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Post Dinner Treat

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So I have a major sweet tooth and that makes it really hard for me to stay healthy. Thankfully, I love smoothies and they are good sugar substitutes. I bought a papaya, some mangoes and bananas last week. I cut them all up and placed them in ziplock bags. Each bag has 1/4 cup cubed mangoes, 1/4 papaya and 1/2 a banana. The amount of milk I use depends on how thick I want my smoothie to be. For this one I used about 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk. You can use soy or coconut milk if you like. The soy milk didn’t mix well with the papaya but it could just be my taste buds.



Training Day 5: It felt great running through the pain.

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Training Day 5: It felt great running through the pain.

The plan was to only take a day off from training but thanks to rainy day, I was not able to keep that promise. The two days off from running were needed because I ran a longer distance today. I was not prepared for the leg cramps that came with today’s run though. I had to pause a few times to stretch and get myself together.

The plan was to get in at least 5 miles today but I had to stop at 4.25 miles after noticing that my family was tired of waiting on me. Yes, I took the family with me so they kids can enjoy the beautiful weather before it gets cold again.

I was so proud of my efforts that I decided to keep the momentum going and eat a yummy/healthy dinner. So I came home and made kale, bulgur and salmon for dinner which I then paired with my post run smoothie.

Below is the recipe for my post run smoothie


Shredded Kale














This is how I store my smoothie ingredients for each week. I am a planner when it comes to eating right or else I can’t keep up with my game plan of eating right and getting healthy.


This is the final product and it came out great…I should point out that I added 1 cup of coconut milk and 1/2 cup of water to my smoothie. I didn’t put exact measurements this time because I didn’t measure out my ingredients. I figured it would be better to just go with the flow and not be too rigid with this smoothie.

Well I better get going, “Scandal” is on and I am way too distracted by how great tonight’s episode’s is. I was somehow able to bake a loaf of banana bread for breakfast…it is a surprise for my munchkins who are fast asleep right now.

Thank you for stopping by 🙂

Smoothie Break: Morning date with my little Diva :-)

Smoothie Break: Morning date with my little Diva :-)

I have been feeling kind of blah for some time now. I thought it was due to a lack of sleep, but sadly it wasn’t. I had to take some time to think about it and then it hit me. I have been too relaxed with my diet. I decided to do a cleanse but this time I am going to do it my way. I bought a load of fruits and veggies…more than my usual amount. I got my glad zip lock bags and portioned out what I would need for each day and then placed them in the freezer.
Fast forward to this morning, I asked my almost three-year old about what she wanted to snack on since I stayed home from work. My little Diva said that she wanted popcorn and so I suggested we add a smoothie and “Curious George” movie to make it a complete a mommy/diva date. She agreed and so I made enough smoothie and popcorn for two… did she drink her smoothie? As of right now, it is still in her sippy cup while the popcorn is long gone. I am very tempted to grab her smoothie and drink it but I won’t because I know she needs the fruits and veggies as well. Well, I better get back to the diva before she decides to dump her smoothie on the floor. Wishing you all a blessed day and thanks again for stopping by. Below you will find the recipe to the smoothie I made, let me know if you like it in the comment section.

Berry Banana Smoothie

1/2 apple
1/4 cup spinach
1/8 cup blackberries
1/2 sliced strawberries
2 bananas
1 cup milk (I usually use unsweetened almond milk but I had to use regular milk today).

It is better to freeze all your fruits and veggies for at least 24 hours. This recipe made at least 2 servings but I didn’t measure so it could have been more than that. You can substitute the spinach for kale if you are not a fan of spinach.


Berry Banana Smoothie

Berry Banana Smoothie

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