Cold Killer Smoothie & Yoga Twist Routine

Ugh, cold and flu season sucks!  Not only were this year’s flu shots completely worthless, but it has been a brutally cold February that has seen my entire household all get sick at once (GOOD TIMES!).  Since I didn’t want to keep popping Mucinex and DayQuil like Reese’s Pieces, I went looking for a smoothie recipe the cut the legs off my cold.  I found gold in an unlikely place…an MMA Radio Show.  The host of the show was giving props to his teammate’s father for hooking up with a recipe to help him get over  cold he couldn’t shake.  It was a juice recipe, but I made a smoothie out of it because that’s how I roll.  I would def recommend this receipt the next time you are sick.  It’s not the most delicious, but it does the job.  I felt like garbage before I tried this out.  I threw down a couple mason jars of “Cold Killer” and was well enough to dance in a Flashmob in NYC on Valentines Day.  That’s a whole other story, but for more details on this amazing event with a great cause, search the hashtag #DanceOutInLove.  See if you can spot me in the video!

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 (Makes 2 Smoothies)

4 Chopped Carrots

1 Sliced Apple

1 Inch piece of Ginger

1 Clove Garlic

2 Chopped Celery Stalks

2 Cups Water

FOOD KEY

– Carrots: vitamins A & B6, folic acid and magnesium

– Apples: potassium, vitamin C and pectin (helps control cholesterol and blood sugar)

– Ginger: stimulates digestion, combats flatulence (NICE!) and is effective against colds

– Garlic: vitamins B1, B6, and C, manganese, copper, selenium, phosphorus and calcium (among countless other benefits)

– Celery: potassium, folic acid and vitamins C & B6

Since I was getting over being sick, I eased back into my workouts with this great yoga routine from Sean Vigue.

Yoga Twist Routine

**Dance Out In Love Video Teaser**

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Carrot Cake Smoothie & Quick Ab Slicer Workout

Hi everyone.  I know it’s been a while since I posted some smoothie goodness, but I have an awesome recipe for you today.  I LOVE carrot cake, and since my fridge was stocked with carrots, I decided to try to make a carrot cake smoothie.  I was a little shocked at how great it came out.  I could and did have this for breakfast and dessert later that day.  So as to not feel completely gluttonous, I “earned” my smoothie prize by doing a killer ab workout I found courtesy of Frank Medrano, probably the most ripped vegan on earth.  I even used the model he used for his workout to make a complementary workout that won’t leave your chest and legs feeling left out.  Do the workout, enjoy the smoothie.

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1 Cup Chopped Carrots

1 Sliced Apple

1 Inch Piece of Ginger

Handful of Raw Cashews (it’s what I had, but you can go with walnuts for more carrot cakeness)

2 Tablespoons Slim Powdered Peanut Butter

1/4 Cup Organic Steel Cut Oats

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

– Carrots: vitamins A & B6, folic acid and magnesium

– Apples: potassium, vitamin C and pectin (helps control cholesterol and blood sugar)

– Ginger: stimulates digestion, combats flatulence (NICE!) and is effective against colds

– Cashews: copper, phosphorous, manganese, magnesium, zinc and protein

– Powdered Peanut Butter: protein, fiber and potassium

– Oats: fiber and protein

Frank Medrano Ab Slicing Routine

*Bonus complementary workout*

Frank’s workout is great for the abs, but the chest, arms and legs should get some love, too.  Use the same 30 seconds cardio, then body weight exercise for reps model used in the video above, but…

A. Substitute burpees for the  the mountain climbers.  I did regular burpees for the first round, then single leg burpees for the next two sets (alternating legs, duh(, then repeat for the cycle for the next three rounds

B. Substitute push-ups for the ab exercises.  Mix it up by doing a different variation each round for anywhere from 15-20 reps.  I went with:

1) handstand push-ups against the wall (Do these first (hardest, imo).  Good luck tryin’ to bang them out at the end)

2) Spiderman Push-ups (click  here for demonstration)

3) T Push-ups (click here for demonstration)

4) Diamond push-ups (click here for demonstration)

5) Bird Dog Push-ups (click here for demonstration)

6) Wide Grip Push-ups