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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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**

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Smoothie & Functional Cardio Core Workout

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 (Makes 2 Smoothies)

2 Sliced Green Apples

1/2 Cup Chopped Celery

1 Handful Raw Almonds

1/2 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

2 Tablespoons Slim Powdered Peanut Butter

1/4 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

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

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

– Raw Almonds: magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, copper, niacin and zinc (STACKED!!)

– Cinnamon: fiber, calcium, good for digestion

– Powdered Peanut Butter: protein, fiber and potassium

– Oats: fiber and protein

Today’s quick workout is a great functional cardio workout from Mike Chang (Six Pack Shortcuts) that really blasts the core in just 14 minutes.  Get to work.

All That Green Smoothie & Yoga Practice

Today’s smoothie is all green and all good.  Great way to start your day and get you going.

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1 Cup Organic Kale

1 Cup Chopped Organic Celery

1 Green Apple

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

1 Inch Piece of Organic Ginger

1 Cup Coconut Water

FOOD KEY

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

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

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

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

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

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

For today’s quick workout, I went with old favorite.  This is the first yoga routine I ever tried from Sadie Nardini, a/k/a the Rock Star of Yoga.  It’s not only a great full body practice, but is also only about 15 minutes.  Seems short, but you really feel it everywhere when you are done.

OPEN SESAME Banana Kale Smoothie & Bodyweight Exercise Routine

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 1 Sliced Banana (Frozen if you’re cool like that)

1 Cup Organic Kale

1 Tablespoon Tahini

1 Cup Celery

1/4 Cup Brazil Nuts

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

Food Key

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

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

– Tahini: protein, fiber, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, folate and copper

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

– Brazil Nuts: magnesium, potassium and zinc

 

It’s become increasingly apparent to me that I don’t need a gym membership in  order to stay in shape.  This is good news since I got a baby smoothie operator princess coming in a few weeks (YEAH!).  Cardio, Yoga, Pilates, even resistance training – you can do it all at home or better yet outside.  Here’s a great bodyweight exercise routine from HASfit that you can do anywhere.

Very Veggie Ginger Smoothie & A Tip About Warming Up

Today we get our vegetable on with an all-veggie smoothie. There’s really no better way, in my opinion, to get all the vegetables you need for a day than by throwing them all into a smoothie. Of course, that’s pointless if it tastes gross and you don’t want to eat it. This is where the liquid base can make all the difference. I used coconut water to add just a hint of sweetness to the smoothie. Ginger also adds a nice kick to any smoothie, which makes this great for a morning pick-me-up when you don’t feel hittin’ the caffeine first thing after waking up.  Enjoy!

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1 Cup Kale

1 Cup Celery

1 Cup Carrots

1 Inch Piece of Ginger

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

1 Cup Coconut Water

Food Key

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

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

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

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

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

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

WARMING UP – My advise about warming up is simply to DO IT before any strenuous workout.  I know this and of course, I still decided to jump into a workout over the weekend without warming up even a little.  My body was cooler than the other side of the pillow and I just got right at it.  I was doing a HIIT workout and right around burpee #8, I felt my hip tweak, and down I went.  I’ve mentioned my history with lower back and hip injuries, so I knew right away my workout for the day (and the rest of the weekend) was over.  As I type this a couple of days later, I’m still convalescing.  Warm ups are simple, yet effective ways to get your body ready for more rigorous activity.  Weather it’s 50-100 jumping jacks, running in place or shadow boxing for 5-10 minutes, make sure you get a little something in before getting into a heavy weight training session or bootcamp or HIIT workout.  Injuries suck, so do what you can to avoid them.

I often use mini workouts like the one below as a warm up.  Do each exercise for 30 seconds, resting 15 seconds in between exercises.