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Nutri Ninja by @UpsideDownpear

It has been hard getting back into the swing of things! I know it’s a bit late to be talking about Christmas gifts, but there’s one I got that I just have to share with you. I received the Nutri Ninja and have fell in love with smoothies all over again! In fact, I’ve been making them every day for breakfast and taking them to work with me. I feel less guilty having the smoothies for breakfast since I’m getting in my fruits and veggies (especially since I haven’t been exercising nearly as much as I’d like).

Nutri Ninja by @UpsideDownpear

It’s crazy quick and blends everything so smoothly, that I’m not convinced that a blender can never compete. I’ve added flax seed, hemp hearts, and other things that never really blended well before. Now, I use them all the time, and as Bren said “I don’t think you can make a bad smoothie.” We usually start with frozen fruit, add in our Vega protein powder, and then top with almond milk. Lately, I’ve also added the flax seeds and hemp hearts in for extra bonus.

Nutri Ninja by @UpsideDownpear

Once we added peanut butter and it was like heaven! I just bought some spinach and can’t wait to begin adding more vegetables to my breakfast. It totally helps me feel better about what I eat the rest of the day (though I still try to be good). I know these are a bit expensive, but I swear that if you have the chance to pick up one, you should do it! We have the Auto-IQ since it has the capability to blend ice. I guess some of the lower end ones don’t, so make sure you read the specs before you buy. You definitely want one that can handle ice, that way you know it can also handle frozen fruit!!

Nutri Ninja by @UpsideDownpear

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Vega Smoothie by @UpsideDownPear

We’re finally moving into creating flows for hot vinyasa classes. I’m both excited and nervous about this new module. Last week we finished going through Ashtanga, which technically I have down enough to teach, and now we’re entering a new type of class. All the classes really build on the Ashtanga, so now I get to let my creative juices flow while thinking of what I’d like to do in a class.

Vega Smoothie by @UpsideDownPear

While we’re learning about how to structure a hot vinyasa class, we’re also encouraged to take as many classes as possible. I’m not the biggest fan of hot vinyasa, mostly because I run hot already and sweat just standing there, but it does help to feel what works and what doesn’t. The last class I took make me sweat, kicked my butt, and felt really really good. I was really in the moment with that steady deep breathing and the class just put me in that meditative mental state. I may be coming around to these warmer classes…especially as the months get colder (though it’s still been pretty warm out).

Vega Smoothie by @UpsideDownPear

To get me through all these classes, I’ve been drinking a smoothie with a scoop of this vegan protein power. Vega powder is amazing and made with super ingredients such as pea, hemp, and brown rice. The version I got also has two servings of greens in it too, so it’s like I’m eating veggies as well. It’s the ONLY protein powder that I’ve had that does not leave a chalky after taste, well at least the vanilla version doesn’t. I haven’t tried the chocolate version yet, but I’ve heard that the vanilla is better. I’ve used the vanilla with both an almond/coconut milk base and a juice base. It works so well with either, and I am just a bit obsessed with it. I definitely recommend getting some and making a smoothie with it for those days when you don’t have much time. It’s crazy delicious and filling!

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Strawberry Lemonade by @UpsideDownPear

The weather report finally has some good news for us! There will finally be a warm sunny weekend ahead, and it’s right in time for the holiday!! Last year was perfect. It rained during the work day, and as soon as you got home (plus the weekends) were sunny and gorgeous. This year has been a whole other story. Now it rain as soon as you get out of work and on almost all the weekends.

Strawberry Lemonade by @UpsideDownPear

Luckily, rain or shine this strawberry lemonade is a great way to cool off. Just because it’s been raining doesn’t mean it hasn’t been hot. I really dislike the hot muggy weather. It brings out all the flying bugs for some reason…and I can really do without those.

Strawberry Lemonade by @UpsideDownPear

This lemonade is a great sweet and tangy drink and it makes up quite a bit. Perfect for those summer get-togethers. Plus your wallet will thank you. It just takes water, lemon juice, sugar, and frozen strawberries. Mix it all together and that’s it! It’s so simple that it’s almost crazy easy (don’t worry, I’ll keep your secret).

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Summer #Sangria by @UpsideDownPear

This summer sangria is a perfect way to kick back and relax this summer! I’m always drawn to the fruit in sangria most. There’s just something about the fruit that makes me keep coming back, especially since I’m not really all that into wine. I think the first sangria I had was a red wine base with apples, oranges, and a few other fruits thrown in. A college friend served it at her final showing for her art degree at college. She mentioned that she’d made it from a family recipe. If only I knew back then that I was going to be a food blogger…I’d definitely have gotten that recipe. It was amazing!

Summer #Sangria by @UpsideDownPear

Since it’s summer, I decided a white sangria would feel more refreshing. White wines are much more popular in the warmer months since they’re lighter and chilled. Reds tend to be heavier and better suited for winter. For this sangria I chose to use a Sauvignon Blanc and add strawberries and mangos to compliment the grapefruit notes. Whites are usually a bit too dry for me, but I like Sauvignon Blancs for their citrus notes. I also added a bit of triple sec and peach schnapps for a bit of sweetness and to round out the fruit flavors.

Summer #Sangria by @UpsideDownPear

Now all I need is outdoor furniture for our patio! Right now it’s just a gray slate, and when I go outside I sit on the concrete. We’ve sort of glanced at some chairs and a small table (there’s not that much space outside) but everything is super expensive! I couldn’t believe how much just one chair could be. They’re easily over $50. That’s just crazy. I don’t want to have to take out a mortgage just to be able to sit outside and drink my sangria in the sun. I guess until we can find something in our budget, we’ll just have to try and sneak these into the pool area and confiscate some of those chairs to relax on.

Summer #Sangria by @UpsideDownPear

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Pineapple Mango Smoothie by @UpsideDownPear

It’s been one of those weeks where you just want to come home and put your pj’s on as soon as you step through the door. The rain has been off and on, and the humidity outside is crazy high. There are days when you plan on running since you have a 5k coming up and then you open the door and breathe in water…so you turn around and hide back inside your air conditioned apartment. Or at least that’s what I did.

Pineapple Mango Smoothie by @UpsideDownPear

So now I hope you can see that it’s been a bit of a lazy week and I just wanted something that was easy and made me feel good about myself. So of course I made a smoothie full of fruit! I picked up some frozen pineapple and mangoes at Costco and now my freezer is full. Do you want to know how easy this smoothie is? It’s the easiest of easy smoothie. Everything is measured in a one cup measuring cup. Even the orange juice!

Pineapple Mango Smoothie by @UpsideDownPear

I didn’t feel the need to add any type of sweetener, but if you taste it and it’s a little on the tart side, you can always had a bit of honey or other sweetener. On the plus side, you’ll get a huge boost of vitamin C and it feels a bit tropical and summery. Summer and smoothies are almost as classic as peanut butter and jelly.

Pineapple Mango Smoothie by @UpsideDownPear

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