Blender Love Affair

Good Morning!

I just wanted to show you how my Green Monsters have been going ever since I whipped out my brand new Ninja blender. See below 😉

It’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it? I want to introduce you to my green smoothie. He is just a down-right lovely sight to see in the morning. So. Green.

Power Peach Kale Green Smoothie

-2 cups of kale

-1 cup of almond milk

-1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

-1 tablespoon wheat germ

-1/2 frozen banana and 1 peach

I am still trying to adjust to kale in my green smoothies. I know they are good to mix up with the usual spinach, but in smoothies they are quite bitter and chewy. Maybe next time I will add some more banana for added sweetness and less kale. Honestly, I stuffed my blender with it. Healthy yes, extremely normal green smoothie tastiness, not quite. Work will be done on the kale ratio for green smoothies.

Oh Ninja, you did good my friend. I blended through my frozen bananas like there was no tomorrow. I often thought my old blender would die when I blended them, but this is just a walk in the park for my new morning friend. I am so excited about it!

I also added half of my sample packet of Amazing Grass Amazing Meal, in the Original blend. I wanted to just “test” the waters with any supplement. I have to say I enjoyed it! I only used half a serving, but the protein kept me full and I could barely taste it as I blended away. Looking at the ingredients and nutrition, I am thinking about investing in some.

In other news, I am learning more and more about preparing tofu. I always reserved my supply for stir-fry’s, but I wanted something more savory with less oil for tonight’s dinner. I realized you can’t really seriously mess up with tofu, you could even eat it raw. I looked up this baked tofu recipe from vegweb.com. Click here for more tofu goodness!

Simple Baked Tofu

It turned out to be so easy and so delicious. The marinade is easy and I had leftovers for the next few nights.

Marinade:

3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

(I added some nutritional yeast for more minerals and vitamins!)

Cut up 1 pound of firm tofu and marinate overnight of for 10 minutes. Set up a wire cooling rack over a pan and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.

I enjoyed this with quinoa and the last of this summer’s asparagus. I can’t believe I missed asparagus season! Oh well, they were delicious.

Anyway, I have also been going to Lila Yoga here in Spokane. I have to say, I have just done the introductory two weeks and I am coming up on my second week. I have tried Yin Yoga and Vinyasa. I love them both. I am considering a summer package. Yoga just makes me feel so good, flexible, and strong!

Well, off to work. Ciao for now! -Mary

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The Beginning of a Beautiful Journey

Hello!

As I am putting forth my first real blog post (yaay!!) I am watching the Biggest Loser. The perfect inspiration for not just dieting and exercising, but living a full and healthful life!! So, as I am enjoying the show, I will let you know how I did today for day 1 of my little journey.

I woke up this morning, rearing to start my get-healthy and get-back-on-track journey! I am looking forward to feeling healthy, getting back in shape, and shedding a few unwanted poundage. I should probably lay down my goals, as that is a very important step if one wants to make it!

My goals:

Long Term: To live a healthy and long, happy life! (duh!)

Mid-Term: To lose 20 pounds. I have had this goal in mind for a while. and I want to lose these unwanted and unneeded pounds. It is all so that I can feel healthy and fit! Its a good goal to have over the course of a couple of months, and I want this to be done as healthily as possible!!

Short term goal: To be active everyday. I am all down for chilling after a stressful week, but my goal is to incorporate some sort of activity each day. Even if this is walking my dog around the park or doing some yoga, I want to be moving everyday! More concretely: I want to workout  5 times a week. Additionally, I want to fuel my body the right way. It will be to strive to reduce the amount of processed food I eat and try to cut out as many animal products as possible. It is a healthy way to eat whole foods, but I will be sure to get all my nutrients and proteins! I have done a short term vegan and vegetarian diet before I went abroad, and I absolutely loved the energy it gave me. I never worked out so hard and felt so great afterwards. Time to get back to that green, great, and energy-filled feeling!

So anyways, on to today. I was sooo sore from my workout yesterday: sprint intervals for 30 minutes (sprint 30 seconds, off 4:30 minutes and repeat until you reach 30) and arm weights. After 4 months of relying on walking as my form of exercise, I was sore. So today, I hit the mat. Corepower Yoga is a great place to get a great workout, especially a form like Power Yoga where you feel like you worked out and burned calories. You feel rejuvinated and refreshed as you leave the gym as well. I defintely sweat it out, and my arms were shaking the whole time. I love the feeling you get afterwards, of being lose, rejuveniated, and even feeling a little taller 🙂 It was a good choice after being wiped from my first workout!

For my eats, I started with an inspired Green Monster smoothie. I wanted to start my journey with a BANG, a kick-off start with a nutritional punch! It looked something like this…

Pretty attractive, right? Well, it definitely had the statistics to be attractive, and tasted just as good! It was inspired by all those great green smoothies out there, but I added what I liked and what I felt would be best for my body. That is what is so great about smoothies! Well, anyways, in my blender went:

  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/3 cup soy milk
  • tons of ice
  • handful of spinach
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • a few raspberries

Though it turned out looking like mud-in-a-glass, it was creamy and refreshing, and full of good for you nutrients! It powered me through my day.

Looks… interesting… tastes amazing! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

Lunch was a quinoa and black bean salad on a bed of heart-healthy romaine lettuce. I got the Quinoa Salad recipe from mytrianerbob.com, a great place to get veggie friendly recipies from my favorite trainer on TV, Bob Harper!!

It was as easy as it was delicious:

  • 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water
  • rinsed black beans
  • chopped up tomato
  • and topped with avocado and salsa.
  • I added some tobasco sauce because I love spicy!
When the quinoa is cooked and the water is absorbed, simply add the black beans, tomatoes, salsa, and tobasco sauce (if desired) and stir it up to heat up the beans and tomatoes. Top the salad with as much salsa as you want! Eat up! Quinoa is a great grain to eat because it is also packed with protein, so it is an ideal staple for vegetarians and vegans alike. Plus, it is chewy and has a nutty flavor, a great and satisfying addition to any meal!
Well, I am sad to say that dinner did not go as well as the rest of my day had. I had my healthy snacks to keep me full and energized (almonds and an orange) but when dinner came around, I was exhausted. Also, I have been making dinner for my brother the past week, and put his needs ahead of my own. Thus, I avoided the miny hamburgers I made for him because I wanted to avoid red meat, and tried to come up with something else that is much more healthful for my needs. I ended up eating roasted potatoes and half a wheat pita with spicy hummus.
I know that this does not align with my goals completely, and that I had too many carbs too late in the day. It also wasn’t very nutrient-dense. But anyways, I am going to forgive myself and move on. Tomorrow is a new day, and I will make up for it! This is part of my new plan also: self-forgiveness. We are only human, right?
Well, back to the blood and sweet and tears of the Biggest Loser. I absolutely love Bob and Jillian!
Ciao for now!
-Mary