Green chill smoothie & home boxing workout

Don’t call it a comeback! What’s up peeps. I know it’s been ages since I shared some smoothie goodness with you, but I’m back and promise not to neglect you anymore 🙂

Today’s smoothie comes with my awesome daughter’s seal of approval. Not only does it taste out of this world, but t was a quick and easy way to get her veggies for the day. I’ve been coming back to this smoothie repeatedly to make sure my baby girl gets her greens.

I’ve also included another great at-home boxing routine I found. You can do this anywhere, and it’s a great, fun alternative to doing cardio at the gym or outside, which isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. Enjoy, and I will see you again soon.

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1 cup frozen chopped spinach

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 Banana

2 tablespoons organic steel cut oats

2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter

1 cup vanilla almond milk

FOOD KEY

  • Spinach: vitamins A, B1,2,3 &6, C, E & K, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, potassium, fiber, phosphorous, zinc, protein and selenium (SUPER STACKED!!)
  • Celery: potassium, folic acid and vitamins C & B6
  • Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium
  • Oats: fiber and protein
  • Peanut Butter: protein, potassium, fiber, vitamins E & B6, and magnesium

Ultimate 20 Minute In Home Boxing Workout Round 2 (Click Link)

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One last smoothie for 2015…Kale, Banana, Blueberry, PB and Chocolate Smoothie, O YEAH!!

Hello smoothie lovers. I know I have been M.I.A. for a while now.  That whole life and being a father thing has kept me pretty busy. I could not, however, let the year end without dropping one more gem on you. With the help of my trusted Smoothie Operator Assistant, I whipped up this delicious smoothie that is delicious, healthy, and delicious (yeah, I said it twice). I also included a great boxing workout you can do from the comfort of your home. Enjoy the smoothie, and do the workout now or save it for your New Year’s Resolution to get back in shape or get in better shape..  Remember, it’s always summer somewhere.  See you in the One Six.

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1 Handful Lacinato Kale

1 Frozen Banana, sliced

1/4 Cup Frozen Blueberries

2 Tablespoons Steel Cut Oats

2 Tablespoons Powdered Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Raw Cacao Powder

1 Cup Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

  • Kale: vitamins, A, B6 &C, potassium, copper, folic acid, calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and zinc (MEGA-STACKED!!)
  • Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium
  • Blueberries: vitamins K & C, manganese, fiber and copper
  • Oats: fiber and protein
  • Peanut Butter: protein, potassium, fiber, vitamins E & B6, and magnesium
  • Cacao: protein, copper, potassium, vitamin B12, fiber and iron (STACKED)

Ultimate 20 Minute In Home Boxing Workout (Click link)

Pineapple Tropic Smoothie & Quick Crunch-Free Core Workout

So I was shopping for smoothie greens the other day when I came across a local brand of Baby Asian Blend greens.  I just happened to be shopping with my Asian baby, so I took it as a sign that I should take a break from Kale or Spinach.  I mixed these greens with some pineapple, banana and almond milk, with a little chia seed love for good measure.  My baby and I loved it.  Try it out for yourself.

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1 Cup Baby Asian Blend (bok choy, mizuna, tatsoi and mustard greens)

1 Cup diced pineapple

1 sliced banana

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

1 Cup Organic Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

– Bok Choy: vitamins A,B(1,2,3, & 6),C and K, potassium, folate, calcium, iron, fiber, magnesium, protein and zinc (STACKED!!!)

– Mizuna: vitamin C, folate, iron and antioxidants

– Tatsoi: vitamins A & C, calcium and antioxidants

– Mustard Greens: vitamins B(1,2 & 6), fiber, phosphorus, protein, iron, potassium, mangnesium and niacin (STACKED!!!) 

– Pineapples: vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and folic acid

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Chia Seeds: omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium

Quick Crunch-Free Core Workout

I put this together the other day.  I wanted a quick routine that worked the core without having to do the usual jackknifes, bicycle crunches, etc.  There’s only so many of those you can do :).

-30 Seconds Mountain Climbers

-10 Bird Dogs (each side)

-30 Seconds Cross Body Mountain Climbers (knees to opposite elbows)

-30 Seconds Swimming (Pilates, not in actual pool)

-30 Seconds Mountain Climbers

-10 Bird Dogs (each side)

-30 Seconds Cross Body Mountain Climbers (knees to opposite elbows)

-30 Seconds Leg Scissors

-30 Seconds Mountain Climbers

-10 Bird Dogs (each side)

-30 Seconds Cross Body Mountain Climbers (knees to opposite elbows)

-30 Seconds Plank Pushups

DONE

Drink the smoothie, do the workout…Hunter is watching you.

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Carrot Apple Ginger Smoothie & Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee) Workout

Carrot Apple Ginger is a popular juice recipe, so I figured I give it a try as a smoothie.  I used Flax milk for the first time as a liquid base, added some raw sunflower seeds for extra texture, cinnamon powder for a hint of sweetness and some kale for you know, health.  I enjoyed it, hope you will too.

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(Makes 2 Smoothies)

1 Sliced Organic Apple

3 Chopped Organic Carrots

1 Inch Piece of Ginger

2 Tablespoons Raw Sunflower Seeds

2 Cups Organic Kale

1 Tablespoon Cinnamon Powder

2 Cups Flax Milk

FOOD KEY

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

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

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

– Sunflower Seeds: vitamins B(1,3,6) and E, copper, selenium, phosphorus, folate and magnesium

– Kale: vitamins A, B6 &C, potassium, copper, folic acid, calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and zinc (MEGA-STACKED!!)

– Cinnamon: fiber, calcium, good for digestion

– Flax Milk: vitamins A, B12 & D, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, and is lactose and cholesterol free 

Jeet Kune Do Workout

Today’s workout is a classic body weight only routine I found on the @JeetKuneDoAcademy Instagram page.  Jeet Kune Do was the martial art invented and taught originally by Bruce Lee.  If you’ve ever seen a picture of Bruce Lee, you know he was in pretty decent shape.  Now I’m not saying that drinking this smoothie and doing this workout will get you in Bruce Lee shape, but I am not saying it won’t :).  I went for 5 sets the first time I tried this workout.  Go for 10.

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Red & Green (Not Just For Christmas Anymore) Smoothie & HIIT Lower Body Workout

Hey there peeps, no long time no see.  It pains me to think how long it’s been since I shared some smoothie goodness with you, but life (and fatherhood) haven’t left me with much time to post.  Today’s smoothie is the product of circumstance.  The only things ingredients I had in the fridge that day were red apples, strawberries, celery and kale.  I never combined apples and strawberries, so i figured I’d give it a go.  I also decided to kick it up a notch with some cinnamon powder and powdered peanut butter.  The results were so good, that I made this smoothie for 2 consecutive days.  Give it a try and lemme know what you think.

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2 cups Organic Kale

1 Red Apple (Cored)

1 Cup Organic Celery

1/2 Cup Organic Strawberries

1 Tablespoon Cinnamon Powder

2 Tablespoons Slim Powdered Peanut Butter

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

FOOD KEY:

– Kale: vitamins, A, B6 &C, potassium, copper, folic acid, calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and zinc (MEGA-STACKED!!)

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

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

– Strawberries: vitamins C & B5, potassium, folic acid and magnesium

– Cinnamon: fiber, calcium, good for digestion

– Powdered Peanut Butter: protein, fiber and potassium

Today’s workout is a super quick HIIT workout that focuses on the lower body.  It’s only 10 minutes, but I was definitely feeling it afterwards.  It incorporates some of my least favorite, albeit most effective, exercises including the dreaded star jumps.  Enjoy, lol.

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**

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