September 12, 2013
So I’ve been playing around with a lot of recipes lately as I am preparing a very special meal plan for you. The last time we did this was with the 90 Day Challenge and I think it’s time for an update. What do you think? Time to ramp it up, find new health, a stronger body, and extreme motivation! Diet and fitness are so intertwined. Remember, your physique is 80% how you feed yourself, 10% how you train, and 10% genetics. Yup, I was surprised too when I heard that! Of course great exercise promotes better eating and vice versa so you really need to do both. But no one is DOOMED. You can create your own destiny.
Anyway! I wanted to release a very very cool (or should I say hot) smoothie recipe that will be on the meal plan that I will have you drinking in the morning to boost your metabolism. This is my Metabolic Supercharge Smoothie that contains 1 pretty crazy ingredient. Are you ready for it?
What it does: increases your metabolism (helping you to burn more fat), gives you energy, and puts you in a good mood.
– 1 banana
– 1-1.5 cup kale
– 1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt (vegans can sub tofu or soy yogurt)
– handful of ice
– 1/2 cup almond milk
– juice of 1 small lemon
– 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper <—- yup there it is! (If it’s your first time having pepper in a drink, I’d start with a pinch and add more as you get more advanced)
The spiciness in this drink from the pepper helps to raise your metabolism, and all the Vitamin C from the lemon and kale helps in the production of Carnitine which helps your body metabolize fat. Also, the banana provides a source of tryptophan which aids in relaxing your mind and lifting your mood. The protein in the yogurt keeps you full and ALSO, because your body takes 2x more energy to digest protein than carbs, eating more protein makes you burn more calories.
This is great as a morning breakfast! Or whenever you need something to SUPERCHARGE YOU!
Nutrition Facts: 232 cals and 16g of protein
Share this and keep it close to you! This smoothie is seriously a miracle!
Yay!!! We have water bottles! It’s so important to stay hydrated. A lot of us don’t drink enough water, so now, you have no excuse. Drink to your heart’s desire! Too cute not to right?
I was so excited that I stayed up late last night to do a lil photoshoot with these babies. I had so much fun naming their colors. Because each kinda looks like a translucent crystal, I named the colors of the bottles after gemstones. You can see all the colors here.
These are actually blender bottles with little spiral balls to help you mix your protein powder smoothly. Aren’t they darling? I felt like this lil guy needed his own portrait 🙂 I want to thank you guys for always suggesting new product ideas. (I never thought I’d get into bottles!) It’s not always the easiest trying to figure out how to design and manufacture new things. But it’s not an impossible challenge. So again, thank you for your continuous flow of ideas! Anything else you want me to do for you, just let me know in the comments! Ready to design and tackle!
Do you remember this Blogilates yoga mat that I handpainted before my first NYC meetup? Look at all your gorgeous signatures. You guys are amazing.
After this, I got so many requests to actually make this mat for you guys…well you know Cassey. I take your comments very very seriously. So umm, after months and months or testing and development to make it as close as possible to the original, here it is guys!!! The Limited Edition Blogilates Yoga Mat.
What do you think? I really hope you like it! I made all the mats super cushiony at 3mm thickness. And…just cuz I know it’s hard to travel everywhere with your mat hanging all weird and loose, I am including a lightweight yoga mat bag ($10 value).
Also, since so may of you have been doing POP Pilates or a while, I wanted to take your workout to the next level with a new toy. I use the Power Ring when I teach my classes and I’ve been wanting to show you guys my special routines for so long, but was afraid to because I know like 90% of you do not own a ring. So for the first time ever, I am releasing a piece of Pilates equipment to bring our workouts to the next level. This is super exciting because I’m ready to show you how you can tone your legs like CRAZY with this baby. Inner and outer thighs REALLY will get sore with the exercises I’m about to kill you with. Oh it’s gonna be fun.
Also, the pads on the POP Pilates Power Ring say “TRAIN INSANE” on the inside! Oh and I’d like to make a comment about me on the box.
Umm, I’m on a box.
Hahahahahahaha. I hope you enjoy 🙂
AH! I was just about to post when my friend Sarah from Sarahfit.com texted me this:
I have no idea why I am purple and why iJustine is blue but OMG cool!!!! Did anyone get this issue yet? I need to go pick it up. Thank you for growing Blogilates to what it is today. It’s seriously all because of you. Also, I wanna thank Sarah for being an awesome friend over the past few years since I started posting videos on YouTube. She is an online fitness veteran and has really been genuine and trustworthy to me from the beginning! It’s always nice to find truly good people in the field in which you work. I mean, the reason why I left my first corporate job was mostly because of how toxic the coworker relationships were. Life isn’t about work or getting things done…it’s about working together as humans.
Love you guys! Please instagram your smoothie #cheapcleaneats after you make it so I can see! Yum yum! And lemme know which bottle and mat you like best. Your first Power Ring workout will be on YouTube next week!