Banana Berry Tofu Protein Smoothie!

Hello lovely followers! I feel like I haven’t been on Tumblr for awhile now, but I guess life can do that to you. But I’m back for a reason, and here it is:

Banana Berry Tofu Protein Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup silken firm tofu (this is what MAKES this smoothie recipe creamy and protein packed)

1 banana (preferably ripe)!

1 cup frozen berries (important that the berries are frozen so that the smoothie will be nice and cold)

1-2 large handfuls of spinach

a little under 1 cup almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla)

Directions:

Add everything into a blender (I used my Magic Bullet) and blend, blend, blend!

Ohmygosh guys this smoothie is freaking delicious, I PROMISE YOU. No additional sweetener needed, as the sweetness from the banana is enough. Also vegan and can be changed up pretty easily. It’s got your protein, vegetables, fruit, calcium- WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE. Plus, it’s perfect after a nice long run or gym session, which is where I just came from :) I promise I’ll update this blog more often, because I’ve found lots of great, healthy recipes that I’ve tried out just for all ya’ll!

I cannot change yesterday, but I can change today.

I found this gem of a quote on Pinterest, and it really resounds with me. Yesterday, I ate a lot. In fact, way more than I needed to. Let’s just say lunch turned into a rampage of meals rather than a solitary, square one. But that is the past and there is nothing I can do about it. Today started out well and normal- hardboiled egg whites and sirrachia, nonfat greek yogurt with a banana and mixed frozen berries, and a small cup of coffee with 2% milk and Splenda. My mom (out of the goodness of her little heart) packed me a healthy cucumber, tomato, avocado, turkey, and sirrachia salad with some leftover vegetables (probably with some sort of meat/tofu cooked in) on the side for lunch. She also packed me a sweet potato and steamed kabocha squash. Hopefully this will tide me over until dinner so that no excessive snacking will take place. Then for dinner I plan on a balanced meal of veggies, protein, and a small portion of complex carbs. Here’s to one step closer to a healthier body and mindset.

Gettin dat sweat on ;p
Mid-College Crisis

So I had the hard realization that I am actually going to go through to apply for med school. After going into college a bit indecisive and slacking a bit in terms of studying my Sophomore year of college, I’ve finally weighed my options outside of medicine and re-evaluated what I truly want to do with my life and determined that I’m going through with it. Kind’ve feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of me just to be replaced by a ton of bricks. On one hand I’m relieved I finally have a definite direction. But on the other hand, it’s a long journey ahead. I really wish that I had tried harder in Orgo and paid attention in Physics instead of half-assing it yet still managing to pull off an A- in the class. It’s all about absorbing the information, people. Then the next wave of realizations hit me. The MCAT. While everyone else is just getting through college I have to get my act together and prep for what may be the biggest test of my college career. Finally learning a bit of discipline this summer…hopefully it’s not too late. Anyways, off to do some Insanity, then shower, try on some work outfits, and hop into bed and do some more MCAT research. Need to start hitting the Orgo 2 books for next year as well. Sometimes I wish life was a bit less complicated and easier to figure out. Anyone else with me?

50 No Sweat Ways to Burn Calories

It’s the little things that count…

1. Take vitamin D 
Women who were deficient in it lost weight more slowly in a study in the British Journal of Nutrition. Stephen Gullo, a weight-loss expert in New York City and author of “The Thin Commandments” (Rodale), recommends 2,000 milligrams daily.

2. Drink coffee 
Studies have found that caffeine increases the rate at which you burn calories, according to Susan B. Roberts, author of “The ‘I’ Diet” (Workman) and a professor of nutrition and psychiatry at Tufts University in Boston.

3. Sleep more 
Getting fewer than four hours of sleep over an extended period of time slows the metabolism. Experts recommend aiming for between seven and nine.

 

4. Do things by hand 
Wash your dishes, vacuum, or cook dinner. “We consider it a luxury to have tasks done for us, but doing some of these for yourself takes considerable energy,” says Slayton.

5. Wear a basic pedometer 
"Every week, aim to take a few more steps than you did the last week," says Wheelock.

6. Eat lightly and often 
"For most people, the body uses up more energy digesting smaller meals every few hours than by eating the same number of calories in two or three sittings," says Chrissy Wellington, a nutritionist at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts.

7. Move briskly 
"Walk like you’re late for a meeting," says Gunnar Peterson, who trains Jennifer Lopez in Los Angeles.

8. Laugh 
"It burns up to 50 calories if you laugh for 10 to 15 minutes per day," says Adelino Da Costa, owner of Punch Fitness Center in New York City.

9. Eat breakfast 
"You send your body a signal that you’re not starving, so it starts burning fat — even when you’re just doing normal activities," says Peterson. He suggests eating scrambled egg whites or oatmeal with fruit.

10. Time yourself 
Spend the last five minutes of each hour (set your computer timer) up and moving around, says Kristin McGee, a New York City yoga and Pilates instructor.

11. Fill up on fiber 
Low-carb, high-fiber foods take more time to digest than other foods, leaving you feeling fuller longer and less likely to snack, says Gullo. He suggests spinach, broccoli, asparagus, and cauliflower.

12. Go out of your way 
At work, take the long way to the restroom — or even go up one flight of stairs.

13. Fidget 
You can burn up to 350 more calories a day than someone who remains stationary, according to a study at the Mayo Clinic. The impulse to fidget may be hardwired, but nonfidgeters can imitate it: Tap your feet, pace, or move restlessly in your seat.

14. Stash flats in your bag 
"My clients aren’t going to slip on sneakers to go home, but there is a happy medium," says Slayton. "You might not run a marathon in ballet slippers, but at least you can move quickly."

15. Don’t eat late at night 
It can interrupt sleep, according to Wellington, and may induce you to skip breakfast — bad for your metabolism.

16. Straighten up 
"Good posture not only makes you look taller and leaner, but it strengthens your abdominal muscles," says Brooklyn Decker, the model on the cover of this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

17. Drink more 
Dehydrated people experience a drop in their metabolic rate. Drinking water throughout the day caused metabolic rates to increase by about 30 percent in a German study. The goal: eight cups a day.

18. Beware of sugar 
It triggers the body to release insulin, which then either transplants sugar to the cells to be used as energy — or stored as fat, according to Jorge Cruise, author of “The Belly Fat Cure” (Hay House).

19. Squat 
When you pick up something from the floor, keep your back straight and bend at the knees, not the waist. “This protects your back and tones your legs,” says Peterson.

20. Chew gum 
It burns a few calories — and it keeps you from mindlessly grazing, especially when you’re cooking, says McGee.

21. Sleep better 
A poor night’s sleep causes people to chose less-nutritious foods, according to a study at the University of Pennsylvania. Another study showed that sleep-deprived people simply move less.

22. Walk and talk 
Don’t sit still when you take a phone call. At work, wear a headset.

23. Switch sides 
Whether you’re carrying a heavy bag on your shoulder or a child on your hip, “swapping sides every five minutes works more muscles,” says Peterson.

24. Pick up the pace 
Listen to fast songs, such as “Closer” by Ne-Yo, says Ruth Zukerman, co-owner of Flywheel Sports, a cycling studio in New York City. “The beat forces you to keep a calorie-burning pace, especially when walking or taking stairs.”

25. Cook your own food 
“It’s often healthier, and by the time you’ve made a meal and cleaned up, you’ve been on your feet a half-hour more than you would have waiting for takeout,” says Slayton.

26. Go on a date. 
Women tend to order foods with fewer calories when dining with a man (who’s not a long-term significant other), compared with when they eat with other women, according to a study conducted at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.

27. Avoid eating lunch at your desk 
If you must, have a quick bite, then go for a short walk.

28. Always carry a snack 
Try nuts, low-calorie bars, or a piece of fruit. Eating frequently keeps your metabolism up (and reduces the odds that you’ll wind up a victim of the vending machine).

29. Wear stilettos 
"Every few days, I’ll wear the highest heels I own," says Decker. "It helps tone my legs, because they work different muscles in my calves and thighs."

30. Relax 
Stress causes the body to release cortisol, which causes more calories to be stored as fat, especially in your abdomen.

31. Watch less television 
Adults who halved their television viewing time (by using an electronic lock-out system) not only burned an extra 119 calories per day, but did so without altering what they ate.

32. Lift up 
Rise up on the balls of your feet and then lower yourself down again. “I do this little Pilates move everywhere,” says McGee.

33. Build up your abs 
Do intense bursts of engaging your abs tightly. If you think you can only do 30 seconds, push for 40, says Da Costa.

34. Drink a few cups of strong green tea every day 
In addition to caffeine, green tea contains catechin polyphenols, plant chemicals that may also boost metabolism, according to a study from the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

35. Heat things up 
"Some studies show that spicy food can temporarily increase metabolism," says Slayton. Try red pepper flakes on salad.

36. Work your legs a bit 
"If I’m stuck in a seat, I do small knee lifts, almost like I’m marching in place," says McGee.

37. Eat salmon 
Salmon eaters lost significantly more weight than beef eaters in a study, even though the calories consumed were equal.

38. Pop a pill 
People taking supplements with glutamine after meals burned an average of 20 more calories than those taking a placebo in a study at Iowa State University in Ames.

39. Keep your blow-dryer at the health club 
"I have a client who swears that this motivates her to work out," says Slayton.

40. Eat the peel 
"It takes the body more energy to break down fiber-rich foods, like the skins of fruits and vegetables," says Wellington.

41. Get busy 
Most couples burn an average of 300 calories an hour while they’re having sex.

42. Go coconuts 
People who replace oils and fats like animal fats and sunflower oil with those containing medium-chain fatty acids, such as coconut oil, lose more body fat.

43. Drink oolong tea 
Gullo suggests this to his clients because some studies have shown it can increase metabolic activity by as much as 10 percent.

44. Don’t snack in the car 
Experts say it’s a hotbed of mindless eating and excess calorie consumption.

45. Swing your arms 
"The more parts of your body that you use simultaneously, the more you burn," says Zukerman.

46. Snack when you drink 
Alcohol paves the way for overeating. Snack before you go out for drinks, says Slayton — or at least eat a few olives when you’re at the bar.

47. Clean up 
When you’re wiping down the counter or washing the car, really stretch out, says Peterson. “Use both hands and make large circular motions, like you’re the Karate Kid.”

48. Buy some crackers 
"High-fiber, low-starch foods, such as GG Crispbreads, create a film on the intestinal lining that blocks the absorption of other calories," says Gullo.

49. Sit up 
When watching TV, “get in the habit of holding your body straight,” says Slayton.

50. Don’t forget dairy 
Wellington says, “Researchers believe that low-fat dairy inhibits fats from being stored.”

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/37378884/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/t/no-sweat-ways-burn-calories/#.UbCm9-eOQtw

Discipline.

I’ve been MIA lately, which is kind’ve strange for me because I mean, hello, summer vacation? Needless to say, this summer is definitely NOT a vacation for me :/ I’ve got an internship during the week days, hostessing at a restaurant on the weekends, and SAT tutoring sprinkled throughout the week. It feels nice to be so busy, but admittedly I’ve been slacking as far as diet and exercise goes. Exercise wise, I’m not very consistent. This is more than likely due to my crappy diet nowadays. Literally, I’ve been living off of free sandwiches and cookies provided by my internship. Not to mention the masses of other free food we get. I mean, I aint complaining but I definitely need to start making better choices. Breakfast is always good for me- oats, banana, and eggs, so as long as I just start swapping out the bad for good during lunch and stop being a pig and eating like three portions of what would have been a healthy meal at dinner, I’ll probably be good. Anyways, sorry for the rant I just feel like I need to keep myself accountable on here! I’m off to do some INSANITY yayyy! [Just came back from a jog as a warmup] Hope everyone else has been doing better than me :)

*Side note: I’ve got Insanity, P90X, and Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred links in the workout section of my Tumblr page if anyone wants to use them!

Did an Insanity workout for the first time in a loong time and am super schweatay! If you look closely I have some sweat dripping down my chin. Attractive ;) Sorry for the cleavage shot- just wanted to show how far my sweat ended up dripping LOL. You know its a good workout when you come out of it looking a hot mess!
Intake Today

Woke up really late due to the fact that my sleep schedule is really off track, so started off with lunch:

Lunch: quinoa, broccoli, tofu, ground pork, and some random veggies all stir fried together

Snacks: 1 apple, 1 grapefruit with stevia

Dinner: TBD…probably some sort of stir fried meal lol

Off to workout!

Sidenote: anyone else kinda sorta obsessed with cereal? Legit ate like 5 or 6 on the go boxes of like honey nut cheerios, corn flakes, and rice krispies with some 1% milk and was still craving more -__- my appetite is raging, people.

The results of becoming an insomniac…what am i doing with my life -___-
Moooorning! Today is going to be a good day :D
Anyone else on lockdown right now? Shit is going down in Boston right now…
hoverinq:

sav1ng:

m-ir4cles:

lizzietupman:

leirdnamas:

anthonygrey:

I’m sorry to my followers for the image above, but it’s the most shocking I’ve seen from the news about Boston and it might wake people up the what’s going on around them.
PEOPLE have done this. HUMAN BEINGS. I’m so done with humanity. As a planet we are just falling apart more and more every day and it’s the good people that are suffering. There’s just no need for all this violence all the time. What the fuck are these evil people trying to achieve by doing something like this? 
I want all of you to STAY SAFE.

This is just ridiculous. Why? Just, why??

People run a marathon in respect to the victims of the Connecticut shooting, and someone thinks “i’m gonna bomb them”. I just can’t. There’s too many disgusting people on this planet.

Oh My Gosh! I pray for that man. Look how pale he is from all the blood lost from his legs coming off. This is sad. How could a person in there right mind do this. It’s terrible. That man will now only have half of his legs, and may or may not life. His bone is just there, covered in blood, and his skin hanging. I just don’t get it. How could a person do this. Lord help them.

I have given up on humanity. What is wrong with some people?

it doesn’t matter if this “ruins” your blog, you should reblog this because it shows that you actually care, this man was running a marathon and doing something he loves and out of the blue his leg is amputated, reblog this to show respect, and pray for all those who were affected by the Boston bombing.

holy fucking shit. this actually makes me angry and sad all at once. people in our world can be the craziest motherfuckers sometime. 
My heart goes out to those injured in the Boston Marathon bombing today. For everyone else in the Boston area, please stay safe.
For anyone interested in my Food Intake and daily exercise go to www.squirrelfacemunchies.tumblr.com

I just started this blog to keep track of what I eat and what I do for exercise so I can better view my progress. I’m going to try to stick with it, but obviously it’ll be hard with life and such :)

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