We’ve been marinating in our own creative juices & cooking up something new for 2016!!!
…is considered a smoothie or “lunch” to me, that is.
Making juice is a lot of work. I prefer something “meatier” (aka: thicker) in consistency and quite frankly, could use the extra fiber and vitamins that are extracted when juicing. So I throw everything into a blender (VitaMix or Blendtec) and start to finish I’m done in five minutes tops.
^ This drink I posted on IG the other week. This pic depicts about as much of it as I could choke down. Not much. It was awful!
Ingredients: Maca powder, Vega vanilla protein, frozen mixed berries, fresh lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, frozen spinach…actually I can’t remember what else. I think it was the Vega + ACV combination. Will.Not.Do.Again.
Actually, I’m not a fan of the Vega. Bought it because it was vanilla (mixes easier with fruit & veggie blends than say, chocolate) and I couldn’t find my other vegan protein “go to” -Orgain!
I am, of recent, a fan of the ACV! I take it, my dog takes it, and on occasion…my husband drinks it (when prepared for him and usually with a lot of water, honey, and lemon in there too).
However, in most of my “blends” I’m keeping the protein powder and the ACV separate. I like to make a blend with frozen berries, frozen spinach, maca powder, ginger root, lemon juice and ACV. Option: celery, cucumber, apples, kale instead of spinach, etc. Everything organic.
If I want/need the protein powder, I make something with the chocolate Orgain, a banana and the maca. Or a “vanilla” version with the Vega and keep the ingredients…less citrus-y and tangy.
^ This is my hydration-teacher-blend for when I need the ACV and/or teaching back to back classes.
Ingredients include: ACV, fresh ginger root, lemon juice (a lot) and coconut water (powder form, usually).
I use purified water in everything and my smoothie type blends are usually one of the following unsweetened, store-bought milks: almond, coconut, or cashew.
Hope this helps some of the fit chicks out there.
Oh, and I’m selling my juicer
I veered from usual BLACK wardrobe staple to try this Wunder Under Crop (II) from LuluLemon and…I LIKE IT.
The fabric feels nice. Taught class in them yesterday and they didn’t rise up or down. And the dark blue swirls almost make me feel like I’m wearing black.
I’m part of LuluLemon’s Team Research & Development which means I get a small discount off the retail price.
Looks like this:
What inspired this post was a very brief discussion the other day at yoga re: concept of “J” spinal curve being better or more nouveau than the traditional “S” curve explanation.
And that a person’s lower backs is too “swayed” (curved) along with a forward head posture (hence an “S”) and then they spend excessive amounts of time sitting in a posterior tilt (with respect to their pelvis) which leads to awful slouching (which is actually the opposite of “swayed”) but…is still an “S”…they say.
So the answer is a “J”. They say.
I don’t particularly agree with the theory.
[In general it seems of recent that people are trying to brand different anatomical concepts (for biz promotion etc) in #yoga especially.]
Excessive spinal angles (at all levels, one of ‘em, too straight, too lordotic/curve…etc) is imbalance, regardless.
Look at the side view of the spine; each level/section (cervical-thoracic-lumbar-sacrum) is a counter balance of the other. This “S” is balance that allows for shock absorption.
It’s kinetic chain. Yes, weakness or “excess” in anything is going to affect the entire chain…or, in this case, your back.
It should still be a nice, balanced “S”.
Otherwise, I guess some anatomical theorist can come along and say that we should all be rounded…like child’s pose…like fetal positioning.
Or a “J”…which…I can’t even make my spine do!
Axial extension (good ol’ plumb line theory of alignment) with engagement of the core plus trying to correct our poor postural habits from sitting too much are good mindful habits that we don’t do enough of.
So start right there with that little bit of advisement.
Boom- that was FREE
(pic source: humankinetics.com)
When you’re craving a little chocolate and your stash of cacao or chocolate chip cookie dough protein bars won’t do, this is perfect. Like the title says, they’re thin. As far as macros are concerned, this isn’t going to ruin you but it isn’t a high-protein snack either. [Non-GMO, Fair-trade ingredient certified]
These are good. Protein-packed. Mine are kept in the fridge which made the consistency pretty hard but I’m cautious about leaving anything in the cupboards especially if there are nuts or oils in it. Putting things in the fridge prolongs their longevity and is just generally better. Unless…we’re talking potatoes; don’t put your potatoes in the fridge. [GF, soy-free, non-GMO, vegan, organic]
Aloha!! Chic naturals makes different flavors of these high-protein vegan snacks. If you’re not afraid of a legume, go for it! The chocolate covered ones are amazing!! *~* Made in Hawaii *~* [GF, nut-free, non-GMO, soy-free, vegan]
I bought the aformentioned items with my own, hard-earned (!) money. None of these products sponsor me, but if they did…I’d pass ‘em out like candy at work and all the fitness centers.
Check out ( or Pin ) this infographic for your home yoga practice. It will walk you through some poses to increase hip flexibility. Proceed with caution (& common sense) as some of the poses are more challenging than others; modify where you need to depending on your body!
Yoga is for every BODY!
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Alternatives: use a tennis ball, golf ball, pool noodles, or buy one of the numerous products on the market available now for “rolling” in different sizes, colors, textures, variations…
I know it’s the workout equivalent of watching paint dry but it is uber important for circulation and recovery.
Check out the pics on my Pinterest Board to help you get started
(Yes, I totally get the irony of posting this on 4/20)
or…shove fistfuls of cookie dough in my mouth!
Happy and hopeful. She may be a genetic marvel (or mutation) but hell…positive thinking, y’all!! Good for her. I hope I look 1/2 that good when I’m in my 50’s. (Not to mention be in Bora Bora!)
So let this serve as Friday inspo to us, fit chicks.
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