Smoothie in a bowl aka supergod

I just made a delicious smoothie in a bowl. I am so happy and full and feeling great.
I put in:
Half a frozen banana
A handful of frozen blueberries
Big handful of spinach
Huge handful of kale
Three ice cubes
One scoop vanilla whey protein
Sprinkled with flax seed and cinnamon
Amazing

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Also look at this funny thing on vitacoco. My friend spilled his vita coco all over his car and it has smelled like fermenting something for a couple months now. Like a fungus. It’s disgusting! But they warn you…

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Also Chrissy Teigen’a adorable pup (from her Instagram)

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Green Salads – make them fresh!!!

Yesterday I found this bracelet my sister gave me for Christmas four years ago. She made one for each of the five sisters, and I think I’m the only one that hasn’t lost it. Anjali mudra is a gesture of gratitude. It’s simple and beautiful!

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My namaste mat also came! My Instagram got like fifteen likes 🙂

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So yesterday my friend sent me a picture of the nutrition facts of her trader joes salad. They weren’t bad. Dressing definitely added alot of sodium and sugar, but was still only 90 calories (I say only because usually processed dressings are in the upwards of 200).

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The scariest thing was the length of the ingredients list. There were a bunch of things that who knows what they are, yet the salad is still quantitatively “okay”. Whole foods in their most pure form will keep you fuller for so much longer. For many people, the time it takes to prepare your own salad from scratch just isn’t there.
On Mondays I like to prepare for a busy week if I know it’s gonna be hectic by chopping up salad stuff like peppers, onions and tomatoes because I know these can be the most time intensive. Or I just do it the night before. Then in the morning, I massage kale with about a tablespoon of olive oil and throw on the veggies. I bring balsamic vinegar in a little bag and am ready to go.
I eat the same salad almost every weekday:
About two cups of kale
One tablespoon olive oil massaged in
1/4 bell pepper
Onion
Handful of halved cherry tomatoes
Balsamic vinegar
Cracked pepper

Other random additions depending on how I feel:
Sunflower seeds
Craisins
A can of no salt tuna
Arugula
Nutritional yeast
Edamame
Avocado
Kalamata olives!!!

These come in anywhere from 195 calories to 400 and taste so much better than ones you need to buy in plastic.

They are delicious and wholesome. Keep me full for at least 3 or 4 hours!!!

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Early Morn UCLA and creative fish

Thursday night dinner was unbelievable. We dethawed black cod (for two, it was about $6) so $3 a person. Made one sweet potato into fries ($0.69), some kale chips and brussel sprouts (probably $1). In total the meal was less than $5 per person. And it was incredible.

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Next morning I made myself get up before work hit the track for some stars and go to the gym. Fridays are really important workout days because they set the tone for the rest of the weekend!!! And if I’m at work from 8 to 6 I gotta get it in early.

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My university is so beautiful. It was such a great morning workout. I killed the track in about 24 minutes (15 flights) and had a 8 minute mile run warmup there. Me and Sara got off work early and sprinted to the 530 sculpt class at core power. We challenged each other to only use 5 pounders (as opposed to 3 pounders, in a hot yoga class, tricep dips with crescent pose lunges is very difficult) and we had so much fun doing it.
Scratch happy hour – sculpt instead. Best decision.
Dinner was well deserved – fresh tilapia.

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Sandwich of exercise

Today marks day 5 of exercise. Ran 6 on Sunday followed by three days of yoga and running again this morn. Walking a couple hours after running I felt like a train had hit me but now I feel good. I’m gonna double up and hit yoga again after work to streeeetch out.

Dinner last night was straight veggies. I threw some kale into the oven and the chips were amazing. I’m going to start buying two bags so I can make kale chips alot.

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I also peeled a clementine in one peel. Dmo calls this the starfish peel and he was very proud of me.

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Yogurt creation 1

Every morning I eat either fat-free plain Greek yogurt, a bowl of Kashi GoLean or egg white oatmeal. I like to get a strong combo of protein and fiber, and eat about 300 calories.
I am addicted to seeds and make sure I get a serving in on top of my breakfast. They are so nutritious, high in fiber and easy. Definitely a staple.

Yogurt Creation #1
Mix following ingredients in this order:
1 cup Trader Joes non-fat Greek yogurt
1T trader joes raspberry preserves (sweetener)
1T Trader Joes chia seeds
3 strawberries, sliced
1/2 peach, sliced
Sprinkle of cinnamon
1/4 cup Kashi goLean for a crunch!
Yummm

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Nutrition:
313 calories
28 grams of protein!!!
10 grams of fiber 🙂

Curry creation

Tonight we made curry. We didn’t have curry paste or coconut milk, but conjured our own sauce with half the container of curry powder, about 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, about 3T of brown sugar, a dash of salt and garlic. We sautéed this crazy looking broccoli, peppers, onions, spinach and garlic, added the rest of the squash (cubed, peeled) and then poured our curry sauce on top. The whole thing simmered for about 20-25 minutes, and we made about 1.5 servings of quinoa to split between the two of us.

It was crazy good, way too much food and I can’t wait to eat the leftovers for lunch on top of kale tomorrow.

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This is broccoli romanescoI’ve been spotting it floating around whole foods for a couple of weeks now and we absolutely love it. It comes looking like a big intimidating flower, but each of those little pyramid shaped things are buds and they snap right off. It has a huge stalk which we don’t cut but the single vegetable alone yields almost 2 cups of broccoli florets. It’s delicious.

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The rest of the kabocha squash

 

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The cutest little romanesco broccoli florets

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Everything all together

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