Thanks to GNC for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to try GNC PUREDGE!

 

Tis’ the time of year where every where you look there are treats upon treats. Hello cookies and  candy at work, baked goods at parties, wine/cocktails and I could go on and on. While I am a firm believer in the 80/20 rule I know that if I have a great breakfast that gets my day started out on a healthy note. And in order to do that I drink a lot of smoothies, it’s my breakfast most of my days post workout. I’ve gotten the smoothie making process down to a science.

 

Smoothie Building Ingredients

Almond Milk

Frozen Bananas

Frozen Berries

1 tbsp chia seeds

Protein powder

Superfruit concentrate

 


GNC PureEdge Smoothie (2 of 5)

 

GNC PureEdge Smoothie (3 of 5)

 

GNC PureEdge Smoothie (5 of 5)

 

 

I was asked to try the new GNC PUREDGE line of products and have been loving them! I was sent:

 

– GNC PUREDGE Complete Protein powdered formula in Natural Chocolate
– GNC PUREDGE Daily Energy powdered formula in Natural Cherry Limeade
– GNC PUREDGE Complete Amino powdered formula in Natural Tropical Punch
– GNC PUREDGE Complete Protein bars: Banana Nut Bread & Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

 

 

GNC allows only the highest quality ingredients and raw materials that are sourced and rigorously tested before going into its products.

GNC PUREDGE Superfruit Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: Serves 1
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ frozen bananas
  • ¼ cup frozen berries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp superfruit concentrate
  • GNC PUREDGE Protein Powder
Instructions
  1. Starting with the almond milk add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth

About GNC PUREDGE Complete Protein powdered formula
– Supports vital, core body systems responsible for maintaining muscle health, while supplying daily nutritional needs and functional antioxidant protection.
– The whole-food-based, 20g protein blend provides one full serving of fruits and vegetables to help meet daily nutritional requirements
– Delivers over 5g of amino acids including the branched chain amino acids (BCAA) leucine, isoleucine and valine, essential for protecting, repairing and fueling muscle
– Available in Natural Chocolate and Natural Berry flavors

 

I am loving the chocolate! Scott was a huge fan of the protein bars and the Complete Amino has been amazing for post yoga sculpt, Insanity Max and Crossfit. I’ve been pushing my body hard and can really tell that I’ve been getting enough protein and BCAA’s and amino acids.

 

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Meet Henry

December 17, 2014

I interrupt the regularly scheduled Wine Wednesday post to introduce you to Henry. He’s our new mini pot bellied pig! Yes I said pig. We now have 2 dogs and a pig. Welcome to our farm. Henry is 10 weeks old and weighs about 5 pounds right now. He’s slowly getting used to us and the dogs and we can’t wait until he becomes the little snuggler we know he can be.

 

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Chicken Tikka Masala

December 16, 2014

The one cuisine that you love but have a hard time making it at home? That’s Indian food for me. I love chicken tikka masala but until this recipe could not get it to turn out perfectly. This one is easy and quick enough for a weeknight. It’s still not the prettiest recipe every but I promise it’s delicious!

 

And all the ingredients are things that I usually have on hand:

Rice or other cooked grains

Diced Tomatoes

Onion

Garlic

Salt/Pepper

Olive Oil

Garam Masala

Chicken Tenders

Plain Greek yogurt

 

Chicken Tiki Masala (1 of 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Tiki Masala (2 of 2)

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Tikka Masala
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: Serves 4
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup basmati rice or other cooked grains
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 gloves garlic, minced
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1½ pounds chicken tenders, cut into smaller pieces
  • ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice or grain. Set aside for serving.
  2. In a blender puree the tomatoes (with juices), onion, garlic, salt and pepper until a smooth sauce forms.
  3. Heat a large skillet and add in 3 tbsp of oil, pour in the garam masla and stir until fragrent (about 20 seconds) add in the sauce and cook until it thickens, about 12-15 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken and simmer until it is cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  5. Stir in yogurt and serve over rice or grains.

 

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Something that I do pretty much every Saturday or Sunday is do as much prep work for the week as possible. I figure out what I will be making for dinners, make sure we have lots of healthy snacks ready go for the week and make a big grain salad for lunches. The more prep work I do the healthy my week ends up. If I have great options in front of me I will choose them.

 

In order to keep things interesting I make sure to try new flavors in the salads. I change up the grain, add in different types of beans and veggies, and try different dressings. My salad for this week features freekeh, lots of fiber and protein and it soaks up dressing wonderfully. This version includes fire roasted tomatoes, chickpeas, feta and a soy ginger dressing. I prefer this cold and it is so great for lunch.

 

My salad building basics:

Start with cooked and cooled grains (like quinoa, couscous, freekeh)

Add in beans and vegetables

Cheese of your choice (if desired)

Salt/Pepper/Seasonings

Top with homemade dressing

 

With all those options you have endless salad combinations!

 

Meatless Monday Freekeh Salad (1 of 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meatless Monday Freekeh Salad (2 of 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meatless Monday Freekeh Salad with Soy Dressing
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: Serves 6-8
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup freekeh
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes, drained
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • Salt./Pepper
  • For the Dressing
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt/Pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook freekeh according to package instructions, set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl combine cooled freekeh, chickpeas, tomatoes, feta and salt/pepper.
  3. Whisk together soy sauce, olive oil, ginger, and garlic.
  4. Pour over salad and serve or chill for a few hours.

 

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Fitness Friday: First Week of Crossfit

December 12, 2014

Scott and I each purchased a 2 month unlimited Groupon to Crossfit Workhouse. We are so excited! Scott tends to be more excited about working out when it involves an organized activity. He think it pushes him more and I tend to agree. We kicked off our two months of crossfit last Saturday and had […]

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Piehole Whiskey

December 11, 2014

My close friends know this little fact, I love scotch and whiskey. LOVE it. My favorite scotch is anything from the Islay region. Pretty much bring on the peat and smoke and I am a happy girl. But my tastes in whiskey are not that specific! If it’s good I will drink it.   There’s […]

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Wine Wednesday Wente Vineyards

December 10, 2014

There is nothing that I love more than when the wine fairy comes and delivers 6 bottles of wine. It’s really the FedEx guy and we play the game of who’s home to sign for this package. When I finally arranged to pick up my wine at the local FedEx Office I was beyond excited. […]

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Fitness Holiday Gifts

December 9, 2014

Do you have the fitness enthusiast friend or family member in your life? Struggling with what to get them? These are a few of my favorite things from the past year and they all make great gifts. I’ve got items from $20 up to $200+ (weights are really expensive!) that will make everyone happy.   […]

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Kale Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

December 8, 2014

When we are invited over to someones home we usually bring the salad. It’s my little trick of knowing that there will be something healthy for everyone to eat and it’s an easy dish to prep. I can throw all the ingredients in a big bowl with a lid, mix up the dressing in a […]

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Fitness Friday Home Workouts and Phenoh 7.4

December 5, 2014

The week after a holiday always feels so long. 5 whole days and they seemed to drag on. Sigh. At least it’s finally Friday. And we have a low key weekend ahead of us, dinner with some friends, some crafting time and a brand new tile back splash being constructed today by Scott and our […]

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