Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday Brunch and a Smoothie...
This weekend was beautiful outside...I stayed in all weekend. Ironically, I was studying for my Personal Training final while sitting on my rear for hours. I have never felt more need to workout than after sitting all day studying this information. It felt good to get so much studying done though. I am almost done!

Another thing I got caught up on this weekend was sleep. Even though Tony and I both had so much work to do, we decided we would sleep in if we could. There was no rushing around, just taking every moment step by step. We also took the time to have an incredible brunch on Sunday morning with the boys...

I made gluten free biscuits (I'm working on some variations), eggs and bacon. We feasted!

girls

boys

I enjoyed an incredible bath during the afternoon and finally painted my nails (and studied more while they dried)! Look at me, I'm multi-tasking! I felt so girly and so smart...

Now this next thing is going to shock most of you...I made my first smoothie for me!


I've made them for Tony and the boys before, but I never made a smoothie for me as a treat/meal. I don't like to drink my calories and I never really found a protein powder I liked. I have found one I like now (thanks to Lindsay) and I wanted something cool and refreshing after a hot bath.


Vanilla blackberry smoothie with a little extra frozen blackberries on top. This is only the beginning for me friends! I loved it!


The protein powder I used is Life's Basics. I ordered the chocolate and the vanilla from Amazon. I will be honest, this powder has hemp in it so there is a slight grainy texture to it, but you can't tell with the berries mixed in. I love how thick this powder makes the liquids it's mixed in with due to the chia. I mixed the chocolate with almond milk and a little peanut flour the other day...it tasted like a peanut butter chocolate pudding. YUM!

With 22 grams of protein, no artificial sweeteners, no soy, no gluten and no dairy, is was definitely a great choice for me. I also love that it has the essential fatty acids 3-6-9 in it. I'm pretty crazy about my protein sources these days and I'm loving having some quick easy and tasty options in the pantry.

Today is going to be busy. I've worked out and showered, now I have to get to the gym to meet with a client. I have more studying in store during the middle of the day and another client meeting tonight. Let's make this a great week. I think we could all use one!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 6:30 AM  
10 Comments:
  • At March 12, 2012 at 7:14 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    I agree- we could ALL use a really great week! Congrats on starting yours right! Happy monday, my friend. :)

     
  • At March 12, 2012 at 8:15 AM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    oh yes, the best out there! i make puddings with it too. I know you've something up your sleeve for that, hehe.
    Hope the studying went well and you can get outside today!

     
  • At March 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    So glad you got to sleep in some. I think we all need to do that from time-to-time. And that smoothie looks fantastic.

     
  • At March 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM, Blogger STUFT mama said…

    Glad your studying went well. That smoothie looks delish and I should really try that protein powder. :)So glad you got some tiem to paint your nails too! Yay!!!! Um... that Burn Notice commercial? Really? That is awesome! Tony's FAMOUS!!! Soo cool!!!

     
  • At March 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM, Blogger HEAB said…

    I tried a sample of that protein powder once and loved it. Couldn't believe it contained hemp. Glad you enjoyed. :)

     
  • At March 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anna @ On Anna's Plate said…

    I hate being stuck inside when it's nice out-- I've had grading weekends like that. But you're so close to being done!!

    Smoothie looks great!

     
  • At March 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Well...the studying part doesn't sound awesome, but at least the outcome of studying will be awesome!

    I've heard of that protein powder, but haven't tried it... I'm not much of a smoothie person myself (although I think they're great---I, too, like to chew my calories!).
    They are yummy though!

     
  • At March 12, 2012 at 8:27 PM, Anonymous Simply Life said…

    those biscuits sound great! I love being able to take advantage of nice weather on a weekend!

     
  • At March 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    ya for your first smoothie! it is all about finding that one protein that you enjoy :)

     
  • At March 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM, Anonymous Paige said…

    BBrunch looks amazing! And I can't believe that's your first smoothie! I'm a smoothie/shake feind :) Glad you found a pp you like!

     
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