My New Favorite Book…Simple Green Smoothies

Simple Green Smoothies by Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner is more than just a recipe book. The authors have written easy, real life guidelines and instructions for including whole delicious foods in your day. They make it so perfectly simple. They include practical information on washing, prepping and storing ingredients as well as info on different blender options. So helpful!

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Simple Green Smoothies by Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner

The 10-day Challenge is the ideal way to get started with green smoothies. The ingredients are all recognizable and easy to find. No exotic fruits you have to travel all over town for! Jen and Jadah talk to you, the reader, throughout the book in a friendly conversational way which makes it easy to follow along. All their recipes are gluten and dairy free for those that want or need it.

This is not what you would think of as a “fitness” book but the authors promote a fit and healthy, and most importantly, balanced lifestyle. If you need to make nutritional changes in your life this book and the green smoothie lifestyle is the perfect place to start. There are so many great recipes and simple ingredients to choose from. You’ll never be bored drinking the same thing every day.

My own green smoothie recipes were perfect for me but hit or miss with my kids. The Kid Friendly chapter in Simple Green Smoothies solved that problem. We haven’t tried all the recipes yet but the “Banana Split” and the “Happy Monkey” are big hits. And the ice pop recipes are genius!

I love oats but I never thought to add them to my smoothies until reading the Fitness Fuel chapter. This is now my new favorite ingredient! This chapter provides recipes for pre- and post-workout drinks that are so much better for you and tastier than pre-packaged, processed drinks.

I like that they include recipes for making your own nut milks and nut-free milks. Coconut milk…yum! Certainly, it’s convenient to buy them if you can find them but Jen and Jadah’s instructions make it so easy to make your own and ensure that you know exactly what you’re getting in your smoothie.

I can’t say enough great things about this book! I’ve made smoothies at home for a long time but Simple Green Smoothies has re-energized my blender and kicked me out of my rut.

P.S. I checked the book out of the library before buying it but you can find it on Amazon.com here Simple Green Smoothies: 100+ Tasty Recipes to Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Feel Great in Your Body

P.P.S. The above link is my Amazon.com Affiliate link…I have no financial affiliation with Simple Green Smoothies specifically.

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3 Reasons to LOVE Your Treadmill

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So tired of the rain…

Rain, Rain go away…

It has been raining for 17 days straight!

It’s not always a steady rain, sometimes it’s just a quick passing storm but, to say that I’m tired of it is an understatement! I don’t mind exercising in the rain. And, sometimes I even prefer it but this is getting old.

So my new mantra is “Learn to love your treadmill.” Here are 3 reasons why.

  1. Climate control! Obviously, when I’m on the treadmill I’m not getting rained on. I don’t need to wear a jacket or hat and I don’t have to strip in the garage to avoid dripping water through the house. I don’t have to worry that I’ll be caught in a thunderstorm and have to jump onto a random porch. I have a box fan in my exercise room so I can adjust it to have a breeze blowing during my workout and be perfectly comfortable on my treadmill.
  2. It’s flat! My treadmill only has hills if I want it to. There are hills all around my house. I love hills. They make for a great workout. But not on EVERY. SINGLE. RUN. Not having to run hills on occasion is a nice break. And my treadmill belt is cushier than the road so it helps when my back is a little achy.
  3. Pace control! Most of the time I run for distance and pace doesn’t matter to me. But, sometimes I want to race fast (who doesn’t!) So, my treadmill comes in handy for doing intervals at race pace when I’m training for a specific event.

Bonus reason: My treadmill is super close to a bathroom. (OK, this might actually be the most important reason!)

I like to be outside but there’s something to be said for having a simple, safe, convenient and trusty backup plan.

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I love my treadmill!

If I missed your favorite reason for loving your treadmill, let me know in the comments.

Happy exercising!

Quick Full Body Strength Plan

I had to take some time off from training and exercise due to medical reasons for the last few months. I did exercise when I could and when I felt up to it but it was nothing like my usual training level and nothing on a regular schedule. Instead of worrying about it,  I used  the opportunity to revise my fitness plan. I made it more streamlined and simpler so when I was ready, it would be easy to get back into it.

I didn’t start over from scratch but I certainly lost some strength and fitness so I went back to basics with a 3 days per week full body strength plan. I have 6 exercises that all use multiple muscle groups so its efficient. I do 2-3 sets of each exercise with 1 minute rest between sets. On the days I lift, I also do 20 minutes of cardio intervals and the days I don’t lift, I do longer cardio (trying to get back to a regular running routine!) and stretching.

Strength Program

  • Squats
  • Straight leg deadlifts with calve raises
  • Overhead dumbbell presses
  • Lat pull downs
  • Dumbbell chest press
  • Medicine ball Russian twists

My cardio intervals rotate between an elliptical machine, a treadmill and outside. After a quick warmup, I do 1 minute fast, 1 minute slow for 15-20 minutes and that’s it!

Happy Exercising!