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.

Cold Killer Smoothie & Yoga Twist Routine

Ugh, cold and flu season sucks!  Not only were this year’s flu shots completely worthless, but it has been a brutally cold February that has seen my entire household all get sick at once (GOOD TIMES!).  Since I didn’t want to keep popping Mucinex and DayQuil like Reese’s Pieces, I went looking for a smoothie recipe the cut the legs off my cold.  I found gold in an unlikely place…an MMA Radio Show.  The host of the show was giving props to his teammate’s father for hooking up with a recipe to help him get over  cold he couldn’t shake.  It was a juice recipe, but I made a smoothie out of it because that’s how I roll.  I would def recommend this receipt the next time you are sick.  It’s not the most delicious, but it does the job.  I felt like garbage before I tried this out.  I threw down a couple mason jars of “Cold Killer” and was well enough to dance in a Flashmob in NYC on Valentines Day.  That’s a whole other story, but for more details on this amazing event with a great cause, search the hashtag #DanceOutInLove.  See if you can spot me in the video!

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 (Makes 2 Smoothies)

4 Chopped Carrots

1 Sliced Apple

1 Inch piece of Ginger

1 Clove Garlic

2 Chopped Celery Stalks

2 Cups Water

FOOD KEY

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

– Apples: potassium, vitamin C and pectin (helps control cholesterol and blood sugar)

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

– Garlic: vitamins B1, B6, and C, manganese, copper, selenium, phosphorus and calcium (among countless other benefits)

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

Since I was getting over being sick, I eased back into my workouts with this great yoga routine from Sean Vigue.

Yoga Twist Routine

**Dance Out In Love Video Teaser**

Carrot Cake Smoothie & Quick Ab Slicer Workout

Hi everyone.  I know it’s been a while since I posted some smoothie goodness, but I have an awesome recipe for you today.  I LOVE carrot cake, and since my fridge was stocked with carrots, I decided to try to make a carrot cake smoothie.  I was a little shocked at how great it came out.  I could and did have this for breakfast and dessert later that day.  So as to not feel completely gluttonous, I “earned” my smoothie prize by doing a killer ab workout I found courtesy of Frank Medrano, probably the most ripped vegan on earth.  I even used the model he used for his workout to make a complementary workout that won’t leave your chest and legs feeling left out.  Do the workout, enjoy the smoothie.

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1 Cup Chopped Carrots

1 Sliced Apple

1 Inch Piece of Ginger

Handful of Raw Cashews (it’s what I had, but you can go with walnuts for more carrot cakeness)

2 Tablespoons Slim Powdered Peanut Butter

1/4 Cup Organic Steel Cut Oats

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

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

– Apples: potassium, vitamin C and pectin (helps control cholesterol and blood sugar)

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

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

– Powdered Peanut Butter: protein, fiber and potassium

– Oats: fiber and protein

Frank Medrano Ab Slicing Routine

*Bonus complementary workout*

Frank’s workout is great for the abs, but the chest, arms and legs should get some love, too.  Use the same 30 seconds cardio, then body weight exercise for reps model used in the video above, but…

A. Substitute burpees for the  the mountain climbers.  I did regular burpees for the first round, then single leg burpees for the next two sets (alternating legs, duh(, then repeat for the cycle for the next three rounds

B. Substitute push-ups for the ab exercises.  Mix it up by doing a different variation each round for anywhere from 15-20 reps.  I went with:

1) handstand push-ups against the wall (Do these first (hardest, imo).  Good luck tryin’ to bang them out at the end)

2) Spiderman Push-ups (click  here for demonstration)

3) T Push-ups (click here for demonstration)

4) Diamond push-ups (click here for demonstration)

5) Bird Dog Push-ups (click here for demonstration)

6) Wide Grip Push-ups

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Smoothie & Functional Cardio Core Workout

SMoothie Apple Celery Cinnamon

 (Makes 2 Smoothies)

2 Sliced Green Apples

1/2 Cup Chopped Celery

1 Handful Raw Almonds

1/2 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

2 Tablespoons Slim Powdered Peanut Butter

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)

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

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

– Cinnamon: fiber, calcium, good for digestion

– Powdered Peanut Butter: protein, fiber and potassium

– Oats: fiber and protein

Today’s quick workout is a great functional cardio workout from Mike Chang (Six Pack Shortcuts) that really blasts the core in just 14 minutes.  Get to work.

Powder Power Smoothie & Yoga/Abs Workout

Dessert is for breakfast today as this smoothie features food’s sexiest couple – peanut butter and chocolate.  I’ve raved about the Vitacost Slim Powdered Peanut Butter before, but chocolate has it’s own healthy powder version in the form of raw cacao powder.  Add in some bananas, almonds and of course some dark chocolate almond milk and you have a breakfast smoothie fit for dessert.  I also threw in a handful of spinach just because HEALTH.

Smoothie Powder Power

 1 Frozen, Sliced Banana

2 Tablespoons Vitacost Slim Powdered Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Raw Cacao Powder

1/4 Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Handful Raw Almonds

1 Handful Spinach

1 Cup Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Powdered Peanut Butter: protein, fiber and potassium

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

– Oats: fiber and protein

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

– 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!!)

For today’s workout I combined a 12 minute morning Yoga Practice from Sean Vigue and an 8 Minute Ab Workout from Fitness Blender.  Get to work.

1) Morning Yoga 

2) Eight Minute Abs

Pear Almond Oatmeal Smoothie & Pilates Routine

I don’t often use pears in my smoothies, and honestly, that’s a crime.  Every time I’ve made a smoothie with pears, it’s been among the tastiest I’ve tried.  This one is no different.  Do it.

Smoothie Pear Almond

 1 Sliced Pear

1 Handful Raw Almonds

1 Tablespoon Dried Goji Berries

1/4 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

– Pears: fiber, potassium and copper

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

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

– Oats: fiber and protein

I continue my series of quick (15-20 minute) workouts that are ideal for new parents like me (or anyone who doesn’t have a lot of time to get their fitness on in the mornings) with a great pilates for athletes routine from YouTube fitness guru Sean Vigue.

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.