Smoothie-liscious

Hi friends! Happy Hump Day! How are you celebrating this joyous day of the week? I thought I’d use this mid-week point to check in with you to see how you’re doing with the SFS Weekly Challenge to squeeze in a fruit or vegetable into every.single.meal. By making it a goal & being conscious of it, you’re all the more likely to actually succeed in achieving it!

Here are a few tips I have on sneaking in more F&V lovin’ into your day:

Breakfast –

  • Toss some berries, sliced apple, or sliced banana into your yogurt, cereal, or oatmeal!
  • Try a fruit smoothie. Frozen berries are my favourite & are so convenient – all you have to do is toss a handful in a blender with your other favourite ingredients! You can even add a handful of greens (like spinach or kale) … I promise you won’t taste it!
  • Scramble an egg with your favourite veggies – baby spinach, bell pepper, broccoli, zucchini, etc
  • If you’re in a rush, grab a piece of fruit (apple, plum, pear, banana) on your way to work & have it at your desk (…if you must!)

Lunch -

  • Load a sandwich with vegetables – mixed greens/arugula/spinach, roasted red pepper, tomato, etc.
  • Try a salad for lunch. To up the nutrient content, use spinach, romaine, arugula or mixed greens instead of iceberg lettuce.
  • Bring vegetable or a vegetable-based soup to work. There are so many convenient options available out there!

Dinner -

  • Add frozen mixed veggies to your stir fry
  • If you’re baking or grilling a piece of fish or meat, chop up veggies to go along side!
  • Have a small side salad with whatever you are eating
  • If you’re having pasta, toss in some sliced cherry tomatoes, bell pepper or broccoli!

These are just a small selection of ideas for incorporating more fruits & veggies into your life! Hopefully this will help with the weekly challenge!

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Breakfast this morning was oatmeal with sliced banana + HolyCrap!

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So simple, but oh-so-delicious! This breakfast kept me satisfied right up until snack time (sometimes I have to sneak in a few extra treats heheh!).

I packed quite an expansive lunch for today – pulled bbq chicken sandwich, apple, cracker + cheese, chopped veggies ‘n salsa + my berry-kale smoothie. Impressive, huh?

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SPEAKING OF SMOOTHIES….

Gina over at the Fitnessista posted a special challenge for all her readers (I’m a huge fan!) – a smoothie a day in May! I’m going to try to live up to this & invite everyone to join in. I’ll be sharing my smoothie recipes throughout the month & hope you’ll do the same!

Dinner tonight… hasn’t happened yet. The boy is still at the gym, so I’m waiting to cook up a pasta feast upon his arrival!

My workout tonight was INTENSE. I followed the ToneitUp! calendar & did 40-minutes of cardio (I opted for a run on the treadmill) & 30-minutes of “toning”, which was short but sweet tough. In between each exercise, I did one-minute of jumping jacks & took no rest! For the sake of puns, I’m going to call this workout “Jack Up Your Routine,”

JACK UP YOUR ROUTINE

  • Step-ups (onto bench) – 12 reps (each leg)
  • 1-minute jumping jacks
  • Skater lunges – 24 reps (12 each leg)
  • 1-minute jumping jacks
  • Side plank – 30 seconds each side
  • 1-minute jumping jacks
  • Bulgarian squats – 12 reps each leg
  • 1-minute jumping jacks
  • Side leg kicks – 15 reps each leg
  • 1-minute jumping jacks
  • Yoga plank – 2 minutes 5 seconds (very precise ;))
  • 1-minute jumping jacks
  • “Fire hydrant” – 15 reps each leg
  • 1-minute jumping jacks
  • Pilates leg drop – 24 reps
  • 1-minute jumping jacks

This took me about 20 minutes to complete, & then I finished the whole sequence off with a good stretch.

Phew!

I tend to keep my weeknight workouts pretty short (usually 45-minutes), so being in the gym for over an hour today was kind of cramping my style ;)

Have a great night!

Love,

A

Questions:

  • Do you struggle to fit in enough fruit & veggies into your day?
  • Any tips for squeezing in more produce into meals & snacks?
  • What are your favourite smoothie blends?
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3 thoughts on “Smoothie-liscious

  1. I’m really looking forward to trying some workouts from the Tone it Up girls. I haven’t yet but I do get their email on an almost-daily basis, even though I’m doing Chalean Extreme at the moment. It’s a good reminder/motivator, even if I’m not actually doing their routines. The one you did sounds great. Today is my last workout (YAHOO!) with CX so I might do one of theirs tomorrow!

    I put spinach in my smoothies to get in some extra fruit and veggies. Sometimes I struggle to get my 5-a-day but a nice smoothie with some frozen berries and spinach sure helps! And tastes sooo good!

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