Green Smoothies & Quick Workout

A couple of months ago, I started freaking out about my skin. For some reason, I felt like I needed an expensive cream or “solution” to prevent my skin from ageing or looking “blah”. My husband, being the more reasonable of the two of us, told me to take a few days to think about spending a couple of hundred dollars (I know!) on a cream. I had spoken to my running/spinning/workout buddy, Christie, previously, about juicing and getting all of our greens in and, at her baby shower, another friend told me about the Glowing Green Smoothie – This must be fate! After doing some research, I figured that saving up for a good blender or juicer would be a better long-term investment than having to rely on a really expensive face cream.

As I said in a previous post, we recently purchased a Vitamix so that we could have green smoothies every day – or any type of delicious smoothie that makes eating a bunch of vegetables more palatable. After a week or two of having one to two glasses a day, my husband started thinking that I wore makeup to bed because my skin looked different. A couple of weeks later, other people noticed. It is so healthy and my dark circles are not as dark as before. Moreover, no more monthly breakouts! Funny how getting your fruits & veggies makes your skin and body look and feel amazing. It’s funny how logical this is, but how I’d never tried this before!

Seriously, eat your veggies and you won’t need crazy expensive creams to look and feel great!

Anyways, here’s the recipe we use for Kimberly Snyder’s “Glowing Green Smoothie”  (Makes about 3 magic bullet containers)

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– 1 1/2 – 2 cups water
– 1 romaine lettuce heart chopped
– 2 handfuls of spinach
– 3-4 celery stalks (sticks) chopped
– 1 organic apple cored and chopped
– 1 organic pear cored and chopped
– 1/3 bunch of cilantro*
– 1/3 bunch of parsley*
– 1 organic banana
– juice of half a lemon (or a few squeezes of lemon juice)

* optional

Step 1: Add water, romaine and spinach and blend
Step 2: Add celery, apple and pear and blend
Step 3: Add cilantro and parsley and blend
Step 4: Add banana and lemon and blend

Just a note: I’ve tried it without the herbs and it didn’t taste as good (IMO) and I’ve tried it without the romaine and it wasn’t as good. However, feel free to play around with the recipe and let me know what creations you’ve come up with! Oh, and beware: if you add berries, the drink turns into an interesting color – still tastes good though!

We’ve been super busy over the last couple of weeks with my grandfather in the hospital (he should be fine and home Saturday!!!), so it’s been even more difficult to get my workouts in and eat healthy. I came up with this shorter workout based on a set my trainer had me do. You don’t really need anything for this, but I used a 5lb medicine ball as I forgot to bring a kettlebell. If done indoors, a treadmill is preferred (or anything that can be used to get your heart rate up) . This workout took about 40 minutes and I burned about 10 calories a minute.

Quick Workout:

Warm up – 5 mins @ 5.5 mph on treadmill (jogging pace)

1 min sprint @ 7.0 – 8.0 mph
walking lunges one way (substitute with split squats right leg forward x 8-10)  – sometimes I added pulses or weights
10 jump squats or regular squats
walking lunges back (substitute with split squats left leg forward  x 8-10)
Repeat x 7

10 mins – walk on treadmill @ 3.5 mph on 6-9 incline

Cool down/stretch

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Pre-cool down – not bad!

It’s finally starting to feel like spring. In hopes of the weather genies keeping it this way, here’s a pic of me enjoying the Hawaiian sun during our honeymoon in September. I wish I could jump into this picture and be in Maui right now… *sigh*

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Hope you’re having a great week!

A.