Monday, July 23, 2012

Pumpkin Blueberry Protein Smoothie and Whole30 Day 4

Sundays are my usually my biggest training days because I have the most free time. I had a five mile run planned for the morning and I like to get up really early and get it out of the way before it gets too hot and before CBS Sunday Morning starts because I am a 31 year old nerd and it is my favorite show. I had a few pieces of cantaloupe before my run and then I was on my way.

Maybe I am the only one who does this, but does anyone else listen to podcasts when they run instead of music? My favorites are Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, The Moth, Robb Wolf's Paleo Solution and the Jillian Michaels Show. It just keeps me more entertained than music and I usually learn something, too. Is that weird?

Anyway, I was very smart and put breakfast in the oven before I left for my run. I made my Zesty Italian Brunch Bake and Kevin took over after I left for my run. It was nice to come home to a hot and ready meal! I also made a new smoothie recipe that I am going to share with you today! It is a Pumpkin Blueberry Protein Smoothie and it was a great, Whole30 approved, post-workout treat.

After we watched Sunday Morning and let our breakfast settle, we headed over to the pool to get our swim on. We took the Flip camera and videotaped ourselves swimming. I never knew what a horrible swimmer I was until yesterday - it was great for my self esteem! Kidding, it was good to see what I need to work on.

We stopped for coffee after our swim and after running a few other errands it was 2:00 and we still hadn't eaten lunch. Because I am finally getting more organized with my meal planning I knew exactly what I wanted to make and there was no "What are we going to have for lunch?" confusion. I made a stir fry with chicken, green chili paste, carrots and a frozen veggie mix from Trader Joe's. It was good and because I planned ahead I made enough to take leftovers to work on Monday.

I mostly took this picture to show off our Corny the Cornflakes mascot bowl!

When my snack attack hit later in the afternoon, I had a spoonful of almond butter and a banana. Maybe someday I should try and break my almond butter addiction, but I am just not ready for that yet. Have you had the Sea Salt and Flax Seed Almond Butter from Trader Joe's? Heaven in a jar. Seriously.

I spent the rest of the afternoon prepping meals for the coming week. I am pretty excited about my meal planning system and once I get it all worked out I plan to share it and hopefully it can help you, too. I don't always like having to know ahead of time what I am going to make, sometimes I like to be spontaneous, but we have pretty busy schedules so it really does make things easier. I baked sweet potatoes, made a beef roast, shredded sweet potatoes and zucchini for breakfasts and made an okra stew in the crockpot that I hope to share the recipe for tomorrow.

The okra stew was ready just in time for dinner so I served that up with half a sweet potato on the side. I topped the stew and the sweet potato with a bit of salsa. It was very filling, which is just what I need on my long workout days to keep me from getting hangry.

We watched a documentary about a mountain bike race on the Pacific Crest Trail after dinner and I made a little snack bowl with chopped apple, chopped dried figs, cashews and coconut milk. I heated the apple in the microwave for about a minute and then added in the other ingredients and heated for another 30 seconds. It was warm and cozy and delicious. I also made a cup of mint tea with mint from our garden. It wasn't the same as my Sunday evening glass of wine, but it was pretty tasty.

Back to the smoothie - I thought pumpkin and blueberry sounded like an odd combination, but I've seen pumpkin muffins or bread with blueberries so I decided to give it a shot. The protein comes from powdered egg whites, which can be omitted if you don't have them around. This was a good way to cool down and get some carbs and protein post-workout. What is your favorite post-workout meal?

Pumpkin Blueberry Protein Smoothie
Serves: 2
Time: 5 minutes

1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 frozen banana, chopped
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup loosely packed spinach
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

-Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
-Sip and enjoy!