Five Friday Favorites #1

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be writing about my top five favorites from this past week. Let me know in the comments below what your favorites were! I’d love to hear from you.

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  1. Favorite meal – Skinnytaste’s Asian Beef Zoodle Soup! I’ve made this multiple ways – with and without ginger; with ‘real’ beef and with Gardein beefless tips; with noodles and with zoodles. I actually do prefer this with zucchini noodles instead of regular noodles! I always use vegetable broth instead of beef broth.
  2. Favorite workout – ChaLEAN Extreme Get Lean Intervals. This was a fantastic 43 minute workout. I burned 400 calories , and my average heart rate was 142 BPM. That means this routine was just like a high intensity spin class! Do you want to learn more about this program? You can contact me anytime at fitmissjennie@gmail.com or purchase a Challenge Pack here to become a part of my June Challenge Group! We’re going to have a ton of fun (and make a lot of fitness progress while doing it).
  3. Favorite shake – Definitely this morning’s recipe. This was my first time trying Café Latte Shakeology and it was incredible. I blended it up with 8oz unsweetened almond milk, 1 tbsp. cocoa powder, 4 drops caramel flavored Stevia, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 cup butternut squash, 1 cup (green container) spinach, and ice. It was so good – it tasted just like a caramel mocha Frappuccino!
  4. Favorite blog post – I’m reading Fran’s post about packing for Ireland and reminiscing about our time there – we spent a week in Dublin in 2015. This post is also making me want a red raincoat…may need to go shopping this weekend…
  5. Favorite clothing item – Nickel & Suede’s Gunmetal Glam Leather Earrings! So pretty, and they are practically weightless. I also have fairly sensitive ears, and these do not bother me at all (no nickel in them, despite the brand’s name).

I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!

xo – Fitmiss in Progress – Jennie

Treat Yourself Thursday – Horchata Shake

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Today was just one of those days. You know the kind – a stressful day at work; a tough day at home with the kids; the day you find out you need to spend an unexpected amount on a car repair; the day you eat an entire box of Tastycake cupcakes because you just can’t seem to stop yourself.

Treating yourself after a hard day isn’t the worst thing in the world – though, of course, viewing food as a reward could be problematic and lead to an unhealthy relationship with food in general (though that is a post for another day). So today, after my own stressful day, I found myself with some calories (and 21 Day Fix containers!) to spare for a treat.

I’ve been a fan of horchata – a delicious, spiced agua fresca made with rice, almonds, or other nuts – ever since experiencing a horchata latte at an airport a few years ago. For a while, I purchased these cartons of horchata-flavored rice milk to make the lattes at home – but there is a considerable amount of sugar in this dairy-free milk, and I’ve come to enjoy unsweetened vanilla almond milk over the sweetened versions.

This almond and vanilla flavored treat is sure to cool you down after a rough day! I hope you enjoy this first installment of Treat Yourself Thursday and that you come back tomorrow for Fitness Friday, where I will be reviewing the workouts I completed this week!

Horchata Shake Recipe
Serving Size: 1
21 Day Fix Containers: 1/2 Yellow, 1 Red, 1 Blue
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients
8 fl. ounces unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Optional 8 fl. ounces water – add this if you enjoy a thinner shake
1 serving/1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vegan Vanilla Shakeology
1/4 tsp. to 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, to taste
1/4 tsp. to 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, to taste
2-3 drops liquid Stevia – either sweet cream or caramel flavor
12 almonds or 3 tbsp. slivered/sliced almonds

Directions
Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender until well combined. Pour into a glass, and enjoy!

Notes
If I were going to adapt this recipe for my breakfast shake, I would make the following changes: increase the amount of almond milk to 16oz and add a frozen banana and 1-2 big handfuls of spinach. This would change the 21 Day Fix containers to 1 Yellow, 1 Red, 1 Blue, 1 Purple, 1 Green.

Recipe adapted from BeachBody on Demand.