Today was the day of the Illinois Food Products Expo. Which is [probably] one of my top five favorite events in Springfield every year. One of the most important reasons I go to the expo is for the ‘Salt of the Sea-Mediterranean Blend’ from the Spice of Life company out of Decatur. This stuff is incredibly delicious! I buy some every year and use it sparingly as to last me for the year. So what do you do with this magic spice you ask…tomatoes. Literally, this stuff makes tomatoes taste better than cupcakes; which is exactly what I told them in their card. Surprisingly, there is no card that says “your spices make my world go ’round”; so, I found a card with a cute cupcake on it that read “thank you for making my tomatoes taste better than cupcakes” (ok so it was blank on the inside, I added that part myself). Bottom line, this stuff is amazing! Do yourself a favor and buy some from here.
I have hands down found my new favorite breakfast smoothie! It honestly is like ice cream for breakfast. Delicious, chocolatey, sweet, creamy ice cream!
((It’s more chocolatey than it looks in the picture.))
I used my handy dandy Oster MyBlend Blender again. It has one frozen banana (cut in half to blend better), 1/3 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1.5 tsp peanut butter, and 1/2 cup vanilla unsweetened almond breeze. This honestly is even better than I expected it to be. It is so creamy it’s much more like a milkshake than a smoothie! Add one block of protein and you have a perfect 3 block breakfast for those of you in the Zone. Again, for those who don’t follow the Zone, this smoothie comes out at: 210 Calories, 6.5g fat, 33g carbs, and 12g protein. Yum, Yum, Yum! Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!
I have never been a coffee fan, but give me a smoothie and I am one happy camper! I love that I can make delicious and healthy breakfast smoothies on the zone diet. It is a great breakfast after a hard morning workout! Here is one of my favorites:
For a full 3 block zone meal you would use one cup of frozen strawberries, 1/3 frozen banana, 1 cup low fat milk, 2/3 oz vanilla protein powder, & 1.5 tsp peanut butter. But let me tell you that is a huge smoothie! It fills the entire bottle that you see there and I can hardly down that much in the morning. So here I went with 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1/3 frozen banana, 1/2 cup vanilla unsweetened almond breeze, 1/3 oz vanilla protein powder, & ~1 tsp PB (sorry I omitted the PB from the picture). This makes about 8 oz, which is perfect for me in the morning!
*Kristin’s Food Tip:
Peel and slice bananas into the portions you use (for me and for zone 1/3 of a banana) and freeze them individually in ziplock bags! Perfect for smoothies!!
I simply throw everything into my Oster MyBlend Blender, screw on the blending attachment, set in the base, and push. Viola! Finished product. You then can screw on the sport bottle cap and drink right from bottle. It is so easy, no clean up, and this thing literally blends through anything! If you love smoothies as much as I do, you have to have this lil gadget! Check out more MyBlend recipes here! For those of you less interested in the Zone diet, my smoothie ended up at: 158 Calories, 5g fat, 20g carbs, 3.5g fiber, and 10g protein. Plus tons of vitamins and deliciousness! 🙂
Ok so I know this is 30 workouts in 30 days; but in my quest to get back in the swing of working out regularly, I am also getting my diet on track! I have been doing the Zone Diet. It is a great way to regulate your eating habits-watching portions and making sure your body is getting the things it needs but it is extremely customizable. It takes a little bit of research to understand it all but once you get the hang of it, its really easy! I started it Jan 1 so I haven’t been doing it too long, but so far it has been very easy and I haven’t felt hungry or unsatisfied at all! ((Which is HUGE for me because I have a sweet tooth as tall as the Gateway Arch))
Ok so what is all this food talk about…I had the MOST delicious sandwich for lunch today and I just had to share it with you! Again, this was a Pinterest find! 🙂 I took a Whole Grain Flatbread with Flax Seed, cut it in half, and spread 1 1/2 tsp creamy peanut butter over it. Then topped with 1/2 a small banana, 1/3 cup strawberries, and about a 1/2 ounce of granola. It was busting at the seems and I had to eat it like a taco. It was DELICIOUS! I served it with 3/4 cup cottage cheese and had a perfect 3 block lunch.