Friday morning smoothie and workout

Ahhhh I have a few spare minutes this morning so I thought I’d share with you my early morning workout today!

It consisted of:

40 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill. It looked like this routine below:

Min.              Speed                Incline

0-2               2-3                     1
1-3                 6                      1
3-4                6.5                    1
4-5                7                       2
6-7               7.5                     2
7-9                8                       1
9-11              6.7                    1
11-15            6.5                    2
15-16            8                      1
16-17            9                      1
17-20            6.3                   2
20-22            6.6                   1
22-24            6.8                   1
24-25            7.5                   1
25-26            8.5                   1
26-28            6.5                   2
28-30            6.7                   2
30-32            7.5                   1
32-33            8                      1
33-35            6.7                   1
35-38            6.5                   1
38-40            6                      1

I loves me a good HIIT workout, it gets your heart pumpin’ so good and you always feel like you worked hard afterward. It’s especially nice for me in the morning because I always feel like I start on the right foot.

I then took it fairly easy. I did some pilates core work consisting of planks and stability ball work. Then I stretched it out.

smoothie

My smoothie today is a weird concoction. I am in need of upping my veggie intake so I used some of the Progressive vegan vegegreens powder in blueberry medley flavour, then mixed in half a banana, ice, 1/2 cup almond milk, stevia, cinnamon and 1/3 cup oats.

veggiegreens

It’s actually fairly good tasting! And nearly 8 servings of vegetables in it! Talk about SUPERFOOD

Sounds interesting to say the least. It was pretty good, but I still prefer my all time favourite PB and banana smoothies in the morning 🙂

handful of almonds

I also had a handful of almonds because I was starving after hitting the gym this morning. BAH!

What is your favourite breakfast smoothie?? I need new recipes to try!

Pumpkin spice smoothie and cardio circuit day!

My day consisted of some of my regular fitness regime, I got up and went to the gym in town around 5:50 and did a circuit, mixing 15 minute cardio, followed by strength focusing on core and upper body, then I repeated this 3 times.

AKA = 15 minute cardio, core, 15 minute cardio, upper body, 15 minute cardio, tadah!
My cardio was the elliptical today.
My knee isn’t fully recovered so I’m not looking to risk it. Better to be safe than sorry!

Anddddd

Since Summer time is slowly coming to an end and fall is quickly approaching that can only mean 1 special thing… PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!!!
Pumpkin is one of my all time favourite flavours, pumpkin pie.. pumpkin lattes… pumpkin scents… cookies… chilli… you name it, I love it in it’s pumpkin version!!!

So in honour of this wonderful season, I decided to whip up a morning smoothie using my can of pumpkin puree in my fridge.

It was a little bit of an on-the-whim smoothie, but man oh man, did it ever turn out D-LICIOUS!!!

pumpkin spice 2
Does it look good or does it look good??

pumpkin spice

Spice on pumpkin spice!

This is what I did…

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup of ice cubes
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
generous amount of pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons of plain oatmeal to thicken it up a bit
stevia (or any other sweetener) to taste, I used 2 tablespoons

Put all of that into a blender and blend away! Soooooo good. I could eat that every morning. I just might actually….

On another note, this got me thinking of what other things I have to look forward to for Fall:
New shows! So many seasons start up at this time!
Changing leaves
Scarves
Mittens
Riding boots (overall fall fashion in general)
Thanksgiving
Fall scents for candles and lotions, Bath and Body works comes out with some unreal ones at this time! pumpkin apple spice, hello!
Autumn walks along trails
The brisk feeling in the air in the morning
Wow, I could go on and on…

Tell me what some of the things that you are looking forward to are!!

Saturdays call for new breakfast recipes!

Saturday’s are for smiles, sleeping in and simply great food!

I love to take my time on Saturday mornings and enjoy some slow and stress-free time (usually).
This morning after waking up and taking my pup for a nice little walk around the neighbourhood, I decided to take a crack at a new breakfast recipe!
Not going to lie, I have quite the sweet tooth and most often crave CARBS in the morning, so naturally I would choose a recipe that satisfied this need. Of course my breakfast choice is always still made sure to be a healthy one too! After all that is the most important factor!

looks delish!
looks delish!

So, today’s breakfast menu was:

Peanut butter & banana oatmeal, topped with walnuts, cranberries and cinnamon

SOOOO delicious! And so easy. It’s literally made with just those ingredients plopped all into a bowl and mixed up. But here’s exactly the method that I followed:

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp PB2 powder (But of course you can use natural peanut butter as well)
1/2 banana
1/2 cup plain oats
1/3 cup of plain vanilla yogurt (to make everything mix together better)
1 Tbsp cranberries
2 Tbsp walnuts
dash of cinnamon (I like to use this ingredient LIBERALLY, and it’s amazing for your health!)

Directions:

– Lay out all the ingredients needed
– Put half of your yogurt on the bottom, then 1/4 oats, 1/4 banana, 1 Tbsp PB2 into your bowl
– Put a second layer of the remaining amount of your ingredients in the same order – yogurt, 1/4 cup oats, 1/4 banana, 1 Tbsp PB2
– Mix it all up nice a good
– Top off the bowl with your walnuts, cranberries and cinnamon
– DIG IN and ENJOY 🙂

Tell me what you think of the recipe if you give it a try!

It’s especially a good breakfast for when you’re planning on hitting the road for a run later on or going to the gym because it’s giving your body those healthy carbohydrates it needs to energize yourself through the activity. I find that eating something like this beforehand makes a huge difference because it’s a lot more easily digestible compared to having a high protein breakfast (less cramps and indigestion!)