Perhaps my favorite aspect of group exercise classes (like my beloved BodyPump!) is the ability to simply show up, workout and be done. There’s no planning or thinking through a regimen involved. It’s like plug-and-play exercise.
Easy peasy. That’s how I roll.
Today’s workout began with a 20-minute warm up before I headed into BodyPump to feel the burn. The class was a decent one that left my biceps tingling and my quads screaming. Always a good sign!
Walk + Breakfast
I came home to a dog who demanded exercise. Okay, so Sadie didn’t demand a walk, but I know she’d make me pay for neglecting her morning exercise by trying to sit on my face as I try to work this afternoon.
Actually, even with a morning walk, she’ll still do that. I’m such a sucker.
We walked for slightly more than 20 minutes before heading to the backyard for 10 more minutes of playtime. Then my tummy told me it was time to come inside and get crackin’ on breakfast.
In the end, the thought of a smoothie reigned supreme. I just can’t help it! In the summertime, there’s no better breakfast.
Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie:
- 1 1/4 c. almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp. peanut butter
- 1 tsp. xanthan gum (for thickening)
- 1 large handful fresh spinach
How to Freeze a Banana
To many of you, this may seem incredibly simple. To others, it boggles the mind. I’ve received a handful of questions from readers (and my best friend!) about how to properly freeze a banana.
Don’t worry, PBF is a judgment-free zone, so if freezing a banana properly is a skill that has eluded you, it’s okay. Take my hand. We’ll figure it out together. (If it makes you feel any better, I had to read Monica’s tutorial to learn how to make iced coffee. There are some skills that just bypass us at birth.)
First, remove the skin. If you don’t, terror awaits you when you try to peel a frozen banana.
Then place the banana into a plastic bag and freeze! You may also cut it up into pieces before freezing to make it easier to blend if you’re going to use the banana in a smoothie.
As you can see, I almost always have several frozen bananas on hand. I like to freeze them when they’re slightly overripe because I find that they have the most flavor when the banana peel begins to get a little spotty.
See? Nice and simple!
(I think this post may have caused Melissa to die a little inside.)
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