Thin Mint Protein Shake

After my shopping trip yesterday I was a little too excited to start making new things with all my delicious ingredients.  First on the list- A chocolate peppermint protein shake.  It ended up tasting like a Thin Mint cookie- my favorite Girl Scout Cookie! In drinkable form- it went down so smoothly. So I renamed it and called it the Thin Mint Protein Shake.

Ingredients:

2 handfuls of spinach

1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (only this amount-its really strong!)

2 cups vanilla almond milk

ice

blend all together.

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Don’t judge a shake by its color- this was a nasty green color but a lot of flavor!

Before making my protein shake, I hit the gym early to get in an intense workout.

I spent 30 minutes on the treadmill doing interval runs to complete 3 miles. Then I decided it was an arm day and created this circuit.

arm workout

I repeated it twice, using 10 lb dumbbells. I felt the burn.

After showering for the day and drinking my Thin Mint Protein Shake, I spent the morning studying for an exam.  To relieve me from the books, my friend Stephanie came to visit for an hour so we could catch up and chat.  I used this opportunity to snack on my new coconut milk yogurt and some Gluten-Free Chex Cereal I picked up!

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This is Stephanie 🙂

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And this is my delicious snack!

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Blueberry Cinnamon Chex Yogurt Goodness!

Happy Monday!

I’m off to work!

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Sunday Shopping

Well hello!

I hope your weekend is wrapping up to be a good one.  Mine was jam-packed with things to do and I barely had time to take pictures of it all! There definitely was not enough hours in the day.

So for the recap:

Friday night, Mike and I headed to dinner with my friends Erica, Rachel and Rachel’s boyfriend Harish.  We dined at Benihana’s , a Japanese restaurant where they cook the food in front of you! I was really excited to try the place, after hearing only good things about it.  Our chef was fabulous-he made is so we had dinner and a show.  He was very skilled at doing little tricks while cooking and cracking jokes the entire time.  I could barely eat because I was so busy watching him.  Almost every main dish comes with soup, salad, an appetizer and your entrée so there was more than enough food to go around.

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This soup was amazing! I ate mine and half of Mike’s as well.

I ordered the Benihana Colossal Mango Shrimp- and I highly recommend it.  The mango really added flavor to the shrimp and I finished every last bite.

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Erica and Rachel ordered the same thing, so it was definitely a group favorite.

Saturday, my dad was throwing a fundraiser so Mike and I stopped by for breakfast and some mingling.

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My parents (and grandma in the background).

We enjoyed some eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy (my favorite!), potatoes and fruit while everyone talked.  Coffee and pastries were also served and it turned out to be a lovely event.

Saturday afternoon, we stopped by Mike’s parents house and I learned how to make italian sausage.  Now for those of you looking for a decent arm workout without going to the gym- I highly recommend making italian sausage! My arms were burning after cranking all that sausage out!

Sunday consisted of grocery shopping (one of my favorite activities) and I wanted to share with you some of my finds!

I had read so many yummy recipes this past week that I wanted to try so I picked up a few ingredients I would need.

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1. Chia seeds- I read on Julie’s blog that these would thicken and fluff up my oats.  Plus you can put them in protein shakes and smoothies.

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2. pumpkin seeds- They were just calling to me at Whole Foods and I can put them in my oats or just snack on them.

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3. Ginger Snaps- but not just any ginger snaps, gluten-free, dairy free and wheat free ginger snaps!

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4. Gluten, Dairy and Soy free Blueberry Muffins-explanitory.

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5. Cookie Butter- a tasty twist on peanut butter, I’m going to add it to my protein shakes and see how it changes the flavors. I’m sure I can find other yummy uses for it as well 🙂

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6. Coconut milk yogurt- I had tried this brand’s version of yogurt made with almond milk and saw they had a coconut milk option as well.

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7. Dairy free Cheese- YES!

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8. Coconut Milk Hazelnut flavored creamer- to make my coffee extra tasty!

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9. Peppermint extract- I really want to try a peppermint and chocolate protein shake!

I picked up a few other things including bananas and salt.  I would say it was a successful trip! Recipes to come this week!

Now for a night of studying and some tea perhaps.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Yoga is now going to be a regular part of my routine! After class today, I hit the gym and ran two miles with interval speeds. On a whim, I decided to stop into the 7pm yoga class my gym offers and thank goodness I did! It was the most relaxing thing I’ve done in a long time. I spend one hour completely focused on my stretching, breathing and relaxing. It’s amazing what one hour of yoga can do for your sanity. With a crazy week full of tests, simulations and vacation planning, a yoga class was just what I needed to clear my mind. Leaving the gym, I felt at peace and ready to tackle the rest of the week. I also had forgiven myself of any lapses in diet for the day as well- thank you yoga instructor for giving me that ability.

With a clear head I made my way home to some spaghetti my grandmother had cooked.

I finished the night with a Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie, a recipe I’ve been trying to perfect since my Paleo Brownie.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup gluten-free flour
2 tablespoons dairy free chocolate chips
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

Mix together in a cup and microwave for 1 minute.

It might be even better than the brownie!

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What healthy desserts are you cooking up tonight?