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.

Smoothie Green

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.

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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!

Smoothie baby

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.

Slim PB Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Smoothie plus Yoga For Weightlifters

Today’s smoothie once again features the Slim Powdered Peanut Butter Mrs. Smoothie Operator found for me on Vitacost.  I pretty much put this sh!+ on everything.  The powdered peanut butter takes one of my favorite oatmeal smoothies, apples & cinnamon, to the next level of deliciousness (without taking it to the next level of fatness).  Enjoy!

Smoothie - Apple Cinn PB

 1 Apple

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

2 Tablespoons SLIM Powdered Peanut Butter

1 Handful Brazil Nuts

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)

– Cinnamon: fiber, calcium, good for digestion

– Powdered Peanut Butter: protein, fiber and potassium

– Brazil Nuts: magnesium, potassium and zinc

– Oats: fiber and protein

It’s been a while since I posted any workout videos, but I felt compelled to share this great yoga routine from Ali Kamenova.  I had been doing HIIT routines continuously all summer and my body had gotten pretty tight, not to mention fatigued.  I felt like a good yoga practice would help get me right and I couldn’t have asked for a better one than this Yoga for Bodybuilders/Weightlifters routine.  After all the pushups and burpees and jackknife crunches, this was just what  the doctor ordered.

A Few Of My Favorite Things Smoothie

Today’s smoothie has pretty much all of my favorite ingredients in it.  Just like in life and poker, sometimes you gotta go ALL IN.

Smoothie - Everything

1 Handful Raw Almonds

1 Scoop Soy-Free Vegetable Protein Powder

1/2 Cup Organic Steel Cut Oats

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

1 Tablespoon Goji Berries

1 Tablespoon Organic Peanut Butter

2 Tablespoons Raw Cacao Nibs

1 Sliced Banana

 (Got all that?)

Food Key

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

– Oats: fiber and protein

– Goji Berries: amino acids, fiber, vitamin C, iron, calcium, zinc and selenium (STACKED!!)

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

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

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

 

Blueberry Pineapple Oatmeal Smoothie

I wasn’t sure how well blueberries and pineapple would mix, but they blended better than I ever would have guessed.  This turned out to be one of the simpler oatmeal smoothies I’ve made, but it certainly isn’t lacking in the flavor department.  Enjoy!

Smoothie - Bluberry Pineapple

 

1 cup Mixed Frozen Pineapple and Blueberries

1 Handful Cashews

1/4 Cup Organic Steel Cut Oats

1 Cup Almond Milk

Food Key

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

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

– Cashews: copper, phosphorous, manganese, magnesium, zinc and protein

– Oats: fiber and protein

Peanut Butter & BRRR-y Breakfast of Champions Smoothie

Today’s smoothie is not only ridiculously delicious and nutricious, but also makes a great post-workout protein shake.  I put a nice, moderate workout together using three YouTube Videos from the peeps at Fitness Blender.  I took a brutal kickboxing class at Title Boxing Club earlier this week that is still whipping my ass, so a moderate workout is all I could handle this morning.  It’s low impact, but really hits the core nicely and then cools you down with a little yoga/pilates remix.  The whole thing takes about 30 minutes.  Try the workout, enjoy the smoothie.

1. No Impact Cardio Workout

2. Killer at Home Chest Workout

3. Yoga Pilates Stretch Workout

and now the reward…

Smoothie - PB & Brrry

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

1Sliced Banana

1 Tablespoon Organic Peanut Butter

1 Handful Raw Almonds

1/4 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Scoop Soy-Free Vegetable Protein Powder

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

Food Key

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

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

– Blackberries: vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and copper

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

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

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

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

– Oats: fiber and protein

Post-Workout TropiKale PrOATein Smoothie

I woke up this morning and decided it was Mega-Burpee or “Man-Maker” Day (still cringe at that ridiculous name).  Forgot what Man-Makers are?  Let me refresh your memory.

Man Maker Demo

I advise using anywhere from 5 lb to 20+ lb dumbbells depending on how Hulk-Mode you’re feeling.  I used 10’s for 5 sets.  10’s may sound light, but trust me, they feel like 20’s by the last set.  Once you’re done, nothing better after a strength workout than a nice protein shake.  Today’s smoothie is a refreshing and filling oatmeal protein smoothie.  It’s got a bit of everything from greens to fruit to oats and then some.  DO IT.

Smoothie - PrOATein

1 Cup Frozen Chopped Pineapple/Mango Mix

1/4 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Scoop Soy Free Vegetable Protein

1 Cup Organic Kale

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

Food Key

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

– Mangoes: vitamins A, B6, C, & E, antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, potassium and copper

– Oats: fiber and protein

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

Reese’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time Oatmeal Smoothie

I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches.  I make oatmeal smoothies on the regular.  This was meant to happen.

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1 Cup Frozen Blueberries

1 Frozen, Sliced Banana

1 Tablespoon Organic Peanut Butter

1 Scoop Soy-Free Vegetable Protein Powder

1/2 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Cup Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

Food Key

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

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

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

– Oats: fiber and protein

PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME!!!

You Can’t Do That To Oatmeal!!

Just for the hell of it I decided to add kale to my oatmeal smoothie today.  While it had pretty much zero effect on the taste, it did manage to turn my oatmeal a shade of green reminiscent of the slime they used to dump on people on Nickelodeon’s “You Can’t Do That On Television.”  The kale may not have effected the taste, but the apples and sunflower seed butter definitely hooked it up.

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1 Cup Kale

1 Sliced Apple

1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seed Butter

1/4 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

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)

– Sunflower Seed Butter: vitamin E and iron

– Oats: fiber and protein