The day after

It’s a little cold and rainy here today but I wanted a cold smoothie anyway. The addition of ice makes me feel like I’m getting a little extra hydration. Which I definitely needed after two glasses of vino last night. I’m quite the wimp when it comes to wine, it makes my hands swell and makes me sleepy (boo). I wonder if organic wine would be better for me? Has anyone tried Three Wishes wines from Whole Foods? It’s only $2.97 per bottle! I might pick some up next week and give it a review.

Anywho, last night’s dinner was good but I’m so ready to eat my normal meals.

Todays smoothie was a simple berry/spinach blend.

1/2 cup mixed berries

1/2 cups spinach

1/4 cup non-fat greek yogurt

1/2 cup almond milk

and 3 ice cubes. All blended together, and topped with a small slice of berry coffee cake and 1 tbsp of better n peanut butter.

Excited to spend the day with the fam picking out paint colors for our dining room and doing a little Goodwill shopping. I just finished the book Sara Snow’s Fresh Living: The Essential Room-by-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home. She has great tips for the beginner to the novice greenie on everything from paint, to cleaning products to furniture.

(Amazon pic)

But first I have a workout date with my Aunt Caren at her gym, time to lift some weights.


Pumpkin pie smoothie

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

I hope all of you are enjoying time with your family and eating good food.

Thursday morning started out with our annual Drumstick Dash,

a 2.2 mile scenic run through Broad Ripple to benefit The Wheeler Mission. This has to be our fifth or sixth time doing this race. The course can be either 2.2 miles or 4.5 miles depending on what you choose. This year we decided to run the short course with hopes of running the long course next year.

After the race we walked another 1/2 mile to the car, headed home and showered. We had a lovely lunch with friends and family afterwards. Do you prefer an early Thanksgiving dinner or a later Thanksgiving dinner?

I did a little zumba this morning with my sister in-law {Julia} and the Little Apron. Julia is having a second Thanksgiving dinner tonight at her house. I made a homemade pumpkin pie with whipped cream for the occasion.

I purchased a couple extra cans of pumpkin at Whole Foods for only $1.29 each…steal! So I decided to make a pumpkin Pie smoothie.

1 cup pumpkin

5 ice cubes

1/2 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt

1/4 cup almond milk

1/2 small frozen banana

2 dashes pumpkin pie spice

1 dash cinnamon

Blend all the ingredients together and top with granola a nut butter.

I topped mine with a little Kashi pumpkin flax and sunflower nut butter.

It’s a gorgeous day here in Indy! I even have the windows open. Getting some good fall breezes and little bit of sunshine.

Time to do some house cleaning and get ready for tonight.

Have a wonderful Saturday evening.

Thank you for reading!!!!


I like pina coladas

Ok so maybe it’s not pina coloda season, and maybe this shake isn’t the real thing but it sure taste like it.

I’m calling this one “The Pina Colada”
1 scoop Shakeology
3/4 C pineapple
1/4 C mango
1/4 cup spinach
1/2 small banana
1/2 C ice
1/2 C coconut milk
1/2 C water

Take a look at the glass, wishing I were in there. Maybe the hubs and I can make to the Beachbody 2012 Summit being held in Vegas? This SIAB transported me back to Las Vegas, the beach, warm weather and fun times.

You know I like my toppings! sprinkle of coconut, 1 tbsp better n peanut butter, 1/2 granola bar (cliff white chocolate macadamia nut)
Make this smoothie today! If you don’t have Shakeology I suggest using chocolate protein powder.

Check out it! Shakeology “The healthiest meal of the day”

Maria Broaddus

Independent Team Beachbody Coach

A tribute to simply breakfast

A tribute to a few of my favorite breakfast bowls and plates. 

I used to have a problem.

  • 1 cup natural O’s
  • 1/4 cup Cascadian farms vanilla almond crunch
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup organic 2% milk

A picture of french toast before I started the blogging.

  • Trader Joe’s sprouted rye bread dredged in one egg and grilled.
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 banana grilled
  • 1/4 cup almond granola
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter

Even though this beater than ice cream smoothie was eaten at lunch time It would make a great breakfast on a hot day especially before a long run to keep the body cool.

In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of soymilk
  • 1 cup of mixed frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/2 medium frozen banana

Topped with:

  • homemade granola
  • 2 tbsp pom seeds
  • 1 tbsp of better n’ peanut butter

A mixed bowl of cereal on a a cool fal morning.

  • 1 cup Kashi Heart to Heart
  • 1/2 Yogi granola flakes
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup almond milk


A one plate wonder:

  • Old-fashioned english muffin
  • 2 tbsp better n peanut butter purchased at Trader Joes. BNPB is good for those who want more peanut butter for fewer calories.
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 2 tbsp apricot granola
  • 1 tbsp local folks foods apple butter

Can you believe this picture was taken in January of 2010 nearly a year before I started the blog. So fun to take a look back.

  • probably a low-fat english muffin
  • 2 tbsp better n peanut butter
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1/2 grape fruit

A great way to jump-start start the day.

  • 1 cup natural o’s
  • 1/2 crumbled granola bar
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • splash vanilla
  • dash cinnamon


Thinking outside the box:

  • 1 cup of wheat-fuls
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp chia seed
  • 1 cup soy milk

My best photo and pancake yet, organic fuel. I think I’m starting to get the hang of things.

  •  grilled organic banana slices
  •  frozen mixed berries
  • low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • sprinkle each of coconut and apricot granola.

And who could forget celebration pancakes? You should definitely make this for your children, significant other or yourself. Cause everyday should be a celebration!

  • sprinkles
  • lots of sprinkles

Another photo taken in January of 2010, buckwheat oats and veggie sausage.

  • 1/3 cup cooked buckwheat groats
  • a few strawberries
  • blood orange?
  • 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp pom arils


Last but not least another slice of Trader Joe’s sprouted rye. My favorite part of the dish was the cranberry jam leftover from Thanksgiving.

  • french toast
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 tbsp nuttzo
  • cranberry jam
  • sprinkle granola

I hope this gives you some breakfast inspiration for the weekend.

Happy Friday!

Crazy for cocoa groats

I had no idea what I wanted for dinner. I worked a long twelve hours, and came home hungry and frrrreeezing. Can you believe it’s only 13 degrees outside, wtf?  I thought about my options and couldn’t decide if I wanted a smoothie, cup of soup, or bowl of cereal.  A smoothie was definitely out of the question, waaaaaaay too cold for tonight.  Savory tomato soup didn’t sound appealing either, and plain cereal sounded…well …just plain.

If I had another empty Nutella jar I totally would have had one of these.

Cereal in a Nutella jar was hands down the best meal I had this week (wed-wed) thus far. Clearly I’ve been thinking about it a lot.

But no, no empty jar to be found so I decided to “believe in myself,” take a chance, and do some experimenting in the kitchen.

 What I came up with was a hot cocoa smoothie of sorts.

Yes you heard right, repeat after me: hot cocoa smoothie.

Here’s what you need if you decide to give it a try.

  • ¼ cup cooked buckwheat groats
  • ½ medium mashed banana
  • ½ tsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup of milk (soy, almond, hemp) In this case I think cow’s milk would taste best but feel free to use whatever you desire.
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

The chia seeds give the smoothie a nice fluffy tuxture. If you don’t have chia seeds no worries just leave them out.

In a medium pot add the cooked buckwheat groats, mashed banana, chia seeds and milk, allow to boil stirring frequently. Add your favorite chocolate protein powder and continue to mix until well incorporated.

You know what the hot cocoa smoothie reminded me of?

Coco Wheat’s!

(borrowed photo)

Did you ever eat these as a kid? Probably not the most nutritious breakfast but who cares when your ahem (little).  I’m sure my version is a bit healthier, and of course I amped it up with a few toppings.

  •  1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut
  • the other half of the banana
  • 1/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tbsp granola

Okay now that you probably think I’m crazy, it’s off to bed for me. One more day of work.


Happy hump day and don’t forget about the party.


P.S. Jenn has some very crafty ideas over there!

Mango smoothie

Smoothies are quick and easy to make. They’re satisfying , not too filling, and decadent enough to skip dessert.

The combinations and ingredients are endless. It’s up to you to decide what goes in the blender.  Use your imagination and have fun, listen to your body, what are you craving? Oranges, bananas, kale? Vitamin C, potassium, beta carotene?

 You get the picture.

Tonight I wanted mangoes! What’s so special about mangoes you ask, well according to The National Mango Board:

Mangos are high in vitamin C and A

Vitamin C promotes healthy immune function and collagen formation. Vitamin A is important for vision and bone growth.

Mangos are high in dietary fiber.

Mangos contain over twenty different vitamins and minerals.

I suppose my body is asking for some anti-oxidant properties, no?


here’s what I had for dinner.

Maria’s Mango Smoothie

Into the blender

  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 clementine
  • 1/2 cup kefir (found in the yogurt aisle)
  • 2 tbsp vega smoothie powder in mango tango

Topped with

  • 1/2 kashi pumpkin flax bar, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp better n’ peanut butter
  • a few slices of banana
  • 1 tsp pumpkin butter

Big plans for the morning.

See ya!





Rest and relaxation

I haven’t done much of anything today except stay in my pajamas till noon, give myself a mani, bake cupcakes and go to the dentist.

Ugghh I loath the dentist. If it wasn’t for the dentist I would still be in my pajamas.

Seriously though my body is sore from that haaarrrrd workout Tuesday. I decided to take it easy and skip working out. Tomorrow and Sunday I have three-mile runs planned. I might do some light yoga tonight if I find the time.

Breakfast was a smoothie and side of hot chocolate (almond milk + ovaltine)

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen berries
  • 2 tbsp tropical tango vega
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

topped with apricot granola and 1 tbsp better n peanut butter.

My M mug is missing its handle 😦  Oh well I’m still gonna use it.

For lunch I made a bean burrito with leftovers from Taco Tuesday, a simple salad, and tortilla chips.

Mmmm, I heart tortilla chips. I know their not good for me, their high in sodium, and have no nutritional value whatsoever but dang, they’re so good.

Must find some “healthier” tortilla chips.

Dinner plans tonight 🙂  But first I need to ice the cupcakes for dessert.

Speaking of dessert how many sweets have you had this week?


Only one, I promise

We still have 1/2 cake left, the torture.

The Tropics


Lunch today was a tropical green smoothie.


I added a half of serving of this amazing protein powder I received at the Healthy Living Summit back in August.  The consistency of the powder is kind of thick and makes smoothies more textually interesting.

In the blender:

  • 1 cup of soymilk
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt (prefer Oikos)
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach for the greenach
  • 1/2 scoop Tropical Tango Vega
  • small nanner

Topped with

  • 1/2 granola bar
  • 1 tbsp TJ’s Better n Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp pom seeds

umyum!  What kind of smoothies do you like?

Better than ice cream

Since I’m feeling a little under the weather today, I thought a smoothie would make a nice lunch. Smoothies are easy to digest and full of nutrients. This one was made with

  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of soymilk
  • 1 cup of mixed frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/2 medium frozen banana

Toppings include

  • homemade granola
  • 2 tbs pom seeds
  • 1 tbs of better n’ peanut butter

The smoothie was fluffy and creamy, kind of like ice cream but without the added sugar.