Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WIAW: Smoothies!

I haven't done a WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) in awhile.  I had planned to take all kinds of pictures of our glorious food on vacation... and then I just wasn't feeling it.  Perhaps a bit guilty over the choices I made?  I gained 6 lbs over my Myrtle Beach vacation, but this last week I've managed to shed it all off once again.  Was it worth it?  Heck yeah!  I fueled my body for the race of a lifetime AND I had a wonderful vacation to reconnect with my husband (over beer and ice cream!).  There is nothing wrong with jumping off the bandwagon every now and again... as long as you get back on... quickly.

So this week it has been challenging to find my "food zone" once again. I've fallen to temptation several times, but I'm never afraid to work the calories back off... literally as soon as I consume them!

I start my day with coffee. always. no exception...

This week I've been bad about breakfast and grabbed a breakfast bar or banana on the way out the door to the gym.  For lunch, I've been serving up some pretty tasty smoothies for a protein pump after the gym.  Check out my newest creations...

2 large handfuls of spinach + 1/2 c. almond milk + 1/2 frozen banana + 1 t. honey
 + 1 T. ground flaxseed meal + 2 heaping spoonfuls of light vanilla yogurt 
 + 1 small apple + good handful of ice cubes
Throw it all in the blender. Top with light whipped cream. Makes one serving.
300 calories  |  8g protein  |  26g calcium  |  10g fiber

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3/4 c. almond milk + 3/4 c. orange juice + 1 frozen banana + 1-2 peeled oranges
 + 2 T. ground flaxseed meal + 1 t. vanilla + 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
 + 1/2 t. orange extract + sprinkle of cinnamon + good handful of ice cubes
Throw it all in the blender. Top with light whipped cream. Makes two servings.

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Want more Smoothie Recipes? Check out these from the past...

For dinner, I whipped up these super yummy Mozzarella & Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausages
 (only 120 calories) with some broccoli and red peppers...

 And since we're lovin' veggies this month, I mixed some cucumbers, onions and tomatoes
 with fresh cilantro and a drizzle of ranch for a nice side salad. Delicious and fresh.

Remember that weight loss challenge at my gym?  The final weigh-in is this Saturday. Wish me luck!  My personal goal was to lose 25 lbs during the 55 Day Challenge.  I may be a couple pounds shy, but I'm almost there!


  1. Those smoothie recipes look great!!! I am definitely going to have to try them! :)

  2. your smoothies look amazing :) I need to switch mine up thanks for the ideas. Good luck Sat :)

  3. Okay---the Orange Dreamside Smoothie interests me. Looks like a Dreamsicle which is my favorite.

  4. Great smoothie recipes! Love all the food photos, everything looks so good!

  5. I love smoothies but miss having something solid. I usually do fruit + plain yogurt + cinnamon + honey + flax seed + wheat germ. Sometimes some peanut butter. I will try spinach next time - great idea!

  6. Where did you get the Mozzarella & Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausages! Those sound awesome! Especially for only 120 cal!

  7. that sausage sounds so good, where did you find that? you look fabulous, i'm sure you'll rock the weigh in!!! i have been running-not near as many miles as you, and been eating very structured and disciplined and no weight loss....i'm so aggravated!!!!


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