Nutty Fig Smoothie

by laury on October 13, 2011 · 17 comments

Good afternoon! How’s everyone feeling?

Happy…..

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:

Today’s workout:

30 minutes of intervals on the elliptical

Shoulders & Arms:

circuit 1:

-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

circuit 2:

-shoulder press and curl  on bosu

-hammer curls

-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

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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

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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.

 

 Questions:

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?

xxoo

 

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1 Traci October 13, 2011 at 4:28 pm

My favorite time to exercise is first thing in the morning. I feel so accomplished getting it done early! Chocolate milk is my absolute fave post workout drink. Love it!

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2 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm

This sounds delicious Laury! I’ve been loving pears lately too, and figs are something I don’t buy too often but still really like. I’m a morning workouts kinda gal by far, and after,9 times out of 10 I drink a great big green smoothie with vanilla protein, spinach and/or kale, frozen banana, and tons of cinnamon. Never gets old!

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3 Sheanna October 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I get the most out of my workouts if I do them in the afternoon (around 1PM), so I take my lunch break every day around that time, grab my headphones, leave the office and hit the gym for interval training on the elliptical. Obviously, I can’t get everything done that I want to, fitness-wise, in that hour, so I have ANOTHER workout at 8PM every night in order to fit in strength training or yoga. I find that my body responds well to this schedule, and I can still meet all my other priorities….Like motherhood and home/work-stuff.

I tend to drink about 6 glasses of ice water after a workout….No lie. Can’t get enough water. I also LOVE to have a banana, or protien ice cream (via a recipe I got from a personal trainer)….You prepare it before your workout, put it in the freezer for an hour and it’s awesome when you’re done. It’s a banana, chocolate protein powder, 2 tbsp diet hot chocolate mix—Mix it all up with a little water and a dash of cinnamon, freeze and then enjoy! YES! IT’S AWESOME!!!!!

Nutrient in the Friday Five? FIBER! Regularity is important, yo. :)

LOVE YOUR BLOG!

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4 laury October 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Oh..I bet we could go head to head at water drinking ;-)

I was thinking about breaking up my workouts again too.

Thanks for the compliment!

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5 Lindsay@LivingLindsay October 13, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I love figs but have never tried them in a smoothie :)
I prefer working out in the morning, but with our schedule, I have to mostly do evening workouts. but I’m okay with that because the most important thing is to fit them in, regardless of the time of day :)

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6 thehealthyapron October 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm

This looks SO good! I love figs! I used them for a recipe about a year ago and have been hooked ever since! This is a great way to use them! I’ll have to try it!

I prefer evening workouts…dont ask me why. But now that I’m not working, I like mroning or early afternoon…bc it’s SO nice to finish my workout with a walk around the neighborhood as a cool down! Loving the fall!

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7 Chantal October 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm

That looks like an amazingly thick and delicious smoothie. Yummmmyyyy…

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8 Pure2raw twins October 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm

love fig smoothies!

i prefer to workout in the morning, but with my crazy work schedule that is not always the case

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9 jen October 13, 2011 at 8:34 pm

what are dips on a balance ball??

i used to be a 2 pm workout person, but after college that was over. i forced myself to become an early workout person. i go from 530 to 630am, and i love it!

i would love to see a nutrient post on what i (active, vegetarian woman who wants to start a family in the next year or so) actually need. i worry about deficiences and wonder how i can tell if im getting enough of what i need. i hate my doctor right now, im lookking for a new one, bc this one answers that question with “youre fine.” i feel very overhwelmed by all the ontradicting info out there! haha, that would be quite a long post, huh? is there a good source of info you could reccomend i look at for this?

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10 laury October 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm

they are just triceps dips on the bench with your feet on the balance ball :-)

I wrote a few posts on pregnancy nutrition:

http://www.thefitnessdish.com/?p=4660

http://www.thefitnessdish.com/?p=4642

I would highly suggest starting to take a prenatal vitamin about 6 months before you get pregnant! You need to build up folic acid in your system and the neuro tube develops in the first few weeks…before some women even know they are pregnant!

Alicia Silverstone has a GREAT resource for vegan pregnancy and nutrition too on her site The Kind Life.

also this site:
http://yourgreenbaby.ca/?cat=20

Books:
Your Vegetarian Pregnancy by Holly Roberts
Becoming Vegan was written by an RD and she has a great section on pregnancy and nursing

If I think of anything else I will add it! Also…Erin from The Healthy Apron is an RD that works a lot with pregnant and nursing moms so I am sure she would be happy to answer any questions you have!

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11 jen October 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

wow thanks! ill be checking out all of this ASAP!

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12 laury October 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm

you’re welcome!

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13 Ashley October 13, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I’ve been working out in the mornings so I can get my runs in before work. But my IDEAL time is the afternoon. I feel so much more motivated and alert when I workout in the afternoon.

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14 Eva @LittleMissGymRat October 14, 2011 at 12:56 am

“Yield: one sweaty gym rat” HOLLA!
Great workout post and recipe, would’ve never thought to put those things together in a blender. Secondly, foam rolling! Something I want to look into. What would you recommend for a beginner?

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15 laury October 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm

hahaa

I would DEFINITELY recommend getting a foam roller! Great to add to your routine to prevent injuries and maximize your fitness level!
try fwonline.com they have cheap prices on them. And here’s a site with all the basic exercises to include:
http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/flexibilityandstretching/ss/FoamRoller.htm

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