Hi! Happy Friday...and let me say that I am SO happy that it is acutally Friday
I am enjoying a delicious lunch right now which is a big ole' salad and topped it with sesame seeds and fresh basil...I love finding new 'fun' items to throw on my salads
I first want to address something that I figured here would be the best place to do so. Lately, (within the past few weeks) I have been getting a whole slew of emails asking for advice. Now, I love the emails, comments, tweets etc. I love hearing what you guys have to say, feedback, questions about products, recipes workouts--bring it on! I LOVE hearing from my readers...but lately I have been getting emails that are in great detail about your bodies and either your weight gain or weight loss goals.
These emails are very detailed, giving me information on your height, weight, background in exercise and eating along with macros/micros your taking in daily. Some want help losing weight and others want help gaining weight (putting on muscle) Many of the emails say "Naomi, I trust you" Now...not to sound too creepy but do you really trust me? I am just a gal with a blog over here and for most of you, I have never even met you in person! Yes, I am a personal trainer, Yes I have a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Yes I just competed in my first fitness competition, but that by no means gives me the right to email you information about your weight loss or weight gain goals over the internet without ever meeting you.
First of all, I have never counted my calories, carbs, protein, or fat by micros or macros. You could throw all sorts of numbers at me and I wouldn't even know if this is "appropriate for your height and weight" Personally, I think calorie counting and macro/micro counting would drive me NUTS so I can understand that some of you may be a bit confused as to where to go.
I am also HONORED and so beyond flattered that you are turning to me with your weight/exercise questions, but I just want to put it out there that I do not feel comfortable giving ANYONE serious weight loss or weight gain advice over the internet. I would suggest you seek out a local Dietician or personal trainer in your area
If you have questions about exercises themselves, recipes, food, reviews, fitness competitions, my field of work, new workouts, new ideas....PLEASE do not hesitiate to ask me anything about that, but specific weight loss or gain questions--I am so sorry but I just do not feel comfortable answering them. Does that make sense? I don't want to come off as 'mean' or 'unhelpful' but in the long run, I think this is everyone's safest bet!
Ok moving onto the food!
I have had an obsession lately, and wierdly enough it doesn't involve peanut butter or swarovski crystals.
Smoothies, my friends. I have been all about smoothies
These ingredients made one delicious, thick, cold smoothie that I dreamt about after I was finished licking the cup
- Serving of Greek Yogurt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- Big ole' hunk of sweet potato (cooked)
- 1-2 packets stevia OR 1 T agave (optional)
- 5 ice cubes
- 1 C water
Oh it tasted so good! I also threw in some stevia and xanthan gum (for thickening) It is the perfect treat!
I have also had an obsession with shrimp. Whenever warmer weather rolls around, I am all about the seafood. The more the better for me!
This shrimp was perviously frozen from Trader Joes and I topped it with sesame seeds, TJs 21 seasoning salute, italian seasoning and some sea salt (I realize that I get salt free seasoning then add my own sea salt--its just how I roll)
And obviously paired them with Kale chips because I am obsessed beyond belief. (topped with nutritional yeast, seasame seeds, sea salt)
After my first smoothie with the sweet potato, I had the brilliant idea of using previously frozen and cooked butternut squash in a smoothie! The idea of the squash already being frozen just gave me the image of a milkshake like thickness and I needed to experiment ASAP!
Frozen butternut squash
1 packet of About Time vanilla whey protein
- Butternut squash
- vanilla whey protein
- 1/2 C almond milk
- cinnamon + nutmeg
- handful of kale
- 5 ice cubes/3/4 C water
- pinch xanthan gum
YES! It was so delicious! I highly recommened FREEZING your squash or sweet potato and using the frozen chunks in a smoothie to really thicken it up!
Up next...a new to me seasoning mix from Trader Joes (obviously!)
I first saw it at my parents house and it looked good, so I thought it would be a great addition to my ground beef or turkey!
Basic ingredients, no fillers--love that
Onto the turkey it went! Verdict? Delicious but spicy! I was not ready for the spicyness, but it was still great and highly recommened
Something else I highly recommend?
MRM Chocolate whey protein! I got just 1 lb of it because I have made the mistake of buying a large amount of protein powder without trying it first, and then hating it. I hate wasting food, so I just stuck with the 1lb canister for now
DELICIOUS I love it. Thick and creamy and chocolatey!
Obviously, it went right into the blender
- Chocolate whey protein (I used MRM)
- 5 ice cubes
- 1/4 C raw oats (they were all mixed in--I add them after the shake is done)
- pinch of xanthan gum
- 1/2 C almond milk
- 1 C water
- pinch of stevia
This weekend, add this quick plyo burst at the end of your workout to really sweat it out!
- 30 seconds mtn climbers
- 30 seconds high knees
- 30 seconds quick squats
- 30 seconds plank twisters
- 30 seconds push ups
- 1 min wall sit
HAVE A FABULOUS WEEKEND!!!