Monday, March 23, 2009

back to work I go

Today was my first day back at work after spring break, which should be a pretty loathsome day but surprisingly I had a great time. I started my day off on the right foot and woke up at 4:45am and got to the gym by 5am when it opened. I did my cardio and came home to a great homemade protein shake. It's seriously the best, and so, so good for you. Here's the recipe:

1 cup almond milk
1 scoop protein powder (I use whey protein)
1 teaspoon bee pollen (I'll go into this in a minute)
1 teaspoon finely ground flax
frozen organic mixed berries
frozen organic peaches
fresh org strawberries!

Add it all in a blender and there you go! It's the most delicious, nutritious start way to your day. Combining the complex carbs and protein is the best thing you can do, and it's great for after a workout. You can vary the fruit and even do a banana/almond butter smoothie, just peaches, etc. The aforementioned fruit is just what I had in the house today so that's what I used.

Bee pollen is a super amazing supplement that has a lot of health benefits. It's toted as a "super food" because it has all of the complete nutrition you'd need for one day. It is a veritable alphabet of vitamins, tons of trace minerals, it's a natural appetite suppressant, it contains "more protein by weight than beef," and it smells and tastes yummy. It also is a great topper on your oatmeal in the morning or even dissolved in hot water if you're not wanting to eat. I really recommend it!

In other news, I am looking forward to heading down to Phoenix again this weekend to attend Run With the Hunted CD release show, and to see Sarah's new band, Ready Resist! Then the following week I get tattooed...awesome. I have a million things planned and I'm excited to get to work on them. The high school's prom is in a week too and Hank and I are chaperoning! Haha! It should be adorable.

Soo, tonight is a totally relaxing night, I cooked dinner and now Hank is watching the Suns game in the living room and I am about to watch "Let the Right One In." I hope it's good!


  1. I LOVE after workout shakes! I only make them on the weekends though because my weekday workouts always take place at night :)

    My new favorite breakfast is so basic. I like 1 of the 3-

    Fiber One Cereal with almond milk and fresh fruit (strawberries are my fav)

    Oatbran or steel cut oats with almond milk and agave nectar

    Cereal with 1/4 cup plain *vegan* yogurt and fresh fruit


  2. oh my! bee pollen powder! this is the first i've heard of this - i'm definitely going to check it out this weekend!

  3. Oh Em sounds so good! I love it.

  4. Mari- they're actually little granules! If you have a Sprouts Market they're on sale right now too.

  5. yumm, ima have to try that shake out! and the bee pollen?! yess.

  6. 2 things- SO cute you and Hank are going to the prom! Love it!
    And how was Let the Right One In? I have it coming soon on Netflix! xoxo

  7. i always wondered about bee pollen. i need to start some kind of diet/exercise plan but have lacked the motivation to start until recently. this totally helps. appetite suppression is something i have a problem with.

  8. That sounds delicious! I will definitely be giving it a try. I've been trying really hard to get healthy, and it's so hard!! If you have any advice via food and such I'd love to hear it :)

    also, is bee pollen bad for you if you are allergic to bees?! I've always heard about it, but I'm afraid to try it haha I don't want to die!

  9. "While there are many bee pollen benefits the only side effect is for those who are allergic to bees. If you are allergic to bees it would be best to avoid bee pollen. "

    I found this while looking into bee pollen and thought I should post it for you, Mandy. I don't know you, but I would hate for anything bad to happen!

  10. Chanelle, you are so sweet! Thank you for replying, you could have saved little Mandy's life! :)

  11. thank you, Chanelle!

    I was always afraid to try it, and now I definitely won't.

    but Danielle, I did make one of those smoothies and it was sooo delicious! Thanks for the recipe! :)