Thursday, March 5, 2015

New Ninja...

Wednesday Recap:

Breakfast:  Almond Meal/Flax pancake with peanut butter & syrup
I know you're probably tired of seeing this pop up as the lead pic of my blog near-daily, but I'm tellin ya, THIS as breakfast is a WISE choice because it holds me over for pretty much the rest of the day.  OR, should I say, it helps me to never reach that "I'M SO HUNGRY I WANT TO EAT EVERYTHING" point. Whatever helps in NOT getting to that point is a good ideaJ

Workout #1:  Power Yoga
A hot one, but I was happy to 'survive it' without too many breaks...although I do get some built-in breaks these days anytime the class is working on 'stomach stuff.'J

And I'm sooooooooooooooo excited about this because I've NEVER been able to make a kale smoothie that didn't blend to the point of it feeling like I was chewing on a salad...ICK!  But thanks to my new Nutri Ninja my Mom got me for an early birthday present, I'm FINALLY in the KALE buisness (was def bummed when my Ninja blender DID NOT make any sort of smoooooth smoothie).  

In the mix:
  • Frozen Kale & spinach
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk + 1 cup water
  • Frozen pineapple
  • Frozen mango
  • 1 scoop protein powder
It might have helped that I added the liquid and greens FIRST and blended them into oblivion BEFORE adding the frozen fruit, which quickly changes it to an ice cream texture...weeeee!  And quick FYI- every time I get a bag of spinach for smoothies, I automatically transfer it to a freezer bag and pop it in there so I don't have to worry about it spoiling too quickly.  This has saved me MANY a bag of spinach and it's good way to have spinach almost always on hand.

Snack:  Strawberries 

Workout #2:  Walk away the pounds with 4 pound weights
This was DEF a case where the 'exercise buddy system' REALLY helps.  If I didn't have Scott to encourage and BE encouraged by, this would have been soooooooo easy to skip.  I was pretty beat, so I kept my kicks pretty low and stuck only to my 4 pound weights...but I got through.  And then ended up having more energy the rest of the night than I had prior, of courseJ  But believe me:  I wasn't feelin it WHILST I was walkinJ 

Dinner:  Buffalo Chicken Lasagna + Salad
Around 2pm yesterday, I had made a definitive descision that something WARM & COZY had to be on the dinner menu, and it only took spying a peek of this on a quick scroll through Pinterest for it to be the deciding factor.  And since I had pretty much everything on hand, it made for an even quicker sell.  (swapped part-skim for the non-fat ricotta.  I think a little fat goes a long way in the flavor, texture & satiety in cheese)

After giving the chicken a quick poach in boiling water & a shred, the rest of the 'sagna came together in under 10 minutes.  An hour + 15 minutes in the oven and we were ready to go.....swwwwwwwwwooooooooooooonnnnnnn:  CHEESE! 

I thought the STRONG kickback of HEAT was going to help keep this to ONE portion, but I can not tell a lie:  I went back for another little 1/2 square since it was SOOOOOOO GOOD!
Warm, cheesy, SPICED and filling from the chicken....JUST. SO. GOOD.  And bonus:  It made enough for us to freeze the leftovers and save for another main meal...weeeeeee!

Dessert:  Cupcake
The leftover cakes from Katie's party went DIRECTLY into the freezer when we got home from partyin on Sunday night, butttt 2 already made a quick defrost last night for dessert for Scott & I.  Especially because we were setteling in to watch:
Already obsessed.

So the snow's comin down in Jersey today and we're lucky to be all safe & warm inside.  I did some quick dinner prep last night in the name of the storm and plan to spend the rest of the day by NOT slaving over the slow cooker and watching the snow fall with Katie...aka- her fav activityJ

Have a good Thursday! J

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