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!

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6 Responses to “Green Smoothie and Lunch”

  1. jsutera654 December 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    Ok. I have YET to get on the green monster bandwagon but you’re tempting me to try it. Think it would taste good with frozen strawberries mixed in?? I still find it so weird that you don’t taste the spinach! Really??

    • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life December 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

      I think frozen berries would be good. About a year and a half ago I saw a green smoothie in the magazine Oxygen I wanted to try. I made it with high hopes and couldn’t even drink it. Both me and my husband were practically gagging on it. I tried this one and I really liked it. You can’t taste the spinach. Promise! I thought I might need to add some stevia or other ingredients, but liked it enough to drink it plain! Try it out, I am curious to see how you like it!

  2. Jess December 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    I like pushups! I love working out at home, especially when it’s so chilly out!

  3. Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 14, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    My favorite home workout move(s) is tons of yoga poses! It’s such a great way to strenghten and stretch..which feels ammaazing if you’ve been stuck indoors all day.

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