At the beginning of the summer a friend and I decided to start working out. We’re both members of the YMCA. And it’s really great because we drop our kids off at camp and check our younger sons into the Child Watch. Then we are free to work out for two hours. I find that running on a treadmill or an elliptical isn’t much fun or motivating. It also helps to have a workout buddy to go to the gym with. Now that we’ve been at this for a few weeks we’ve tried several different classes, like, Zumba, Aqua Zumba ,piloxing (a good one!), step…but my favorite so far is R.I.P.P.ED!
R.I.P.P.E.D stands for resistance, intervals, power, polymetrics, and endurance. This class is the real deal! It is set to some awesome music and when you leave you will be tired and drenched in sweat. Every time I take the class, I find it feels harder than the last time. R.I.P.P.E.D. in the metro Richmond area is taught by a mother daughter duo. And they are FIT! They have some awesome fit bodies and they keep you engaged during the class. And I want to do everything they tell me because they look so good!
If you have a R.I.P.P.E.D. class in your area I suggest you go! What is your favorite cardio class?
In an effort to make things easier for myself, I made a smoothie base. I’m a busy mother of three little girls who are out of school for the summer, so long drawn out periods of time spent with vegetables is pretty much out of the question. So today, as I unpacked my produce, I got a genius idea. I can just make a smoothie base.
What is a smoothie base you ask? Well let me break it down.
It’s pretty much taking the prep work out of making smoothies, while packing in as much nutrition as possible. I made a pitcher of these blended veggies that I can pour into the blender, add fruit and ice to make my smoothie. Easy.
What you’ll need:
4 Kale leaves
1/2 bunch parsley
3 cups of spinach
4 stalks of celery
I just blended all these up and poured into a pitcher. This should last about 48 hours and probably about 3-4 smoothies. Just add your fruit (bananas, berries, etc.) and even protein powder. I actually found this recipe on a juicing website and it’s supposed to energize you just as much as a cup of coffee. Sign me up! I’m trying to kick my bad caffeine habit for awhile now.
It really saves time from having to blend up a ton of different things to make one smoothie and I added a lot of great ingredients right off the bat.
I really don’t like to cook. Which is why I’ve always been a big consumer of convenience foods and fast food. Those habit have lead to weight gain. To change that I know I have to cook at home.
Green beans and shrimp
So this is what I eat for lunch. Green beans sauteed in olive oil and then I added some shrimp. It was quick, easy, and tasty! Score!
This smoothie is my post work out go to smoothie. It’s easy and it tastes pretty good. Since I work out after breakfast and before lunch, I find that it holds me over for a pretty good amount of time. Plus I almost always have these ingredients on hand.
Awhile back I tried the Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse and it was an epic fail. All I could think about was food. I couldn’t watch TV, check out pinterest or even cook lunch for my girls without a major struggle. Even though that cleanse was a fail, I have continued to make smoothies, incorporating at least one into my day. The energy boost is amazing.
1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Oatmeal
2 cups of Spinach
1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk (or water)
Blend everything together and enjoy.
What’s your favorite smoothie?