Hello lovely friends! Before we jump into Friday’s Food & Fitness, I wanted to take a second and wish my husband a very happy birthday! Don’t worry Pete, good things just get better as they age!
Ok, back to food and fitness!
I have been on a huge smoothie kick this week and decided to put together a little tutorial on some of my favorite smoothie combos. Check ‘em out:
Oh, and I tried my first Acai Bowl this week. It was so good! So much better than I originally thought it was going to be. I loved it! This one was called the Coco Acai and had acai berries, banana, coconut milk, cocnut flakes and hemp granola. Just typing this makes me want one right now!
Another win this week were the enchiladas I made. It was my first time making enchiladas and I cannot tell you why on earth I waited so long. They were amazing! I loved every single bite and am going to add these babies into my rotation!
Sorry, this photo leaves a lot to be desired but it was delicious, I promise! Speaking of food photos…
I tweeted out this article the other day on some restaurants banning photos of food. As someone who takes photos of their food religiously, I couldn’t imagine why someone would want to stop (besides the fact that it is probably annoying to everyone but me). So here’s the deal, chefs work hard to create a brand through their food and photos taken in dimly lit restaurants are not always the best representation of the food, the chef and their brand. So in order to protect their image, some chefs and restaurants want to ban food photography.
Personally I think this is kind of outrageous. I mean any publicity is good publicity, right? Plus, I think it is kind of lame for someone to tell me what I can and cannot take photos of. I mean, maybe the chefs could invest in some better lighting for their restaurants or have a photo section complete with photo props! If someone told me I couldn’t take a photo of my food, I would probably be a bit offended and not want to eat there again.
I don’t want to talk about fitness today. Sure I could tell you about the yoga or Zumba or barre class I did this week but instead of talking about what I did do, let’s talk about what I didn’t do. And that is workout. It doesn’t always come across here when I’m talking about all the things I do to stay fit and active, but rest is just as important as logging those cardio miles and lifting those heavy weights.
I read this article recently on why rest days are not optional and it really reminded me that I need to take time out, rest my body and allow it to repair so it can perform at its very best. I think sometimes in the fitness community, we get so wrapped up in the workouts we are doing, we forget to stop, breathe and allow for the good things we’ve done for our bodies to take effect.
On rest days I love to do some guided meditation with YogaGlo. I just lie down and listen the teacher while I relax my body and focus on my breath. I’ve actually fallen asleep a couple of times doing this. I can’t tell you how nice this feels!
So take this as your PSA for the week: don’t forget your rest day(s)!
Readers, what do you think of the ban on food photography? How many rest days do you take a week? What’s your favorite smoothie combo?