Before we start: I met a blog reader in Pagosa Springs on Sunday who was going to be spending 3 days in Durango – just want to say I hope you enjoyed the town and found some great hiking trails!
Now, on to a quick note about the workout I posted yesterday. I said to do the moves as hard as you can for 50 seconds but let me clarify and say as hard as you can while still maintaining proper form. There’s no point in pushing yourself if you aren’t doing it right…it won’t help you get stronger and it can be very dangerous and lead to injury (I laid in bed last night worrying about that!).
Ok now that I feel better, I have something funny to share. I was at the gym bright and early this morning doing Epic Cardio from For the GLOW….and I shorted out TWO treadmills!! Apparently I was just going so hard the treadmills couldn’t take it. I was only slightly embarrassed (I am the new girl at the gym after all) but I was secretly feeling a little badass….even the machines can’t keep up with me!
I followed the Epic Cardio with a quick upper body routine where I managed to not break anything else!
- Chest Presses
- Chest Flyes
- Skull Crushers
- Bicep Curls
- Shoulder presses with leg kick
- Upward Rows
It’s no secret that I love smoothies – especially of the protein variety. Today I created a new smoothie that I was nervous about but it turned out better than I had hoped. This is a perfect post-workout drink that contains a great mix of protein and complex carbohydrates to replenish and refuel your sweaty body (if you want to throw a little healthy fat in the mix I think both peanut butter and coconut oil would be good in this). I also added ample cinnamon which has been shown to help keep blood sugar levels from spiking.
Sweet Potato Protein Smoothie
- 1/2 cooked sweet potato, chilled**
- 1/2 green apple
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- Splash vanilla
- Stevia, optional (or sweetener of choice, pure maple syrup would be awesome)
- 1.5 cups almond milk
- Ice (this is best very cold)
- Throw everything but the sweet potato in the blender and run until smooth. Add the sweet potato in last for a nice, creamy texture.
**You could always use raw sweet potato, if you don’t have a high speed blender I would recommend dicing into small cubes. I just happened to have leftover baked sweet potato to use. Additionally, you could steam the sweet potato before use, just make sure to let it cool a bit. There are few things worse than a warm smoothie.
After snapping a quick picture of the beautiful orange color, I came back inside to add some spinach. My husband then accused me of smoothie-ing under false pretenses but I assured him I would share the ugly green smoothie with you too!
If you’re not worrying about making it look pretty (for certain blog readers) then go ahead and add a handful of greens to this smoothie as well…as usual, spinach works perfectly – you can’t even taste it. I know it’s a weird combo…but it is so delicious! I tried convincing my husband but there’s no way in a million years he could ever think that a smoothie with sweet potato and spinach is a good thing. Next time you have leftover sweet potato I strongly recommend giving this a try
Now it’s time to check out American Idol. By the way…I predicted this top 3 weeks ago! You all know that I absolutely love my little mini-Dave (Phillip) but I’m really not sure who I want to win….it’s either him or Joshua.
Who do you want to with American Idol?