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

Beach Muscle (Chest and Abs) Workout

With as night and day as the weather has been, it’s easy to forget that summer is just around the corner.  That (hopefully) means plenty of sun and beach time.  This workout I threw together will help you get a little closer to where you’d like to be once the warm weather is finally here to stay (well for a couple months, anyway).  We start with a cardio warm up from our friends at Fitness Blender, and then blast the core with Mike Chang (Six Pack Shortcuts).

Quick Sweat Cardio Burst

Bodyweight 250 Rep Chest Workout

Don’t be ashamed to modify this workout (like I did) by doing different pushup variations or less reps.  3 sets each of 3 different kinds of pushups should do the job.  Mike Chang is a beast and not everyone can plow through this routine like he does.

Brutal Cardio Ab Routine

You should be totally spent now.  Go make a smoothie :).