because you know i’m all about that perspective. haha!
i’ve been making it a point to end every single workout with STRETCHING. i haven’t done yoga since i was preggo, smh, and most mornings i wake up so achy and stiff. then i thought, why not do them together!? if i go in the sauna and have enough elbow room (usually only super early in the morning) then i knock them both out simultaneously and shave at least 10-15 min off my workout. it’s like hot Bikram yoga for one! or something like that. #tinwoman
a follower asked me what i use the sauna for and here’s a few reasons:
skin cleansing. Neutrogena daily face wash in the morning when i wake up and at night before bed is the only thing i use on my face. i am a former Proactive junkie…i NEEEDED it to maintain a clear face. once i started eating clean though (e.g. training for my bikini comp in 2012) my acne issues vanished. all of them. a sauna induced, deep sweat rinses out the bacteria in the epidermal layer and sweat ducts which leaves my skin feeling refreshed, super supple, and soft, immediately!
relaxation. after a tough workout, the heat/steam promotes muscle relaxation by helping to reduce muscle tension. i’m able to get a deeper/wider range of motion during stretching because of this.
quiet / prayer / meditation time. i’m in my own little world in there and thinking about my to-do list or praying about
somethingeverything. i can appreciate a quiet moment when the other 23.5 hours of my day are anything but. most days, anyway! even if the sauna is full of people, it’s like we are all ‘suffering’ together in silence. headphones ON, world, OFF.
burns a few extra cals. i only stay in there for 10-15 minutes total but i’ll take what i can get.
it just FEELS GOOD!
so yall know i’m ALWAYS sneaking veggies into, well, everything over here since Chiso is still on veggie-strike. it just so happens to be Smoothie Week over at Williams-Sonoma and since my blender is about to kick the bucket, i’m in the market for a GOOD pick and any one of these would go great with my kitchen lol. maybe even a handheld one for sauces too! yes. kitchen gadgets make me feel so professional. anyway, roasted beets has got to be one of the weirdest ingredients i’ve ever thrown into a sweet smoothie, but i’m always up for a #sneakyveggies challenge. i’m totally starting that Instagram hashtag. i thought about the time i threw roasted beets into an old red velvet pancake recipe of mine many moons ago when i first started blogging and i thought, ‘why not try them in a smoothie?’.
beets are one of my fave veggies actually. i i love when salad bars have them as options. i don’t buy them often cause they require a bit of work to prepare, and canned beets don’t taste as great as fresh ones so…. yeah, i have this very same convo in my head standing in front of the beets at the grocery store. then i pass on them and keep shopping.
Red Velvet Cake In A Glass
- 1.5 bananas, frozen
- 1/4 cup roasted beets, frozen
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 packets granulated stevia
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- shot of vanilla extract
- 1 heaping tbsp sugar-free chocolate jello pudding mix (optional)
- throw it all in your blender and let it rip! i like my smoothies super-duper smooth and creamy, and freezing the fruit helps with the creaminess big time. so don’t skip that step.
- ENJOY this healthy, delicious smoothie post workout to restore that glycogen!
for the whole shebang:
now, you’ll have to play with the ingredient ratios here and tailor it to your taste buds. i added more banana than most recipes to mask the bitterness of the beets. if i had some sugar-free chocolate jello pudding mix i would have totally added that too. so if you have some, add 1 tbsp for more awesome chocolate flavor. DO IT!!!! i topped it with a dollop of Skinny Truewhip, Enjoy Life dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips, and a sprinkle of cocoa powder.
now will Chiso drink it? prayers please.
Q: what is THE oddest ingredient you’ve ever used in your smoothies?