After lunch, I snacked on more of those yummy brown rice chips.

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Love Bailey’s little face popping up.

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Yum!

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I decided to make a last minute smoothie entry for the Stonyfield smoothie contest.

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I don’t think my smoothie is particularly intriguing or special, but I do think it may be a good way to get the less adventurous to try something new – chia seeds! Plus strawberry-banana is my fave smoothie combo.

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Strawberry Banana Chia Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen bananas (you can use non frozen but your smoothie will be more liquidy)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup vanilla oikos (or use plain if you want it less sweet)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I 1% used)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Mix milk and chia seeds and set in refrigerator for 10 minutes (this allows the chia seeds to absorb the milk and plump up).
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smoothie reaches the consistency you like. (add ice cubes if you want it more icy).
  3. Serve in 2 cups.
  4. Enjoy!

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Zumba!

I waited as long as possible for the UPS man so I could wear my new shoes to teach Zumba tonight but alas…he didn’t come before I had to leave.

Class was kickin’ tonight, though! I debuted 2 new songs that no one has done before: Ain’t No Other Man and a new cool down – The Feeling Begins. I may or may not like the latter because Michelle Kwan skated to it. Did you see the program?

In case you missed it, here it is…wow! Just wow!

MK forever!!!

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Anywho, I immediately downed a coconut water as soon as class ended and felt 100 times better! This stuff is wonderful!

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By the time I got home from class, my package had finally arrived. After a quick inspection by Bailey, I opened up the box to check out my new zumba kicks.

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I got the Asic Gel-Frantic 5 shoes to try out. I really liked the ones that I was wearing before, but several of my zumba instructor friends swear by these shoes, so I figured I should give them a go.

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Hubby was a sweet heart for this late-working girl and cooked dinner tonight.

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Papparedelle with meat sauce (because we were out of spaghetti).

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Much better mixed up.

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We enjoyed dinner whilst catching up on Gordon Ramsey TV – Hell’s Kitchen and the next Master Chef.

(While we’re talking TV, are there any SYTYCD fans out there?? Who do you think will win?!)

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And dinner was completed with foccacia from the farmers market.

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Plus some frozen organic veggies.

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And I picked up these take and bake cookies on my way home after zumba tonight. It was the same price for a container of several as it was for 2 baked cookies. (plus they didn’t have the flavor I really like already baked, so I figured these, baked fresh, would be better than others).

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Is there anything better than fresh-baked cookies!

These vegan chocolate chip cookies were small, but super yummy.

I need to get started writing my tips for your quitting your “bad” eating habits, but I think it may have to wait till after HLS. But out of curiosity…

Do you overeat your snack foods? Which snack foods are your downfall? Chips, crackers, nut mixes…?