exercise · Protein · Smoothies · Snacks · Vegetarian

Eat Your Greens! (Or Drink Them…)

Wow…did I let June get away from me or what?

I meant to post yesterday, last week, the week before, today, tomorrow, next week. Haha. I have a long list of stuff that I want to tell you guys about, so…those are coming. Be prepared. In the meantime, lets talk smoothies. When I started this little blog, I was posting protein smoothies regularly. It looks like they are going to start popping up again. Hope you don’t mind.

I have recently started ToneItUp‘s gluten free nutrition plan. It is a little bit personally chosen and a little bit doctor’s orders [which is actually good, because I am not sure I would have ever fully pulled the trigger 100%]. I am on day #6 and it is going pretty well, not gonna lie. But more on that later.

Yesterday for my fourth meal (M4), I made a post-workout smoothie. It was super green [which is AWESOME for you], fruit heavy, and seedy. And, let it be known that we got a badass Cuisinart blender as a wedding gift that I totally forgot about and didn’t open until yesterday. Whoopsies. But, I used it and it is awesome. That is all that matters. Now it has a home on my counter, I threw away the box, and it will stare me in the face and taunt me daily unless I use it. “C’mon, Kay. You’ve got that healthy basil plant outside…you know you want to blend it up with all those yummy greens and fruits in the fridge. Oh, you want a creamy, dessert-y shake? Ok, we have greek yogurt, agave, and fruit. Ooooh, you see my sexy buttons? I know you want to press them 😉 <3.”

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basil & kale green machine

yield: 1 large smoothie | just under 300 calories | 11g of protein

  • 3 large organic kale stalks
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 tbsp agave
  • 1/4 cup organic vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • splash of water
  • [optional] citrus juices to taste – orange, lemon, lime
  • 6-10 ice cubes
  • BLEND

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In workout land, I have started working cardio back into my daily routines (woot! & boo!). And I am still lifting, but not as crazy regimented. Instead, I am focusing on toning tighter and leaning out. Some people may call this shredding, but I am not trying to compete and never really bulked (or as my idol Amy Nicole says, “I’ve been bulking for 26 years”)…so, I don’t know, I am just going with it 😉 Anyway, I digress. I am backing off from upping the weights and focusing on more reps with lighter weights and more controlled movements. Tons of leg abductions, engaging the core, and focusing on breathing. I kinda love and hate it…constantly.

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