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The Tuesday Tank

I’m trying to steer clear of depressing news these days and simply focus on the entertaining, informative, educational, inspiring and humorous bits that are out there. I mean, there are so many out there. And as busy as our lives get, sometimes it’s nice to just take 5 minutes and get perspective. That’s why today’s post is a “Tuesday Tank” post!

Here are a few things I’ve recently enjoyed around the web, from the too-silly to the must-have to the “hmm.”

Today’s Tank:

~What the bleep’s so bad about gluten?

So I eat gluten most of the time and some of the time I don’t. So why should we all care if we don’t have celiac disease? How much do you think you know about the stuff? I guarantee you’ll know more after reading this article.

“We put a plug of gluten in Coke and it foamed for a while, then became a glob that sat there for weeks,’’ Jones said. “It didn’t disintegrate into slime and mush. It just stayed there.’’ He took the plug out of my hands and slapped it on the lab counter. Nothing happened. “The stuff is simply indestructible,’’ he said. – Stephen Jones, a molecular cytogeneticist and the lab’s director. Barber, in his recent book “The Third Plate,”

Yikes! If Coke can’t touch it, what’s our stomach doing with it? Too crazy.

P.S. Don’t go overboard and jump on the gluten-free train all at once – gluten-free doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy!

~ Oh man, I think I just peed a little!

I know, I know, this is so dumb. But I couldn’t quit reading and giggling. Quite annoying, I’m sure, to my husband who was trying to relax for a second on the couch. But come on, laugh a little with The 85 Funniest Tweets of All Time. Seriously, your happy meter needs fed.

~ Fabletics

I’m a Birchbox lover and Stitchfix newbie. So what’s with the Fabletics fever? One: Kate Hudson. Whatever she does works, sooooo, maybe I should follow suit? Two: $25 for your first workout outfit, sports bra included. My birthday’s coming up…


~ Stop Freaking Out About Your Kids!

I can’t decide if this woman is on to something or just drunk. I think a little bit of both? But her point is a good one. Listen to this quick bit (scroll to minute 14:20 in the podcast) where Daisy Waugh, author of “The Kids Will Be Fine” explains how existing opinions about child-rearing are “setting parents up to feel like failures.”  So is this a good time to convince parents that our kids won’t starve? Seriously, it’s ok to be hangry sometimes. Their bodies will not eat themselves.

~ Hey, calorie counters! This one’s for you and it’s actually kinda cool.

I loathe counting calories but I know some of my clients just can’t stop. Whichever camp you roast your marshmallows in, this smoothie calorie chart is actually pretty dang slick! So the spinach-pear-banana-greek-yogurt smoothie I made this morning had about 369 calories in it. Neato!

~ Mulled jalapeno wine. Yeah it’s kind of a thing around here.

I think I missed my calling as a bartender. Too bad places around here aren’t crying out for a 30-something mom of two who lives in exercise clothes. If they tried this mulled jalapeno wine recipe I just created with, yep you guess it – our Mild Jalapeno Wine – they might re-think their star mixologist. See this post for the recipe!

Mulled Wine
Photo credit: erecipe.com

~ Homemade gift ideas – I need ’em!

Every year I make my clients something. I mean, something that hopefully isn’t crap. Last year it was homemade vanilla extract. The year before that it was sugared cranberries (so good!), this year I’ve got nuthin’. HELP! I don’t think they’ll appreciate a baggie full of Ibuprofen and a flat of bottled water. I’m a real-world personal trainer but I’m not a jerk.

Thanks for scrolling!

Treadmill HIIT Workout and Pumpkin Banana Smoothie Recipe

I feel like I’m trying to solve a rubix cube on a slip-n-slide these days! I see no sign of the crazy clearing anytime soon. In fact it’s just different stages of ongoing-craziness, would you agree? It’s messy and fun, frustrating and wonderful, brutal and rewarding. All. At. Once. I don’t care who you are, this wild-life thing is happening to you too, isn’t it?

For me right now this chaos, this gargantuous momentum-build, is a blended concoction of parenting, business ownership and grape harvest. That’s right, Riesling grapes are a-headed this way TODAY! Let the crush and hard labor reign! A few days from now our Syrah grapes will also be ready and our limbs will be purple for weeks to come. On top of these laborious days we’ve got wine events, the farmer’s market, the release of our pumpkin wine, label designs and peppers rolling in waiting to be processed. Between Von’s full-time city gig and my days at the studio, we’re trying to eek out some quality time with the kiddos and still eat dinner at home together. This weekend is also the FitOne fitness event here in Boise which the women in my family have been participating in for over a decade now, so there’s lots of fun going on and many of my favorite people in town for the 5K on Saturday.

There’s not enough coffee or hours in the day, my friends! This should all start slightly calming down around Halloween and then ramp back up in time for our Thanksgiving Open House event. And I won’t even get started on the (super exciting) projects we’ve got lined up to take place in the weeks before Christmas. Yes, I just said the ‘C’ word. Which brings me back to the point I wanted to segue into…

Right now it seems everyone’s back at the studio trying to get fit for the holidays or trying to stay fit to survive their own crazy lifestyle (because I do know I am certainly not alone in the juggling journey). So how are we expected to stay healthy, workout, and eat right through it all?

My own solution: You fit it in where you can. Hence the 15-Minutes-a-Day Challenge I posted a few weeks back. 15 minutes may not seem like enough to make a difference but when 15 minutes is all you’ve got it sure feels a helluva lot better to your body than nothing. As for the eating right aspect – the way we pull it off at our house is to get back to basics. This time of year there are no fancy dinners, a lot of soups, store-bought whole roasted chickens, fall-type salads, slow-cooker meals and we take advantage of the local in-season produce from the market as well as from our back yard (I’ve eaten so many cherry tomatoes lately I think I’m bleeding beta-carotene). Also, I make sure to get in a green smoothie or two every week to give myself peace of mind that I’m at least getting some vegetables and a big source of iron in my blood stream early on in the day.

So this post is two-fold today. I bring you my quick (22 minutes!) Treadmill HIIT Workout and a recipe for a Pumpkin Banana Smoothie!

For those who aren’t familiar with the super-easy concept of HIIT training, check this post out. If you’re new to green smoothies, don’t be scared. There are a lot of reasons why they rock and why I rely on them and one day I will perhaps write more on the benefits. But for right now all you need to know is this: Green smoothies are brilliance in a blender. For another fun recipe and to use up some of that basil you may still have left in your garden, try this recipe I posted over a month ago!

First, the workout. It’s a mix of jogging, inclines, sprints and fast-walking hill climbs. It’s quick, it’s a boredom-buster and it’s effective.

22 Minute Treadmill HIIT.jpg


Pumpkins are about to be everywhere, why not in your breakfast too? I embrace the pumpkin fever. Who knew pumpkin had the potential to start your day off right AND wine you down in the evenings (yep, we do both over here). This recipe is super simple because I was feeling like a smoothie purist when making it the other day. You can add in some of the optional things if you’d like, I just found it tasty and refreshing all on its own. By the way pumpkin and spinach are cleansing foods when eaten in raw form. So, uh, fair warning on that one…

Photo Credit: Cuisinart
Photo Credit: Cuisinart

Pumpkin Banana Smoothie Recipe

The Ingredients:

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 cup milk of your choice (I use unsweetened almond milk)

1 banana, frozen if you’ve got it but an unfrozen one will work too

Big handful baby spinach

1 to 2 tablespoons honey, pure maple syrup or brown sugar

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

3-4 ice cubes, more if not using a frozen banana

Optional add-ins: Vanilla protein powder, pumpkin pie spice, coconut oil, flaxseed, chia seeds

The directions:

Blend. Drink. Go.

What tips have you found work for you when trying to stay healthy whilst your life schedule has you barely remembering to brush your teeth?

Cherry Basil Green Smoothie + Dirty Dash Entry Giveaway!

In case you’re interested in the Dirty Dash Boise race but haven’t yet signed up because the entry fee just went up AGAIN last week, I think you’ll want to check out this post for a sweet giveaway! They’ve added more waves like they do every year and when the rep from the company dropped off 2 free entry cards to me the other day she also gave me a code to give out to my clients, family, and friends to get 20% off registration. So drop me a line if you want it!

More on how you can win one of two free entries in a bit. But first…I’ve got a new green smoothie recipe for you that you’ll love if your basil obsession mirrors mine. And if you’re new to green smoothies (smoothies made with spinach or kale, usually) and you’re thinking it sounds gross, well…you’re wrong. ;)

There, I said it.
There, I said it.

For the most part I typically use baby spinach because it’s really mild and I honestly don’t even taste it when I blend it up with all the other ingredients. So you get all that green vitamin-packed Popeye goodness without feeling like you’re sipping bitter grass. Another little trick when making green smoothies: A banana makes a world of difference. I always add one.

This is my new favorite smoothie recipe and I can definitely see me drinking it most mornings over the course of the basil season. It’s light, refreshing and the right amount of filling!

Cherry Basil Green Smoothie Recipe


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or your favorite milk/milk substitute
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 banana
  • 5-10 leaves fresh basil (I used closer to 10 leaves because. as I mentioned, I really like basil)
  • 1 cup or heaping handful baby spinach
  • 6 oz container plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 3-4 ice cubes (especially if you’re not using frozen fruit, the ice makes a difference)
  • 1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/2 tbsp. bee pollen granules (I throw this into all my smoothies to help keep my allergies at bay. Some people can’t stand the flavor, I honestly don’t notice it anymore. Von thinks it tastes like he imagines bee poop would, so there’s that visual for you.)
  • Also optional: Drizzle a small amount of honey or pure maple syrup as you’re blending if you like it a little sweeter.

Blend it all together until you have a smoothie that looks kinda green/kinda purple/kinda red, depending on various things you’ll have no control over.


So good!

If you’re interested in the nutrition stats, here you go:

(This does not include the bee pollen or honey/maple syrup)

378 calories, 7.4g fat (0.8g saturated), 274mg sodium, 1263mg potassium, 48.8g carbohydrates, 10.3g fiber, 28.6g sugar, 23.5g protein

So about that giveaway!

Who knew mud mad us all so happy?
Who knew mud made us all so happy?

Right now entry for the Boise Dirty Dash (held Saturday, August 2nd at Bogus Basin) will run you $60. I would love nothing more than to help two of you get in for FREE! Okay, I would like some things more, like my own personal assistant to bring me wine and cherry tomatoes whenever my cravings strike. But seriously, if you’ve ever wanted to try the Dirty Dash or have done it and want to see how they’ve up’ed the ante this year, here’s how you can win:

Simply comment on this post by telling me what your favorite summer outdoor activity is. That’s it! I’ll choose 2 lucky winners at random and will announce them this Thursday, July 17th. Really, it will be random and if you’re worried about any favoritism I’ll even the playing field and let Luke pick the winners based on his responses to your comments. He pretty much says “no” or “yeah” to everything, so I don’t know how it gets any fairer than that. And if you don’t win but still want to register, contact me for the 20% off code!

And please, don’t mess up your ankle like Von did last year while doing the tire runs. While I am proud of him for finishing the race on one leg and without complaint, I don’t wish the resulting walking boot on anyone! Except for that jerk at the grocery store who rammed into me with her grocery cart…