The Dream Being Realized

Faith without works is dead.

I’ve been keeping very busy with my business over the last few weeks, I’m happy that things are finally coming together and I have faith that things will work out. I can definitely say that I understand the above statement 110%! I’m looking forward to doing great things in the near future.

Until then, I need to get back on my health and fitness regime…I’m taking some FREE classes at the local community centre for the next couple months. I’m so happy that it’s finally starting to warm up around here. If it’s one thing I love it’s going for long walks on a warm morning or a late evening stroll.

I’m back in full fitness mode as of today!

Sweet Potato Green Smoothie

I will be the first to admit that I was very skeptical about putting sweet potato in my green smoothie. I have a friend who swears by it but I didn’t have the guts to try it until now. I’m usually not a big fan of sweet potato and maybe that’s why I wasn’t really in a rush to even try it. I’m happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t too thick and you could hardly taste the sweet potato, I will definitely be adding this one as one of my go to smoothie recipes.

Here’s what I used:
1/2 Sweet Potato
1 cup Spinach
1 Orange
100g Greek Yogurt
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon protein powder
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

20140401_213159[1]Loved this recipe! I am officially a fan of sweet potato in smoothies…

 

 

Green Smoothie Challenge 2.0

As part of my plan to kick this Chronic Fatigue to the curb I’ll be doing another Green Smoothie challenge, I’ll be using it as a cleanse of sorts. I really enjoyed some of the combinations I was able to come up with the last time I did the challenge. I’ll be posting some of the recipes as I go along, I’ll be doing the challenge for the month of April instead of a week.

I’m excited about this new challenge…there’s no time like the present to get things done. I’m ready to get it done!

14 Days Vegetarian Challenge

I decided to do a personal challenge for 14 days. I picked 14 days because it’s attainable and doesn’t seem like an unreasonable amount of time.

I’m really looking forward to this challenge, it will give me an opportunity to stretch my boundaries of creativity when creating meals and hopefully plan my meals a little better. I started yesterday (February 15) and will finish up at the end of the month. So far I’m two days down and feeling great. I’m not finding it a big challenge to find recipes and meals at this point.

The biggest challenge for me will be the temptation of wanting to eat meat and dairy, I will definitely have to come up with a strategy for this. I’ll be posting my meal plan for the week tomorrow once I finalize it and make the necessary preparations.

Learning to live in the moment…

Green Smoothie Week – Spinach Pomegranate

Today’s smoothie was pretty simple, and only contained four ingredients. It’s always interesting for me to see just how far a few ingredients can go.

Ingredients:
1 handful of spinach
6-8 pieces of pineapple
Seeds from half of a pomegranate
2 tablespoons of flaxseed

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Thoughts…

The ingredient that stood out the most was the pineapple, then the Pomegranate. I can’t say it’s been one of my fave so far, maybe because I’m not a big fan of Pomegranate. Other than that it was pretty good.

Green Smoothie Week – Peach Banana Spinach Smoothie

I was really excited to make my smoothie this morning. I have so many ideas and combinations that I want to try and the combinations are endless…literally!

For today’s smoothie I decided to go with peaches that I had in my freezer and a banana that was on it’s way out. I wanted to use it up before it got too ripe. For a little extra taste I added a heaping teaspoon of coco powder.

Ingredients:
1 handful of spinach
6 pieces of peach
1/2 banana
1 heaping teaspoon of coco powder
1 tablespoon wheat germ
1 cup almond milk

Peach Banana Spinach Smoothie

Peach Banana Spinach Smoothie

With the almond milk

Peach Banana Spinach Smoothie with Almond Milk

Peach Banana Spinach Smoothie with Almond Milk

My trusty Magic Bullet does it again…

Thoughts…
I think I went a little too heavy on the cocoa powder, however, it was still pretty tasty. There was no bad after taste so that was a bonus. Next time I’ll use a little less coco powder.

Green Smoothie Week – Spinach Banana Avocado

Today’s green smoothie is a little out there, I’ve never had avocado in the smoothie before and I was interested to see how it would turn out. I’ve heard mixed reviews so I figured I’d give it a shot and see what all the talk is about.

Here are the ingredients:
1 handful of spinach
1 banana
1 wedge of a medium-sized avocado
1 tbsp wheat germ
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup of Almond milk

Spinach Banana Avocado Smoothie

Spinach Banana Avocado Smoothie

Did I ever mention how much I love my Magic Bullet?? Well, I love it!

Spinach Banana Avocado Smoothie

Spinach Banana Avocado Smoothie

Results…

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Spinach Banana Avocado Smoothie

Thoughts…

I like it…not as much as I liked the coconut from yesterday though. It’s really filling and I didn’t taste the Avocado at all, I wasn’t keen on drinking Avocado. The ingredient that stood out the most was the Cinnamon, which I didn’t so much.

Green Smoothies Week – Coconut Banana Green Smoothie

I really didn’t have time to shop or even come up with a meal plan this week. The weekend just flew by with little time to fit those things in.

I was speaking to a friend yesterday and I’ve decided I’m going to do a green smoothie challenge this week. The problem with me and green smoothies is that I get bored really quickly. So, for this week I’ll be trying out a different green smoothie concoction each day. This will give me some variety and keep me motivated.

Today’s recipe is a Coconut Banana Green Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 tbsp unsweetened coconut
1 tbsp wheat germ
1 handful of spinach
1/2 banana
1/2 apple

Coconut Banana Spinach Smoothie

Coconut Banana Spinach Smoothie

I used my magic bullet this morning and was on my way in no time.

Coconut Banana Spinach Smoothie

Coconut Banana Spinach Smoothie

I have to say that I really like the tastes of this one, the coconut gives it a pleasant kick. I’ll definitely put this one in the books for future reference.