Tropical Smoothie Bowl

Apparently smoothie bowls are in.

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The first time I saw a smoothie bowl I thought what the heck. Why would you want to ‘eat’ a smoothie with a spoon? Straws are so much FUN! Unless you’re worried about wrinkles because apparently straws cause wrinkles but ain’t nobody got time to worry about that.

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But today when I made this smoothie it was so thick, I thought maybe I should pour it into a bowl and give it a whirl. I topped this bad boy with some almonds, chia seeds, and chopped up nectarines and was pleasantly surprised. While I do love sipping smoothies through a straw, it was nice to have a little texture in this smoothie.

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After the last few posts of straight sugar, I’ve been really trying to be healthy. Like REALLY. I’m already seeing results from this Tone It Up Bikini Series and am super excited to see the end result. June 21, baby. Let’s go. [I also get to see THIS girl June 21, so even more motivation to stay on track so I can celebrate with her!]

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But anyway, this tropical frozen delight is perfect as a pre-workout fueler. Smoothies are my jam these days. J got a Magic Bullet for me for my birthday last year and I didn’t really have a whole lot of use for it over the winter but now I’m drinking 3-4+ smoothies per week. Love blending things into smithereens.

Tropical Smoothie Bowl

1/4 c orange juice
1/4 c coconut milk
1/3 c frozen tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, papaya)
1 frozen banana
3/4 c frozen orange yogurt (or plain frozen yogurt with creamsicle protein powder or just plain frozen yogurt or regular non-frozen yogurt – if using non-frozen, may want to add a couple ice cubes)
1 scoop protein powder if using non-protein powder yogurt
Toppings: chopped nectarine, chia seeds, almonds

1. Blend all but toppings.
2. Pour into bowl.
3. Top with toppings. Optional to add: coconut, chopped mango, etc.

Chocolate Covered Blueberry Smoothie

I switched from Planet Fitness to The Rush yesterday. And I couldn’t be more excited.

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I was talking to someone at work the other day, asking if they liked being a member of The Rush, and he said, “Well, you will get judged there.” He was kidding, because Planet Fitness is a “Judgment Free Zone” and The Rush isn’t, but honestly? I like the judgment. I like to look around and see people doing things I’ve never seen or even though of before.

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I want to look around and be inspired. To want to try something new or push myself to better my strength and my body. And the bathrooms – guys. They are legit. Seriously. I have a little ‘The Rush recap’ on my Instagram 365 pictures, and there’s a picture of the bathrooms. Really, people. They’re awesome.

But anyway, enough about bathrooms and judgment. Let’s talk about the real workouts I’ve been doing. I’m living in and loving Tone It Up Land. Today marks the first completed week of the Bikini Series. HELLO STRAPLESS BIKINI – HERE I COME.

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So, the boyfriend is pretty adamant about protein. Or, let’s just say he’s pro-protein. Like, the powder kind. We were starving after a pretty intense workout the other day and came home and made some smoothies. We are THAT couple [that goes to the gym and drinks protein smoothies together] and I couldn’t be happier.

I had been concocting this protein smoothie all morning. Actually, the night before, too. Because if I am going to be working out and sweating this much (and drinking liquid protein), I’m going to want it to taste goodAnd this does. Trust me.

PS: 27g of protein in this bad boy!

Chocolate Covered Blueberry Smoothie

1 scoop vanilla (or chocolate!) protein powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp Hershey’s syrup (optional – but it’s better to have sweets in the morning because you burn them off throughout the day, vs. at night!)
1/2 c frozen blueberries
8-10oz plain almond milk
2 ice cubes

Blend. Drink. Enjoy. Build those muscles.

Peach Berry Smoothie

Did you know the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning is breakfast?

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Usually that’s cereal or oatmeal with peanut butter, but today it was a smoothie.

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Creamy, light, refreshing and very fruity. Sometimes you need to set aside the grain and reach for the fruit.

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Peach Berry Smoothie
Serves 2

1/2 c blackberries
1 c peaches
1 c raspberries
1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
1 c soymilk
1/4 c water

Blend all.

 

Tropical Smoothie

Now this, my friends, is a fruit smoothie.

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No kale, no chia seeds or oats, nothing hippie about it. Just plain ol’, straight up, fruity.

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This is one of those close-your-eyes-and-pretend-you’re-on-a-tropical-island smoothies. A Jimmy Buffett meets breakfast concoction. On my summer bucket list was make a peach raspberry smoothie. Well, this has neither peaches nor raspberries but I’m counting it. It’s equally summery and delicious.

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Stay tuned and maybe you’ll get a peach raspberry smoothie, too…

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Tropical Smoothie

1 banana
1/3 c chopped pineapple
1/3 c chopped mango
1/3 c plain Greek yogurt
1/4-1/2 c (depending on desired thickness) orange juice

1. Blend all!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Hello, summer.

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Now, my blender isn’t tip top, hence the strawberry particles, but it does make a delicious smoothie.

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Oats allow fullness, chia seeds create thickness, and banana and strawberries provides sweetness.

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Go. Go make this. Embrace the summerness.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

1 banana
1/2 c strawberries (fresh or frozen, I used frozen)
1 tbsp old-fashioned oats
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 c plain Greek yogurt
1/4-1/2 c plain soymilk, depending on how thick/thin you want it

1. Combine all in a blender and blend until smooth.

**Note: Letting the smoothie sit in the refrigerator for a couple hours allows the chia seeds and oats to absorb a lot of moisture, which thickens the smoothie. This is an option for thick-smoothie lovers.