Thursday, August 28, 2008

Starbucks and Me

I have no idea if the title is giong to have anything to do with what I'm about to write...but oh well. I've been back in the workout groove for a few weeks now, and can honestly say that it's kinda frusterating when you work your tail off (believe me, my friend Lindsay works our tail off in BodyBlaster class 3 times a week--I mean think about it, the class is called Body Blaster for a reason). My body has not changed in any way shape or form. I have kept within my weight watcher points for 6 weeks straight and nothin' (except the 6 pounds that came off immediately when I had my IUD taken out--that's another post all together.)So, two weeks ago, during class, Lindsay was talking about a new drink at Starbucks, the Vivano has 21 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and it is chocolate and banana. Me, being the loyal friend I am head straight to Starbucks after class and get me one of these...YUMM-O! During class she was also talking about how she had been dragging lately, so she set up some appt. to talk with a girl who does nutrition classes at our gym. She said that she was amazed at how much she didn't know about nutrtion and folks, she has been studying nutrition for the last 10 years! She is so fit and I know eats so healthy. So, as my mind is pondering all if she needs to change her eating habits, then my eating habits need to be thrown out the window! So, I go through my Weight Watcher Journal and (ya'll this is embrrassing) I had not eaten a fruit or a vegetable in 3 weeks!!!! YIKES! That means my kiddos haven't eaten veggies in 3 weeks either--they love fruit and have it everyday. So, even though I was staying in my points, it was all processed Weight Watcher food--nothing natural, from the ground, grown fresh--the way we are supposed to eat. So, (I know this is a rambling entry)So, this week I've started an experiment. I'm eating a ton of fruits and veggies. I found a nutrition blog and the writer posted about shakes she makes. She said that spinach added to any shake will not alter the taste....hmmm--SPINACH??? So, I made up a shake, and I love it! It has a serving of fruit and a serving of vegetable in it, I also added a bunch of other healthy stuff. I am also drinking V8 Fusion--vegetable and fruit juice (which my kids like a lot). So, added to what little veggies I make, I'm getting a ton more than what my body has been used to. We'll see how this experiment goes. I eat 2 of these shakes a day--one for breakfast and one mid afternoon or for supper...I'm also doing BodyBlast 3 times a week and tonight am going to do a yoga class a couple of times a week off of FIT TV.
Here's my recipe if any of you dare want to try a spinach shake (I promise it's pretty good, and if you think about how healthy spinach is for you --it is labeled a "super food") it tastes all that much better! :)

Spinach, PB, Banana Shake

*1/2 cup or so of crushed ice
*1 cup of fat free milk (I have to use lactose free)
*1 banana
*1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
*1 tablespoon of Skippy Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
*1 tablespoon Hershey's Cocoa (naturally unsweetened, has antioxidents)
*2 tablespoons ground flax seed (has fiber, ALA, Omega-3's, good for heart health,beautiful hair, skin, and nails, and phytonutrients--which can have a balancing effect on your hormones--this will make hubs happy!)
*large handful of spinach leaves

Blend in a blender and enjoy! :)


Mom22Boyz said...

Hmmm! Not sure about that shake. Doesn't it need some kind of sugar? Is it as good as ours??

natalie said...

Thanks for the recipe! i've been feeling convicted lately of being a vegetarian, yet eating hardly any veggies--how is that even possible--oh I'll tell you, tons of pasta and bread! :) hehe, but seriously I feed Eli veggies and fruit nonstop and wouldn't even think about giving him anything off my plate--that's bad! I should be eating stuff that he can eat too...stuff, like you said, from the ground! God gave us that yummy, unprocessed stuff for a reason! thanks for the motivation!

Happyhome said...

Hang in there Danette and keep working out! Have you tried just the protein powder as a shake? That's what I have for breakfast, mixed with non-fat milk. Jumpstarts the metabolism, without fat or many calories. Lindsay uses the Kashi one, but I think it tastes like cr**! I use the whey protein from's marketed for body building, but whatever! Just a thought.