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!

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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…

 

 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome…I would never believe there could be such a thing until l experiencing the symptoms. I’m been dealing with this for a little over a year now. I just always thought there was something wrong with me because I was always tired, ALWAYS. No matter how much I slept or tried to relax and have down days. Not to mention that I’ve been an emotional wreck because of this for the longest time.So what am I going to do?? I’m going to beat this thing! I’m tired of being sick and tired…I’m looking at a number of things, some of them include changing my diet, meditating and a few other things. I’ll be documenting as I go along to track progress for benefits and set backs. 

I am prepared and ready to kick this thing in the butt and move on with my life.

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.

Meal Plan Nov 10 – Nov 16

The name of the game this week is called Keep It Simple!

My plan is a little boring and really structured this week, it’s going to be another pretty busy week and I don’t want any opportunities for failure. I don’t really have much in for Saturday because I’ll be on the road for my son’s basketball game and we’ll be served lunch for that day.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Breakfast Shake Oatmeal with fruit Oatmeal with fruit Shake Shake Shake Green Smoothie
Snack Clementine Banana Apple Clementine Clementine Clementine Clementine
Lunch Quinoa w/ red kidney beans & Chicken breast Quinoa w/ red kidney beans & Chicken breast Fish and Quinoa Fish and Salad Salad and Chicken breast TBD Shake
Snack Clementine Clementine/Apple Clementine Clementine Clementine TBD TBD
Dinner Quinoa w/ red kidney beans & Chicken breast Fish and Quinoa Fish and Salad Quinoa w/ broiled fish Quinoa w/ broiled fish TBD