Whew! I have been neglecting this blog lately! But I’m back and I’m in action… my birthday was a couple weeks ago and my fantastic roommate got me an Oster MyBlend Blender, which I absolutely love! You can get your own here. It was really the perfect thing because with the help of gift cards from my parents and 3 wonderful friends, I also got a FitBit!
If you’re seeing the beginnings of a theme here, that’s because there is one. I need to lose some weight. Of course, this isn’t a new thing.. it’s been coming on for a while (doesn’t it always?), and I’m excited to have a couple tools to help get me motivated! First of all, if you don’t know anything about FitBit, check them out. There are lots of different types (at different prices) and they can do as much or as little as you want them to do. I got the FitBit Charge, which tracks nearly everythign except heart-rate with a handy dandy app on your phone. I love that you can compete with friends, and its really making me aware of how many calories I consume and burn, how much water I drink, how early I go to bed, etc.
The Oster MyBlend Blender is also going to be a huge help in getting healthy again. THis school year my eating schedule is so out of whack because I’ve been eating lunch with the kids. For those of you who haven’t attended lunch in an elementary school cafeteria in the past decade or two, 1st grade eats lunch at 10:35.
So you can probably guess what’s happening here… I’ve been eating a cup of yogurt first thing in the morning (7:30ish) and then lunch at 10:35. Then, a (usually) light, healthy snack at 1:45 with the kids… now, here’s where the trouble begins. I get home at 4:00-4:30 and I am STARVING. So I sit down to eat another snack… and end up eating a whole meal. That would still not be that bad, except that by 9:30 I’m starving again! AH!
So anyway, here’s how the Oster is going to help me battle this wonky schedule. I decided to make smoothie freezer packs (little freezer bags full of all the things needed to make a delicious smoothie in the morning) for myself for easy, low-cal, FILLING (each one has 1/2 a cup of oats in it to fill me up!) breakfasts that would last me through the morning, including 10:35 “lunchtime.” That way, I could save my lunch (a healthy one!) for my planning period at 1:00 and actually only need a snack at 4:30, thus cutting out the mid-afternoon meal and allowing me to eat a normal dinner at a normal dinner time.
Anyway, enough talking… you want pictures 🙂
There’s that wonderful little gadget!
Voila! 15 healthy, delicious, FILLING breakfast/lunches in 30 minutes. Here’s what’s in the picture with rough calorie estimates (for the contents of the bag… if you add 1/2 c of oats, 1/2 c plain non-fat Greek yogurt, a T of honey and 1 c almond milk like I do, add 285 calories to the number listed below.
2 Blueberry Pineapple Spinach 127 calories
2 Blackberry Peach Spinach 93 calories
2 Blackberry Pineapple Spinach 116 calories
2 Strawberry Blueberry Spinach 69 Calories
1 Raspberry Pineapple 114 calories
1 Blackberry Peach 90
1 Strawberry Pineapple Spinach 106
1 Strawberry Peach Spinach 83
1 Strawberry Blueberry 63
1 Blackberry Orange Spinach 80
1 Strawberry Orange Spinach 70
For each smoothie I used about a cup and a half of fruit and a cup of spinach (for the ones that have spinach). Delicious!