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.

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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.

Seasons Confused

With the Chicago weather going back and forth between spring and winter, I woke up thinking of fall. (Strange I know) Breakfast was a little creative and a lot of flavor! I toasted some gluten-free waffles and topped them with a pumpkin sauce and cinnamon apples.

Ingredients:
3 waffles
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of pumpkin spice
1 apple
2 tablespoon honey

Heat the pumpkin, milk, cinnamon, honey and pumpkin spice together on stovetop until melted into a nice cream sauce.

While that is simmering, cut up apple and mix together in a bowl with 1 tablespoon honey and a dash of cinnamon.

Pumpkin sauce should be creamy but not very thick. Do not bring to a boil. Add more milk if very thick ( I’m taking a guess as to how much milk I used- I really just poured it in until it was the consistency I wanted)

Top waffles with sauce and apples for a fall flavored breakfast!

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This was just enough to get me going for a day full of classes!

Chocolate and Strawberry Oats

After class, I needed some dinner to bring with me to work. Working at a department store, the food options are anything but healthy. Most of the time, I end up bringing my lunch or dinner. Today I decided I wanted breakfast for dinner! Actually the oats were just staring at me and I wanted to try a new recipe with them- and I could put them in a container. I ended up making Chocolate and Strawberry Oats.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup oats (mine were gluten-free and dairy free!)

1 cup vanilla almond milk

1 tablespoon cocoa

mix and heat in microwave for 3 minutes until the oats are nice and steamy!

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I cut up some strawberries to top it off. It tasted like chocolate covered strawberries with some oats on the side 🙂

These were yummy and portable.

I swear I do my best thinking in the car, especially at night on the way home. As I am driving home, I was seriously thinking about how I can amp up my clean eating. I am really trying to go as unprocessed as possible- without being a freak about it. However, I need things that I can take with me to work or class.

Any ideas? What foods can you not go without?

The other thing that has been on my mind- NASM. I really want to do it! I am going to kick up my workouts and do more research on the certification. I am really interested in what jobs are available once you are certified or what opportunities open up because you have the certificate.

 

Cinnamon and Some Arms

What a day! Let’s start with Breakfast. It was all about the cinnamon this morning! Here’s what I came up with:

Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oats

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Ingredients:

3/4 cup of oats

1/2 cup of milk ( I chose vanilla almond of course!)

1 1/2 tablespoon of apple butter

2 teaspoons of brown sugar ( I used honey as a substitute)

mix ingredients all together and leave in fridge overnight

In the morning:

splash oats with a little more milk to get everything moving

Cut up 1/2 an apple, add as topping

sprinkle cinnamon to finish!

 

The apple butter really gave the oats a nice flavor, I would also suggest using peanut butter! The oats were yummy and filling! I paired the oats with a delicious cup of coffee topped with foamy almond milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon (to go with my cinnamon kick!).

Oats will definitely be a regular breakfast food- you can do so much with them!

I spent the entire afternoon in class so an on-the-go lunch was necessary. I packed my beautiful new almond milk yogurt vanilla flavored.

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I was really surprised at how filling this was. I paired it with some organic banana chips and a protein smoothie.

The protein smoothie was really simple:

1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

1 cup vanilla almond milk

lots and lots of ice

It was more of a slushy!

For my afternoon workout, I wanted to work my upper body to give my legs a rest! They have been doing a lot of work these last few days! Especially after my Abs Glutes and Thighs workout!

My workout started with 30 minutes on the elliptical and then a nice S-T-R-E-T-C-H. I followed with this:

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It was quick but it did what I needed it to- to work out the arms!

Hope your day was productive!

 

I have been thinking about making a Facebook for Short and Healthy. Do other bloggers find it very helpful? Or should I just stick with Twitter??

 

 

 

Blueberry Vanilla Protein Pancakes

It’s strange how  your body reacts from food. Saturday night was Mike’s mom’s birthday and we went out to celebrate.  Lets just say 2 pieces of bread, fried calamari and a huge piece of carrot cake later- my body was screaming-PLEASE STOP! It was all sooo delicious but I was paying for it the next day. Sunday I was really achy (half just from being sore), I had a headache all day and above all just did not feel good.  I went to bed early- and woke up late.  I had every intention of going to the gym this morning but when I woke up for my alarm- my body was telling me I needed a few more hours of shut eye.  So I listened and thank god I did.  I woke up 2 hours later like I had just awoke from a coma- I guess I really needed some sleep! However, I feel 100x better this morning and I will be at the gym this afternoon!

For breakfast this morning, I have been looking for recipes to incorporate my protein powder without it being in a shake.  So I came up with these: Blueberry Vanilla Protein Pancakes

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup gluten-free flour

1 scoop of vanilla creme whey protein powder

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

splash of cinnamon

1 cup blueberries

I suggest smashing the blueberries up.  The gluten-free flour makes the batter liquidy and the pancakes not very fluffy so it was a little difficult to flip them and keep the blueberries from rolling all over the pan.  This won’t be a problem if you substitute with another kind of flour. I also added some honey on top for a bit of sweetness

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They were yummy-very vanillaey. And I love pancakes so these hit the spot.

Now that I’m starting my day on the right foot- I have lots to do! Going back to school.  Later tonight I’ll post my workout as well.

Have a great day!

 

What foods can you not eat anymore?

The Things In My Cart

After a full week of blogging, I have to say I’m addicted! So short and healthy is here to stay! I love doing it for myself just to track my food and push myself to try new things and the fact that others are reading it is a nice added bonus! So thank you! I’ve also decided that with my hectic schedule- planning is going to be key to my success. This means planning out my meals and workouts a week in advance so I’m not scrabbling half way through the week trying to find something healthy to eat- this is when bad decisions are made!

Here come the excel spreadsheets and organized workouts! (Can you tell I’m a type A personality?) I’m super excited!

I went shopping Friday to stock up on some goodies for the week before school starts back up. Here are some more awesome things I found! And took pictures of!

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The almond milk yogurt I mentioned!

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Dairy free chocolate chips! A paleo friendly chocolate chip cookie recipe will be in your future!

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Gluten-free oats! Oatmeal for breakfast this week!

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Again the organic banana chips I found! – but the picture of the bag that they come in!

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Beef jerky! For an on the go treat!

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Cacao nibs- to spice up my protein smoothies and desserts!

I also stocked up on almond milk, produce, gluten-free flour, eggs, and protein powder!
I found a small milk frother so my morning coffee looked like this:

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Foamy Vanilla almond milk topped my coffee and it was yummy! Two thumbs up for that. The best part is the milk frother is small enough for me to take back to school with me- so more homemade lattes!
That didn’t stop me from picking up my soy latte this afternoon at work though!

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What items are your favorite to grab at the grocery store? Anything new I should try?