My Two Favorite Smoothie Recipes!

I’ve been craving more smoothies as of late. Not only because of the weather but because I am starting to get that “full” feeling in my stomach but I feel hungry too. Having a protein smoothie allows me to still get a nutritiously snack/meal and fills me up just right.

Today, I am sharing with you two of my favorite protein smoothies. The first is perfect for a mid-day snack and the second one is more of a meal replacement/ post heavy workout snack. Enjoy :)

Tropical Raspberry-nilla:

  • 1 Packet of Crystal Light Peach Mango Green Tea (you can omit, use real juice OR sub for real fruit)
  • 1/2 Cup of Frozen Raspberries
  • 1/3 of a Frozen Banana, sliced
  • 1/2 Cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/2 to 1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder (I use Optimum Nutrition Whey)
  • 6 oz. of Water
  • Handful of Ice -> Blend all and enjoy!

Berry Healthy Green[ish] Machine:

  • 1/2 Cup of Frozen Blueberries
  • 1/3 of a Frozen Banana, sliced
  • 1/2 Cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder (I use Optimum Nutrition Whey)
  • 1 Packet of “Greens” OR Handful of Spinach
  • 1 tsp of Ground Flax Seeds
  • 6 oz. of Water
  • Handful of Ice -> Blend and enjoy!

Question: Whats your favorite smoothie combination?

Ever tried a “greens” supplement? If yes, what’s your favorite brand?

Baby Gendron: [25-]27 Weeks!

Baby Gendron is 27 Weeks today <3

I am officially in month SEVEN!

{26Wks, 6Days}

I remember when I announced the pregnancy in January. Let’s recap how the past few weeks have been shall we? 

Weight Gain: 18lbs; fluctuating between 17-19lbs.

{26 Wks, 4Days}

Workouts: I am now teaching one spin class a week and subbing almost once a week. I will officially be ending teaching on the 14th, but I will continue to workout on my own. Spin is really beginning to give me a lot of round ligament pain. I am just getting too heavy to transition so fast without massive pain (I mostly stay in saddle).

My personal workouts are about 4-5 times a week; 2-3 times of yoga, 2-3 times of strength training or both combined!

If you missed my pregnancy health and fitness post, click here!

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Symptoms:

  • Migraines: Stilling waking up with one, but it will go away after an hour. I only need to take a fioricet pill twice per week, max.
  • Exhaustion: Energy is back in the last 2 weeks! I’ve napped maybe once a week, but I have been able to workout more, which is nice.
  • Nausea: Still around. I wake up nauseous every morning but it goes away quick.
  • Others: A lot more lower back/ round ligament pain.

Food Aversions: Eating is same/ normal with the exception of eating much veggies plus a few cravings here and there. Still have a bit of a gag reflex for them greens :(

Food Cravings: For the past couple of weeks it’s been:

  • Cereal (Special K, Fiber One & Kashi)
  • Smoothies
  • Raspberries
  • Skinny Pop Popcorn
  • Chocolate Cake/ Cupcakes
  • Dark Chocolate

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Maternity Clothes: I haven’t bought anything except one shirt. Still wearing M-L leggings and tops.

Stretch Marks: The stretch marks in the area between my chest and shoulders have slowed down developing. I’m sure it’s from the DD’s. Still with my daily cocoa butter/ coconut oil slathering.

Sleep: Sleep has been a struggle to get comfy and I have had a lot of cramping in the middle of the night!

Gender: It’s a girl; Samantha Julia <3

Baby Items Purchased: Just this cute set as an early “birthday gift” for Pat from Khol’s.

Looking Forward To: Baby shower in less then three weeks and meeting Samantha. #IsItSummerYet?

Question: Are you a smoothie lover?

Chocolate or vanilla for cake? Both?!

{For all things pregnancy related; click here.}

MIMM #25: Dates & Gains

Oh hello there marvelous sweetness! <3Marvelous is spending time with this guy.Enjoying a day out… And eating good food.Noms <3 Marvelous is making those #babygains.And fueling my body right.Hope everyone has a marvelous Monday! Thanks Katie for hosting MIMM :)

Question: Do you like mini golf?

Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

Thinking Out Loud #8: <3

Today’s thoughts?

Dresses {26Weeks} <3And all the Starbucks in the world!Donuts, can’t forget donuts!Fury friends… And pizza ;)I’ve been spinning more as of the past couple of weeks. I even did a double spin session on Wednesday, so a lot of carbs have been in order. #PostSpinSelfie.Thanks Amanda for hosting Thinking of Loud! Spin and donuts and lattes are on my mind this Thursday.

Question: What’s on yours?

MIMM #24: Good Vibes & Eats!

Good M[IMM]onday morning!This week was absolutely marvelous; Between getting good workouts… Hearing Samantha’s heartbeat, some good eats…And treats! Of course, marvelous snacks both sweet… and salty! Marvelous is kettlebells. Did you miss my Kettlebell Total Body torch workout from this weekend? Click here! Thanks Katie for hosting Marvelous in My MondayI hope everyone had a wonderful weekend :)

Question: What’s something marvelous from your week?

Have you tried any of the Ben & Jerry’s core ice creams?

Kettlebell Total Body Torch [Workout]

I’ve been having a blast using kettlebells!

Between doing TIU Kettle-toning and some of the Purely Twins Kettlebell 30 day challenge, I decided to make up one of my own kettlebells workouts to incorporate in my week.

I like kettlebells because not only are they good for strength training, it’s also great for cardio. Your heart-rate will go up and you’ll be sweaty, so be sure to fuel properly before and after.If you don’t have a Kettlebell, you can use dumbbells. I use a 10lb Kettlebell (sometimes 15lbs if I have the strength that day). This workout is a total body torch and works a little bit of everything – back, glutes, shoulders, abs, you name it. 

If you need form on any of these Kettlebell exercises, check out this website!

Warm-Up: 60 (to 80) Two-handed Kettlebell Swings (I divide into 4 sets of 15 (or 20) and rest 30 seconds in between)

Workout: Do 3-4 Sets!

  1. Squats to Press w/ Kettlebell – 12 Reps
  2. Single-handed Kettlebell swing – 8 Reps (Right Arm)
  3. Single-handed Kettlebell swing – 8 Reps (Left Arm)
  4. Upright Row – 12 Reps
  5. Kettlebell Lunge to Press – 8 Reps (Right Leg- Press up as you lunge forward)
  6. Kettlebell Lunge to Press – 8 Reps (Left Leg)
  7. Deadlift (Sumo Style) – 12 Reps
  8. Kettlebell Plank With Row – 8 Reps (Right Arm- Start in plank then row)
  9. Kettlebell Plank With Row – 8 Reps (Left Arm)

Cool-Down: 10 Minutes, your choice (Sometimes I do this yoga segment).

And there you have it, your kettlebell torch workout this morning! It usually takes me about 30-40mins to complete (depending on how many sets and speed). 

Remember to consult your doctor before performing this and any exercise routine.

Need your own personalized workouts or meal plans? Check out my online coaching here!

Question: Are you a Kettlebell fan?

Thinking Out Loud #7: Green Machine

This post may not be what you THINK.

I didn’t make a smoothie. But I did noticed that in 99% of my pictures this week, there is some form of green. Green scarf, green logo.More green logo :) #StarbucksLoverThinking green for work? And on my phone too! {25Weeks}Some green for baby <3And possibly for babyshower!That’s my “green machine” week for ya! I hope everyone has a good rest of the week and enjoys the weekend ahead.

Thanks Amanda for hosting “thinking out loud” Thursdays!

Question: What’s your favorite color? Are you a #StarbucksLover?