Tropical Tango Love

Good afternoon, Chica-a-la’s!

I won’t even tell you about my morning. All I will say is lots of rain, lots of floods, traffic and no gas. Took my an hour to get 5 minutes from home and back when I realized I wasn’t getting anywhere. Good news..I ended up finally getting to the gym today and had a great workout! Bad news….my gymboss died???!!! Has this happened to anyone? It’s practically brand new and I tried other batteries in it…no luck 🙁


Warmed up with dynamic stretches

I had to do without the interval timer but here’s how my workout went. I did two separate circuits, 3 sets of each:

Circuit One:

-stair run: ran up and down a flight of 11 steps 5x

-Bosu side squat and hop x10

balance ball roll-out x15

-deep squat and overhead press with 12lb medicine ball x15

Circuit 2:

-backwards lunge and kick forward x10

-12lb medicine ball roll-up x15

-reverse grip lat pull down 50×15

-balance ball jacknife

I ended with doing a quick 1.5 miles on the elliptical and some stretching


Drink of the day:

I am obsessed.

Packed full of nutrients including protein, fibre, Omega-3, probiotics, and greens, it combines whole food goodness with fast food convenience.

Each serving of Vega Shake & Go Smoothie includes:

  • Two servings of veggies
  • 2500 mg Omega-3-6-9
  • 11 g complete protein
  • Only 100 calories
  • 1 billion probiotics cultures

I add a heaping tablespoon to my oatmeal to make

-1/2 cup rolled oatmeal (can use gluten-free oatmeal)

-3/4 cup water

-1 T hemp seeds

-1 heaping Tablespoon tropical tango shake n’ go smoothie

-few splashes of unsweetened vanilla tempt hemp milk

cook oats in water in microwave for 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients. Simple, yet delicious.

The protein helps to sustain my hunger…and I am not adding hundreds of calories with a ton of ingredients.


I won this amazing package of goodies from participating in the Thrive in 30 campaign last month:

I am so excited to dive into this book for new recipe ideas!


What’s your favorite cookbook(s)?

Do you like seeing my workouts?

Read it:

Top Vegan Nutrition Myths


My friend, Jen is hosting another FREE teleseminar on 5 ways gluten sneaks into your diet. If you are GF or recently found out that you need to avoid it I would sign up! It’s next Wednesday September 14 at 7 PM ET.

PS–there’s still time to enter my coconut oil and freebie coupon giveaway!

I am BEYOND excited for dinner tonight! Off to roast some tomatoes…


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  • Reply thehealthyapron

    ooo those oats look delish! super refreshing!

    September 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Holly @ The Runny Egg

    I’m sending my sister that link — my nephew was recently diagnosed with celiac (he’s only 2!) so she needs help with the gluten free stuff.

    I love seeing your workouts — I always follow a plan so it is nice to get some new ideas from people who know what they’re doing (you!)

    September 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm
    • Reply laury

      that class would be great for her!!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    OMG—I love that shake and go flavor–I went on vacay to a non-healthy-food place, and I lived on that stuff! My mom has been taking it to work and just mixing it with water. She said that sometimes she forgets about it for 30-60 minutes and when she gets back to it, it has thickened up like pudding! So delicious!
    I don’t have a fave cookbook—I love to read cookbooks and bookmark things, but truthfully I hardly ever use them. I get most of my recipes from blogs!
    I like seeing your workouts—it gives me ideas 🙂

    September 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm
    • Reply laury

      I know!!! So creamy! I was dying! The first time I had a sample I wasn’t as excited but since I am like..woah this stuff is delish!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    LOVE the workout! I’ve got a circuit coming up in tomorrow’s post too. I didn’t really care for the shake-n-go smoothie, but I LOVE the Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer in Vanilla Chai. SO freaking good!! 🙂

    September 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm
    • Reply laury

      Vanilla Chai is my protein soul mate 🙂

      September 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner

    I have the new Thrive book too! So excited to start cooking!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm
  • Reply The Delicate Place

    i hope you are staying safe! that flavor was ok actually surprised me a bit it was better than expected! i am a fan of vanilla chai 🙂

    September 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm
    • Reply laury

      me too!!!!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Shayla @ The Good Life

    I would love to see more of your workouts! And I’m going to have to get some of that Vega Tropical Smoothie, especially with all those amazing stats! Especially now that you got me hooked on the chocolate one 😉

    September 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm
    • Reply laury

      I am so glad you like it! Vanilla Chai is my fav, but this tropical tango is a second now and it’s cheaper!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    I can’t wait to try that smoothie mix!

    September 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Shanna, like Banana

    Mmmm, tropical oats sound like a nice change — I may just give that a try!

    I’ll reply to your direct email soon 😉

    September 8, 2011 at 9:56 pm
  • Reply Kat

    I loooove seeing your workouts!! You give me so many ideas, not to mention inspiration!! And those oats sound totally divine!

    September 9, 2011 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Alisa Fleming

    I’ve got that book, it looks like a good one! I wasn’t a huge fan of Vega, but the last time I tried it was years ago. That flavor is enticing me.

    September 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm
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