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.

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Peanut Butter Banana Date Smoothie, HIIT Workout & A BABY!

Hey everyone, sorry I haven’t posted any smoothie goodness in the last few weeks. Been kinda busy…WITH MY NEW DAUGHTER!!! Mrs. Smoothie Operator gave birth to my beautiful baby girl a few weeks ago, and I have been enjoying fatherfood ever since. Finding time to make and post smoothies and exercise has been tricky, but I have a great one for you today.  Enjoy!

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1 Cup Spinach

1 Chopped Banana

1/4 Cup Organic Steel Cut Oats

2 Pitted Dates

1 Tablespoon Natural 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!!)

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Oats: fiber and protein

– Dates: fiber, magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants

– Peanut Butter: protein, potassium, fiber, vitamins E & B6, and magnesium

Since we brought the baby home,  I have much less time to myself in the mornings, so I’ve had to adjust my morning workouts.  I’ve searched for the quickest (15-20 minutes), most efficient workouts I could find and will be sharing them with all of you.  First up is a great 15 minute HIIT workout from Fitness Blender.

Should I lift weights, yoga-cize, or do cardio? The answer is YES!!

You often hear about how yoga gives you nice long muscle, as opposed to the bulkier muscle you get from lifting weights.  Well, what happens if you do both at the same time?  Sean Vigue helps you find out with this great yoga practice that includes the use of some light dumbbells.  You get the normal benefits of yoga, while adding some extra resistance with the weights.

Muscle Shredding Power Yoga Workout With Weights

A great follow-up to that routine is this short (roughly 11 minutes) Full Body High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout from yoga marvel Ali Kamenova.

HIIT Tabata Full Body Workout

You just got some weight training, some yoga, and some cardio on in a little over 30 minutes.  Hungry?  Go make a smoothie. 🙂

 

Hump Day Cardi-Yoga Workout & Smoothie

I started the day with a quick High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout from Fitness Blender.  Really built a nice sweat, and worked all the major muscles in less than 15 minutes.

Fat Burning HIIT Cardio Workout

Next up was a full body vinyasa yoga practice by another great YouTube Yogi, Ali Kamenova.  Some of the poses are a bit challenging, but you can modify to suit your ability.  I was a sweaty mess after this routine, but my whole body felt great afterwards.  She focuses a lot on abs in this routine, so it’s a nice practice if you are looking to work that midsection.

Full Body Vinyasa Flow

Today’s smoothie is simple, refreshing, and really orange.

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(Makes 2 Smoothies)

1 Cup Chopped Carrots

2 Little Pears

1 Inch Piece of Ginger

1 Orange

2 Cups Water

Food Key

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

– Pears: fiber, potassium and copper

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

– Oranges: vitamin C and potassium

Thirsty Thursday Post-HIIT Workout Smoothie

Tirsty Thursday Post-HIIT Workout Smoothie

1 Cup Chopped Pineapple

1 Pear

1 Inch Piece of Ginger

1 Cup Chopped Celery

1 Cup Good Ol’ Fashion H20

So refreshing after a quick killer workout that left me a sweaty mess.

High Intensity Interval Training is just the best for getting a nice, quick cardio/bodyweight exercise routine in. Perfect when you don’t have an hour+ to get your fitness groove on.

Food Key

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

– Pears: fiber, potassium and copper

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

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