Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wednesday Wellness + Smoothies

Happy Wednesday, lovelies! Sorry that I have been absent the past few days, sometimes life just needs all of my attention. Yesterday Bryan unexpectedly took the day off, so I was a very happy wifey. Hunting season Duck season is over, so at least some hunting things can be moved and tucked away. We did not get to ride the mountain bike trail over the weekend like I had mentioned, but we did get to ride it yesterday afternoon. The weather could not have been more perfect-I wore shorts!

My sister and I have both kicked it into high gear in our fitness routines. She has never been a runner, and for the first time is running! That makes me giddy, because I prefer running over any other source of exercise. We have both been cooking much healthier, too. It seems to me that if you take the time to exercise, why would you turn around and put junk back into your body? I do not keep a food journal, but I know that they help many people who are trying to lose weight. I do use a fitness app on my IPhone called RunKeeper that keeps up with all of my daily workouts. If nothing else, it is wonderful to have a friend who can hold you accountable and give encouragement.

For me, the two areas that need work on (minus the cardio) are my arms and abs. I ordered a new ab workout dvd that should be arriving any day.

With all of the wonderful resources that the Internet provides, there is no reason to make healthy food boring food. Gina's Skinny Recipes is one of my go-to places to look when I need a little creative help. I have yet to make anything that has not been liked.

This picture and its words have been my inspiration lately. I think I should print it and post it somewhere on a mirror.


For me, smoothies are yummy after a hard workout. I eat breakfast around 6:30am, so if I go to the gym at 7:30, I am starving by the time I get home. Here are two of my newest favorites. I have actually used the peanut butter one for breakfast a few days. I have never used protein, but it would be great added to either of these to help sustain you until lunch.

Morning Smoothie

1 banana
4-5 strawberries
1/2 c. blueberries
1 peach, peeled
 1cup fresh spinach
splash soy milk
1 TBSP Greek yogurt
2 tsp honey
1/2 cup crushed ice

Blend everything together in a blender.

(The morning I took this picture I did not use a peach or strawberries. I also substitute agave nectar for honey.)

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

2 bananas sliced and frozen
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup milk

Blend the oats in the blender first, until they reach a powder consistency. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until the bananas are smooth.

Do you have any smoothie recipes that are wonderful? I would love for you to share them. Please post them in a comment or leave a link the where the recipe can be found. Have a great day!


  1. Those smoothies look excellent! I love banana and peanut butter. I will have to try one!

  2. i love this post!
    im one of those who think you make abs in the gym, i was wrong :)

    by the way girly, im doing my very first blog link-up! if you would like to join :) would love to have your talent posted :)

  3. Yummy! I love smoothies, but don't make them as often as I should. I think the PB addition would be great. I have been trying to eat more protein in my diet!

  4. I'm slowly but surely trying to get back in shape! I'm a huge spin class addict, but don't have the money right now to join a gym so I'm trying to stay motivated with exercises I can do outside or from home! This post provided some good inspiration!

  5. Those smoothies look terrific! Great post : )

  6. Oh how I love this post! I posted about a green smoothie this morning! I'll definitely have to try these recipes out.

  7. Those smoothies look great. Love the inspirational pics and quotes in this post! I try to do Tracy Anderson Method DVD's at least 2x a week (3 when I was being really good) and cardio 4-5x. The food aspect is just so tough for me though! Let us know what DVD you use if you like it, I'm always wondering what at-home workouts people like!

  8. Yum! I really need to start making these for myself & Cameron.

  9. Quick question - I'm not a big spinach lover but it seems to me that with all the fruit, you might not taste the spinach. What say you?

  10. Thanks for the reminder about p.b & banana smoothies. I hadn't thought of adding oats. Great idea...
    Here's a link for the recipe for one of my other favourite smoothies..