Healthy Cowgirl

I’ve always been drawn to healthy eating, in moderation, of course! I do love a glass of wine, a beer, cookies, etc every so often. Okay, okay daily. I’m sure there’s some saying about a cookie a day, right?!

Without going overboard, I’m trying to focus on eating healthy and being healthy. I spent 4 months not being healthy, living off cheese and crackers and other not so great foods. However, of the course of those 4 months I did manage to lose weight. How I managed I have no idea as I was traveling for work and most definitely not going to the gym.

While I’m glad to have lost weight, I’m not happy with the events that lead up to the weight loss. I don’t think anyone wants to lose weight rapidly through stress. This is why I’m focusing on exercise (errr, thinking about exercise. I haven’t worked out in weeks. Oops) and eating healthy.

During my four months of not eating healthy I started making green smoothies. They were something I could choke down when the last thing I wanted to do was eat and it ensured I’d be getting some nutrients in me. I’ve kept with the smoothies for breakfast for the same reasons.

I know green smoothies seem to be all the rage right now – and I’m totally jumping on the bandwagon. I don’t find they take me a long time to put together and if I’m running late in the morning I can always pour into a travel mug to take with me to work.

I’m pretty consistent with the recipe I’m using for my smoothies.

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I start with cramming spinach into my blender, probably about 1-1 1/2 cups of spinach

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Then I add my frozen fruit. Today was half a banana (I’m constantly buying bananas and then I don’t eat them, thankfully they’re good in smoothies), 4 frozen strawberries and some frozen blueberries.

Next I add the other stuffs.

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This is the best protein power I’ve found. It’s vegan and has lots of extra goodies, from the website:

  • 50% daily intake of vitamins and minerals
  • 15 g protein
  • 6 g fibre
  • 1.5 g Omega-3
  • Antioxidants
  • Probiotics
  • Greens

and it doesn’t taste chalky or gross like other protein powders.

When I start training for my marathon (uhm, I should get on that) I plan on introducing the Vega Sport Pre-work Energizer into my routine as I don’t do well with lots of food in the morning, but I know I’ll need something for my long (really long) runs.

photo (22)Chia seeds for an added protein, fibre and omega 3 bonus.

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Kefir for the pro-biotics for healthy digestion among other things.

photo (32)Carrot juice for added veggies and the Vitamin A boost.

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All together now!

Blend it all up:

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And enjoy!

It may not be the prettiest colour, but it sure is delicous.

For anyone interested, I threw my best guess at measurements into MyFitnessPal (geeze, it’s been a LONG time since I logged in there!) to come up with the calorie count: 443 calories and a TON of nutrients.

Enjoy!

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