Some Days

 

Some days I wake up feeling well rested, all put together and ready to take on the world.

Other days I wake up tired, frazzled and can tell it’s going to be a long day. Those days are not my favorite.

And, well, no matter how I’m feeling when I wake up, I never quite know what I’m going to find in the next room.

It’s not unusual that I walk in to the boys’ room to see this on one side.

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(Yes, his hair looks like that when he wakes up. The perfect comb-over right?)

And then this on the other side.

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(No explanation needed, although I do think it may be time for a haircut.) Smile

Yes, I took these pictures on the same morning. Welcome to my life.

Some days my whole day goes as planned: meals, workouts, naps, etc. Other days I can’t seem to catch a break and I’m frantically trying to come up with meals from the freezer.

On the days where everything runs smoothly (like the comb-over) everyone LOVES the Smoothie of the Week, they cheer for spinach and drink every last drop.

Other days I’m frequently cleaning smoothie up off the kitchen floor and counting down the minutes until nap time. On these days I usually need a little protein/caffeine pick me up around 3 pm.

I’ll let you take a wild guess what kind of day today was. Ha! Smile

And, well, since I don’t know what kind of day you might be having, I’ll give you both of my recent concoctions in case you want to try them out.

Smoothie of the Week:

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Strawberry Almond Flax Smoothie

handful of fresh spinach

4-6 frozen strawberries

1 cup vanilla soymilk

1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon almond butter

1 tablespoon ground flax

1 tablespoon agave

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This smoothie was DELICIOUS! It was a hit and I was NOT cleaning it up off the floor (thank goodness).Smile

Notes- You can eliminate the spinach if you want. Feel free to substitute any other nondairy milk or low fat milk in place of the soymilk. I just like how the vanilla soy gives it a sweeter vanilla flavor. I can’t give any feedback on how it tastes with cow’s milk.

And now for these next crazy creations.

Here was my first attempt to create a Coke Zero protein float.

 

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Mama’s Pick Me Up Protein Float

(yogurt version)

For Cubes:

1/2 cup nondairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)

1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

1 serving (8 ounces) sugar free vanilla pudding mix

1/2 scoop (15 grams) vanilla flavored protein powder (I used Jay Robb protein powder)

 

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Directions:

Blend all ingredients for cubes in blender until smooth.

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Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.

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When ready to make the float, add the frozen cubes and a little bit of diet soda (Coke Zero is my soda of choice) to the blender. WARNING: Be sure to only add a little bit of soda before blending because it will expand and fizz.

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Blend until smooth and then add the remaining soda.

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Marvelous! Smile165 calories and 13 grams of protein marvelous!

(Calorie counts and protein will vary depending on specific ingredients used.)

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Here’s my second (must have this right now and I don’t have any frozen cubes) attempt.

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Lazy Mama’s Pick Me Up Protein Float

(banana version)

1 frozen banana

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

diet soda of choice

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Yes, Coco-Cola Zero is my favorite! Smile

Directions:

Put frozen banana, protein powder and a little soda (just enough to make it blend smoothly) into blender and blend. WARNING- only put a little bit of soda at first otherwise this will happen.

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I did it all wrong by putting way too much soda in at the beginning.

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Oopsies!

It was still fabulous though and I loved every sip!

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I know you don’t need to see all these pictures of me, but it’s funny to see what Joaquin is up to in the background. Ha ha! That guy…..

The other day during our stroller class I found him eating a bagel with cream cheese out of a Styrofoam container someone had left on a park table. Lovely.

These two characters

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are the highlight of my every day (no matter what kind of day it is). Smile

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Comments

  1. 1
    Marcia says:

    Hey there! I am new to your blog and I love it! Your boys are adorable. Thanks for sharing your stories, recipes and pictures. 🙂

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    I need to get some ice cube trays. So many things you can do with them! I hear the are good for freezing/preserving herbs too.

    It’s been years since I’ve had a coke float. Great idea to use Zero!

    • 2.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Laura- yes, you NEED to get ice cube trays! 🙂 They are so handy! I’ve never frozen herbs (that’s a great idea), but I’ve made many broccoli, carrot, banana, etc. cubes. 🙂

  3. 3
    Natalie says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! You are such an inspiritation to me, my hero, really! 🙂 I don’t have kids yet but I’m hoping for twins someday. Either way, 1 baby or 2, your journey through health, fitness, & pregnancy has filled me with hope, motivation, & determination to remain healthy, strong, & fit when I do conceive! I’ve watched SO many of my friends get pregnant & just throw everything out the window & allow pregnancy to be their excuse to be lazy & eat crap. I REFUSE to do that to my body & reading your story has blessed me! Thank you for sharing it!
    Oh, all the fabulous dessert recipes are pretty darn great too! My faves are STUFT froyo & the dark chocolate sauce over a Vitamuffin! Yummo!
    Have a super day!!

    • 3.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Hi Natalie- thank you soooooo much for your nice comment. I have to say, it truly is tempting to throw everything out the window when you become a mom. It’s a hard a adjustment, but putting my health first is the only way I got through it. It wasn’t easy, but man am I thankful things turned out the way they did. Thank goodness my boys love the stroller! 🙂 Ha! I’m hoping for twins for you someday too! It’s soooooo fun!
      PS- I love your word “yummo”. 🙂

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    Francine says:

    I am so glad you finally posted the morning hairdo pix of the boys!! I love them so much!! They make me smile. I will have to save this post so I can keep looking at them when I need a laugh. I can’t believe Joaquin was eating some strangers’ leftover bagel. Well, I can believe it from him, but still, too funny and gross!!! 🙂

    • 4.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Ha ha! I know, that picture of Joaquin makes me laugh every time. 🙂 That guy will eat ANYTHING- leftovers, trash, dirty pretzels dipped in bird bath water, etc. He must have a monster of an immune system. 🙂

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    Very cute pictures! I make my hubby and kids the same smoothie! They love it and have no idea that it’s good for them 🙂

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Jen- aren’t smoothies the best for that reason? So many goodies you can mix in there! 🙂 I still haven’t convinced my husband to try the spinach smoothies though. I keep trying to sneak it in, but he’s catches me. One of these days…… 🙂 What’s your favorite smoothie to make?

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    Shannon says:

    Your boys are sooooo cute!! I can totally relate to those hectic days…you just *know* when you get up in the morning. On a side note – I’m in the market for a new heart rate monitor. I have a sportline now and I haven’t been too crazy about it. I do a lot of cross training – boot camp, interval workouts, body pump and some light running here and there. I’m not a major runner – 3 or 4 miles is usually my max. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!! 🙂

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Shannon- yes, you just “know” very early on. Ugh. Isn’t it weird how that happens? Heart rate monitor- I had a polar one before that was okay. I didn’t spend enough time with it to figure everything out, but I did like that it could usually sinc to any cardio machine. Since I don’t use cardio machines anymore that doesn’t really matter though. I love my Garmin Forerunner, but it’s bulky and mainly good for running and tracking distances, etc. I know Polar is a great brand. I’ll do a little reasearch and see what the professional fitness community is suggesting as a good one. I’ll get back to you! 🙂

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    Sasha says:

    Awesome photo documentation of the boys when they wake up – love it!

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    Tina says:

    Oh I know those days all too well. At least some yummy smoothies were involved.

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    Erin says:

    The pictures of the hair made me laugh out loud. So funny!! And eating the bagel is so classic. Makes you wonder what parts of their personalities will always be part of them.

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    Sarah says:

    I am making this for breakfast tomorrow! At first i thought it sounded really gross but by the time i got to the end of the recipe i wanted one right away. But I have a question about the pudding. Do you make a box of pudding and use one serving or do you use one serving of just the powder or neither of those? Hopefully this will be the perfect start to my day tomorrow. I’m going through a new Les Mills training this weekend. I’m super excited for a new drink and a new challenge.

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Sarah- I just use the powder mixed with the yogurt and milk. I don’t follow the pudding directions. I measure out the powder when mixing it to make the cubes. 🙂 I know it sounds weird, but it’s good. How did the training go? I want to hear about it!!!!!

  11. 11

    Oh my goodness! that float looks soooo good! And a much better alternative than a regular ‘float’ 🙂

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