Good afternoon! How’s everyone feeling?
I feel great! This morning I planned on doing yoga after Ella’s 5:50am feeding but it was one of those mornings…rainy…where you are chilly and want to crawl back into bed. So I did. However, I did get about 10 minutes of Vinyasa in before work. Then hit the gym after my clients:
30 minutes of intervals on the elliptical
Shoulders & Arms:
-alternating dumbbell shoulder press on the bosu
-in & out biceps curl [curl in the front, then widen your forearms and curl, repeat]
-dips with legs on a balance ball
-shoulder press and curl on bosu
-triceps extension with the rope
3 sets of each circuit
I ended with some pilates abs…roll-ups, the hundred, scissor kicks
cooled down with sun salutations
stretching included foam rolling
So I said in this mornings post that my nutritious Thirsty Thursday drink was going to include these delicious figs from Lisa and Maria’s fab giveaway!
and I did! I had it post workout again today and I was literally licking my vitamix.
Nutty Fig Smoothie
© The Fitness Dish
Yield: 1 sweaty gym rat
2 1/2 dried figs
1 frozen banana
1/2 of a pear [I freeze the other half for future smoothies]
a handful of spinach
1 Tablespoon hemp seeds
1 Tablespoon hemp protein [or protein powder of choice]
1/2 Tablespoon raw unsalted almond butter
1 teaspoon almond extract
-10-12 ounces of unsweeetened almond milk
a few ice cubes
Blend it all up and enjoy! I use a vitamix, so if you don’t have a high speed blender, soak the figs to soften them. I still ended up with a chunk or 2 from my vita!
It was seriously delicious!
Figs are a uniquely nutritious fruit, as they have the highest amount of calcium of any fruit, and 100g (3.5 oz) of dried figs contains 16% of the daily recommended amount. Figs are also an excellent source of dietary fiber. Fruit fiber has been shown to significantly lower the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. It is also very filling and can help to take the edge off appetite. (source)
My pink fig smoothie is in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is a cause very near and dear to my heart.
What time of day do you prefer to exercise?
What’s your favorite post workout food/drink?
Have a great night!
Any exercise or nutrient focus you would like to see in tomorrows Friday 5?