Here's what I ate today: Breakfast was a quick blend of a smoothie before taking the kids to their Jiu Jitsu class. I blended together 1 banana, 3/4 c. frozen blueberries, 1/2 c. frozen strawberries, 1 tbsp. natural creamy peanut butter, 2 scoops of Jarrow Formulas Hemp Protein Powder, about 1/2 c. reduced sugar plain almond milk and about 1/2 c. chocolate almond milk. Blend up until smooth and enjoy! It is a super tasty way to start the day. We have tried a couple of hemp protein powders and really like the Jarrow Formulas brand. It blends well into smoothies without too strong of a taste and no grittiness like some hemp protein powders have. We purchase ours from Amazon. Here is a link to it on amazon.com: http://amzn.com/B001GKXT24.
Lunch was a GF ham sandwich topped with spinach, dijon mustard and a little mayonnaise with a side of caprese salad and sliced nectarines with fresh blueberries. Caprese salad is a simple summer salad. It is typically made up of fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and fresh mozzarella dressed with a little salt and olive oil. Our fresh basil was not quite ready to eat yet and we didn't have fresh mozzarella. We improvised and used dried basil and sliced up a mozzarella cheese stick. It may have not been the most tradition, but it was still quite tasty. You can't be afraid to improvise in the kitchen; go with what you have and make it work. You may just be pleasantly surprised. :)
For dinner we had grilled chicken breast, the rest of the leftover green and yellow beans with carrots, a side of jasmine rice and deviled eggs. Deviled eggs can be a wonderful side dish. They don't need as much mayo as you might think. Equal parts of mustard (I love them mixed with dijon mustard.) and mayo, and a dash of salt. Mix until smooth and you have delicious deviled eggs.
After the kids went to bed, my husband and I decided to watch the movie "Serenity". We were really looking forward to watching this movie since we finished the "Firefly" TV series the weekend before. "Firefly", in case you never saw it, is a Joss Whedon space western drama (with a healthy touch of comedy) series that aired for one season in 2002-2003. It is a really great television show! It caused quite a lot of disappointment when it was canceled after one season and it has quite the cult following. Because of the fans love of the show, Joss Whedon produced the movie "Serenity" in 2005 to wrap up the story. We really enjoyed the TV series a lot and were so excited to watch the movie. And it did not disappoint. Along with this great movie watching, I was hungry for a tasty treat to eat too. I made a little chocolate and cherry sundae with all natural chocolate ice cream, fresh sliced cherries and whipped cream. Great movie and great treat! I highly recommend you try both, but make sure you watch "Firefly" first. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Here's how I exercised today:
I decided to do a kettlebell workout with my husband. He's been doing kettlebells for a while and he asked me if I wanted to join him today. We turned on some good music (I think it was a R.E.M. album on YouTube.) and worked out with kettlebells for about 40 minutes. It was a good workout and a lot of fun to workout with him. I wasn't going too hard since I'm a kettlebell newbie with preexisting joint issues and he was concerned about me hurting myself the first time. So sweet. :) So after we completed the workout I asked him if he was game to go a little longer. He was, so I introduced him to the Tone It Up routines. We did the Bikini Body Routine 2! BIKINI SERIES ☀. This 14:07 minutes routine is a whole body workout. He really enjoyed it and by the end we both had worked up quite a sweat. It may only be 14 minutes but those girls give you a really great workout in a short time! You can find the routine here: http://youtu.be/4RQ4EL8e8bI.