This week begins the Green Smoothie challenge, so I am buying fruits as per the provided shopping list (just what I do not have). I am replacing two meals a day with a smoothie, so I will not need too much outside of that. Just a note, I will put fish on this list, but I buy my fish from a seafood market on the day I intend to cook it because it is freshest and thus tastiest that way.
Fresh Fruit & Vegetables
Meat & Fish
Broccoli & Cauliflower Mix
Pasta, Beans, & Seeds
Pre-prepared food from Health Store
I am a Floridian, so I regularly make seafood dishes. One day I found myself on Youtube looking for new ways to cook Salmon and I ran across this amazing video by Chef Gordon Ramsay. I have made Salmon using his method several times, and each time I ended up with perfect, tasty fish.
I have been eating salads this week, hearty happy salad’s. All by using the instructions in a pin from pinterest, I bought more than one food in order to have options (check out my grocery list for this week for deets). I have actually been enjoying eating salads, its been kind of fun making different combos, some with chicken and some without. I have used Ken’s Lite Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette as my dressing all week. I love this dressing because although it is obviously low in calories, it is very very tasty. I also have blue cheese dressing for dipping carrots and salad, but I haven’t used it yet. The pin below turned out to be a nice little gem:
I want continue to do easily accessible fitness that I do not have to pay for at least until my gym membership runs out. I really do not see the sense in paying more each month to get my fitness in. I rather spend the money on fun active things, clothes, etc. So, I have been scouring Youtube for a channel that will give my the type of workouts I like to do, that can be done either at the gym or at home because I do not want to be dependent on my gym. Why Youtbe? Because I can access it on my tv and phone making it a great portable workout source. After looking at several great fitness channels, I decided on Zuzka Light:
Her workouts are short, she explains each workout, their free, and I aspire to have a body that looks more like hers. I intend to do at least 4 ZWOW’s each week, and I will take a run each week for a total of 5 workouts. I will also continue to go to Tennis twice a week, because I am enjoying myself (I am learning to play, so its not much of a workout yet), and I plan to start belly dancing classes next month (again in the beginner stage, so not much of a workout, just fun).
I will take Before pics next Monday and post them along with the first ZWOW I choose to do.
For the month of April I have decided to do a 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge, hosted by the Simple Green Smoothies website. I am going to drink two green smoothies a day and stay away from processed foods.
You can check out the website by clicking the photo above, I would be happy to have people join me for the month. I also plan to challenge myself to eating Quinoa instead of brown rice next month. I will do a separate post about the benefits of Quinoa, and share recipes along the way. I ate Quinoa with my meal last night, and I do not think that commitment will be a problem. In preparation for next month, I went to my local health food store and stocked up on Quinoa (just half a lb), and some fresh fruit (farmer’s market/grocery store sale items). My goal for the next week is to take advantage of sales and strawberry season by buying fresh fruit and freezing it. If you have never done so before, its quite easy and much more tasty than the fruit you buy previously frozen. So far, I have frozen banana, mango, pineapple, and strawberry.
Frozen pineapple, strawberries, mango
The simplegreensmoothie.com people will send a grocery list before the challenge begins, so I will buy more fruit and my greens then. I am excited to see what this challenge does for my body. Once I decide on my fitness challenge for next month I will report in.
I use this app in order to keep track of my list and pricing.
I plan to start posting my grocery list every time I shop. This will give an idea of what I eat to stay healthy and happy. At some point I will do a video of what’s in my pantry and refrigerator. I will not put the prices of things, but I will say that I shop my grocery store’s weekly ad, at my local farmers market’s, and my local health food stores. Between the three I get the most bang for my buck.
Canned Goods & Soups:
Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Dairy, Eggs & CHeese
Chobani Greek Yogurt
Monterey Jack Cheese (slices for sandwiches)
Gorganzola Cheese (chunks for salad)
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Yellow & Orange Bell Pepper
Organic Lemon Juice
Meats & Seafood
Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
Grains & Pastas
Jiffy Popcorn Kernal’s
Spices, Nuts, & Baking
I tried Zumba for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to just try something new for the purpose of cardio and to keep myself interested in an active lifestyle. The studio was spacious and very friendly. The instructor greeted me and gave me tips on squats and the proper form for the class to come, which I thought was very helpful. The instructor was a personal trainer as well as a certified Zumba instructor.
I have to say, overall the class was fun! I enjoyed the music, the instructor was very upbeat and obviously enjoyed what she was doing. The ladies in the class were very engaged in the whole experience and very encouraging. However, I have to say, it wasn’t enough of a workout for me. I like to really sweat and work hard, and although Zumba was fun, I didn’t really sweat much. I really just don’t think aerobic dance is for me.