Saturday, January 18, 2014

Day 18: It's a Nightmare! Plus a Peach/Mango Smoothie

Deep Fried Chili Rellanos
Last night I had a dream. A dream filled with meat and fried food. I had a juicy double cheeseburger and then went to McDonalds to pick up some Fried Chili Rellanos for some friends and I ate some of their fries on the way home. I had to look up if Deep Fried Chili Rellanos were even real. Although not available at McDonalds, to my knowledge, they certainly are real. Although you will need to look that recipe up for yourself as I can't pass it along in good conscience.

So what does this dream mean? Am I addicted to the standard American diet and is it now rearing its ugly head in my dreams?  I used to dream of smoking when I quit cigarettes over 10 years ago. I'd wake up ashamed and beaten down until I realized I had only been dreaming.

 Am I lacking some vitamin or mineral (like B12) only attained from corn fed beef? I don't think so. I take a multi vitamin and almond and soy milk are fortified with B12.

There is a spiritual theory that you can experience negative things in your dreams so that you don't have to experience it in real life. I may just chalk this up to that. At least in my dreams, I can eat them without the calories and negative health consequences.

Even Grover has Bad Dreams

So, stepping away from the fried/fatty foods, this is a tasty treat for post-workout replenishment.

The "Garden of Life" protein powder tastes chalky to me, so
I mix it with the one on the right.

  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 handful of frozen spinach
  • 1 handful frozen peaches
  • 1 handful frozen mango
  • 1 Scoop of vanilla protein powder of your liking
  • just a touch of agave nectar

I like to blend the almond milk, spinach, protein powder and flax seed to liquify first, then alternate pulsing and blending the frozen fruit into desired consistency. Add more almond milk if it's too thick.

Last, but not least, find an awesome glass to pour this bad boy into!

Awesome Glass of Peach/Mango Protein Goodness

For those of you that are interested, my workouts include alternating days of circuit training and zone 2 running for 6 days a week and rest on Saturdays, which are crazy busy at work.

My circuit training usually looks something like this:

No equipment or traveling? You can do
this workout anywhere! 30 seconds on, 10 sec break.
Active for 30 seconds/Rest for 30 seconds:

Every Other Day I switch some of the "stations."
  • Jumping Jacks or Box Jumps
  • Cable Pull-Downs or Band Assisted Pull-Ups
  • Forearm Planks
  • Lunges
  • Reverse Grip Cable Pull-Down/Band Assisted Chin-Ups or Dumbbell Curls
  • Squats
  • Bench Press or Push-Ups
  • Opposite Arm/Leg Raises or Yoga Headstand
  • Kettlebell Swings
  • Shoulder Press or Back Flys
  • Lawnmowers or Triceps Kickbacks

Then do it all over again. Afterwards, you can make a nice Peach/Mango Protein Smoothie to recover!


  1. Just found your blog from a Engine 2 tweet am also freezing my a** off here in MN. My husband and have been plant based 2 yrs now since watching FOK. Have learned a whole lot since then. Great eating place in Minneapolis is Hard Times Cafe total hole in the wall cash only but great plant based options and not expensive. Don't ever allow yourself to start eating vegan baked goods at the Wedge food co-op cuz it's all downhill from there. And an electric pressure cooker has got to be the greatest invention ever. Thanks for your posts, I always feel we're kindred spirits here in the frozen tundra!

    1. Hey Sharon, thanks for reaching out! I have been to Hard Times, although it's been a while. I used to play in some bands around the Cedar Riverside area like the Triple Rock/Nomad etc. I'll stay away from the Wedge's baked goods haha It'd be great if there were some more healthy plant centered restaurants around here.