20 days until the beach and this week's serious menu

Guys. I got a Nutribullet. Best purchase of 2014. Maybe even 2013 combined! I've never been a smoothie drinker. I didn't see the point in drinking 300 calories when I could eat them. And I love eating, clearly. However, the past few months, after each day logging my fitnesspal info, I realized my protein is low. And while yes, I am a meat eater, I don't like to nom nom on tons of it every day. Enter protein powder. I try to watch my carbs (under 80 a day) and with that, I need a higher daily protein intake. I heard of this black magic idea where you can add handfuls of spinach into a smoothie and disguise it with chocolate and peanut butter. I was a super skeptic. I researched and researched and decided it was worth a shot.

I bought the Nutribullet Pro 900 series at Bed Bath and Beyond with a 20% off coupon and it came to $110. It's an ongoing joke at work how people go out and drop almost $400 on a vitamix or a blendtec. I don't know about you, but I rarely have an extra $400 lying around. So nutribullet was my choice. And I made a good one.

I blended one giant handful of spinach, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, one frozen banana, a scoop of vegan soy-free chocolate protein powder, one packet of stevia and almond milk. Trust me when I tell you, you can not taste the spinach. It tastes JUST like a peanut butter shake. Which used to be a favorite of mine. I'm. So. Excited.

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This beautiful green "smoothie" is exactly what I need to start the day and I'm so excited to try different variations. Iced coffee protein shake, anyone? Yeah, that'll be next.

It is very obvious that I "fell off the wagon" here recently. Mike's big birthday bash week, getting a dog and being a perpetual bum all did me in. But I know there is no excuse for not being healthy. And no more excuses. Especially when we're going to the beach in 20 days. Ahhhhhh!

I'll be back in an hour or so with an amazing and simple spaghetti squash bake that we'll be eating on for our lunches.

This week's menu: Monday: Low carb chicken, mushroom and ranch quesadillas Tuesday: Steak taco salads Wednesday: Beef and veggie frittata Thursday: Baked salmon with asparagus Friday: out!

I've never in my life been a runner. Although I was an athlete until the age of 16, when it came to running, I always either had an excuse, walked most of the way, was in last place, or actually ran and puked afterwards. I hate running so much that when Mike does it, I tell him I think he has mental problems or is a pathological liar for pretending to like it. But I have been thinking this week... And it led me to a realization. I don't hate it, or think Mike is crazy, I'm just jealous and bitter that I am not and have never been a runner. The idea that I can just strap on my shoes, walk out the door and go is so appealing. So, this week I'm going to give it a shot. Meaning walk, but run for minutes at a time. If you don't hear from me by Tuesday, send help.

So excited to be back. Actually back. I'm tired of feeling like poo. And I have so many amazing recipes to share with you this week!

Be back in a few!

Xo