Shake & Cake

Tuesday night was uneventful.. Too drained & sore for the gym, so I pulled on my compression socks and watched Law & Order all night. Perfect.

Yesterday I forced myself to go to the gym after work and ended up with a killer workout! 20 mins of HIIT on the treadmill (45 seconds of sprints with 45 secs of recovery) then a 55 minute spin class! My normal ones are 40-45 and the extra 15 mins are NO JOKE!

I had a big veggie filled salad for lunch so I wasn’t feeling any veggies at dinner… I committed the ultimate sin and had a shake and a cake for dinner!

But I can’t keep a secret.. This was a protein smoothie and a protein cake! I tried out a new-to-me protein powder and wasn’t thrilled. However, the shake contained:

4 ice cubes
1 packet Rainbow Light vanilla protein
1 tbsp PB2
1 banana
1.5 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Sprinkle of cinnamon & splenda
1/2 teaspoon Xantham Gum (optional- this just makes it THICK!)

Blend, pour in bowl and eat with a froyo spoon. Optional but really amazing: top with 1/3 cup Kashi GoLean twigs and peanut flour sauce (2 tbsps peanut flour mixed with 1 tbsp water).

Now for the cake. Or muffin. Whatever you wish to call it.

1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp protein powder
1 tbsp PB2
2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
1 egg white
Optional: apple pie spice (found on iherb.com!!)

Mix and microwave 2 minutes in large mug. Top with more peanut flour and sugar free maple syrup.

This combo was so filling! I could barely finish the smoothie bowl but obviously, I did. It was the perfect post-sweaty workout treat.

Pictures added at end because I’m blogging from my iPhone.. Really can’t figure out how to add the pics on the app unless it’s at the end! I am so not app-savvy…

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Slushie

It’s a gloomy, rainy, humid in January day here in NYC. It’s in the upper 50’s! I was sweating walking to work because I am obviously dressed in layers seeing as how it’s January… So weird.

Sleep never felt so good last night. I woke up once and shut off my alarm because sleep was more important than making it to the gym this morning!

I made a smoothie last night for a quick breakfast this morning because I had an early meeting. In the mix:

Frozen peaches
1/2 banana
1/2 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
1/2 + a few splashes more of light vanilla soy milk
3/4 scoop protein powder

Blend, and apparently don’t freeze for the next morning. It sat out of the freezer for over 3 years before I could have it and it was still like a slushie! A yummy and healthy slushie, but a little weird to be eating it with a utensil out of a shake cup.

Lunch was good but soggy. I saved my lunch from yesterday to have today, which was sprouted grain bread with guacamole, egg whites and cheese plus a side of butternut squash and edamame. The sandwich was really soggy which totally grosses me out… I ate it anyways obviously.

I’m going to try the new flavor of Lunabar later before the gym, which is honey pretzel peanut! Sounds so good. I have 4 miles to run at the gym after work, followed by tanning and having a relaxing night in with John. Crazy friday night, as usual. What can I say, my couch and sleep trumps being out in the cold and having a hangover!

Food Rut

Food is one thing I do not get bored with. I eat protein oats (sometimes made into pancakes) with a banana and peanut butter every morning except Sundays (my bagel day) and look forward to it all of those days. Give me greens, sweet potatoes, goat or feta cheese, fish or chicken and some mustard and I can create lunch and dinner. Greek yogurt, apples, protein bars, nuts, veggies and hummus more than satisfy me for snacks. So even though my ingredients don’t often change, I love my eats and find someway to spruce them up here and there. You may call it a food rut, but I call it food happiness. I am obsessed with vegetables.

Lunch yesterday:

Beets, feta, egg white, red pepper
Chicken, mushrooms, spinach, sweet potato & mustard
Starbucks Americano (perfection) & Kind bar for snack

My dinner last night was epic. I had John grill me a fillet of ahi tuna before I got home and I loved how it was really plain tasting but also really delicious. I piled it on spinach, sweet potato, goat cheese, garlic powder & a lovely little dressing I whipped up.

Balsamic vinegar, whole grain dijon mustard, spoonful of honey. Breathtaking.

I sliced up some cucumber and put the  rest of the ahi tuna pieces on top with some balsamic. To me, it looks like little pieces of sushi and I felt like a chef. To you, it probably looks like tuna on cucumbers with balsamic dumped on a plate. Agree to disagree.

This is why I someday want to work with people trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Had I known I could create delicious, filling, healthy meals like this? I would have given up McDonald’s long before 2 years ago. Healthy eating is DELISH.

I also came home to a friendly little package from Brooks Run Happy University.

Bag, Running fuel (which I have yet to use!), ear buds, and chafing prevention tools. I also have never had chafing, so i must be a beginning runner? Anyways, this made me super happy after (another) stressful day. I only have one pair of Brooks and they are pretty hardcore. I get compliments on them everywhere. They are downright badass.

I’m still getting used to them as they are very minimalist and I feel my shins and calves working super hard when I run in them. But leopard print sneakers that also say speed demon on them? I’m a badass.

After dinner, John and I went to the laundry mat. It was a wild hump day. Ahi tuna and laundry. We are still in our honeymoon face, obviously 😉 When we got back, it had been a whole 2 hours since I ate so bedtime food was needed. I have no shame in how much I can wolf down.

Into my new GNC blender/juicer combo (AMAZING BLACK FRIDAY DEAL!) went:

– 1/2 cup pumpkin

– 1/2 banana

– 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

– 1/2 scoop banana protein powder

– cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice

– ice cubes

Topped with… peanut butter. Yum yum yum. Pretty stoked that I have a blender that can blend ice now. I can’t wait to try out the juicer part!

Do you get stuck in food ruts? Do they bore you or do you love it?

I just really like routine, even when it comes to food. I won’t eat a bagel or even crave one unless it’s a Sunday. Weirdo.

Do you have any vegetable/fruit juice recipes I should try?

I know I want to try some carrot/ beet blends! Help a girl out 🙂