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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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!

Smoothie - Veggie

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.

Ron Burgundy Beet & Berry Smoothie

HEY EVERYONE!  Come and see how good I look….

Smoothie - Burgundy

(Makes 2 Smoothies)

I Cup Chopped Beets

1 Cup Frozen Mixed Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries)

2 Cups Organic Kale

1/2 Tablespoon Chia Seeds (in each smoothie)

2 Cups Coconut Water

Food Key

– Beets: potassium, vitamins A, B6 & C, magnesium, riboflavin, iron, copper, calcium, thiamine, folic acid, zinc and niacin (SUPER!!)

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

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

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

– Blackberries: vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and copper

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

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

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

His & Hers (or His & His or Hers & Hers) Chia Fruit Smoothies

Everything is better when you enjoy it with someone you love, including smoothies.   Do it.

Smoothie - Tropic Berry Chia

(Makes 2 Smoothies)

2 Bananas

1 Cup Diced Frozen Pineapple

1 Cup Strawberries

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds (in each smoothie)

2 Cups Coconut Water

Food Key

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

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

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

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

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

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Maca Banana Cocoa Protein Smoothie

Maca powder tastes pretty gross by itself, but if you mix into a smoothie with some better tasting ingredients, you get to reap the amazing benefits of maca without wanting to gag.  I found this delicious recipe on Healthy Smoothie Headquarters that mixes maca with bananas and cacao (two of my favorite smoothie staples), as well as chia, honey and protein powder.  This is a great pot-workout smoothie.  Enjoy.

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1 Chopped, Frozen Banana

1 Tablespoon Organic Maca Powder

2 Tablespoons Cacao Nibs

1 Scoop Soy-Free Vegetable Protein

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

1 Tablespoon Honey

1 & 1/2 Cups Vanilla Almond Milk

Food Key

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Maca: Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, C & E, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids (MEGA- STACKED!!).  Also a libido booster (OH YEAH!!)

– Cacao: protein, copper, potassium, vitamin B12, fiber and iron (STACKED!!)

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

– Honey: less calories than sugar, source of good carbs for strength and energy, good for digestion