Chocolate Almond Post Workout Smoothie

Hey, friends! Any of my teacher friends heading back to school today?! I started back last Friday, but my kiddos come back today. So on this first day back to school, here’s a post workout smoothie recipe you can make as you’re running out the door. This post workout smoothie is easy, fast, and tastes great!

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post workout smoothie

For most of us, mornings are crazy busy. When I’m trying to head out the door and get to school, a smoothie is sometimes the easiest thing to grab. Over Christmas break, I threw this together quickly after a workout and I know I’ll be going back to it again and again. Post workout or snack time smoothies are a great way to get in your macronutrients with some micronutrients thrown in too. 🙂

Ingredients:
8 oz. unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp. almond butter
Small handful of sliced almonds
~1/2 c. spinach
1/2 c. ice

Simply blend ingredients together until smooth and you’re ready to go!

For this PWO smoothie, I used our Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ. We received it as a wedding gift and I love it! It’s been one of our most used items.

Do you have some favorite go-to recipes after a workout?

5 Advantages of Morning Workouts

I am a total believer in early morning workouts. There’s something so calming to me about being able to have my workout completed before I start my day. My #TIUgirls refer to it as the #TIUBootycall. 😉 Here are some advantages I’ve found to working out before the world wakes up.

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ONE // I sleep better
I’m a very light sleeper and I’m prone to waking up a lot. Getting up earlier helps me fall asleep faster and deeper. It’s actually easier for me to get up at 4:30 and jump into the day feet first, than wait until 5:15 when my husband gets up and get a slow start. Those 45 minutes actually make a HUGE difference.

 

TWO // It sets my metabolism on fire
Think about it — the sooner you wake up, the sooner your body starts working. My metabolism is already working that early just because I’m awake, but I’m also working hard to burn calories which kicks it into overdrive. That keeps my metabolism working all day long in a way that it would not be if I was waiting until the evenings to do my workout.

 

THREE // It’s my ME time
Over the years, I’ve become very good at scheduling workouts for myself and sticking to them, but sometimes things come up. When I schedule time for myself first thing in the morning, nothing is able to get in the way later and that time to myself is invaluable. As a teacher, I have 60 kiddos coming at me all day long and it’s never quiet! I believe that I’m a much better teacher when I’ve been able to put in the time to better myself before seeing my students each day.

 

FOUR // TIME!
This is probably the biggest advantage for me and plays a part in every other advantage of morning workouts. As I mentioned above, sometimes things come up. Since we moved to a bigger town, we feel like we have less time than we did before. I can run to Target at 4:15 and suddenly I’m not home until 5:30…and Target is across the street from our house! Getting my workouts in early makes it OK for me to run errands in the evening and still have dinner ready by the time my husband comes home.

 

FIVE // I can go home and immediately put on sweatpants (and I frequently do)
I am a firm believer that exercise is the greatest form of stress relief, but sometimes so is going home and laying on the couch. There are so many days when I just want to go home after work and do nothing. If making a date with my couch and Vanderpump Rules is wrong, I don’t want to be right!

 

If you’re having trouble getting motivated for the new year, I challenge you to try morning workouts for one week. Once you start, you’ll never want to stop! If you enjoyed this post, check out Five Ways to Bounce Back After the Holidays.
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Five Ways to Bounce Back After the Holidays

Happy December 28, y’all! Can you believe that we’re just days away from the new year? Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with NYE following closely behind, it can become easy for the last few weeks of the year to turn into one big party. The mindset of “I’ll start fresh in the new year,” can set in making your health and fitness goals fall to the wayside. I used to fall into this trap, but now I try to steer clear as much as possible! Over the years, I’ve discovered a few tips and tricks that help me bounce back after holidays, long weekends, or even lazy days and resume my normal routine.

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ONE // Pick up where you left off

I’m currently in the middle of the last week of an exercise program I’ve been doing for the last few months. I always struggle with completing programs and didn’t think this one would be any different. However, I started it in October and now I only have three days left! This program carried me through both Thanksgiving and Christmas. I didn’t work out on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day, but instead of beating myself up over it or freaking out over the schedule changes, I just jumped back in! I’ll be wrapping it up on Friday just in time to start fresh for 2017.

TWO // Get off the scale

Seriously. Get off the scale! For most people, a little bit of holiday weight gain is inevitable, especially if you took a few rest days in addition to an extra piece of pie. Unless you just went completely crazy for the whole week, those pounds are nothing but water weight and will be gone within a few days of resuming your normal schedule. Missed workouts happen. Overeating happens.

THREE // Give yourself a boost

Sometimes ignoring the scale and jumping back in as if nothing happened is easier said than done. In those cases I like to give myself a little extra boost. Many times this comes in the form of new workout clothes that make me feel great. I recently had a couple of Fabletics credits to burn and I put them to good use. Within just a few clicks, Oxalis and Brady were all mine. 🙂

Another way I like to give myself a boost is by replenishing my supplement stash! Some of my favorites include Advocare Catalyst, ThermoPlus, and Spark. An Herbal Cleanse is a great option as well!

FOUR // Plan your workouts

I am T-totally a list maker and a planner. Something about having a plan just makes me feel so at ease. I love to sit down at the beginning of the week to plan the workouts I’ll be doing for the next few days. If you usually walk into the gym (or your home workout area) and just do something, try making a plan and see how you feel afterward!

FIVE // Meal Prep

This goes hand-in-hand with planning your workouts! If you are trying to jump back on the clean eating train, prepping is the best way to do that. You are about 100% more likely to stick to healthy choices when you have healthy choices ready to grab! Some of my favorite healthy snacks are apples and peanut butter, ants on a log (celery, peanut butter, and raisins), or larabars. The quick snacks are especially great when you’re still busy with holiday obligations toward the end of the year.

 

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