Yah!! I am having such an awesome day so far! This morning I made time for a good workout. I got my groove on and did a hard but energizing Tracy Anderson mat routine and then one of Tracy Anderson’s great cardio dance workout. Wow an hour of working out! Getting a full hour in can sometime be tough with work and kids stuff but I always feel so great when I make the time. I recently started doing Tracy’s TA Video Streaming but today I went back to Continuity where I left off and did the muscular structure and cardio from these DVDs. I am still getting used to the longer Streaming episodes, which are AMAZING but longer, so I have to carefully plan my “me time” to get my workouts in. Usually not a problem but it does mean waking up a little earlier to get these in before work and this morning my body need that little extra z-time! Regardless it was a great workout and left me feeling strong, energy and very thirsty!
I took today off from work so the kids are in school, hubby is at work and I kind of don’t have a super long list of things to do (for once). I promised myself (and my husband) that I would not spend the day cleaning, organizing or cooking like I always seem to when I have the house to myself. Following these directions, I had a slow, quiet morning doing “me stuff” which in addition to working out, included taking the time to sit and enjoy my morning smoothie. I often eat/drink my morning meals on the go, sitting at my desk working away or standing in the kitchen prepping the kid’s meals. Bad I know, a habit I am trying to change, especially on weekends, but weekdays are tough! As moms (and dads) know we juggle lots in the before-school and work mornings. I am trying to consciously take the time to sit, if only for 10 minutes and slowly savor my morning meals.
The other pitfall of my constant “rush” mode is when I am prepping my food I forget stuff. I usually prep my morning drinks late at night after the dinner dishes are done and next day lunches are packed. When I am eager to get to my tired self to bed, I just throw in my basic smoothie ingredients (greens, liquids and maybe a lemon) but forget to add in those extra key items that provide the additional punch to my beloved drinks. And let me tell you, it can make a difference to the start of your day. I have had many blah drink mornings and that makes the start of my day….well blah! Drinking a tasty sweet and creamy smoothie or a refreshing, thirst quenching drink can really make a difference.
So this morning I took the time to make one of my post workout staples. I had a big glass of luke warm lemon water then head over to my blender to shake-it-off (sorry had to! This song gets played a lot at our house and is stuck in my head!!).
Let me start off my saying I love this smoothie! The first time I did this one, I was out of my usual spinach and kale base ingredients and had a big bag of arugula. Well what a happy accident! The arugula adds a unique peppery taste that compliments the chocolate in the protein and green food powder. The maca and nutmeg add the extra baam which literally make me stop and smile as I drink this favorite. I am a huge fan of Sunwarrior Raw Vegan Chocolate Warrior Blend Protein Powder (I have no association with this brand). It is lightly sweetened with stevia without a heavy chalky taste like some other vegan protein powders. Mixed with coconut water this adds an extra touch of sweetness and its hydrating electrolyte magic. To add a little more creaminess and thickness, add in a frozen banana.
I LOVE whipping up this refreshing, healthy smoothie.
Post Tracy Anderson Workout Smoothie
2 cups coconut water or filtered water
3-4 cups arugula, packed
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (hemp, pea or brown rice)
1 scoop Amazing Grass Chocolate Green Superfood Infusion or
2 scoops Tracy Anderson’s Revitalize Shake
1 frozen banana (optional)
1 tsp maca powder
½ tsp nutmeg
4-5 ice cubes
- Pour in liquid and add arugula and blend over high speed.
- Add in remaining ingredients. Blend until well mixed.
Makes 1 large serving or two smaller servings.
Notes: You can replace the protein powder and super greens with a few tablespoons of hemp seeds or nut butter and a tablespoon of cacao powder, though you may need to also add a few drops of sweetener or another banana. Tracy Anderson also sells a fantastic vegan protein revitalize powder which I like to use when I have it on hand.