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Late Lunch Change and Dinner

14 Dec

At work today I was starving, but I just didn’t want my whey protein shake.  I knew I was going home in two hours, so instead, I snacked on the rest of my raw walnuts about 1/4 cup to tide me over until.  Once home, I heated up the remaining organic grass fed ground beef and made a taco with natural pepper jack cheese and organic spicy salsa.  It totally beat the boring but easy whey protein shake that was sitting in my lunch box at work. 

Not the prettiest food pics, but it sure tasted good. 

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After we ate a late lunch, around 3:30pm, the Husband got into a mystery package that showed up at our house today…

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The H and I decided not to exchange Christmas gifts this year or birthday gifts since we are getting a puppy.  We figured we are spending a lot of money on the little guy, so instead of spending even more money on gifts, we would just save instead.  Somewhere between October 20th (The Husband’s birthday) and December 1st, the Husband had convinced me that he needed a Play station 3.  He is such a great guy so I agreed.  I figured if he is playing his games, I could read more magazines, do more yoga, run more errands, cook more new recipes, spend more time chatting on the phone with friends and family and blog more in general!  I look at it as a win-win situation!  Once I agreed to the PS3, he tried convincing me he needed a new TV as well, for his man cave that doesn’t exist.  I had to put my foot down somewhere!

Here are a few pics of the Husband opening his new toy!

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We love our flannel pants in this house!

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While the Husband got into his new toy, I did some Barkan Yoga in our bedroom with the heat cranked.  Namaste! 

I’m pretty sure he hasn’t moved other than to the couch in the last 4 hours…

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Well, maybe once for dinner.  The H’s salad with added chicken breast

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Tonight on the dinner menu was Garbage Salad

Ingredients-  any type of vegetable you have on hand.  We used, spring mix, broccoli, red bell pepper, shredded carrot, red onion, celery and tomato (all organic).  Topped with Annie’s Roasted Garlic Dressing.  I was still a little full from lunch so I skipped the chicken.

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I love a good colorful salad!  Served with cranberry juice mixed with water

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Annie’s salad dressing

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Question:  What is your favorite salad topping?  I would have to say mine is red onion!

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Green Smoothie and Lunch

14 Dec

After trying countless spinach smoothie recipes, I decided to give the one I keep seeing on blogs a try!  Guess what…..I loved it!  I wanted to try it after remembering we had a bunch of baby spinach that needed to be eaten (quick tip- if you have spinach that is about to go bad and you know you can’t eat it, put it in a zip lock freezer bag and freeze.  I do this all the time and use in soups, noodle bowls, pasta sauce, casseroles, stir fry’s and much more.  I love the idea of not throwing it away and wasting money.  I do this with just about all vegetables and fruit).  I put about 3 cups of spinach into the blender along with 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened Almond milk and 1 organic banana.  I blended it together and poured it into a stainless steel water bottle to bring into work for my AM snack.  It tasted delicious and had just enough of a banana flavor but wasn’t overpowering.

Spinach- about 3 cups

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Unsweetened Almond Milk- about 1 1/2 cups

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Banana

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I debated putting vanilla protein powder in, but decided against it since lunch is a whey protein shake mixed with water.

Blend

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Ready to bring to work

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Workout of the Week:  In Home Workout (limited equipment)

Some days I really don’t want to go to the gym to workout, I just want to do it at home.  Other days, I oversleep and don’t have time to make it to the gym and get my full workout in, so I do it at home.  Other days, I am out of town, in hotel rooms, at relatives homes and just need to squeeze something in with out a lot of equipment available.  Here is a great home /do anywhere workout that hits every major muscle group of the body.  Feel free to mix things up and most importantly, have fun with it.  

Equipment needed: resistance band, stability ball

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Warm Up:  5 Minutes of Jumping Rope or 1 minute of each of the following- high knees, butt kicks, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, burpees. 

Circuit #1:  Push ups, squats minimum of 25 (make sure you are really squeezing your glutes as you raise up back to the starting position), calf raises, walking lunge holding each lunge for 5-10 seconds, butt kicks- 25-50 per leg

Circuit #2:  triangle push ups, hamstring ball curl, bridge on stability ball, straight arm plank, plank, over the door triceps pull downs (put the tubing over the top of the door), mountain climbers, 50 on each side

*Tricpes tubing pull down

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Circuit #3:  Tubing bicep curls, tubing lateral raises, holding squat (minimum 30 seconds repeat 3 – 5 times), back extension on a stability ball, High Leg Hip Kicks, holding crunch with leg raises, tubing rear delt flys, high knees- 25-50 on each side

Repeat each circuit 2-3 times before moving on the the next one.  If you do have weights available, you can use them during the lunges and squats to amp up the calories burn, muscle burn and cardiovascular benefits.

Question:  What is your favorite at home exercise move to do?  Mine would be either holding lunges or planks!