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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A Couple of My Favorite People Smoothie

I’m following my favorite things smoothie from a couple days ago with a smoothie dedicated to a couple of my favorite people – my brother Phil & his lovely new bride Gatisa. They got married over the weekend and yours truly was the best man (or The Groomsmen Operator). Not only was it a fun-filled weekend set in the beautiful backdrop of Santa Cruz, California, but the newlyweds also gave out what is likely to be the best, most-used wedding favor in history (by me anyway) – a large-and-in-charge monogrammed mason jar! I wanted to make sure the first smoothie I drank out of my new favorite glass was a winner, and to be honest…I CRUSHED IT!!  Check it out and see for yourself.

Smoothie - P&G

 

1/2 Cup Chopped Banana (Frozen if you’re cool like that)

1/2 Cup Frozen Pineapple

1 Cup Baby Spinach

1 Handful Raw Cashews

1 Tablespoon Goji Berries

1/4 Cup Organic Steel Cut Oats

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

 

Food Key

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

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

– 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!!)

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

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

– Oats: fiber and protein

 

 

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

Hawaiian TropiKale Smoothie

Hawaiian TropiKale Smoothie

 1 Cup Kale

1 Cup Frozen Pineapple/Mango Mix

1 Handful Raw Almonds

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!!)

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

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

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

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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!!)

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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Pineapple Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie

Today’s refreshing fruit smoothie comes courtesy of my wife, Mrs. Smoothie Operator.  Enjoy!

Smoothie - Pineapple Strawberry Yogurt

1 Cup Chopped Frozen Pineapple

1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberries

1 Fat Free Vanilla Yogurt

1 Cup Coconut Water

Food Key

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

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

– Yogurt: vitamins B2 & B12, protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium and probiotics (good bacteria that boosts the immune system and helps digestion)

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

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