A Spicy Kick

by Natalie on September 18, 2011

Hi!

How’s the weekend goin’?

Things here have been pretty darn good, I must say.

Friday was a day full of work until I taught BodyPump in the afternoon.  Although I love my Monday morning class, there’s something about teaching a group of women on Friday at 4:30 pm that is an absolute blast.  I would teach that class at the drop of a hat…the energy is phenomenal!!

Yesterday morning I met my running partner for our 6+ mile loop.  Even with her being 5 months pregnant and my lowered intensity (more on this tomorrow), we’re still averaging about 10-11 min/mile pace.  Not too shabby in my book!

I did a few errands, trained a couple-a clients, then raced home to get ready for Colin’s birthday party.  I invited about 25 friends over to help celebrate his 30th and it ended up being so nice!  I was pretty nervous when it was 4pm and I hadn’t started cooking or cleaning, but everything came together right on time.


On the Menu:
·BBQ Chicken Skewers (not pictured…in the oven)
·2 Dipping Sauces
·Cheese and Crackers
·Veggies and Ranch/Hummus
·Cashews
·Grapes
·Blue Corn Chips and Healthy Spinach/Artichoke Dip (also in the oven!)
·Brownies
·Lifesaver Mints

·Sangria
·”Spa” Water
·Bottled Beer

The birthday boy man:


I was pleased with how the food turned out, especially the spinach/artichoke dip.  It got rave reviews, so I’ll post the recipe soon!  We had a great mix of people-law school friends, high-school friends, and college friends.  Plus one adorable baby girl.

I kinda wanted to keep her 😉

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After sleeping in this morning, I made myself an amazing green smoothie!  I’ve been on a cayenne pepper kick lately, putting it in my hummus, soups, and now my smoothies.  Don’t knock it ’till you try it…it’s pretty delicious.

During a meeting at our health foods store last week I ordered a green smoothie to sip on and knew instantly that I had to recreate it at home.  I think I did just that!

Greenest Smoothie of All
·2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
·1/3 cup fresh apple juice (I like Simply Apple)
·1 frozen wheatgrass shot
·2/3 cup frozen spinach
·1/2 cup frozen pineapple
·1/2 cup frozen mango
·2 tsp. fresh ginger
·1 tsp. spirulina powder
·1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (or to taste)

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

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I have a busy day ahead of me…long walk with Zoey, some food prep for the week, a bridal shower, and a going away party!  Oh, and the Emmys are on tonight 😀

Have a fabulous Sunday!

*TIP TIME*
Use a pinch of cayenne pepper to stimulate circulation, enhance healing, and detoxify the body.  Capsaicin is a powerhouse nutrient that has been shown to relieve inflammation, boost the metabolism, and maybe even fight cancer!

Question:  Do you have a go-to recipe when entertaining?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie September 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm

That smoothie looks vibrant and delicious!

Where do you get froze wheatgrass shots? My guess would be a health food store but I’ve never heard of that….Or do you make your own??

PS the “baby on the hip” look really works for you 😉

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Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn September 19, 2011 at 6:34 am

Looks like you had a wonderful weekend!
All of that party food sounds delicious 🙂
I really need to try a green smoothie!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Gotta love the awesome power of spices! The party sounds like a hit. Great job Ms Hostess!

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LauraJayne September 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm

The eats look delicious and you look great! Hope you had a wonderful rest of your weekend!

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Fit Chick Britt September 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I love the health benefits to cayenne pepper. I’ve never though about putting it in a smoothie. Your green smoothie looks so creamy I’ll have to try this one.

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