It is clearly summer in Seattle because I feel like melting whenever I walk outside. Hot summer days often make me lazy but I am trying my best to keep myself productive. Last summer I pretty much derailed from my healthy eating habits and went on a beer and BBQ diet. The thing is, I don’t even like beer. Sure, it can be cold and refreshing, especially when you’re hanging out an outdoor gathering but it also loves to add some extra pounds to my waistline! No, thanks! Gone are the days where I can eat or drink whatever I want and not gain an ounce. It doesn’t help that I only have a 5’1″ stature (yes, super tall- I know!) so that means any extra added weight can be very noticeable. It’s not just about the way I look; straying away from my normal diet also makes me feel groggy and lazy. I definitely don’t want to feel like that again! Now give me some wine and that’s a totally different story!
Sticking to a workout routine is also hard for me when it’s so nice outside and I’d rather lay out in the sun. However, the trick is to throw my workout clothes on and walk out the door before I realize it’s too late to turn back and go home. I’m still obsessed with spin class. I walked pass Fly Wheel the other day and have actually thought about trying a class there since I believe the first class is free. Other than yoga, spinning is my favorite group fitness class. I take spin class at my gym but it would be nice to check out Fly Wheel. That reminds me, I need to go to the barre classes that I recently purchased off Groupon. I’ve heard so many great things about barre and I’ve been wanting to try something new. I used to have a bad habit of purchasing things off Groupon and not use them. Let’s not make that happen again!
So what kind of food and drinks help cool you off on a nice summer day? I love smoothies and actually like drinking them year round. I normally throw in whatever ingredients I have and see what kind of concoction I come up with but this time I took the time to measure my ingredients and carefully hand pick each ingredient to make sure the end result would be totally awesome. You’re welcome. I’m kidding, but I did measure everything for this strawberry banana mint smoothie recipe so you can have an idea of what’s needed. The best part is that there are only 5 ingredients required!
Strawberry Banana Mint Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy immediately.
Do you prefer beer or wine?
What ingredients do you like to put in your smoothie?
What is your favorite summer beverage?
Have you ever taken a class at Fly Wheel?