oatmeal on my mind all day yesterday, specifically from dishes. I opted for a wet bun so I could have an extra 15 minutes to hit up the oatmeal bar before work. Dishes is AMAZING. It’s like an upscale buffet. I was too busy scoping out the oatmeal bar to take a picture. Sad. 😦 I’m sure I will be going back ASAP though.

This little bowl of goodness included steel cut oats, cinnamon, honey, flax seeds, bananas, dishes muesli mix, and a small sampling of blueberries in sauce.

I felt like crying when it was over, but I remembered it’s Friday and what better feeling could you have?

Out of Hand

I mean….really?

Why did I feel it necessary to include 5 thousand ingredients into my smoothie (last night’s dinner)?

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 7-8 frozen strawberries
  • 1 heaping scoop of Hershey’s dark cocoa powder
  • stevia packet
  • pinch xanath

Blend together until thick and creamy. Garnish with a dollop of cool whip free, a sliced strawberry, a leftover chocolate covered strawberry from this weekend, a pizzelle (thin italian cookie–I used chocolate), and sprinkles. Gotta make it a sprinkle massacre. This was more like a strawberry massacre.

I proceeded to make one for Joe when he got home.

Workout and Breakfast

Today was my upper body strength training day. I mixed together a couple of my usual routines and had a really good workout! I also did abs and 25 minutes on the ellyptical.

I was super hungry when I got home and had already thought about what I was going to make while I was at the gym. I forgot about the blackberries I got this weekend and decided I was going to use them.

After blending up half of a frozen banana, a big handful of blackberries, 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk, a handful of spinach, and a scoop of vanilla protein powder, I got this big grey mess:

My smoothie kick continues…..

Honey Hoisin Chicken

Yesterday was a quiet day at work, so my boss told us to leave a little early. Since my commute is about an hour (sometimes more), I am always happy to be home before 7:00! I wanted to cook on the grill again since it was so nice out and I had taken chicken out of the freezer the night before.

When I got home, I mixed up the following:

  • Honey
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Chopped garlic

I honestly didn’t measure it, I just looked at it and made sure it was enough to marinate two peices of chicken.

To my disapointment, the grill would not light! I guess the tank is empty and I will have to get on Joe to replace it. 😉 I had to bake it instead, booo!

After baking in the oven for 20 minutes on 375 degrees (flipping half way through), I placed the chicken on top of some broccoli slaw that I mixed with rice vinegar, chia seeds, pepper, and olive oil.

I saved the other piece for lunch this week. It would have tasted much much better on the grill..next time!

Dessert was a hodge podge. I placed 2 broken up vanilla pizzelles in a bowl. I cut up some strawberries and through some frozen bananas in there, too. Then I added some almond milk, a scoop of Hershey’s dark cocoa powder, stevia to sweeten, a dollop of cool whip, and sprinkles, of course! Last minute I added some gooey Crazy Richard’s natural peanut butter.

Yuuummmm! I have a feeling a smoothie bowl is in place for dinner tonight!