So Far From Basic

I have to be 100% honest with you guys, I’ve never had a Pumpkin Spice Latte. I mean, I’m actually pretty proud of this fact. I don’t really like pumpkin pie, or pie at all for that matter. I love the color of pumpkin. I love the smell of the spices that go into the making of all these Pumpkin flavored things… but, I think I’m failing as a white girl that lives in a super hip part of Chicago. But I’m totally fine with that.

I have however, been reading some really fun recipes that bring this pumpkin trend to the next level. So I bought a can of pumpkin puree. Determined that I was going to incorporate it into EVERYTHING. I was going to make muffins, overnight oats, sauces, smoothies, marinades, cocktails, coffee, stuff it into chicken breast… the list could go on and on of all the things I was planning on making. That can sat in my cupboard for about two weeks–until TODAY!

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Libby and I chilled for a while, then made amazingness together. Check the label. 100% pumpkin puree. You don’t need any of that other stuff.

Sloan’s Pumpkin Smoothie 
(It’s healthy, and tasty, and about as basic and I’ll EVER get.)
Throw in a blender, you won’t regret it, I promise. 

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (I used canned, check the label and make sure the ONLY ingredient is ‘pumpkin puree’)
1 tablespoon of brown rice protein powder (here is what I use)
2 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter (what I’m currently using)
1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter (again, check the ingredients–peanuts and sea salt should be the ONLY ingredients)
1 tablespoon of agave or sweetener of your choice (sometimes I use honey, agave or even a steevia sweetener in moderation.)
1 cup of UN-sweetened almond milk
3-4 ice cubes (aka, frozen water. Only ingredient!)
As much cinnamon as you damn well please, (because that shit is delicious!)

**Approximately: 250 calories, 19g carbs, 13g fat, 16g protein 6g sugar

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Throw in a blender until silky smooth. You won’t regret it. I swear.

**These calculations are with the exact brands and ingredients I used. Nutritional value will vary on products. Smoothie is Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan.

Got other good pumpkin recipes? Tried this one? Tell me what you think!

NCA Day 3 (Final day)

This hasn’t been as hard as I anticipated. Again, my goal has not been to starve myself, just to reset my tummy. So again, I’ve been drinking smoothies filled with fiber, protein (from soy,) and many other nutrients that I can get from spinach, and other fruits.

Yesterday morning I mad another banana, spinach, soy smoothie and it was literally the only thing I consumed all day. I had it at about 7:30am and didn’t have my roasted red pepper creamy soup until 5:30pm and surprisingly enough I got through the day (at my NEW job) with out too much trouble. I wasn’t super hungry, though I won’t do that again.

 

I did have soup, which was a nice break from sweet stuff–but not very filling. So I came home and had another smoothie too. Today is the final day, I need to be sure I drink more water today to stay hydrated and full, I’ll be working all day at retail, so I have to try and keep my mind sharp and not lose my train of thought.

I’m very excited for a first meal tomorrow! But need to make sure I listen to my body when it’s full. It would be easy to binge and eat to much, so I’m planning on staying on track and hearing my hunger pangs and hear myself when I’m satisfied.

NCA (No Chewing Allowed) Day 1

I got through my first day of my liquid diet. Again, this isn’t so much of a cleanse but rather a three day long no chewing event. I want to give my tummy a break from digesting hard to digest foods and let the liquid foods do their job and move on through my body.

So yesterday I had a simple protein powder mix. It was actually kind of gross. I hadn’t gone shopping to make any kind of smoothie, so it was just vanilla protein powder and water. But it filled me up after my 30 minute run.

I am drinking coffee–a direct quote from my dad yesterday “I wouldn’t want to be around you if you were hungry AND under caffeinated.” So for others safety and job security I had a coffee with a bit of milk in it.

Next door to the shop I work at is a raw juice bar (convenient, right?) so around 1:30 I went and got a Ginger Zinger. It was a blend of an orange, beets, carrots, ginger, and some other good stuff that I don’t remember. It actually tasted great and filled me up!!

For an evening fix I blended a banana, lots of spinach, soy milk and a bit more protein powder. Super filling and tasty.

THEN, unexpectedly I was invited to go for coffee in the evening, however in a little town like this coffee shops are not open late so we went and got frozen yogurt instead–I got a mix of different flavors and just didn’t put any of the crunchy yummy toppings on it! Not part of my three day plan, but when you also want to have some sort of social or dating life you have to roll with the punches and not say ‘no’! Haha.

 

So I’m clearly not starving myself. I’m guessing I’m getting around 1000-1200 calories. I did run, but not far. I think I’m going to not run tonight, maybe do some strength exercises tonight after work.