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Body After Baby: My Smoothie Secret

Smoothie Base

 

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 cucumber

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.

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Banana Oatmeal Peanut Butter Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

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.

Ingredients:

1 Banana

1 Tbsp Peanut Butter

1/4 cup Oatmeal

2 cups of Spinach

Ice

1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk (or water)

Directions:

Blend everything together and enjoy.

What’s your favorite smoothie?

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Body After Baby: Off and Running

I’m off and running. But so in the wrong direction.

Today Big Mac’s were buy one get one for 1 cent and my husband came home with these:

Trouble in a box

Turtles.

If there is one thing in this world that I love almost more than I love my children, it’s turtles.

In case you don’t know what turtles are, I’ll explain.  A turtle is a delicious confection beginning with nuts, usually pecans, but in my case cashews, covered with a soft caramel and then covered with chocolate.

You see my dilemma?

These things are big time trouble and in no way part of my Eat Clean diet. But that’s okay because I haven’t yet started my Eat Clean diet. With a 3 month old, a 4 year old and a soon to be six year old, all home for Christmas vacation, I haven’t yet made it to the grocery store.

All of that to say, that though I have started working out at the Y, I have yet to begin eating clean. I’m going to take a note from my sister (Life After 30) and rid my pantry of anything unclean (i.e., processed) and then hit up the grocery store and stock up on the good stuff.

I know that there will be temptations.  I know there will be days when my husband comes home with gigantic boxes of chocolate or when the drive thru seems easier than turning on the stove but I know that eating clean is something I can do. I’m ready. No more excuses.

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