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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Something About the Water

I am always trying to eat healthier and lose weight. I've been on a diet since I was six. So I know lots of things. Doesn't stop me from demolishing a bag of W's when the mood takes me so I'm not as successful as I'd like to be, but I do pretty good. I'm healthy if not skinny :)

Next Saturday my buddy and I are running our second race, and our first 8km. We have totally psyched ourselves out. It doesn't help that it's being run in Toronto High Park - Harry's Spring Run Off - and that there will be a lot of hills. We train with our strollers, mainly in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, so hills are not high on our repertoire. We are feeling under trained and freaked out. A little panicky. We must get over this and just enjoy it. Is it a bad thing or a good thing when you consider running 8 km uphill a nice "break" from being with your kids????

This has led me to many attempts to eat healthy through Easter Weekend and as much last minute prep as possible. I tried my first HOT Yoga class yesterday. Spent the rest of the day with a bad headache and a bit of puking. Not sure if I'll do that again :(

This morning, while my boys chowed down on Easter Eggs I made a smoothie. I like smoothies. They got me through both my pregnancies. But this one I had a little trouble with. My friend D gave me the recipe:

1/2 cup spinach
1/2 cup strawberries
2 tbsp Greek yogurt
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp flax seeds (didn't have so I used walnuts)

It didn't look super appetizing. I wasn't sure about the spinach but for some reason it was the water that really bothered me. I thought I should be using milk or almond milk or something like that. I couldn't get my head around it. In the end I think I would switch out the honey for half a banana, but I want to check out the health connections to both. The yogurt was the strongest taste, then the strawberry. Really couldn't take the spinach at all, but it's nice to know that I started my day with a serving of vegetable. I remember when my Grandparents were trying the South Beach diet you had to start your day with a glass of V8 juice. THAT I couldn't stomach at all. Nothing against the product but I can't stand celery and it's the first thing I taste. I'm a child that way (plus, it was a punishment when I was a kid...)

Anyway, smoothie was rather tasty. I'll definitely make it again. Now I'm off to ice and decorate two cakes for Easter Dinner. And there is a bag of W's for decorating. It's an uphill battle. Next year I'm volunteering to bring the vegetables. Sigh....

Edited to add: I looked up honey and bananas. Honey is 60 calories and 16g of sugar per tbsp. A whole banana is 105 calories, 14.4 g sugar, 3.1g fiber and a whole bunch of calcium, iron and vitamin A. So I figured 1/2 a banana was a MUCH better plan. And I like the taste better.  

1 comment:

Jo-Ann said...

I love smoothies, start everyday with one, I'll share my 2 minute recipes. . . Natural honey has so many antibodies you do not want to miss out on, it is a lot sweeter than sugar so maybe try cutting the amount to a tsp.