blueberry lime smoothie with flax seeds

The amount of excitement I feel every time I look at my new blender makes me feel really, really old. Using extra spending money on a kitchen appliance? Next thing you know, I’ll be asking for a vacuum cleaner for Christmas. (I do actually need a vacuum cleaner though…damnit.)

So you all can share in some of my new-blender joy, I wanted to post a delicious smoothie I made the other day. Now I’m a firm believer that you don’t need a recipe to make a fruit smoothie—literally 99.9% of combinations will taste good. Toss fruit in there, add some yogurt or a banana for texture, mix in some fruit juice if desired, and you’ve got yourself a winner. But if you need some inspiration, this blueberry lime smoothie is uh-mazing. And the flax seeds add a hint of nuttiness and texture I love (not to mention a bazillion health bonuses).

Here’s what you’ll be blending:

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 individual container of blueberry Greek yogurt (about ¾ cup)
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds

So simple, but it makes for the perfect summertime breakfast or snack.

30 minute kettlebell workout

First off, how awesome is this workout tank?! One of my (many) favorite things about Pinterest is that it’s helped me discover a ton of amazing Etsy vendors, and Firedaughter Clothing is now high on my list. The workout tanks are perfect. I already can’t wait to buy SUCK IT UP in blue and, being that I live in Boston, it’d be a crime for me to not own WICKED FAST RUNNAH. Wearing this tank makes me feel obligated to take it to the next level with my workout, which brings me to today’s kettlebell sweat sesh…

Set your interval timer for 30 rounds of 40 seconds of work and 20 seconds of rest. You can adjust interval lengths and the kettlebell weights depending on your current level of fitness. You’ll go through the following sequence five times:

  • Kettlebell Swings: This is hands-down one of my favorite exercises. Start with kettlebell down between your legs and, using your arms as a pendulum, swing the bell to eye level by powering through with your hips and legs while keeping your core tight as you stand up straight. Swing back down and repeat. Proper form is important, so watch this (random) video if this is your first time using kettlebells. You’ll notice that I use somewhat of a squatting position at the bottom, and I should mention that I’ve heard some trainers say it should be more of a deadlift. I used 25 lbs.
  • Windmills (Left): Start in a standing position, legs wide, kettle bell pressed above head in left hand. Your left foot should be pointing forward, your right foot pointing out at an angle. Slowly bend down, keeping legs and arm holding kettle bell straight. Touch the ground by your right foot with your right hand, keeping the kettlebell perpendicular to the ground the whole time. Slowing raise up to starting position. I used 15 lbs.
  • Windmills (Right)
  • Kettlebell Swing Punches: This is just like a regular swing except for at the top, bend your elbows wide, bringing the kettle bell in towards your face, and punch it back out (preferably before you whack yourself in the forehead with the kettlebell). I used 25 lbs.
  • Russian Twists: Sit with legs elevated, leaning slightly backwards, and twist from right to left, bringing kettlebell from one side of your body to the other. I used 15 lbs.
  • Goblet Squats: Squat down, legs slightly more than shoulder-width apart, holding a kettlebell. I used 25 lbs.

I really felt this workout in my sides, inner thighs and back the next couple days. Kettlebells make for an amazing workout, and this 30-minute interval routine certainly didn’t disappoint! Form is super important with kettlebell swings, so if you’re just starting out and have any questions, let me know—I’ll locate some good resources online for you.

{tank: Firedaughter Clothing}
{shorts: Under Armour}
{sneakers: Nike Free Run+ 3}

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greek yogurt & crushed almond banana popsicles

There’s just something about summertime that makes me want to put popsicle sticks in any and all things edible. Bananas were a perfect place to start.

This recipe is super easy—both to make and on your waistline. To make 4 popsicles you’ll need:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 handfuls almonds, crushed
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • Popsicle sticks

You can buy the almonds crushed, crush them in a food processor, or take a more hands-on approach (sorry for the loud banging, neighbors)…

Mix the Greek yogurt and peanut butter together in a bowl. My friend told me she loved eating yogurt with peanut butter and my first reactions was BARF. But it is actually delicious. And as someone who can easily take down a jar of peanut butter in two days, I’m ashamed that I ever doubted the combination. Peanut butter makes all things (most importantly, life) better.

Set up a little banana popsicle assembly line with your bowl of pb yogurt, a bowl of crushed almonds, and a plate or pan covered in parchment paper.

Cut each peeled banana in half and carefully insert the popsicle stick in the cut end.

Coat the banana in Greek yogurt. It’s easiest to roll it in the bowl and then spead evenly with a knife.

Coat in crushed almonds.

Lay the banana on your plate. Repeat the process with each banana piece.

Once you have your batch of banana popsicles, put them in the freezer for 3 hrs. Hopefully your freezer isn’t as sad-looking as mine (i.e. empty except for three nips of cheap vodka). In my defense, I rarely buy frozen foods and do the majority of my shopping in the produce aisle.

Last up, enjoy! These popsicles can be a healthy dessert choice or a guilt-free midday snack to beat the summer heat. I took a bunch of pictures of me enjoying one outside but…I think rule #1 of being classy is to not be photographed eating a banana or banana-shaped food. If you catch my drift…

The pictures were probably even too awkward for a bloopers album haha. Suggestive food photography aside, I hope everyone has a great Thursday—get out there and enjoy happy hour!

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