Happy Wednesday friends! I hope y’all are having a fabulous week! Thank goodness we are halfway through the week. I thought as we transitioned from summer to fall that my schedule would clear up a bit but it seems like it’s only getting busier. I’m trying to take full advantage of my off days in August before September, when all my weekends are busy. Most of it is fun stuff (CrossFit competitions, races and a few weddings) so I’m definitely looking forward to it. It’s just a little daunting knowing how full my weekends are going to be coming up. Does anyone else ever feel that way?! I feel like I’m always caught between wanting to have a ton of plans so I don’t have FOMO and not having any plans because I don’t like committing to things. Its times like this that I like to really ramp up my focus on sleeping well, eating right and keeping a routine. My routine basically flew out the window the last week or so and knowing that I’m going to be busy coming up, I definitely want to refocus again.
I’ve found that when my routine is on point, everything else goes a little smoother too. Imagine that! Nutrition wise is easiest for me; I just have to stick to my specific macronutrients (which I’ve talked about previously, here). I’ve found that this type of plan is usually the easiest for me to stick to. The sleeping routine is usually the hardest for me to stick to but has huge pay offs when I do. I’m not saying this has to be everyone’s routine but it has definitely helped me 1) fall asleep faster, 2) sleep better 3) feel better recovered and 4) perform better in the gym. Typically I wake up at 6:00 AM so I try to be asleep by 10 or at least what I think is 10. Below is my typical nightly routine!
- Around 9:00-9:15 I’ll start thinking about getting ready for bed. I’ll also start winding down phone use for the night.
- 9:15-9:45 I work out at nights usually so a hot bath is perfect to calm me down and sooth my muscles. Some nights I’ll take a hot shower instead but generally a hot bath with Epsom salts is what I choose. This is also when I brush my teeth and wash my face. I’ve been loving Beauty Counter’s face wash and restorative night cream!
- 9:45-10:00 Once I lay down in bed I like to rub my feet and legs with some lotion which helps relax my muscles even more. I take my Pure Pharma M3 and then I usually read a few pages from a book before I’m drifting off. I recently bought the new Harry Potter book so I can’t wait to dive into that.
Now I’d be lying if I said this worked every night. Some nights I get home late and I don’t even eat dinner until 9:00PM but usually that just means no time watching Netflix so I can get to bed on time. Sometimes I don’t get in the shower until 9:45 but I’ve found that if I follow the routine, it still helps me sleep great and I still wake up feeling pretty rested despite losing a little sleep. Like I said, this isn’t perfect to the tee every night but the better I get at following this routine, the easier the days become. Do you have a specific routine? Let us know in the comments!
Now onto the good stuff, this AMAZING coffee peanut butter cup ice cream. Three of my favorite things combined in one delicious recipe. I’ve become obsessed with cold brew coffee (my favorite is Chameleon brand!) and I thought it would be a great flavor to incorporate into my other favorite thing, ice cream! And to top it all off, why not add some peanut butter cups. Or whatever kind of chocolate additions you like. I think this would be equally delicious with some chocolate covered espresso beans or some toffee. This ice cream is super easy to put together and is sure to fulfill your sweet tooth.
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 2/3 cup cold brew coffee (I used Chameleon mocha coffee)
- 1 tbsp great lakes gelatin dissolved in ¼ cup boiling water
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ cup almond milk
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 bag of Justin’s peanut butter cups, unwrapped and chopped into quarters (can use 2 bags if want chunkier ice cream)
- Combine all ingredients except for peanut butter cups in blender and mix until smooth.
- Once mixture is smooth, pour into ice cream maker and follow your manufacturer’s instructions.
- While your ice cream is mixing, unwrap and chop up peanut butter cups into quarters.
- Once your ice cream is done, transfer to large bowl and fold in peanut butter cups. Work quickly and do not over mix.
- Pour your ice cream into a loaf pan and freeze for one hour to firm up.
- Enjoy right away or if saving for later, be sure to let ice cream thaw 30-40 mins before serving.
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