Friday, April 29, 2016

Hi all! Well might as well get this out of the way, but yes, this will be quite a long and chatty post, so if that's not for you, i guess i'll see you back here next week with a shorter more straight to the point post. If you read all the way to the bottom of my last blog post you would've heard about this post in planning, and welcome back! Here's a quick heads up for what to expect from this post; I've got a green smoothie recipe to share, the ultimate running playlist and just a 100% motivational story about how i started from the bottom now i'm here.
The new green smoothie:
Ok so to be completely honest, i've always hated green smoothies or veggie smoothies, but i think i've created a pretty simple recipe for the perfect pre-workout, or anytime smoothie.
(the one pictured above is basically the prototype for this smoothie that i made ages back, and since then i've made it tastier and tastier, so i'll give you the updated version!)
These ingredients help you stock up on energy, and keep you full for a long time. The apple, banana, rolled oats, and (of course) leafy greens make the perfect combination for a green smoothie you can drink before every workout!

(forget cup measurements let's be real here)
A handful (and a bit) of fresh spinach
Enough low-fat milk to fill the container
An apple, green preferred
A banana
A handful of rolled oats
A pinch or two (or three) of ground cinnamon
Half an avocado
About 5 walnuts (hey they look pretty pre-smoothied)
Chuck all of these ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth, then sprinkle on the cinnamon, put in a straw and enjoy!

Now it's story time. If you're only here for the smoothie and the playlist scroll past here and i'll see you on the other side. SOO where to start, basically i had been doing no outside of school activities, little to no sport, and had been staying indoors each and every day sleeping in to 2pm (on weekends) and going to bed at 3am for nearly two years and recently thought t myself it's seriously time to change this up or i'll be stuck with these bad habits for ever. So after weeks of tossing around possible ideas that lead to no where i finally re-joined my old basketball club, joined the school cross country team, go running each saturday and sunday morning and am trying to eat healthier and eat more of the good stuff, with some occasional yoga, stretching, and high intensity just dance sessions. (my love for that game has been reborn, it's seriously not a bad way to get a bit more active, and some of the songs on there are just too good to pas up)
I've been taking sandwiches to school for lunch for 15 years of my life, so it's time change that up. I've been making large bowls of salad to take to school each week, mixing it up each week, and take it from me, it's much more exciting to grab a container of yummy leafy greens out of your bag for lunch instead of a few slices of bread. Here's what i had this week; pomegranate, baby spinach, avocado, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, parsley, drizzled with some basil infused olive oil yum yum yum!
I've also started doing my homework outdoors, sitting cramped up behind my desk for hours on end is so tiring and it's just so stuffy that i've found i get work done so much quicker and find it more enjoyable sitting outside with my music blasting from my laptop, the cool breeze blowing, and a punnet of blueberries right by my side. 
I've kept all of this up for two weeks now (wow ash that's sooooo long great job...) but this is only the beginning, look out for another 'the new lifestyle' post coming out in a few months!
The new running playlist;
It may be a bit biased coming from me, but this playlist is pretty much the ultimate running playlist. Just try it out and you'll see what i mean! There's nothing like some Bruce Springsteen to get you motivated when running.

I hope you've enjoyed this post, and, if you made it this far congrats and thanks! I'll see you all again next week with (hopefully) a brand new fashion post that cat and i shot during the holidays on our adventure at chapel street, just gotta get the photos first hahaha! Ashley xox

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