Almond Butter & Jelly Smoothie

This morning, I made a delicious green smoothie (one of the things I’m trying to make more of since… hello, veggies!) and I wanted to share what was in it. A) to remember. B) So others can try it!

  • Big handful of spinach
  • 4-5 strawberries
  • .25 C blueberries
  • Handful of ground almonds (ish)
  • Almond milk

I think I shall call it the Almond Butter & Jelly Smoothie, like a PBJ version of a smoothie but with almonds. It was delightful! The combination of the blueberries and strawberries had a nice tang.

What’s the most delicious green smoothie you’ve had lately?


Day 3 of the Whole30 – Eating Out!

One of the perks of the Whole30 is getting to eat wholesome and delicious foods…

Black coffee is certainly not the latter. ICK. Times like a thousand. How on earth can people tolerate it? Anyone who can must not have properly functioning tastebuds…

Again, it was hard to wake up this morning so I used my trusty Verismo to brew up a cup of Guatemala Antigua goodness only to find that it wasn’t good. At all. I got three sips in before I just bagged the whole thing. What can I say? I like my lattes and I can’t have them! I think I’ll just stick to my decaf green tea. Let’s just say I’m greatly awaiting the day where I have boundless energy!

Meal rundown…

  • Breakfast: sips of horrible coffee & 3-egg scramble made with EVOO — the flavor is so much better, btw
  • Lunch: Leftover Morning Mix on top of spinach with 1/3 of an avocado dashed with S&P. 100% Tropicana Orange Juice that I found in the office fridge.
  • Dinner: First eating out venture — guacamole, dinner salad sans cheese, and a 12 oz. New York Strip steak cooked without butter

How I’m feeling:
Fuzzy brain, on-and-off minor small headaches sporadically throughout the day, and tired. I was hoping to work out tonight since it’s my first free night all week, but that may not happen. So I can lay in bed and finish one of my writing projects. Doesn’t sound too bad, but I’m craving a workout. Zumba Sunday! I’ll hold out for that.

I’m just glad I was able to eat out without any problems. The server was super accommodating and very kind. So a little tip: don’t be afraid to ask for what you want at a restaurant even if it is super specific and not quite what’s on the menu. Ask for substitutions. It’s easy and usually servers will be cool with it. After all, they want you to be happy and to leave a generous tip. ;)

So speak up!

And a little bonus thing I found out from my dinner: I can tolerate olives. That’s an adjustment from my usual hate towards them.

When Sick: To work out or Not work out

Pre-measuring check-in time!

Tomorrow I will be busting out the measuring tape and stepping on the scale for the first time since my first measuring day for Operation: Fit & Fierce last week.

How did this week shape up?

Not bad! Not bad at all! Tracked with MFP. My protein intake increased a bit (I think… I didn’t really have numbers to compare it to) and I managed to have a great week on the food front, not depriving myself of anything I truly wanted and eating the good things for me. I’m noticing my ab lines a little more too, which is always motivating. Plus I got in a work out every single day until Sunday, which I used as my rest day. I mean that since I slept in until 2:30 p.m. due to a sinus infection/head cold settling in.

Speaking of feeling under the weather, I’m always hesitant to bust out heavy duty workouts whenever I’m sick. Actually I’m hesitant to do anything longer than 20 minutes or too strenuous during that time. Last time I thought I could do it, my illness got worse triple fold and it took a week to get over it.

And Zumba is tonight. I love my Zumba classes; they make every day better even if they were amazing to begin with. Now I’m not sure if my body wants me to workout. Half of me wants to hit my bed when I get home to try and sleep this SOB off.

This little bout of sinus infection/cold/whatever it is actually isn’t that bad. It’s mostly staying north of my neck–nosey stuff, swollen throat and very sensitive brain that spins and feels airy a lot when it’s not spinning from me getting up.

I’ve heard a lot of experts say that as long as an illness isn’t below the neck, you’re fine to workout as long as it’s not too strenuous. That’s the advice that got me into trouble last time though–I did Zumba and nearly died (note the melodramaticism). So now I’m stuck.

Go to Zumba or not go to Zumba and rest this illness off? Open to your thoughts.

Otherwise, I’ll be checking in tomorrow to share how My Measuring Morning measures up.

What are your thoughts on exercising while feeling under the weather?