Woodstock Foods

Chai Cherry Nut Butter Protein Smoothie

YES...The title of this smoothie sounds as good as it tastes! All of my absolute favorites in one jar is the absolute perfect smoothie combination to have after a sweaty summer workout. Join me over the next couple of weeks with FitApproach for the #SummerChallenge and spread the word about Bob's Red Mill Nutritional Boosters!

Last week I received this big old box of deliciousness from Bob's Red Mill and FitApproach. There are enough protein powders, flavors, and recipes to last me for months. High-Fives to this #SummerChallenge that will entail lots of healthy and delicious recipes. I am a BIG fan of Bob's Red Mill products, so I was very excited to be chosen to review their new products. 

I am very skeptical when it comes to protein powders because a lot of the time I do not agree with the ingredients and neither does my body. I also do not rely on protein powders as they are not REAL foods, but they are a great substitute for getting the protein, calories, and nourishment that my body needs while training. Plus, when you find a good protein powder, the recipe creations are endless...Happy Belly = Happy Katie! 

Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods produces more than 400 products, including a full line of certified gluten free products and an extensive line of certified organic products. With a wide variety of whole-grain products—from flours and hot cereals to baking mixes and grains—Bob’s Red Mill has “whole grain foods for every meal of the day.” An Employee-Owned company, Bob’s Red Mill is the nation’s leader in stone milling and is dedicated to producing natural foods in a natural way. They stone grind all common and many uncommon grains into flours and meals on over one-hundred- year-old mills. With all of the sophisticated knowledge of recent times, no machinery has yet been developed that grinds grains into flour as well as these slow-turning, flint-hard quartz millstones of the kind used by millers since ancient times. I LOVE this company and their product and I hope that after reading this post you will check them out and possibly even make some purchases and join the #SummerChallenge to live a healthy and active Summer! 

And now onto that smoothie...

Ingredients: 

Directions: 

  • Add all ingredients into your blender! (I use the Ninja Blender and LOVE IT)
  • Blend until smooth as can be;
  • Pour into an "almost empty" nut butter jar of choice;
  • Top with remaining cherries and ENJOY!

I love everything about this smoothie and I hope you will try it sometime this Summer! I think next time I am going to make a Vanilla Mango Nut Butter Smoothie...Mangoes are the fruit of the week that I have been currently crushing on. Yes...they are a pain in the butt to peel, but 100% worth it...Stay tuned...Happy Monday Friends! XOXO

What are YOUR favorite Bob's Red Mill products?

Thursday Thoughts

Time is FLYING...POOF just like that May is already coming to an end and I cannot believe how quickly the days, weeks, and months disappear 30 miles out at sea! No matter how early I start my morning, there just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day. I have been busy and learning to manage my time better...stop working at a certain time...and really just doing "what I can when I can". For example, I always have good intentions of putting together 2 blog posts per week, but something comes up and I realize I just can't do it. There is not enough quality time to put together a quality piece...so why force it! Plus, when you are managing 4 social media accounts, clients, and blogging, it leaves little time to have FUN...and this woman needs to have FUN, so I am working on doing just that! 

Thursday Thoughts

My workouts have been STRONG...I am back in the gym and back to strength training and it feels good and I feel strong! Lately, I have been doing 60-minute workouts that entail cycling or running and then focusing on a specific muscle group. Right now I am doing higher repetitions, lower weights, and lots of CORE work! I also like to take a late afternoon break and disconnect with Lucy. We will walk the streets and just be! Sometimes they are quick...sometimes long...We just go with it and look at all the pretty houses and just soak it all in...Beautiful island life! 

Michele's Granola is DELICIOUS...Yesterday's weather was AMAZING and I am a happy camper that I can now spend more time outside on the porch working, eating, and let Little Lucy run crazy! She is very very very happy. But this granola...OMG! The clusters, the crunch, the flavor...DELISH! I put some into an almost empty Crunchy Peanut Butter Woodstock-Foods jar + a sliced banana + some blueberries and it was ridiculously good. I have been craving bananas this week. Before slicing them, I actually like to put them in the fridge for a good 30 minutes so that they are cold when eaten. And I definitely searched the bag for the large clusters and had some on the side as well.

Slow Cooked Costco Ribs are ALWAYS a good idea...I love making these Costco ribs!!! They are so delicious, fatty, and some seriously delicious comfort food. I bake it in the oven at 250 degrees covered for 5 hours. The last 15 minutes, I uncover them and bake at 400 degrees to get them crispy! This time around I paired it with roasted cauliflower, which was seasoned with Simply Organic seasonings, and cole slow. Oh and don't forget the hot sauce! 

Thursday Thoughts

 Currently Obsessed With The TV Show The Night Manager...It is a great mini-series and the main character is HOT...This show is AMAZING and Tom Hiddleston is just dreamy! I stumbled upon this show on a lazy Sunday and was immediately hooked. It is mysterious, scandalous, and sit on the edge of your seat captivating. The last episode was last night and I cannot wait to watch it later this weekend. And it definitely helps that Tom has an accent, great fashion, body, looks, and charisma. Swooning..... 

Thursday Thoughts

That kind of wrap things up before the holiday weekend! I have a lot of post ideas that I want to share next month, but like I said, I just need the time to put them together. Be on the lookout for some workouts, recipes, and what my single life is like on Nantucket...That should definitely be a good one! Until then...Have a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend and see you next week! XOXO

What is your favorite show as of lately?

Granola or cereal? 

 

 

The Aftermath of the CLEANSE

It is time to get REAL friends and I am not holding back regarding my feelings about the cleanse that I completed over a week and a half ago...I needed time to recover. I needed time to think about how I was going to express my feelings and concerns. I needed time to just put it all together and make sure I was giving you the best version of me. When I first wrote about the cleanse and "Slowing Down and Practicing Self-Care" I felt confident, positive, and ready, but things kind of turned quickly, and it wasn't pretty. To be honest...the last half of the cleanse was horrible. I could have quit, but I am not one to give up. I sucked it up and pushed through. 

The Aftermath of the CLEANSE

The PROS...  (there are not many)

  • It forced me to slow down physically. I was only practicing yoga and walking with Lucy. I even took a Restorative Yoga class, which shockingly I have never done and it felt AMAZING! Grateful for the yoga community at Dharma Yoga Nantucket and the comforting and peaceful practices I had that week. 
  • I kept very very hydrated!
  • I was reminded how much I LOVE food and need it to do the things that I LOVE!
  • I learned a lot about myself...the good and the bad. 

The CONS...

  • I felt depleted and exhausted...By the end of the week I was cranky, tired, and felt like I was moving in slow motion. Everything felt like a burden to tackle and when I couldn't practice yoga one morning, I was officially over it. I love to be active and move my body and I was done feeling like this. I wanted my energy back. I wanted to feel strong!
  • I started to have anxiety...The last couple of nights were restless and I was not sleeping, because of the lack of food. I would wake up in the middle of the night and feel panicked. My heart would be racing, I would toss and turn, and my mind was going a mile per minute. 
  • I started to get WAY too thin FAST...The last day of the cleanse, I got out of the shower and when I looked in the mirror I was saddened. I looked frail and weak. I had lost weight and I was too thin. I had not really noticed it all during the week because I was always so bundled up with sweatshirts and yoga pants, because I was cold, but also because the weather was miserable. I noticed when I looked in the mirror that morning I was not smiling. I did not have that healthy, strong, beautiful glow. I was just BLAH!
  • It brought up some old "food demons"...When you are eating the same meal 3 times a day for a whole week, eventually you start thinking about food and I was thinking about it a lot. And I was starting to panic about how I was going to go back to eating "normal". The cleanse tells you to ease back into eating, so that you do not shock your system. I was overthinking if I could have carbs right away...when could I have coffee...wine...ARGH it was too much thinking being wasted on FOOD and EATING! Food is fun and I love it, but when you have had "food demons" in the past you start making up rules again as to what you can and cannot eat and that is NOT healthy. 
  • I missed not being able to be social and to go out with friends...It is hard to socialize when you have no energy and you are eating the same meal every day. I was itching to go out and eat good food with my friends and enjoy a delicious glass of wine. 
The Aftermath of the CLEANSE

I am beyond happy that this cleanse is OVER! I did not like the way I felt at the end and even a few days after. I did not like the way I looked and how I was obsessing over food. I do not like how it actually left me angry. So as the above quote asks, I can honestly say I do not think that this cleanse served me. I live a very healthy and active life and making the choice to do this cleanse was not necessary. 

Yes, this aftermath is not a positive one, but you live and learn through experience and I learned. I learned that I will probably not be doing this again. I learned that I love my coffee and my nut butter and I do not like being told what I can and cannot eat. I learned that I like my energy that allows me to move my body and be successful at my job. 

The Aftermath of the CLEANSE

We are all different and we all have different needs and goals in our lives. I know that my friends will be doing this again in the Fall, but I will be sitting that one out. And I am okay with that, because what serves them is totally different as to what serves me...And that is what makes the world go round...I think I just pulled a "Corny Cotter" line...

"Forgive yourself if you've done something wrong.

Forgive yourself even if you haven't done something wrong.

Then see how good forgiveness feels. Forgive yourself and be free" - Melody Beattie