I have been hard on my body lately. Eating stuff I shouldn't and telling myself I'll just run a billion miles to work it off, BUT I'm pretty sure that's not how good health works OR how we are supposed to treat the amazing gift that is our bodies and it can't be good for you in the long run. (unintentional pun. wha-whahhhhh)
Plus I have old lady feet and have been feeling the pins in my feet from surgeries in years past, so I am taking a running hiatus and swimming laps in the morning and I LOVE IT! Swimming is so gentle on the body while still being a huge workout. I already feel more toned. I don't know about looking more toned. But I feel good and I come home all energized to start my bright-and-early day with the family.
Swimming laps is the nicest thing I have done for myself in a while and we all deserve something nice don't we?
Another nice thing I've been treating myself to is a delicious green smoothie every morning. My dad was intrigued so I told him I'd post the recipe.
My cousin's cute wife posted this recipe on her blog a while ago and we started out doing the orange juice variation which was good, but one day I didn't have orange juice and so I tried the milk variation and have never looked back. It's like a tasty milkshake.
Here's my version:
1 cup milk
3 HUGE handfuls of spinach (fill up that blender!)
Blend until smooth.
2 TBSP flaxseed (buy from costco. easy huh.)
2 heaping scoops of vanilla protein powder (Also from costco. You have no excuse. Get the purple and silver bag. Not the white container. TRUST ME.)
a frozen banana cut up (I buy 2 bunches at a time, peel them, throw them in a bag all together, and freeze them like that.)
Blend all that up together til it's nice and milkshake-y.
And that's it. And Thomas and I drink it, and the boys gulp some down too. Every morning and BAM you started your day with a HUGE green salad with calcium, protein, omega fatty acids, and a serving of fruit. You can add fresh or frozen berries...etc. if you want, but we keep it simple and it's totally delicious.