Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Drink Your Fruit: Strawberry Banana Smoothie

A favorite "snack" in our house is the smoothie. Seeing as how I don't eat nearly enough fruit or veggies, I figured if I can pack as much fruit as possible into one drink, maybe I'll meet my quota.

I've discovered the secret for packing each smoothie with as much fruit as possible is to cut the ice and freeze the fruit instead. The ice is what normally gives the smoothie it's thick texture, but by freezing some of the fruit, you still get a very cold and thick drink with more fruit and less water. Directions on how I freeze my fruit is below.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie (about 16oz):

1 cup frozen strawberry pieces
1 medium banana cut in chunks
1 cup 100% juice (I used strawberry/kiwi. You can really use any juice you want, it will just change the flavor)

Place them all in the blender and liquefy. You may need to tilt your blender back and forth to get everything blended evenly. Pour and garnish with a strawberry if you want, otherwise, just enjoy.

**note: I've found that I need to use some fruit that's fresh and not frozen. If I don't, I need to use a lot more juice to blend it all up right**

Individually frozen fruit chunks:
This can be done in advanced and in bulk. The frozen fruit pieces can then be stored in air tight bags till you want to use them.

Take your fruit (in this case I used strawberries) and cut them up into smaller pieces. Not too small, maybe .5 inch to 1 inch cubes. Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper and spread the fruit in a single layer on the wax paper. Place the sheet in the freezer and freeze the fruit. Once it's frozen solid you can move the fruit to freezer baggies to be used for later or pop them in your blender with the other ingredients.

I've frozen banana, mango, strawberry, orange, and pineapple like this and it works great.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Mundane Mondays

I think Mondays are one of the hardest days of the week for me. The others right up there with Mondays would be Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The most difficult thing about a Monday for me is that I have to go from weekend routine to weekday routine. Last night I was up till 1:00 with the hubs. I was spinning (on a spindle, not a bike) and he was working on the 'puter. This morning I had an 8:30 Zumba class. I like that class. The instructor is great and I'm doing my cardio workout in a very fun and energetic way. But in order to get there before the class fills up (I don't want to dance in the hall... it just feels awkward) I need to be up by 6:30 to make sure I have the two children who I'm taking with me ready with snacks and an extra diaper in tote and we all need to be out the door by 8:00. Morning classes are a good thing... they get me started in the morning. but after that I'm pretty much rendered useless for the rest of the day.

I think I need to exercise more.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Daylight Savings -- El Sucko

This whole spring forward fall back thing is really throwing my already delicate sleep cycle into a full-on downward spiral. I'm a night owl, always have been, and I find myself up at 2:00am with no sign of slowing. No caffine, no excess carbs at night, my body just thinks it's 1:00am (which for me feels just right). And mornings... ugh! I am having such a hard time getting up by 7:00 to make my 8:30 class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Let alone the fact that the kids don't wake up at 7:00 either because they, like I, think it's 6:00.

I need to get a more routene sleep pattern. I keep telling myself that 10:30 is a wonderful time to go to bed, but something always keeps me up. That something happens to be me :shrug:. But! for now, 10:30 is my aim and every so often, I actually hit it right on the bulseye -- but not lately, because daylight savings stuff is totally throwing off my grove.

No one ever asks for a muffin top...

... at least in my experience that's true. My muffin top was quite a number of years in the making and it wasn't because that was my aim and goal.

Let me be the first to tell you that growing up, I was not the skinniest girl on the block. I wasn't the fattest either. But, to quote my childhood pediatrician, "Amie will have to be careful about what she eats." Well, three kids and many chocolate bars later, Amie has not been very careful about what she eats and now... well lets just say this blog didn't accidentally end up with its name.

Though I have become accustomed to looking at it and have resigned myself to the fact that it even exists, I would so enjoy my little muffin curves to be replaced by a smoother, sleaker, upgrade type line. Kind of like trading it in for a newer model.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Meet Miss Muffin Top

Hello there. I'm Amie. :hello Amie: . I'm a 20 something wife and mother of 3 children who, yes... has a muffin top. I've struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. It's funny how our perspective on weight changes though. Now, I look back with fond memories of the size 5 pants I used to scorn. They weren't a size 3 and that was unacceptable... I miss you size 5s. Admittedly I don't look like I'm over weight, thank you broad shoulders and short stature, but being 145lbs when a person of my size is supposed to be 120lbs -- it's a bit rough on the body. When you're small, gaining 5 pounds can look and feel like 10. This blog is to help me keep a good perspective on my weight management endeavor. Not just the exercise part but the balanced life part. I really stink at the balanced life part. This is a place for me to muse about the oddities and observations that will undoubtedly come with my new adventure. I would love for you to join me in my journey and hopefully we can have a good number of laughs along the way.