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Sushi and Smoothies

Good morning! I hope that your Saturday is off to a wonderful start. I woke up early but rather than rush off to run or take a yoga class, I decided to take it easy on the couch with some coffee and breakfast. It’s rainy and gross out and it feels nice to start my day on a relaxed note since most of the time I feel like my life is one big rush to get somewhere.

On that note, I got home from dinner last night and decided to skip my Friday blog update. Watching Grey’s Anatomy with a bowl of ice cream sounded much more appealing! 🙂

So here’s everything I need to catch you up on from Friday…

Alright, let’s go ahead and get Day 5 of the 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge out of the way first. I didn’t get too crazy with my Friday smoothie.

Frozen pineapple
Frozen mango
Frozen peaches
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
Squirt of agave
Crushed ice cubes

Despite the long ingredient list, it kind of tasted like nothing. I think I didn’t need the ice since I used all the frozen fruit. It kind of watered it down. I am determined to make delicious green smoothies for the final two days!

I drank the smoothie after attending a 6:30 a.m. hot vinyasa class and then made some oatmeal for a midmorning snack after teaching the 9:30 a.m. circuit/strength class at Metro. I used a packet of Wholesome Goodness Maple Brown Sugar with Pecans. I made it with water in the microwave at work and topped it with a little bit of creamy peanut butter. This was the first time I’ve used a packet of oatmeal in several years. While I prefer to make my own on the stovetop, this was a great snack to have at my desk. The oats had a great texture and I loved the pecan pieces.

I picked up lunch from Energy Cafe. It had been way too long since I had their carrot ginger soup. I did the combo and got a build your own salad, soup and peach black tea.

For my afternoon snack I ate more granola. One of my yoga students made me these little peanut butter granola clusters with nuts and chia seeds. The bag was full when she gave it to me on Wednesday and I’ve been chipping away at it since. I think I’ve set a record for granola consumed this week!

This is what happened on Friday night – sake and sushi at Sushi Guru! So, my favorite sushi restaurant in Charlotte was Cyros but they closed several months ago. Luckily, one of the chefs bought out one of the other owners and reopened as Sushi Guru. I have been dying to go for weeks andI am happy to report that the sushi is just as good, if not better.

Started with edamame because I just couldn’t wait for the sushi and needed something so snack on.

Look how beautiful! Here’s what we’re working with from left to right…

Extremely Spicy Tuna Roll – tuna, cucumber, radish sprouts, spicy sauce and we added avocado. My favorite thing about this roll is that the tuna wasn’t chopped up like it usually is in spicy tuna rolls. Rather, it was in one big delicious piece. They weren’t kidding about the extremely spicy part…I think they used straight Sriracha in the roll.

Wasabi Roll – shrimp, crab and cucumber topped with ground wasabi peas, wasabi tobiko and drizzled with wasabi aoili.

Guru’s Roll – tuna, lumb crab and avocado drizzled with spicy aioli, flash baked and topped with fried garlic and shallots. This is what I came for (they used to serve this roll at Cyros) and it was just as delicious as I remembered. There was a huge piece of tuna in the center that was melt in your mouth good.

Sushi is one of my favorite things to go out for because I cannot make it at home. Is anyone else like that? If you live in the Charlotte area, you must try Sushi Guru ASAP!

I’m not sure what made me decide this was a good idea after a sushi feast but there is always room for ice cream!

Have a great weekend!

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  • Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza March 31, 2012, 9:06 am

    Sounds like a great Friday! That cafe sounds really good, I wish I had something like that close by.

    I’m also enjoying coffee this Saturday morning and relaxing. It’s dreary here too and lounging around is feeling amazing right now.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Brittney March 31, 2012, 9:12 am

    I had sushi yesterday too, but yours looks more exciting! I just had really basic rolls (philly, veggie, california) I’d love to meet you at Sushi Guru sometime. Let’s try to do that sometime soon!

  • Alyssa @ fit and fun in third March 31, 2012, 9:27 am

    That sushi looks amazing! Haha You just made me crave sushi at 9:30 am!

  • Josie March 31, 2012, 9:43 am

    Oh man, your sushi looks amazing. The wasabi roll and the Guru’s Roll look especially fun. Hope you have a great weekend, Jen!

  • Catherine March 31, 2012, 11:03 am

    Is it bad that while your sushi looks SLAMMIN im drooling more over the brownie in your sundae hahah i have a slight sweet tooth…

    • Jen March 31, 2012, 12:39 pm

      girl, you are talking to the queen of sweet tooths! thus the reason why i was eating an ice cream sundae after a big sushi dinner! 🙂

  • Jessica March 31, 2012, 12:01 pm

    That sushi looks amazing! Just curious, what kind of blender do you use? I need to get a new one, but I don’t want to shell out the big bucks for a Vitamix.

    • Jen March 31, 2012, 12:38 pm

      i think my blender is black & decker but it’s old and i do not recommend it! i have to let things blend for like 2 minutes and if i’m using ice i have to pre crush it…and threre are still chunks in there! i think there are plenty of good blenders that aren’t vitamix though! have you checked consumer reports?

  • Linda March 31, 2012, 12:42 pm

    Funny! We used to be Cyros regulars. Was the best sushi in Charlotte. Being a California girl I have high expectations! We have been to Sushi Guru a few times now and really enjoyed it! I love that they have a lot of my old favorites, plus some new things. The quality of the fish is excellent. All that is missing is Nobu….he was my favorite sushi chef and always made something different for us. And yes, sushi is pretty much all we eat out for because we can’t make it at home.

  • Becca March 31, 2012, 12:42 pm

    Ohhhh the sushi looks fantastic! I don’t think I would ever try and make it at home 🙂 It looks like the icecrem was a perfect ending to a delicious dinner. Have a great weekend!

  • Linda March 31, 2012, 12:45 pm

    I think you would really like this recipe. Discovered it about a month ago and have made it several times since. Delicious, easy, healthy and gives you a little sushi at home! I’ve substituted sushi grade tuna from Earthfare but you could use anything.


  • Courtney @ Fitness With A Fork March 31, 2012, 12:46 pm

    I know it sounds weird, but I find that the more flavors I put in a smoothie the more bland it tastes? So I usually stick to just two types of fruit and I personally don’t use ice because I like the creamy-smoothness the frozen banana/frozen fruit makes by itself 🙂

    I tried using dried pineapple in my smoothie today…it was good, but way too sweet for me. I think I am just going to stick with my good ole banana and mango combo from now on…hahaha!

  • Carrie March 31, 2012, 1:21 pm

    Yum! Sushi!
    Sounds like such a nice Friday. 🙂

  • Kerry @ Totes My Oats March 31, 2012, 2:37 pm

    Sounds like a great day! There definitely is always room for ice cream! 🙂

  • Support March 31, 2012, 2:59 pm

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    • Support March 31, 2012, 2:59 pm

      Still a nice post. (Test)

  • Lisa April 1, 2012, 3:29 pm

    Sushi looks yummy, I need to go soon its been way too long. Finished the last day of the green smoothie challenge today! It went by super fast…Happy sunday xo

  • Jen@FoodFamilyFitness April 1, 2012, 4:40 pm

    I’ve actually never had sushi, but those rolls look delicious!!!

  • Gail April 1, 2012, 6:27 pm

    My favorite green smoothie isn’t too far off this one. . .adapted from ‘Popeye Punch’ at Luna’s Living Kitchen.
    Apple juice (organic from Earthfare or Healthy Home Market)
    Frozen pineapple
    Hemp Protein

    Sooooo yummy!

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