Monday, January 24, 2011

More Upgrades and More Greens!

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Today, I taught my first TurboKick class of the semester. I don't know what possessed me to include three turbos in the first class. (Turbo is the hardest and fastest part of the class. It's three minutes long and includes both anaerobic and aerobic exercises). 

And for some reason, I was talking incessantly throughout the class. Perhaps that was my coping mechanism for actually wanting to just lie down and go to sleep.

Anyway, check out the green protein shake I made after class.

Originally, I had planned for this to be my dinner. (HAH). So the ingredient list is pretty ridiculous for a post-workout protein shake.

  • almond milk
  • frozen spinach (~1 cup)
  • few slices of frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 8 baby carrots, steamed and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds

I realize that the combination sounds odd. It was actually a pretty awesome smoothie. Spinach and carrots don't have strong flavors, so the entire combination tasted like bananas.

I didn't have plans to make dinner because my class ends at 7:40pm. And I ate beforehand.

Sometimes, you just can't control your appetite. Unfortunately. So this is what I made in 5 minutes.

Mushroom Bruschetta

Two slices ciabatta bread, topped with frozen mushrooms. [Side note: I thawed the mushrooms in the microwave].

Topped with 1/2 slice swiss cheese on each slice of bread.

Bake at 350F for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.

This definitely did the trick.

Can I emphasis further how much I love carbs after working out? Specifically after I've screamed my lungs out after teaching a kickboxing class? No. I cannot. [Side note: check out the comments on this post for information on why it's not advantageous to completely eliminate carbs for weight loss purposes].

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