Posts tagged ‘banana’

I take my coffee iced.

I cannot believe it, I am on my 28th day of the 30 day Bikram yoga challenge!  I actually missed a day last week (which is allowed), so I have to take two classes today to make up for it.  9am class done… now it’s time to refuel and prepare myself for an afternoon class.

Normally I am so not a coffee drinker, but for some reason after class the idea of coffee sounded so good to me.  Maybe it was that Starbucks I walked by on the way home… Anyway, I knew that buying a soy latte was probably the worst thing to do after a 105 degree yoga class, so I decided on the next best thing… a slushy Coffee Smoothie in a Bowl!  Here’s what I used:

  • 1/2 a very large banana I had in the fridge (frozen would be even better!)
  • 5 ice cubes
  • handful baby spinach
  • 1 date (pitted) – to add some extra sweetness
  • 1 tsp instant decaf coffee (I use Mount Hagen brand)
  • 2-4 drops vanilla extract
  • a pinch salt
  • 1 tsp psyllium husk (to add a little fiber for fullness factor)

Using my Vitamix and the handy temper tool, I blended everything until it was the consistency of soft serve ice cream and scooped it in a bowl.  Normally I use frozen bananas to make it more like ice cream, but since I had none on hand I stuck my bowl in the freezer to firm up a bit while showering.  So, so good – it brings a whole new meaning to “iced coffee”.   😉    

Well guys, I’m going to relax for a bit after my tough class this morning.  I always have more trouble in morning Bikram classes because I’m all stiff from just waking up.  It’s totally worth it though because after it I feel energized, yet so calm and ready to face the day.  Especially after doing so many days in a row now, I just feel as though my energy levels have gone up so much – not making me hyper though – just making me feel like I can never tire.  I love it!


March 26, 2011 at 11:19 am 1 comment

Heal the world (and my legs!)

Happy Earth Day everybody!!  It’s been a few days since the marathon, but I am finally feeling like my old self.  Despite a little lingering muscle soreness, I was itching to get moving today.  I didn’t want to push it though and cause any  trauma to my legs since they’re still healing from the marathon so I figured it was a good day for the pool.  20 laps and I called it a day!

I was hungry and soo not in the mood to cook tonight so I just broiled a few Dr. Praegers Cali burgers and had them over a bed of lettuce with some Dijon mustard.

…with a side of sauerkraut of course and some steamed edamame sprinkled with salt.

Dessert was ah-mazing – Earth Day Ice Cream!  I threw about 2 chopped frozen bananas, a handful of spinach and a tiny splash of peppermint extract into my Cuisinart and blended until the consistency of soft-serve ice cream, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides.    Topped with some agave mixed + cocoa powder.   It was love at first bite! 😀

In honor of Earth Day, try to do your part in going green.  Caring about the environment really matters, not just for you but for the future generation as well.  Who doesn’t want to keep the world clean for their future kiddies?  Here’s a few ways I try to do my part:

  • Taking public transportation/ walking as much as possible
  • Buying organic, locally grown foods as much as possible
  • Eating mostly vegan (learn how eating meat affects the environment HERE)
  • Bringing cloth bags to the grocery store
  • Educating those around me about how to help

April 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm 4 comments

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