A Healthy Day Out + Smoothie Recipe

Hey guys!

Healthy. Sometimes, its not always about nutrition and fitness. Sometimes, its about getting out with your friends, leaving stress behind and making corny jokes. Well, that’s what I did yesterday and it was amazing!

First we stopped by iCantina Tortilla Grill, a place I’ve never been, to grab a fish taco…which was alright. The fact they only give you one taco for 5 bucks is a little expensive. But 1 was enough.

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The Fish Taco has spicy slaw, a (piece) of avocado, sauce, and baked tilapia that has been marinated in butter. Like oh my gosh, butter! Whatevs

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We shared some chips, which you had to buy. Look, most Mexican restaurants I go to, they serve you unlimited amounts of chips for free. What’s up with having to buy $3 worth of chips, which is hardly any! They were good though.

We headed to the Birmingham Museum of Art afterward, which my 19 years of living in Alabama, I’ve never stepped foot in there. Never cared too…so sad! The European 17th-18th century art and sculptures were probably my favorite part. It was just way too beautiful.

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Some views from the inside windows

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We couldn’t take pictures of the artwork…so you will have to suffice with trees and glass windows.

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Stopped at my favorite coffee shop, The Red Cat, afterward and shared a scone and brownie.

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On my way back home, I finally stopped at Dick’s Sporting Goods and got myself a new pair of running shoes! My feet shall thank me today as I run!

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For dinner last night, I opened a can of chickpeas and chopped some fresh veggies to put on a bed of Arugula with a little vinaigrette drizzled on top.

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And now this morning, I just had this delicious Green smoothie! Excuse my desk mess in the background…

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Ingredients:

  • 8oz Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Big Handfuls of Kale and Swiss Chard
  • 6 Cubes of Ice
  • 1 Tbsp. of Ground flax seed
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp. organic creamy Peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. Maca Powder
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 3 frozen strawberries
  • Dash of Cinnamon

Have a Healthy Day!

xx Audrey

Questions:

  • What do you like to do to be healthy (that doesn’t have to do with food/fitness) ?
  • What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?
  • What kind of running shoe do you have right now?

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My Top Favorite Whole Grains

Hey Y’all! I’m excited about this post…been working on it for a while and wanted to share it so much!

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So…today’s topic is Grains. Do you eat them? Do you like them? Why do you eat them?

Well, I’m going to answer a few of those questions from my point of view…let me know what you think about grains down in the comments below and don’t forget to list a few of your favorites!

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Q&A

Do I eat grains?

Yes, as a matter of fact I do! Now, I can’t say that grains are for everyone…but if you feel like you can eat grains, then by all means, I support you!

 

Do I like grains?

I think some people force themselves to eat oatmeal and rice, thinking that they HAVE to in order to be healthy…and my thoughts on that, DON’T eat them if you don’t LIKE them. The end. But yes, I absolutely love grains and cook with them all the time!

Why do I eat Grains?

I eat whole grains because:

  • A good source of complex carbohydrates (which are better for you and provide you with sustained energy)
  • Whole grains contain bran & fiber (which helps keep your colon moving!)
  • Whole grains are a natural source of valuable antioxidants, as well as vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6), vitamin E, magnesium, iron and phytochemicals which, working together, help reduce the risk of some cancers.

Those are just the top 3 reasons!

How should I cook my grains?

Well, I do know that grains needs to be soaked. Soak your grains, sprouts, and nuts! I will usually soak rice for about 1-8 hours before cooking it to release the phytic acid. Phytic acid binds with other nutrients and inhibits the absorption of those nutrients! Such as; zinc, calcium

One more thing on grains, okay?

Chew! When you’re eating, you should always chew, chew, and chew! Don’t halfway chew and swallow…grains need to be chewed rather well. There are enzymes located in the mouth that are only released when you chew and the salivary amylase (that’s in YOUR mouth) is needed to digest grains and carbohydrates…so the more you chew, the better your grains will digest! We need to be considerate of our digestive system! Plus, a quick fact: Chewing increases your energy! Ha, very interesting, right?

Here are some meals I’ve made with these grains!

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Basmati rice with asparagus and baked salmon with a delicious glaze on top

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Red Quinoa (I prefer it more than white, but white is still as good!), ground turkey, broccoli, sweet potato

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Red Quinoa, Asparagus, Chicken

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Protein Oats

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Overnight Chocolate Oats

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Fish, Broccoli, sweet potato, sautéed veggies, and Basmati Rice with black beans

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Black rice, chicken, and roasted rosemary potatoes

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Black rice is under all that delicious sautéed purple cabbage, sweet potato, and beans.

Questions:

  • Do you eat grains?
  • What is your favorite grain?
  • What’s your favorite meal to make with grains?