Thursday, July 7, 2011

My favorite part of the day

Mornings are my favorite part of the day, there is nothing better than watching the sun come up while drinking a cup of coffee. I also love to get up early to get my workout in before taking on the rest of the day. On days I do sleep in I feel out of sorts the rest of the day, like I have wasted half the day and am running behind. Being such a morning person helps me get my morning workouts in but makes evening workouts, like masters swimming tonight difficult for me. If I had my way I would have the early bird special of dinner at 5pm and in bed no later than 9pm.

Are you a morning person, if not how do you motivate yourself to get through morning workouts?

I was feeling super uninspired about breakfast this morning, my normal variations on oatmeal are getting really old so I decided to break out the blender and make myself a green monster. This morning I decided to keep things simple:
  • 1 banana
  • a couple handfuls of spinach
  • 1 cup of vanilla soy milk
  • 1 scoop a vanilla whey protein
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
I threw thew this all in the blender and let it run for two minutes.
Then I added about two cups of ice, blended for another thirty seconds and I had a great banana breakfast shake.
I love green monsters because it's one of the only ways that I get vegetables into my breakfast. This was the first time I have included chia seeds, I think I could taste them a little but it wasn't unpleasant. It was a great way to start my day!

Do you have ways you like to get vegetables into your diet?


  1. I'm not a huge veggie fan so I try to incorporate them right into the meal, rather than "on the side". I usually have about 2 cups of finely chopped veggies in my breakfast eggy scramble on toast...peppers, onions, zucchini, spinach.

    My lunch is usually a stir fry and I'll get another 2 cups of those same veggies in that meal.

    If I have a smoothie, there's another 2 cups of spinach...and I'm already at 6 cups of veggies in those three meals. See...not so hard :-)

  2. I'm not a morning person, but for some reason, I hate having my workouts looming so no matter how tired I am, I try to get them done early!

    That smoothie looks awesome. I'm so in awe of all you create chefs! :)