I originally posted a pumpkin protein shake recipe on my personal blog in 2011. This is another version I decided to try.
Sometimes we go to the gym later and when I’m done it’s almost lunch time. On days like that I like to make some kind of meal shake. There’s a little shop in town that sells blended Herbalife shakes in about a million different flavors. Unless I start making good money to fund my addiction to them I need to make my own. Also, the majority of theirs use soy protein which I’ve been trying to avoid. So, I found some similar shake recipes online and saw they use a tablespoon of instant pudding mix. Um, yes please?! I’ve been making some shakes with Mounds pudding mix but changed it up with this one and busted out the cheesecake. OMG.
I’m not really sure the nutrition content in this. If you want to know you can plug it all in somewhere. I figured its going to be meal sized calories since I kind of just tossed ALL THE THINGS in the blender and turned it on.
Toss all of this in a blender until it looks like a hot mess-
1 sc vanilla whey protein powder
1 sc vanilla meal shake powder (I use Nature’s Bounty but realized it has soy along with whey. I just cant win. I’ll just stick with the regular protein powder.)
1 tbs ground flax
1 tbs chia seeds
1 tbs instant cheesecake pudding mix
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
A couple shakes pumpkin pie spice
2 big handfuls spinach (I keep a bag in the freezer for this)
1 cup reduced fat milk (I’d usually use almond if I had it. But I don’t.)
Blend all that goodness together. It was really tasty! When I made this one there was all the talk of pumpkin spice lattes floating around the internets…I needed something fall-y that wasn’t going to make me sweaty (because Alabama fall is still summer).
Sometimes you can’t get to the gym, and that’s ok! Or maybe you don’t go to the gym at all and actually prefer home workouts. That’s cool too! No gym, no problem, right? I did this workout the other day when I couldn’t get to the gym. It’s easily modified so you can do as little or as much as you’re comfortable doing. I used 8lb dumbbells when I did it but you could go heavier or lighter. You could also just ditch the weights all together and do regular squats, lunges, and planks. Or you could kick that up a notch and go for jump squats and lunges. Maybe some plank jacks. It’s all what you are comfortable and ready to put into it. If you need to take a breather or grab some water during this workout that’s ok, just remember to push yourself so you can get as much out of it as you can in the short time.
Go ahead and rest 1-2 minutes between rounds before starting back up again.
Here’s the break down:
~ Squat to press: If you’re using weights, hold them at your shoulders. Squat down keeping your butt back like you’re sitting in a chair. Make sure your shins stay in line with your feet and your knees don’t go forward over your toes. When you stand back up from your squat, straighten your arms and press your weights up above your head. Lower back to your shoulders as you go back into your next squat.
~Heel touches: Lay on your back, knees bent with feet on the floor. Straighten your arms down at your sides. Raise your shoulders off of the floor and rock side to side taking turns touching your ankles. Spice it up a bit and change the exercise each round. First heel touches, then crunches, reverse crunches, and flutter kicks.
~ Lunge to curl: Standing with feet hip width apart, arms at your sides holding your weights. Alternate lunging forward. When you lunge, do a bicep curl. When you stand back up, release the curl and put your arms back at your sides. Just like the squats you don’t want your knees going past your toes.
~ Plank rows: Get into plank position on a mat or towel. Keep your hands shoulder width apart and holding on to your weights. One arm at a time row your weight back close to your sides.
Sometimes working out isn’t always the most fun thing to do. You know you’ll feel amazing once you’re done but actually getting up and doing it can be hard every now and then. One thing that keeps me excited to do my workout is the clothes. I’m a sucker for a fun gym shirt and crazy pants. One of my favorite things to do on Pinterest is look up fun gym shirts. I’ve pinned so many with plans to make some of them one day. I thought I’d come on here and share some of my favorites that I definitely ‘need’ asap.
10.) A Christmas gym shirt. I love this one. Perfect for holiday lifting.
9.) Gandalf told me to. This would be awesome if I actually ran. Any LOTR shirt makes my list though.
8.) Dont put me down for cardio. I love Fat Amy and Pitch Perfect. And this shirt.
7.) OH My Quad! Seriously. Leg day, then derby practice. I was screamin this.
6.) Leaking Awesome. Well, yeah!
5.) Feed me and tell me I’m pretty. I have made this shirt already. It had to be on the list.
4.) Leveling Up. Let my geek shine. Lord of the Rings and now Mario. Oh yeah!
3.) Slurpees not Burpees. I need to wear this to derby practice.
2.) Fitness pizza. I saw this on Pinterest and actually laughed out loud.
1.) Of course…my Hangry Hulk shirt! I love this shirt.
So what do you think? Are you motivated by your gym clothes?