It seems I’ve been on a bit of an espresso kick since my husband got an espresso machine. Today’s smoothie is a perfect meal replacement for those days on the go.
I love it because it gives a hint of natural sweetness from the dates, a bit of salt from the peanut butter, and the tofu adds to the creaminess & thickness of the smoothie.
- 1/2 box of non GMO firm tofu
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 2 T of Meriden peanut butter
- 1 shot espresso
- 1 t of Ultimate Green Powder (optional)
- 1/2 t of Nua Vanilla Powder
- 5 dates
- 1 huge handful of ice
Blend in a high power blender or a good stick blender. Enjoy!
Sorry I’m late with Wednesday smoothie, I was busy prepping for a vegetarian Chinese New Year dinner tonight.
But here is my new favorite smoothie, I got hubby’s thumb’s up for this too! And he’s a picky customer. 😉 He’s not typically a fan of my green smoothies.
- 1 shot of espresso
- 5 dates, pitted(I like to soak them over-night in the espresso for flavor and to soften them up a bit)
- 1 t of Chia Seeds
- 1 Cup of Coconut milk
- handful of ice cubes
Blend for a nice treat!
Here is my second “greener version”
Green Caffeine Machine
- 1 shot of espresso
- 5 dates, pitted(pre-soaked in the espresso)
- 1 t of raw cocoa powder(I used Nua)
- 1/2 t of cinnamon(I threw the cinnamon & cocoa powder in with the espresso and dates to pre-soak overnight)
- 1 t of Chia seeds
- 1.5 C of Coconut Milk
- 1-2 handfuls of spinach
- 1 t of Ultimate Green Powder
- handful of ice
Blend! You should still find the taste of espresso with everything healthy masked under it. Hubby didn’t even know it was good for him!
This morning after an hour of kettle bell swings, pistol squat foundation, and Animal Flow, I really needed a smoothie with substance.
- A bunch of kale(pre-washed, and in the freezer)
- 1 cup of Greek yogurt
- 5 ml chia seeds
- 5 ml raw cocoa powder
- 5 ml green powder
- 2.5 ml matcha powder
- 30ml of Meriden peanut butter
- 2.0 ml of vanilla powder
- coconut milk
Blend til smooth. Serves 2.
Reprinted from my Fitnessbump blog.
During pregnancy, we are told to eat many different foods to help grow a healthy baby.
Although many of us think we are eating healthy, we may not be telling ourselves the truth. Think about this, what did you eat in your last meal? Did it contain a fish high in omega 3s? Something that had vitamin c? Or vitamin d? Did you have any vegetables and iceberg lettuce does not count as it contains little nutritional value. Did you have bread that was rich in fiber and was wholegrain?
When it comes to maximizing health, it’s not just what we eat, but how we eat. Digestion actually begins in the mouth, where contact with our teeth and digestive enzymes in our saliva break down food. But these days most of us rush through the whole eating experience, barely acknowledging what we’re putting in our mouths. We eat while distracted — working, reading, talking and watching television — and swallow our food practically whole. On average, we chew each bite only eight times. It’s no wonder that many people have digestive problems.
There are many great reasons to slow down and chew your food.
Life is often stressful enough. Sometimes a glass of wine does the trick, or a bit of chocolate. But sometimes even that doesn’t do it. SO what can you do to relax?
Breathing not only helps you to calm your mind form your possibly hectic schedule or stressed out day, but for an expecting mum, it can help connect to your body and your baby.
Here are a few breathing exercises:
January is one of the busiest day for gyms, it’s the day many start their New Year resolution to get healthier, skinnier, stronger for the year. Many can jump onto it carelessly and end up injuring themselves. The best way is to start slow and not burn out if you have never consistently maintained a fitness regime. Also consider hiring a personal trainer whether it’s just for a few sessions or a few months. A trainer can show tell you if you have any imbalances in your body, what your weaknesses are, and how to hit your goals.
How to pick a trainer? The majority will pick trainers by sex, physical appearance, personality, and price. Other factors you should be aware of when choosing a trainer; are they knowledgeable of the anatomy, the functionality of muscles, and joints? Are they passionate about what they do? What do they specialized in, and is that in line with what you are looking for? If they are training you at your home, are they insured? Are they punctual?
Once you find a trainer you like, try a session and test them out. The trainer should go over your medical history, help you determine your goals and give you a plan on how they plan on helping you achieve it.
Be wary of trainers that are just drill sergeants because you can jeopardize yourself and get seriously injured. Look for a trainer that motivates you, and pushes you to try harder without the injuries. For those that are unconditioned and haven’t seen the inside of the gym since last summer, it’s the slow and steady that will prevent injuries.
A Perfect Smoothie to start off 2015 right
So what are the benefits of ginger?! They have anti-inflammatory properties, helps improve absorption of essential nutrients, and aids in digestion among other fantastic things.
½ cup, 1 cup of coconut water
¼ cup of frozen peas
8 ml chia seeds
5 slices of raw ginger
5 tablespoons of yogurt