Sunrise Smoothie

As Ryan and I walked to the gym this morning, I felt a little sad knowing our typical morning routine won’t happen for another 13 days or so.

As some of you already know from the comments section of past posts, Ryan isn’t coming on my family’s trip to Europe. Though he was obviously more than invited, he had a hiking trip planned for the end of the month with a bunch of guys out west when the Europe trip came to fruition and couldn’t get the time off work. The Europe trip is my sister’s graduation present from my parents, so the date couldn’t change due to the start date of my sister’s new job, so, sadly, Ryan won’t be joining us.

This makes someone veeeery happy…


But it makes me very sad.

I told Ryan that his absence from this trip means only one thing… We’ll just have to go back!

Last night, in preparation for our 13 days apart, we downloaded Skype on our respective computers and figured out how to video chat.

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(That’s Ryan’s creepy Skyper face.)

I’ve never used Skype before and it is a-w-e-s-o-m-e (and FREE)! I’m so excited to try it out overseas and see Ryan’s face when we’re thousands of miles apart. How cool is that!?

Setting up Skype also helped me procrastinate on packing which I also enjoyed, though it postponed our typical bedtime by a bit.


Even with slightly less sleep than usual, I managed to get in a good workout. Knowing I’m not going to workout out at all on my vacation except for tons of walking while sightseeing (I’m not even bringing workout clothes with me), I felt a little extra motivated this morning.

I did a cardio-based workout that began with a 20-minute run/incline walk workout that was a slightly less intense version of this workout. (I dropped the incline on the walking portion to 8.0 and the incline on the running portion to 1.0.)

After spending some time on the treadmill, I moved into the gymnasium to complete one round of my latest jump rope-heavy cardio circuit.


Check out my sweaty red face! Burpees and mountain climbers will do that to ya!

I rounded out my workout with 5 minutes on the stair master, followed by 10 minutes on the elliptical.

I was all over the place!


After the gym, Ryan joined me and Sadie on our morning walk so we could spend a bit more time together since I will be heading to my parents’ house in St. Pete directly from work this afternoon. I loved having some company and enjoyed talking with him about my upcoming trip and his plans while I’m away.

I promised to bring him back tons of memorabilia like at least seven Eiffel Tower key chains, three Colosseum mugs and a life-size replica of Big Ben. He’s pumped!

When we arrived home, I packed my lunch while Ryan showered and said goodbye to him before showering myself. As Ryan and I were saying our goodbyes, Sadie was freaking out. It was almost as if she knew we were saying goodbye for a long time or something. She’s smarter than you might think! (That comment is for my dad who is convinced that Sadie’s IQ rivals a marshmallow.)


Finally it was breakfast time!

Since I’m pretty sure I will be living off of pizza, pasta and gelato in the near future, I took the opportunity this morning to make myself a nutritious smoothie packed with fruit, protein and nutrients.

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Into the blender went:

  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1 c. strawberry banana Chobani Greek yogurt
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 c. frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut extract

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The light yellow color and refreshing tropical flavor of this smoothie reminded me of the sunrise on an exotic beach, inspiring me to call this smoothie a “sunrise smoothie.” Great breakfast!

I’m off to work!  Last day before vacation, baby!

P.S. The Fashion page was updated with another workout wear post this morning!


  1. says

    The smoothies look great! We make green smoothies at our house will kale or other greens, but we always like to try adding different fruits to them to give them a different flavor. I’ll have to try adding pineapple and coconut!


  2. Morgan Chandler says

    I am work on a project in my health class to make a healthy smoothie and i found this, but i don’t know the calories, servings, or the amount that it made with what you have provided so i was wondering if perhaps you could help me out and please provide me with said information. Thank you.



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