Aussie Love & Neverending Smoothie Bowls

Hey guys! Are you ready to party?

Yep, it’s that fabulous time of week again…

Happy What I Ate Wednesday…with a new theme!

“Sensible Snacking!”

Be sure to pop on over to Peas & Crayons and show a little support for our hostess with the mostest! Thanks Jenn, for all the work you do each week so that we can all party hardy!

I have to say, yesterday was pretty darn delicious…

Breakfast:
ONE cup of coffee (I’ve been working scaling back a bit and I have to say, it’s been easier than I thought it would be), Incredible eggs, 1/2 a peach sprinkled with cinnamon, and a whole wheat English muffin schmeared with butter and cream cheese

and….

Aussie love in the form a squeeze tube!

A HUGE thank you to Lizzi for showing me that Vegemite is like 110% better than Marmite…sorry to my Brits, but it’s true!

I enjoyed it again for breakfast this morning…as I probably will the rest of the week!

“Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi! Oi! Oi!”

Sensible Snack #1:
Handful of baby carrots and my newest savory snack addiciton…
Sahale’s Tuscan Almonds!

I picked found these babies on sale near the bulk bin section at Whole Foods and I’ve been hoarding saving them for a special day random Monday…

Close your eyes and you’ll SWEAR you’re eating cheesy buttery garlic bread in an outdoor bistro in the middle of Italy!

Now if only I could get my hands on the BBQ flavor!

Sensible Snack #2
Unpictured 100 calorie pack Smart Pop Popcorn
Just a little something to tide me over until lunch…ya know, so I didn’t chew my arm off!

Lunch:
Delicious Which Wich leftovers and a cup of super-sweet, juicy pineapple

Sensible Snack #3 (Preworkout):
Blueberry Pure Bar*

*BOGO free sale on the variety boxes running until the end of the month!

OMG was this was good…
Like, close-your-eyes-tilt-your-head-and-moan good! 😉

For the record, I’m pretty sure this is what the blueberry muffin Larabar is trying to be!

I actually savored every last bite (where I usually woof down a bar like this in like 3 bites) on my way to the gym after work. Once I got there, I gathered my keys, water bottle, earbuds, and ???

Yep, I totally forgot my gym bag at home!

On the way home to get my bag (that was waiting oh so conveniently on the kitchen table), I decided the day was just TOO nice to stay indoors. So I walked the 1/2 a mile to the park up the road and did THIS workout surrounded my trees, birds, and a cool (and MUCH needed) breeze!

Fitness Blender’s workouts are NO joke! I was smoked after the hour it took me to complete this circuit 3 times AND I’m more than feeling the burn today!

All I wanted after my workout was a shower and something COLD!

Green smoothie to the rescue!

The “Great Pumpkin”  Green Smoothie

by Heather Powers

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Ingredients (1 LARGE serving)

  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 cup leftover juice pulp (optional)*
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3-5 drops liquid Stevia (optional)
  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/8 teaspoon guar gum*Acts as a great thickener and is a good way to use up leftover pulp! If not using, decrease water by
1/4-1/2 cup.

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smoothie and creamy.

Add some crunch with a topping of cereal/granola and a good drizzle of nut butter!

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Notice the name “Great Pumpkin”?

Well, that’s not JUST for it’s great flavor and texture…nope, this baby was
1 1/2 quarts (1.4 liters) of creamy refreshing goodness!

Needless to say there was no room for dessert later on that night! 😉

Water Count: ……

Remember how one of my goals for June was to aim for 4 liters (about a gallon) of water a day? Well, let’s just say, so far I’m exceeding my expectations…

I lost count after FIVE LITERS!

AND I’ve had about SIX liters today! I’m really starting to realize what they say about drinking water before a meal is true…I’ve felt much more satisfied and even slowed down during my meals since I’ve upped the water intake. Win win!

Have you ever tried Vegemite or Marmite? Which do you prefer?

What is your favorite AND least favorite leg move?
LOVE = Lunges
HATE = Jumping Lunges or Star Jacks
(Who am I kidding, I pretty much despise all plyometric exercises…because I’m a whiner! ;)) 

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