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.

Slim PB & J Chocolate Smoothie

While Mrs. Smoothie Operator was re-upping on vitamins and snacks on Vitacost.com, she came across an item that she thought I would love…PEANUT BUTTER SLIM Powdered Peanut Butter!  I generally subscribe to the idea that anything “lite” or “diet” tastes gross, or is just loaded with artificial sweeteners or other crap that  lowers the calorie intake but is otherwise awful for you.  Still, I had to see for myself.  I checked the ingredients, and there is nothing in it but roasted peanuts, a little salt (90 mg/serving) and a pinch of sugar (1g/serving).  I was super-psyched to try it with some of peanut butter’s best friends (bananas, berries and CHOCOLATE!!!).  Unsurprisingly, results were fantastic.  Check it out!

Smoothie - Slim PB

 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter Slim Powdered Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Sun Dried Goji Berries

1/4 Cup Organic Blueberries

Handful Raw Brazil Nuts

1 Sliced Banana

1 Cup Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

Food Key

– Powdered Peanut Butter: protein, fiber and potassium

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

– Brazil Nuts: magnesium, potassium and zinc

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

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

Here’s a side by side nutritional fact comparison of Vitacost Powdered Peanut Butter and Trader Joe’s Unsalted Peanut Butter.  

PB Comparison

 Thanks again Mrs. Smoothie Operator!!

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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

 

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

The Everything Bagel of Smoothies

I was having a bit of trouble deciding what ingredients to put into today’s smoothie, so I just put everything in it. You got your fruit, your nuts, your oats…you got it all. Tastes delicious, too. Enjoy.

Smoothy - Everything

 1 Cup Mixed Frozen Fruit (Mangoes & Bananas)

1 Cup Fresh Blueberries

1/4 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Scoop Soy-Free Vegetable Protein

1 Tablespoon Organic Peanut Butter

1 Handful Raw Cashews

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

Food Key

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

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

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

– Oats: fiber and protein

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

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

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!!!

Maca PB&J Oatmeal Smoothie & Suns Out, Guns Out/100 Rep Squat Double Feature

I wrap up my Double Feature series with 1, 2 combo from Fitness Blender that’ll tone up those arms and legs as we head into tank top and shorts season.  The arm video requires dumbbells.  Choose whatever weights suit your goals.  The leg routine is 100 squats – 10 sets of 10 different variations, all bodyweight.  Do it.

Tank Top Arms Workout

100 Rep Squat Challenge

Today’s smoothie is a twist on the greatest sandwich ever invented, Peanut Butter Jelly.  Enjoy!

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

1 Tablespoon Organic Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Organic Maca Powder

1/3 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Tablespoon Honey

1 & 1/2 Cups Vanilla Almond Milk

1 Scoop Soy-Free Vegetable Protein

Food Key

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

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

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

– Blackberries: vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and copper

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

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

– Oats: fiber and protein

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