Family’s First Spinach Smoothie

Though I had to drive to the gym from my parents’ house this morning instead of walk like I usually do from our apartment (the horror, I know), I did have this beautiful view greeting me…

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Living in St. Pete along the water sure does have its perks.

I drove to the gym and got in a quick workout before my family awoke.

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I started my workout with 20 minutes on the treadmill that looked like this:


Minutes Incline Pace
0 – 10 1.0 6.6
10 – 20 1.0 7.0

I then took myself through a total-body weights workout by completing three sets of 15 repetitions of the following exercises:

  • Leg extension, 50 lbs. (total)
  • Step ups, 15 lbs.
  • Shoulder raises, 10 lbs.
  • Bicep curls, 15 lbs. (balancing on one leg for the first two sets)
  • Deadlifts, 25 lbs.
  • Tricep dips, bodyweight
  • Ryan’s awesome shoulder move, 8 lbs.

I then kissed two dumbbells and told them I would miss them while I’m in Europe. Okay, not really, but I do enjoy strength training and will miss it a bit while we’re traveling.

At least I’ll have gelato to numb my emotions and make me forget all about it.Winking smile 


As I went to assemble my breakfast this morning, I had my first “I miss you, Ryan” moment of the day when I went to reach for a box of Wheaties toward the back of the top self of my parents’ pantry.

vinoy workout 009Though I’m a tall girl, I could’ve used Ryan’s 6’2’’ frame to help me out!

I really wanted to try the Wheaties because I never have, but since I couldn’t reach them, I grabbed a box of Honey Bunches of Oats instead which I love solely because of the oat clusters.

vinoy workout 011I snacked on two small bowls of the cereal before remembering that cereal does nothing to fill me up and decided to make myself a more substantial smoothie instead.

When I asked my family who else was interested in a smoothie for breakfast, I got a resounding “ME!” from everyone.

Smoothies for all!

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This was my dad and sister’s first time trying a smoothie made with spinach (my mom tried one at my apartment about a year ago) and both of them were amazed that you couldn’t taste the addition of the greens.

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We all agreed that kicking off our vacation on a healthy note feels great!

Now bring on the pastries and pizza!!! Smile

Rumor has it that the Tampa airport has wireless internet, so hopefully I’ll see ya soon for lunch!


  1. says

    Have fun on your trip!

    I just got back from two weeks in Amsterdam, and although I really missed the gym too, the hours of walking everyday got me sore in a completely new way!


  2. says

    I think it’s great that your family actually tried your smoothie.I can’t get Jay to come anywhere NEAR one when it’s green…and if I were to ask my parents or brother? Or forget it! They’d have nothing to do with it. 😉


  3. says

    I think it’s so cute that you made smoothies for your family for breakfast! Your family is so adorable! 🙂 I’ve never tried a spinach smoothie either! I’d be willing to try though. 🙂


  4. says

    That’s a great workout!

    And smoothies. OMG. I’m so addicted. I think you started this. I blame you, so you know. I have at least one a day. And sometimes I work out so I can have another.


  5. Robyn says

    We enjoyed your pork with apples & onions last night! I just posted about our dinner! YUMMY! Thanks for always having such great ideas that you share!


  6. says


    True story: as a child I’d steal all the clusters out of Honey Bunches of Oats and my Dad would complain that “they rip you off with this stuff…they’re all cornflakes”



  7. dana says

    Have fun!! I am so jealous of you right now!

    I made my Mom and Dad ‘Green Monsters’ and they too were very surprised that it didn’t taste like grass 🙂 Now, I need to work on getting my fiance to drink ’em.


  8. says

    Woo hoo, the day’s finally come! Good job on the pre-flight workout…I always try and fit one in as I’m convinced it helps me sleep better on flights! Safe travels!


  9. Kendall says

    I am sure pizza is healthy… it has calcium, carbs, and protein or veggies depending on what type! 😉

    Have an awesome trip! I am looking forward to all the posts you have planned and of course the ones about your trip!


  10. says

    Fly safe girl!! I haven’t made a green smoothie for my mum yet but I plan to next time she comes to visit. I got my whole spin class into them and now they love them (although at first I’m sure they thought I was off my rocker!)


  11. Amber K says

    My husband is 6’8” and I totally miss him when we’re apart. But especially so when I need to reach something off the high shelf! I’m lucky that he’ll always try anything I make, no matter how disgusting it looks. The rest of my family? Not so much


  12. Vivianne says

    My mom loves all my smoothies I make.. I’ve also gotten her addicted to oatmeal!

    I had my dad try a smoothie and he said…
    “Why’s it a funny color”
    “because there is spinach in it… you can’t taste it at all though!”
    -tries it and makes a disgusted face-
    “bleh! I can taste the spinach.”

    He is so ridiculous sometimes (; He only likes shakes because they have ice cream in them. He won’t have anything healthy for the life of him if he KNOWS it’s healthy! 😛


  13. says

    I’m a newish reader and I’ve never commented, but I just had to today because I’m from St Pete and my family lives on the water there too! I’d recognize that view from any angle! Also, not to be totally creepy, but is that the Vinoy gym? My fam has a membership and I love working out there when I’m at home. It’s small, but so much nicer than the gym up at school. Plus, their steam room is to die for!

    Have an amazing trip!!! 🙂


  14. TigerTiff says

    Mmmm… gelato. Heaven in a cup. Enjoy your trip. Just remember what my grandma used to say, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” 🙂


  15. Ashley says

    didn’t you know its cool and classy to climb on the counter to reach things haha
    i would have settled for bunches of oats too and a glorious smoothie
    btw i am a fairly new reader(couple months) and love thee blog
    and am totally jel that you are on your way to Europe


  16. Lauren @ Hungry Dancer says

    I used to have an obsession with picking out the oat clusters in the cereal!! It’s the best part!! Have a blasty in Europe!!!


  17. says

    awww it’s definitely those little things (like my 6’2″ as well husband grabbing stuff I can’t reach for me) that makes me hate to be apart! GREAT workout! Love that you made those smoothies for your family – so cute!


  18. says

    When I woke up this morning one of the first things I thought about was the fact that you’ll be departing for your Europe adventure and I couldn’t help but feel a little jealous (I know – it’s pretty weird considering I’ve never meet you, but I promise I’m not creepy, just a big fan of your blog). Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I hope that you have a wonderful and safe trip.

    Also good job getting the fam hooked on spinach smoothies. They’re so wonderful and I’m glad you’re getting the word out!

    I look forward to reading all of your Europe posts, and like I said before I hope that you and your family have a fun and safe trip!


  19. says

    i’m so glad that your family liked like spinach smoothies! I tired to sneak in some spinach for my boyfriend when I made smoothies the other day, and he was NOT a fan. he said he could taste it (even though i’m sure he couldn’t), but it is such a great way to get in some extra greens without eating a plain salad!!


  20. says

    I cannot believe you put spinach in the smoothie! That sounds like something my fiance would do to me. Hahahaha.

    I love reading about other people’s workouts at the gym. I am such a gym rat. I don’t know if that is me being nosy or not, but I find that it is so helpful to try what other people are doing just to shake things up a bit.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88


  21. says

    Oooh I just wish that I could get my family to try a green smoothie! They all still REFUSE beyond belief to drink those delicious little thangs:) Ok, so question: when you write 15 lbs on curls or things like that, do you mean per arm or combined? 15 lbs per arm is pretty dang good if you’re doing that! I’m impressed!



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