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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Hawaiian Vacation Tropic Vodka Smoothie & Yoga Practice

Hey peeps.  I just got back from a family vacation in glorious Maui, Hawaii.  I found out the hard way that going on vacation with an infant is NOT the most relaxing way to travel.  Fortunately, Hawaii is still Hawaii, and it was as awesome as ever.  Our villa came equipped with a blender, so I was able to get my smoothie operations on in Maui.  Since I was on vacation, I decided to make this an adult smoothie and add some locally made organic vodka.  It’s organic, so that means it’s good for you, right?  I added some organic fruit from the local health food store for some tropic flavor and used good old almond milk as my liquid base.  Check it out.

PhotoGrid_1433810164339 1 Cup Frozen Strawberries

1 Banana

1/2 a Papaya

2.5 ml Ocean Organic Vodka (1/2 an airplane size bottle – use a whole bottle if you’re really feeling it)

1 Handful Ice Cubes

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

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

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Papayas: vitamins C & A, folate, fiber, magnesium, potassium & copper

– Vodka: reduces stress, relieves tooth aches, protects against heart disease (who knew?)

Yoga Practice

The only yoga I was doing after a couple of these smoothies was extended savasana (resting) pose :).  Aloha!

Dead Body Pose or Corps Pose at sunrise

Refreshing Watermelon Banana Strawberry Smoothie & Deep House Yoga Review

Today I decided to add watermelon to my smoothie arsenal of ingredients.  Watermelon is super refreshing and perfect for these warm, humid days that are upon us.  I mixed the melon some frozen bananas and strawberries plus some baby kale for some green lovin’.  I suggest having this smoothie before your morning workout as it will help reduce muscle soreness the next day.  Enjoy.

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2 Cups Pitted Watermelon

1 Sliced Banana (frozen)

1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberries

2 Cups Baby Kale

1/2 Cup Coconut Water

FOOD KEY

– Watermelon: vitamins A, B6 & C, lycopene, antioxidants & amino acids

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

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

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

– Coconut Water: improves digestion and metabolism, supports immune system

Deep House Yoga Review

New York City’s sickest nightclub is Verboten in Williamsburg, BK.  A few times a month, Verboten is also the dopest yoga studio you’ve ever seen.  Willkommen Deep House Yoga lets you bring your ohm to the dance floor.  I finally got the chance to take a class this week and it was as awesome as you’d expect.  Making the experience that much better was that one friend of mine was the instructor, while another actually provided the beats for the class.  The class was equal parts relaxing and challenging (WHOA), and the music was perfect for the setting.  The class is about an hour and is conveniently scheduled after work (7PM and 8:30 PM).  I highly recommend checking it out.

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Throwback Thursday Smoothie & 10 Minute Yoga Meltdown Workout

Today’s smoothie is a twist on the very first smoothie I ever made – Bananas, Mixed Berries, Peanut Butter & Almond Milk.  It’s pretty much the “Same Script, Different Cast,” with Powdered Peanut Butter and Almond Coconut Blend standing in for the originals.  Before you get your smoothie on, get a nice, quick yoga session in with another great practice from Sean Vigue Fitness.

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1 Cup Frozen Organic Mixed Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries and Raspberries

2 Tablespoons PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

1 Cup Almond Coconut Milk Blend

FOOD KEY 

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

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

– Blueberries: vitamins K & C, manganese, fiber and copper

– Blackberries: vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and copper

– Raspberries: vitamins C & A, potassium, magnesium and fiber

– Powdered Peanut Butter: protein, fiber and potassium

10 Minute Yoga Meltdown Workout

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