This past weekend we finally saw the first signs of Spring here in Boston. Sunday was incredibly nice!! I went for a run and could not stop taking pictures, smiling and enjoying the spring air. I ended up running an extra 3.5 miles because I was having so much fun!
The Charles River was full of sail boats, the park was full of kids playing soccer and the walking path had rows of people walking, running and biking.
All this nice weather makes me excited to get outside and energized to exercise. I have been looking for that extra push to get in shape and work out. The nice weather is helping and I plan riding this wave as long as I can!
This smoothie was so good and so easy to make. I may of had two!
Coconut Strawberry Banana Smoothie
1 cup of strawberries
1 scoop protein powder
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut almond milk
1 cup of water
Put in your blender and mix until it is all blended together and smooth.
Yesterday was a fabulous snowy day here in Boston. It was like Christmas morning when I woke up. I was so excited to see how much snow fell and if the storm was as big as the meteorologists were saying. Well… we got a lot of snow and we were buried! My car was completely covered and everything was closed because of the snowpolocalypse. My office, restaurants, the gym – everything.
Around lunch time Vinnie and I decided to venture outside, brave the snow and shovel out my car. It was really fun to go outside in the storm. There were no cars on the road due to the travel ban so the streets were clear of vehicles. But, there were so many people in the streets shoveling, sledding and exploring.
I got a decent workout from shoveling and walking around in the snow, but I really wanted to get a little something else in. I put together this Jumping Jack Workout that I could do in my apartment. Jumping jacks are great because they work your entire body and get your heart rate up. I paired jumping jacks with a bunch of other plyometric exercises and toning moves to make it a 30 minute total body workout. It ended up being a great workout and I got a great workout at home on this snowy day!
And… since it is Wednesday I thought I would share what I ate while snowed in. I have to say working from home is hard, I kept wanting to go into the kitchen and snack. After I had my giant smoothie I was pretty full and satisfied. It was the perfect treat to tie me over.
Mixed Berry Smoothie
1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
1 cup of OJ
1/4 cup of plain fat free yogurt
Eggs with Whole Wheat toast
Trail Mix from the bins at Whole Foods — this is my absolute favorite thing. I can’t go to Whole Foods without getting some.
Turkey meat taco with peppers, romaine lettuce, salsa, cheddar cheese and plain yogurt
That is all for now! I NEED to go curl up on the couch and watch some Scandal. Vinnie and I are into season 3 and can’t get enough. It is so good!
How was your day? Did you have a snow day?
Were you able to fit in a workout?
What was the best thing you ate?
I am not sure if you know this about me but I am constantly on the go. I get up early to work out, eat every meal except dinner at the office, I travel endlessly for work and play, and I am always snacking. At all times, I have snacks on me in case for when I get hungry. My go-to snacks are easy to carry and no hassle to eat such as granola or protein bars, mixed nuts, fruit, gum, carrots or (dare I say it) cookies and treats.
The best thing about these type of snacks is you can also have them as a compliment to any meal. You can have mixed nuts or carrots on top of your salad, fruit or cookies as a treat after lunch and granola bars can be mixed into your oatmeal or yogurt which is exactly what I have been doing all week with Special K Chewy Bars. I have been eating them on the regular as a snack and compliment to my breakfast.
The Special K Chewy Bars are made with wholesome ingredients that you can see like rich chocolate chunks, crunchy salted pretzels (so good!) and real fruit pieces. They are light and satisfying and the variety of flavors allow for options depending on your mood and cravings. The 4 new flavors are berry medley, blueberry bliss, salted caramel chocolate and salted pretzel chocolate. Personally, I like the fruity bars in the morning and the more decedent chocolate bars in the afternoon.
I liked the Berry Medley bar so much I used it as the granola topping on my yogurt. By combining the bar with a banana and yogurt I got a serving of fruit and added protein to my breakfast. I try to incorporate protein into every breakfast because it makes you feel full and remain full for a longer period of time and it helps the body build and repair tissues for muscle recovery and growth. This parfait combines a good mix of protein and wholesome ingredients. It is sweet, satisfying and has a ton of flavor. I have been eating it all week.
For 250 calories you can have a wholesome and balanced breakfast full of flavor.
These chewy bars are super versatile. Not only did I use them as an add on to my breakfast but I have been snacking on them all week. I had the Blueberry Bliss bar before a cold early morning run and the Salted Pretzel Chocolate bar for a pick-me-up during the usual 3pm workday slump. The chewy bars are very light and satisfying and perfect for a quick snack when on the go.
On Friday, I was sitting at my computer trying to think about what we should do after work and decided to look up tickets to Hunger Games: Mockingjay. I assumed the movie was going to be sold out but to my surprise they had 2 seats left! The AMC Theatre at Assembly Row is our favorite theatre and really the only place we ever go. You can buy adult drinks, ‘real’ food and the seats are really comfy. But the best part is they have assigned seating, so when you buy your ticket you also pick your seats which is super nice because you don’t have to worry about getting to the movies early for a good seat. With all that being said, we were able to get tickets and good seats for the Friday showing. I loved the movie. Katniss is a powerful and inspiring heroin. The strength and passion is captivating. And then there’s the love triangle… Liam Hemsworth Gale is a total stud but I am #teampeeta. Katniss and Peeta are just meant to be!
On Saturday we prepped for Friendsgiving. We had 10 of our closest friends over to give thanks and celebrate our friendship. It was the first time we have hosted that many people and we took advantage of all our fabulous wedding gifts. It was a team effort to pull it off, everyone brought a side dish and we had plenty of beer and wine!
I cooked the turkey, made the stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.
Vinnie helped with all of it too! He really shined when it came to making the gravy and carving up the bird.
She brought delicious brussel sprouts with pecans, gorgonzola and cranberries.
The whole spread of delicious food!
Everyone ate until they sufficiently satisfied and full. We did not go hungry! And, our fridge is full of leftovers. We will be eating turkey dinner until the actual turkey dinner feast on Thursday.
I happily over ate and drank at Friendsgiving. I was moving slow on Sunday and had a foggy head for a good part of the day! But, that happens when you having a good time! Going into the weekend, I had plans to go for two long runs because as part of the Pile on the Miles challenge I want to get 100 miles in by the end of November. I am falling a bit short, but the month is not over.
I did manage to get one 8 mile run in. It felt great to get outside and feel the cold air against my face. Sunday was so warm, I really should of gone out for a run, but the Pats game really interfered. It happens!
I hope everyone had a great weekend. Friendsgiving made me really excited to see my family and for the Holiday season to really kick off.