Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Shape Up Series: Cinnamon Buns (of Steel) Smoothie!

By: Finance Foodie

In the first part of the Finance Foodie Shape Up Series, I talked about the exercise plan I was going to take on to help me lose the leftover holiday p(f)udge. Here is what happened, one week later!
Week Two Stats
Weight: 138 lbs (down two lbs!!!)
Height: 5'1''
Body Fat: 24% (eeks again, but one % less than last week!)

Exercise Plan (and actual results in red)
Day 1: 45 minutes on the elipitcal trainer, level 5 – Check!
Day 2: 30 minutes on the recumbent bicycle, level 7; 30 minutes weight training using 5lb to 8lb weights – Check!
Day 3: 45 30 minutes on the treadmill, speed 3.5 3.0, incline 2.0 1.5 – Ugh I was feeling tired that day, plus I had a really stressful and busy day at work. Obviously not a great feeling that I slacked off, but I’m happy at least I made it to the gym!
Day 4: 30 minutes on the recumbent bicycle, level 7; 30 minutes weight training using 5lb to 8lb weight – All the bikes at the gym were in use when I arrived, so I pretended that was a sign from God that cardio was not in the cards for me that day. Ok so I was really just being lazy, but I did complete my weight training… check minus!
Day 5: 30 minutes on the elipitcal trainer, level 5; 10 20 minutes on the recumbent bicycle, level 7 – After two days of being a slacker, I completed this regimen and added an additional 10 minutes on the bike (although it was really because I wanted to finish watching Basketball Wives)…CHECK PLUS!
Day 6 &7: Rest – a very easy CHECK PLUS ;)

Now as most health and fitness experts would say, the key to healthy weight loss is a combination of exercise AND a well-balanced diet. So this week, I am going to share with you my favorite smoothie that I’ve been making every morning for the past week. Easy, filling, and delicious, plus a lot cheaper and healthier than Starbucks!

FF's Raspberry Cinnamon Buns (of Steel!) Smoothie
Serving: 8oz glass
Calories: ~160
--½ cup fresh Driscoll raspberries
--½ cup ice
--1 container of Yoplait Light Thick and Creamy Cinnamon Bun flavored yogurt
--1/3 cup 2% milk
--3 packets of Truvia sugar substitute (optional, but recommended to sweeten up the tartness of the raspberries)

Throw all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth (~5minutes). 

Check back next week for another update and a new recipe (and a giveaway)!

***Giveaway***
Congrats #98 - Mandee! 

Driscoll Berries wants to give one of you readers a month’s supply of berries so you can also make my yummy smoothie (or other healthy treats that can be found on their website). One lucky person will be sent 5 free product coupons that can be used on Driscoll brand raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries at the local supermarket!
There are THREE ways to enter
1. REQUIRED: In my comments section, tell me what is your favorite food to make that contains berries? (Mine are smoothies, obviously!). Also please include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
3. Reblog / Retweet this giveaway (leave separate comment telling me this)

Contest ends Friday, January 14, 2011 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator and announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards!

Disclosure: Driscoll Berries provided the berries for the giveaway

142 comments:

Mindee said...

smoothies also!
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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

Congrats on the weight loss jumpstart! I love making smoothies with berries too. DO you ever use protein powder? Adding it to your smoothies will make an awesome post-workout snack. (might as well throw in some spinach too hehe, I love green monster smoothies). You can also try adding peanut butter for added protein. It'll def add some calories but it'll keep you fueled for hours!

Amber said...

I love making berry cheesecake!
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Amber said...

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Dreamer said...

I love to make a summer berry pie with cream cheese and cool whip, it's fabulous! RRementer2003@cfl.rr.com

Kathy said...

Pie, and more pie eyreka90@gmail.com

mverno said...

i like strawberry shortcake
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sunflowr27 said...

I'm also a huge smoothie fan, however even moreso I think my favorite is blueberry pancakes. It's a staple around my house every Saturday morning.

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CobwebstoCookies said...

I love berries in SALADS!

They really add a nice layer of flavor and texture. Sometimes I will also add a few berries to a vinegarette to mirror the flavors in the salad.

MY FAV. SALAD RIGHT NOW:
Mixed Baby Greens
Blackberries
Toasted Pecans
Red Onion
Shaved Parmesean Cheese

Blackberry Vinegarette

EASY, YUMMY, HEALTHY!

Kimberly said...

I also love to make smoothies. I use all different kinds of berries but always add a banana too. I also use berries over oatmeal almost every day.
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ella said...

I LOVE smoothies. I make tons of different smoothie with raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries. I love them! I also love pancakes and muffins. Yum. Berries make everything so tasty.


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DebbyM said...

Ugh....I hate to be first. But I LOVE Driscoll berries (I bought 4 containers of blueberries this week alone lol). I would either make a smoothie or a salad (I love salads with fresh berries and some nuts....or just eat them on top of my greek yogurt. There are so many ways to eat fresh berries!!

Thanks for the great giveaway.

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Andrea D said...

i love smoothies esp berry smoothies..and orange smoothies as well
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Anonymous said...

My favorite food with berries is strawberry short cake.

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Amanda said...

We love using fresh berries in our salads. :)

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Amanda said...

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Emmy Coffee said...

I like to eat berries raw, just as they are...such delicious flavor!

Miranda said...

I like to stir berries into my oatmeal.
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Erica C. said...

I like to mix cut up berries and bananas and mix it with cheerios!

Giant Sis said...

I like berries on my granola! Yum!
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Stacy said...

Definitely smoothies. I could eat one everyday!

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Valerie said...

Definitely chocolate covered strawberries.

pmernick said...

I love Grape Nuts with fresh blueberries and skim milk with a package of Truvia. Yum!
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Elizabeth said...

I'd have to say berry scones or muffins.

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Heather M said...

Smoothies, but I also like Blueberries in my pancakes and bananas in my cheerios.

lkvoyer said...

I love to make muffins with fresh berries. LKVOYER at aol dot com

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Anonymous said...

I just want to tell you how excited I am. After 9 days on the "Hypersonic Weight Loss" I lost 7lbs!!

sweepmom said...

I like adding pureed berries to greek yogurt.

Anonymous said...

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I LIKE TO PUT BERRIES IN JELLO

crystletellerday said...

strawberry shortcake crystletellerday@yahoo.com

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

It looks like your new year is off to a great start! I love eating berries with cereal!

Jolene said...

my favorite is berry shortcake!

Anonymous said...

Strawberry Cheesecake tops my list.

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Sbot said...

I add berries to my morning oatmeal!

Sarah said...

Raspberry crepes are my favorite.

Sarah said...

Following on Twitter @sarohioan

Liz said...

I like making berries with whipped cream :)

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Liz said...

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Lusi said...

I like eating berries all by themselves, fresh! but a second choice would be in blueberry pancakes.

Katherine said...

Favorite thing to make with berries is an intense puree for champagne cocktails! Cheers!

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cheapbeets said...

I use their strawberries in a strawberry risotto made with red wine and orange juice; their blackberries in a green salad with matchsticks of jicama and a lemon thyme vinaigrette, and their raspberries are absolute perfection in a raspberry fool.

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Chisum Crew said...

smoothies and I mix fresh berries into my non-fat plain yogurt. trinitygsd at yahoo dto com

Amanda S. said...

I love berry jams!

llinda29 said...

I add berries to cereal

Melissa O. said...

Like the idea of publicly tracking your progress...definitely holds one accountable! I usually eat berries plain and straight out of the container but also like them in smoothies!

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Liz G. said...

I love vanilla yogurt with fresh berries. My favorite are blackberries.

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Courtney said...

I love to make berry cheesecakes!

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kroch said...

I love using berries to make a raspberry torte.

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kroch said...

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ohkeeka said...

I love putting them in muffins. And they make a great topping for oatmeal too!

Pat said...

I like smoothies.
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Roxy said...

i love to throw them on vanilla yogurt with chocolate granola mix.

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Roxy said...

follow on twitter @hockiemack

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Janel said...

smoothies!
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Aileen said...

Follow you on Twitter @monkeygrl59
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Aileen said...

My favorite way to make berries is just natural with a bit of sugar and whipped cream. arobimom at gmail dot com

Shawn said...

A pie made with fresh berries.

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marcia goss said...

I like to put berries in a fruit salad.
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lezanac said...

smoothies and yogurt parfaits lezanac@yahoo.com

Deb K said...

I like to put berries on my cereal!

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Janna @ Feed Your Pig said...

strawberry shortcake!
Thanks so much!
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wcc said...

I really love making my own Strawberry jam. Yummy! Thanks so much for the chance! :)
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Beth said...

Shhhh... My all time favorite is pie.

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Nicole D. said...

I love to make strawberry shortcake! Thanks!
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mogrill said...

I like making pies.
Thanks for the chance.
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Bread and Beta said...

I like eating berries straight up, with yogurt, or in scones.

Anonymous said...

We like to make strawberry ice cream!

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Erin E said...

I love, love, love fresh raspberry jam. I also love to make blueberry and raspberry cobbler. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
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Claudia said...

I like berries on smothies, fruit tarte, and muffins,
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DEBIJOT said...

I love to make cherry cobbler.

Claudia said...

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dddiva @ discriminating_diva(at)yahoo(dot)com said...

I actually like to eat them plan best- if I do have with something else- a yogurt parfait with hm granola.

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tallcapp said...

I make a berry smoothie every morning with whatever berries I can find at each time of the year. I sweeten mine with honey and use plain yogurt.

candy said...

I like to put berries in cottage cheese for a nice fruit salad. wilcarvic
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Alex said...

Cobblers of any kind are kind of amazing, to me. Nothing beats a blackberry cobbler. Mmmm.

loni said...

I eat the berries plain...it is a great, quick snack at work

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Mandee said...

I love fruit tarts!

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living4freegal said...

Fruit Salad

jim.coyne2 said...

I love strawberry shortcake

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Erin said...

I love a mixed berry cobbler, especially during the summer when you can pick up all the ingredients at a farmer market!

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Erin G said...

Pies!

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Jinxy and Me said...

I also love smoothies, but berries with milk and sugar is yummy too!
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Debbie C said...

I like making berry cobblers. Hardly a health type food but so darn good!

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slehan said...

I use a lot of blueberries. Mostly in my morning smoothie, but sometimes in muffins.
Thanks for the contest.

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Renee G said...

My favorite way to eat berries is with my cereal and milk for breakfast.
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Karin said...

fruit salads


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Kathy S said...

I like to mix any kind of berries into plain organic yogurt with a pinch of cinnamon. Yummy!
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Valancia said...

Cobbler with real whipped cream

Marianna said...

I love strawberries in a goat cheese salad! Yum!
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caseycolette said...

wow! my favorite food that contains berries is cheesecake w berries on top! so yummy! my fave driscoli berries are the blackberries. i oculd eat em EVERY DAY!

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purango said...

My favorite food to make that contains berries is pies. I love blackberry and strawberry pies. garrettsambo@aol.com

WWillows6 said...

I like to blend strawberries with a little orange juice and freeze for homemade fruit pops.
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ladydi115 said...

I love them in pancakes and mixed in with fat free plain greek yogurt.

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katybug said...

I like berries on my cereal!

liliesrnice said...

I like using berries in muffins & on pancakes!

susansmoaks said...

i love berries on my yogurt
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lilbabypug said...

I make a triple berry trifle for all of our summer get togethers.

ezmerelda said...

I do a fruit salad with lots of tart apples, blueberries, strawberries and oranges. Toss it with a little lemon juice and some stevia and it is a healthy dessert.

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Susanmeep said...

I would love to make a berry pie! suelee1998 @ gmail.com

lyndseyluvsjj said...

Berry cheesecake!!! YUMMO!

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Jen M said...

I love making oatmeal or cream of wheat with berries cooked in! It sweetens it nicely without sugar!

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dvice12 said...

My favorite berry food is berry cobbler
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susitravl said...

I use Driscoll's Strawberries for Strawberry/Pretzel salad - it's my kids favorite. I prefer berries on cereal or just by themselves.

limepink said...

Mine is fruit pizza
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ShesAnAngel said...

My fave food to make with berries is cobbler, I mean it's really delicious with some whipped cream :D

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Notorious Spinks said...

My fav is strawberry short cakes

Diane52 said...

I love making jelly, fruit salad, flans and the best smoothies!!
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Kristy said...

I like adding berries to my oatmeal or yogurt!
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