Flashback Friday via Rayandtaynutrition

Morning ya’ll!! Happy Friday!! How are you doing today?  Are you guys ready for the weekend?  We don’t have much on the agenda over here, but that is just fine by me! 

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You may or may not know that my friend Rachael and I started an Instagram account (rayandtaynutrition) a while ago following our yummy and nutritious eats!  We both kind of let it slip a bit with my wedding and Rachael starting a health coaching business with her sister and life just got crazy busy!

I still post on our page occasionally and still love connecting with other like-minded individuals (which I love doing through my blog as well), but wanted to show you some of my favorite recipes and food pictures from the past year on our Instagram page!  Sometimes I lose track of my recipes and forget about them so this way I can bring them out of hiding and share them with all of you! I hope you enjoy!  

Smoothies definitely taste better out of champagne glasses 😉

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Fill it to the top!

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I’m so ready for summer’s warm weather and cold smoothies!

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Love this combination of 3 layers of flavors! 

Smoothies at the lake are the best! 

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One of my favorite juice recipes!

This is another favorite!  I really need to get out the old juicer more often… it is just quite the pain to clean.  

I always have fresh cut up fruit on hand in my fridge.

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As soon as I get home from the grocery store, I wash my fruit so it is ready to go when I need a snack!

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This watermelon is making me crave summertime.  I can eat a whole watermelon by myself in one day.  🙂

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We hosted a challenge for everyone to go vegan for 1 month.  Although I eat this way often, it was a challenge and definitely made me more aware of the non-vegan choices I make.  Today, I am all about moderation.  🙂

Then we hosted a 3 day raw vegan challenge.  Now that was hard.. mostly because I like to “cook” dinner.  It is always fun to have a challenge to try to  test your will power though! 

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I will be posting more recipes including homemade veggie burgers, snacks, and delicious salads from our instagram soon!  Have a happy and healthy weekend ya’ll!  

Questions:

  1. Do you have a juicer? 
  2. Have you ever done a food challenge before?
  3. What is one food you could not live without?

Peanut butter banana smoothie

Hi guys!  Happy Wednesday to you all!  I hope your day is off to a good start.  I’ve got my eyes set on a fun weekend trip so that is keeping me going!  I took an early morning body pump class followed by a long (cold) walk with 3 sweet pups so I am feeling great!  I am off to a physical therapy appointment to work on my back/neck/shoulder pain and hoping it helps.  

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You all know by now how much I love smoothies.  In fact, I start almost every day with a big smoothie.  My morning smoothies are usually fruit based as fruit is best digested on an empty stomach.  As much as I love my daily morning smoothie, I’m not much of a smoothie as a snack person.  But every once in a while, I’ll get a hankering for a smoothie later in the day (or as a dessert) especially when the hot summer weather rolls around. 

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One of my favorite flavor combinations is banana and peanut butter.  I mean really, what is better?  The only thing better is both in a smoothie.  That is where today’s smoothie inspiration came from. 

Peanut butter banana smoothie.

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Ingredients: 1-2 bananas (frozen or not will work), 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter (almond butter will work), 1 cup ice (more or less depending on if you used a frozen banana), 1 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened vanilla), and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.  

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Put it in the blender….

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And blend!

This smoothie is really versatile.  You can add spinach to increase the nutrients, coconut milk for a different taste, vanilla or chocolate protein powder for more protein, or vanilla extra for more flavor.

This smoothie is so tasty and refreshing on a hot summer day (or after a sweaty workout).  Serve it up in a glass!

Or in a bowl topped with more peanut butter!

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I promise it won’t disappoint!

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Questions: 

  1. What is your favorite smoothie recipe?
  2. What is your go-to post workout snack/meal?
  3. Do you prefer peanut butter or almond butter?

Weekend Recap 1.25.16

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start!  I just got back from an early morning body pump class followed by a long walk with the pups!  

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Here’s a little look at our weekend.  

A new favorite smoothie combination: spinach, flaxseed, banana, pineapple, mango, kiwi and coconut water.  It is seriously so so so good. 

Fill it up! 

Some of my favorite snacks: fresh fruit, Think Thin bars, and celery with peanut butter!

I saw this on snapchat the other day… too funny…and true!

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My sister came over for take out food and a movie on Friday night.  3 pups! We watched The Intern with Robert de Niro and Anne Hathaway.  It was pretty good. 

My nephew, Otis, sitting on my lap. 🙂

Kale salad for lunch at work on Friday.

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Leftover brown rice and veggies make for a perfect brunch topped with avocado and 2 eggs and a side salad! Yum!

Leftover quinoa with the same concept, different day.  Can’t get enough!

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Sunday morning started bright and early with a 5 miles treadmill run while watching Fixer Upper… love this show! 

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Coffee and green smoothies were regulars this weekend.

Cuddle bug Riley.

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Isn’t this crazy? I definitely contribute to that number! I love my peanut butter. 🙂

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My favorite meal was repeated a couple times this past week.  I never get sick of it.

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I love this instagram page.  The houses are so unreal!  

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That’s all I’ve got for today!  Have a great week ya’ll!!

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite brunch food?
  2. Do you like peanut butter?
  3. Did you get any workouts in this weekend?   

Saturday talks

Hi guys! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and staying warm!  To my friends that got hit with lots of snow, I hope you are enjoying it!  I have to admit, I kind of miss the snow a little bit since we moved to Dallas, but I don’t miss having to drive in it.  I prefer watching the snow from inside my house bundled up on the couch with lots of blankets, a toasty fire, and a cup of warm hot chocolate. 🙂

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I am off to a body pump class at the gym and then I have to get ready for Riley’s Therapy Dog exam today (Riley and I are training to be a Dog Therapy team). Let’s hope he passes 😉

Some snow pictures from my mom, dad, and best friend in Nashville.  So pretty!

I love the pretty birds in the snow.

This is the lovely site I came home to the other day… I thought someone had broken into our house… nope.  The dog we were watching knocked this big picture (with the glass and frame) off of the ledge (that most dogs are scared of going near) and it fell down the stairs.  It was not fun to clean up, but I am just happy that no dogs were injured in the process.  After lots of vacuuming and mopping, I will still be wearing shoes in my house for a while 🙂 

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Smoothie with spinach, flaxseed, banana, coconut water and frozen mango.  Yum!

And another smoothie with the same ingredients as the previous one plus some frozen berries! 

My go-to easy dinner when the hubs is out of town.  Chopped salad topped with a veggie burger (I buy them frozen) topped with avocado.  SO easy and never gets old!

Another yummy meal with red quinoa (cooked in vegetable broth), corn, black beans, onions, mushrooms, and tossed with fresh cilantro!  

But don’t forget the homemade guacamole (avocado, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, lime juice, and fresh cilantro)!!

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It’s so yummy, you will go back for seconds!  I sure did!

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I always make a lot of any dish so we have leftovers for simple meals the following days!

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A few other healthy dessert options that I took pictures of from the tastemade snapchat story.  They all look so easy and yummy! 

You may have seen my chia seed pudding recipe on the blog a while ago, and this is why I love chia seeds!  16 grams of protein for every 3.5 ounces!  So good for you!

I am off to the Dog Therapy exam with Riley!  Wish us luck!! Have a great rest of the weekend!

Questions:

  1. Do you like chia seeds? Favorite recipe?
  2. How much snow did you get?
  3. Do you like quinoa?  Favorite recipe?  

Back to the grind… but first, more fun!

Happy Wednesday, friends!  We are trying to get back to reality over here, which is super hard after a fun holiday week with my family.  I am exhausted after getting home at midnight last night and having to get up early for work.  But only 2 days of work then a long weekend so I will survive 😉

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I’m sorry for the overload of pictures, but we just had a blast in Nashville so I took a LOT of pictures.  Here are a few more from our trip!

At the Preds game they have this photo booth and they print you free copies of your picture! So fun!

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My sister sent me this snapchat of me teaching my dad to make smoothies in his new blender 🙂

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He also got this new smoothie book for Christmas!

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I read an article in Time magazine about the “new food rules” and found this one interesting.  What do you think?  Are superfoods overrated?

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Sweet brothers cuddling.

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Riley resting on his favorite blanket.  

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We woke up to lots of rain on Monday  😦

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And then the power went out… and on the way to the mall we found out why.

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While we were gone, I got this snap from Jon. 

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Monday night dinner out.  Jonny, me, and the sis.

 

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Dad and brother.

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We had a spicy tuna roll for an appetizer that was to die for!  I got this delicious salmon kale salad for an entree that was amazing!

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And the crew all wanted this brownie and ice cream for dessert.

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Getting ready to watch the Preds game Monday night… take 1 (Riley wasn’t looking).

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And take 2!

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Almost game time!

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Woohoo!

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Have a great Wednesday!!  

Questions:

  1. Do you have any fun new years eve plans?
  2. Any good smoothie recipes?
  3. Do you order dessert when you go out to eat?