Our sun is out. The forecast looks good for this big weekend filled with family, beer and moving. Excited!!
You know how there are fru-fru salads and entrée salads?
Fru-frus are made with mixed greens, maybe a few nuts or a cheese and a dressing. They’re light and not that filling, but perfect as an appetizer or side.
Then there are entrée salads – filled with bigger portions of lettuce and vegetables and often with a protein source like fish, chicken, egg or shrimp on top – and served with a slice of bread. That’s a meal.
Same thing goes for smoothies! If you make your smoothie out of 100% fruit or fruit juice, it’s a nice snack, but would hardly keep me feeling full for more than an hour or so.
In my house, I make entrée smoothies. Filled with bulkier ingredients that add more protein, whole grains + fat and keep me satisfied for 4 hours. Add things like yogurt, cottage cheese, soy or organic cow’s milk [almond milk has little protein], oatmeal, cereal on top, chia or flax seeds, bread croutons, nut butters, tofu and more in addition to a fruit base. Think of the smoothie in 5 parts to get about 500 calories (about 1/3 of meals for the day + snacks to get to 1800-2000 that most women need]: fruit, protein, complex carbs, fats, garnish.
Today’s Blend included:
- Banana [fruit, duh]
- Blackberries [fruit, duh]
- 1 cup milk [protein]
- 1/4 cup dry Quaker Old Fashioned Oats [complex carbs]
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds [fat/protein]
- 1 tbsp sunflower butter [fat/protein]
- Cville Crunch [garnish/complex carbs/fat]
More Lipton. Mom, I think I’m drinking the stash you left here for YOU the next time you visit! Oops!
Unfortunately, I slept horribly last night. I woke up with a racing mind of all the things I have to do + manage these next few days. I’m not sure if that was the cause or side effect of insomnia, but I ended up also feeling very hungry and came down to have a little bowl of granola. When I have insomnia, sometimes I think it’s good to do something different than lying in bed – so getting up, doing something, and coming back to bed often helps me get back to sleep. The snack worked! But alas, I’m tired and headachy this morning.
Sunshine = BIKING!!!