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My Favourite Post-Workout Smoothie

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Is so incredibly easy it’s ridiculous. I’m not one for big blenders or juicers or adding ‘infusion of this’ or ‘seed of that’. Give me something tasty in, like, four ingredients or less please. The easiest part of it all is I use my ‘Magic Bullet’. You make it and drink it all in the same cup! Easy cleanup.

I start with a big handful of spinach – not really any specific measurement. Some like more some like less. Then I add one frozen banana. Then two tablespoons of peanut butter (you can use regular or all natural. I prefer all natural for smoothies because it’s runny – smoothies thicken up with the banana and thick regular pb is too thick in the end for me). Now depending on my workout and the intensity/what I’ve eaten for the day, I usually like to add a scoop of protein powder to turn my smoothie into a post-workout meal. I use Poliquin ‘Whey Stronger 2.0’ Natural Vanilla. Then I fill the cup with vanilla almond milk (and/or milk, water, etc). Don’t be alarmed by the bright green colour! Give it a taste.

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A Healthy Dose of Spring Cleaning

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As many of you know, this Canadian winter has sucked. This week is the coldest in recorded Toronto history for this time of year. It should be wet and muddy, cool and crisp, the trees should be budding and flowers should be growing. Yet no matter what the thermometer outside my window might say, I’m taking charge and starting my own personal spring cleaning – from the inside out. 

This winter I’ve been stuck in some sort of weird hibernation mode. I haven’t wanted to leave the house, and I’ve done nothing but eat. Anything I can get my hands on, and usually disgustingly fatty carb-ridden delights. So it’s time for my spring cleaning to start. I’m not sure I’m one for ‘cleanses’ and I’m not very good at dieting. But I’m turning over a new leaf (or pile of snow) and I’m ready for a healthy and fresh start. My 3 month non-travel stint at work is coming to an end, and I’m about to head back out on the road. So this is the best time to give myself a kick in the butt. 

I headed to the local grocery store today, and wielding my list I filled my cart with my healthy start. Tons of greens, raw nuts, and protein!! It’s just a start mind you, healthy can get pricey. But hopefully I can keep up the healthy start and turn it into a true spring cleaning. Watch out summer, I’m going to look and feel fabulous! Now to just bide my time until the local summer farmers market starts back up and I can get fresh produce right across the road!! Can’t wait. 

How do you stay healthy? Any suggestions to help kickstart my spring cleaning?