Beach ready yogi…

It’s officially summer time! Are you a beach ready yogi? I didn’t feel like it! Not with work, grad school, nightly homework, projects, and trying not to neglect my dog. So here’s what I did for the two weeks leading up to my beach trip:


  • green smoothie
  • herbal tea with honey (local honey is best)
breakfast green smoothie
Breakfast green smoothie

Snack… a fat and a fruit to give you energy and keep you full

  • celery with peanut butter (add raisins if you like)
  • apple with peanut butter
  • ***sun butter (sunflower-seed butter) works great if you have a nut allergy***

Lunch… I used to be completely against frozen entrees until I found the Amy’s brand. No preservatives and so yummy. And I had to compromise somewhere with my lack of time.

  • Amy’s frozen lunch 
  • any other sensible lunch that includes a carb, protein, and vegetable

Snack… Watch your quantities. I prepare it ahead of time and bring it to class with me. Bringing the whole box of crackers is always a bad idea.

  • fruit with peanut butter (I like to use a half apple or banana)
  • cheese and crackers with fruit

Dinner… Here’s what I think is the most important part. Juice for dinner! Super kick of vegetables and gives your digestive tract a short fast every night. Also, if you don’t get home until 8pm like me, it’s too late to eat a full meal but you’re hungry!

  • fresh juice! 
Green juice sponsored by my friend's wedding...
Green juice sponsored by my friend’s wedding…

My secret cheat… For when I just have to have some chocolate. It’s an addiction, we’re all human.

  • Dark chocolate square with a scoop of peanut butter. 

I’m an ingredient snob. Look at the ingredients list, not the nutrition facts… you can find out a lot more. In the above foods this means check out your peanut butter, frozen lunches, crackers, and cheese.

At the beach… 

  • Go to the grocery store… We stocked up on healthy snack items, sandwich stuff for lunch on the beach, and green smoothie ingredients. (We ended up with: Spinach, mango, banana, strawberries, apples, watermelon, pineapple, bread, cheese, avocado, deli meat, peanut butter, peanut/raisin/cranberry trail mix)
  • Go on walks/runs… We brought our dogs so this one was easy to remember to do. We walked once in the morning and once at night. In the morning it’s not too hot and at night we waited until sunset so it was cool. It felt great to walk twice a day and vacay with our babies.
Our morning walks included duck watching...

Duck watching on our morning walks…

  • Find a local yoga studio… This is a must. I love visiting new studios and experiencing new teachers. I found a studio right in the area we were staying. Walking distance is definitely a plus!
I spy a yoga studio!

I spy a yoga studio!

  • Bring your blender… I left my juicer at home but I brought my blender. Nothing fancy, just a small single serving blender and I continued to have green smoothies for breakfast. It made me feel light and ready to put on my bikini! (Beach condos usually provide you with a blender but I brought mine just in case)
  • Yoga on the beach… because it’s fun!
Yoga on a cloudy day...

Beach yoga on a cloudy day…



Get the Glow with a Green Smoothie…

I had my first green smoothie today and it sparked one of those, “Where have you been all of my life?!” moments.

The amazing part of green smoothies is that you get your servings of fruits and vegetables all in one tasty drink. Spinach is known as a nutritional powerhouse that  is an excellent source of beta-carotene (antioxidant) which has been proven to fight cancer and heart disease. Spinach also has 2 other powerful antioxidants (lutein & zeaxanthin) that are great for your vision. See this website for 11 Health Benefits of Spinach.

Green smoothies are great for weight loss, digestive health, supporting the immune system, and not to mention a tasty & healthy snack!

Warning: Side-effects are glowing hair, radiant skin, strong nails, and bright eyes!

All you need is a blender and these ingredients: (I modified my recipe from this website.)

  • 1 small banana
  • 1 small peach
  • 1/2 kiwi
  • a couple handfulls of spinach
  • water (just enough to blend)
  • ice (if desired)
Feel free to mix it up! Use the base of bananas and add any other fruit you’d like!
Don’t let the green color turn you off (hint:  if you add berries to your mix it won’t be green…). Take my word for it, it tastes FANTASTIC! The spinach has a very mild taste that actually compliments the fruits! A green smoothie is a fast, easy, and delicious way to get a big dose of vitamins and minerals! Aren’t you curious??