Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A little help from Oprah;)

Monday Recap:

Breakfast:  Go Lean Triple Berry with unsweetened almond milk + strawberries
Love this flavor of cereal, especially at springtime (and on sale for $2.99 a boxJ)  The protein in the cereal + the bulk of the strawberries actually kept me full all morning long.

Lunch:  Pina Colada Cake Batter Smoothie 
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup of part-skim ricotta
  • 1-2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder  
  • Drops of coconut & butter extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar-free vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cup water
    • coconut water would be a good base here too!
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 3 canned pineapple slices + 1/4 cup of the juice (NOT SYRUP!) 
    • can also use frozen pineapple, I just didn't have any on hand
Blend, blend, blend and DEVOUR!  Yet another GREAT variation on this low-cal recipe.
(<~and I'm surprised I mentioned that you could taste the spinach in the original green recipe.  I don't notice it here or in the cherry cake batter variations AT ALL.  Just like I can't taste it in any OTHER spinach smoothie for that matter)

Snack:  Cheese Nibblers + a few crackers

One of our VERY favs that we've made a zillion times, filled with spicy chicken, smokey bacon and cooooooooool avocado dressing (made simply with 1 avocado, 2 tablespoons non-fat Greek yogurt, juice from 1/2 a lime & a sprinkle of sea salt).  It just can't be beat.

This was the first time we mixed it with shredded kale, which gave it a hearty base...not to mention BULK!  The salad was mounded on my plate....and I'm OK with thisJ

Workout:  Power Yoga class
The last few Monday night classes have been....vigorous to say the leastJ  Definitely broke a sweat and got in a good workout.  

And in other 'yoga-esq' news, before I settled in to watch "Dancing with the Stars" when I got home last night, I settled in to 'work' on Day 8 of the 21 Day Deepak Chopra & Oprah meditation for "Manifesting True Success."  Meditation was always one of those things I wanted to explore further, but always found excuses to 'put it off for another day' (you know how that goesJ So when one of my yoga teachers posted the link for this series on her Facebook, I figured now was as a good of a time as any to try it out.  I love that it's GUIDED (in case you're not sure what to do/how to get started), 20 minutes (accessible, which means you'll actually stick to it) and FREE.  Just thought I'd mention it in case anyone wanted to dip your toe into the meditation world, with-ya know, OPRAH to hold your handJ   

Alrighty...now that I've potentially frightened you thoroughly, hope you guys have a great Tuesday!J

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