Good evening everyone! I hope you had a great Tuesday! For my part I was all confused about what day of the week it was. I can’t tell you how many times I thought it was either Wednesday or Thursday. I kept thinking: What, it’s only Tuesday?? Oh yeah. Duh.
In addition to my scatter-brain, I had a rough day because what started off as a small tickle in my throat last week, has turned into a full-blown hacking cough. It’s not only gross, it’s annoying and painful. I think I probably coughed more than 100 times today. I know I exaggerate sometimes, but today I’m telling the truth! It was at least 100 times. Ugh. Plus when I woke up this morning I had a really hard time breathing through all the phlegm. I blame Fabio for this cough since he had something similar last week. Humph. It is not pleasant.
My prizes included:
- Set of 2 piece QVC Technique Cast Iron Pans
- Flip It Pan
- 12 inch skillet
- Apron coated with Teflon Fabric Protector
- $50 Amex Gift Card
- “No Whine With Dinner” Cookbook. 150 healthy kid tested recipes (still waiting for this one)
I can’t wait to put them all to use! Especially that $50 gift card Woo!
Because of this annoying cough I took it easy today on my workout and just ran a mile with Jack in the morning. I also completed a short circuit of pushups, tricep dips, squats, and side leg lifts, but I wanted to avoid too much cardio because of my cough. UGH. Being sick is the worst. At least I got to work on some muscles that are usually ignored in my regular routine..cough triceps cough. Get it? Cough? Sorry. Sick sense of humor I have (ha!).
Instead of my normal cereal and milk breakfast combo, I decided to whip up a fresh fruity spinach smoothie. I figured this way I could blast my body with some extra antioxidants to help fight off the cough. My smoothie actually tasted extremely delicious and I felt like I was having sorbet for breakfast! I’m definitely going to have to make more of these even when I’m not sick Here’s how it came together.
First, I combined frozen mango and mixed berries in my blender.
Into the blender with the frozen fruits went a banana, skim milk, fat free plain yogurt (which I thought was Greek yogurt when I bought it. I was just so excited by how much cheaper it was! I should have known…), honey, and spinach. I’ve read before that you can’t taste spinach in fruit smoothies but I was still skeptical. I promise that when it all came together I couldn’t taste it a bit! It just tasted like fruity goodness! Anyway, I pulsed all of these ingredients together in the blender until it became a smooth liquid.
|Fruity Spinach Smoothie|
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (I used blueberries, raspberries, and black berries)
- 1 banana
- 3 tbsp. fat free plain yogurt
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1/4 cup fat free milk
- 1/4 cup uncooked spinach
- Add mangoes and berries to blender and pulse until uniform shape and size.
- Add rest of ingredients to blender and continue mixing, pushing down ingredients with blender stick if necessary, until smoothie is a smooth liquid.
- Pour into a tall glass and enjoy with a straw or spoon.
So that’s it for my smoothie recipe! Although I still felt under the weather all day, I know those vitamins must have helped a little! So, what do you make for yourself when you’re feeling sick? Last time I was sick I made some lightened-up creamy chicken and rice soup. Now that is a great recipe for when you’re feeling crappy!