Pieces of Me

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Let’s Talk Smoothies

Stephen and I have really been trying to get healthy and be active.  We both realize that we need to lose weight.  This is the first time in a long time, though, where Stephen has actively been involved in the process and actually being a willing participant.

I have started jogging.  Well, I like to call it walogging.  I’m not fast at all, and I am still jog/walking – with my walk time being more than my jog time.  I know in a few weeks that will flip, but until then, I’m will keep on keeping on.  And I’m not convinced that my jog is really a jog anyway.  LOL

Stephen was intrigued when someone brought up to him the system Body by Vi.  It’s essentially a meal replacement shake that you drink 2 times a day and then eat a sensible dinner.  This system has had great success just like a lot of others out there.  In fact, the person who recommended it to Stephen has lost 25 lbs  (possibly more) in a very short amount of time.  But just like with processed things, you learn about the product.  The product is soy based and contains artificial sweeteners.  This person’s wife tried the product and learned that she has a soy intolerance, just like I do.  Soy makes me feel really funky, gives me mood swings, and makes me HOT, and not sexy hot.  Hahaha.  Anyway, you learn it’s not for everyone – and that’s okay.  What works for one may not work for another.

But that got the wife (I feel really weird saying the wife, but I don’t want to use names since I don’t have permission) and I talking about the convenience of a smoothie breakfast.  How quick and easy it is, so we’ve been playing with some recipes.  Stephen wants to try the homemade smoothie route – and see if he can get similar results without having to pay extra for a product. 

So now we are on a mission.  To find recipes for amazingly healthy smoothies that will help us stay full. 

Yesterday we didn’t have much of anything so we created a smoothie with a handful of strawberries, a handful of blueberries, probably a cup of coconut milk, Stephen threw in a banana, some vanilla stevia, and 2 tbs of ground chia seeds.  If you haven’t read about the benefits of chia, you are missing out. Smile 

The smoothie was pretty good.  I wish I had used the banana, too, because mine was pretty tart. 

The smoothie did it’s job for Stephen.  It kept him full for the morning.  I had just come back from a run so it did get my blood sugar back up (I could tell, I’m not 100%), but I was hungry by midmorning. 

This morning we woke up and mixed it up a bit – Stephen’s consisted of strawberries, banana, and 6 oz of orange juice along with the ground chia seeds and a little vanilla stevia.  Mine was orange juice, 1/4 cup strawberries, 1/4 cup peaches, 1/4 cup raspberries, a whole banana and some chia seeds.  I can tell this will keep me full.  And it was AMAZING.  Let me tell you.  Sooo good! 

So that’s the start of our smoothie mission. 

We are also walking together as a family (kids are riding their bikes) for a mile in the evenings.  Tonight it will just be Stephen and me since the kids will be at church with Grandma. But that will give Stephen’s legs a chance to rest a bit since he’s been busy chasing after Hannah on her bike.  His legs haven’t see this much activity in a long time.  He’s hurting – but it’s a good hurt.  Winking smile