Is your smoothie helping or hurting you?

Is your smoothie helping or hurting you?

In my opinon there are two HUGE things that can make your smoothie work against you and we have all probably done it recently. 

1- Using too much fruit. Fruit is yummy and so good for you but too much can quickly turn your healthy shake into a candy bar. 

2. Overfilling your blender with too many ingredients. In today’s world, we are consistently being sold  bigger is better and honestly, this is just not true even with healthy food. There is no reason to put so many ingredients in your blender that the lid BLOWS off. YES, we have all done it, admit it.  The two biggest reasons we should be keeping our ingredients size in balance are A- our bodies cannot digest all that food at one time. You will end up with the bloats and a gassy tummy.  B- You flat out don’t need 2 apples, a head of celery,  3 scoops of protein powder ( etc you get my drift ) to make a healthy meal. Experiment with your ingredients and see how you feel.  Be mindful of what you put in and you should be OK. BE logical and do not try to achieve a weeks worth of nutrition into one smoothie.

I usually start my smoothie with some sort of base. I either use Shakeology or a Pea Protein Powder.  If I am not using the smoothie as a meal replacement I just use a little almond milk as my base.

Next, I add in about 1 cup of frozen fruit. I always freeze my leftover 

fresh fruit, no fruit ever goes to waste at my house 🙂 The rest of the smoothie is really according to my taste buds or what I have on hand. Some of the things I add in are:
Hemp Seeds ( excellent source of healthy fats )
Chia Seeds ( good fiber and magnesium )
Maca Powder ( excellent hormone balancer )
Frozen Cauliflower ( Adds nutrition without messing with the taste )
Baobab ( high in vitamin c and much more )
Collagen ( Great for skin and joint issues )

Lastly, if I am feeling I want some extra fat and protein I add in 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter.  

Note: I do not ever need to add ice ( which is useless flavor ) because I have the frozen fruit or frozen cauliflower to make it thick.

 

Smoothies are a fab way to get some nutrition into your body when it needs quick fuel.  They are tasty and can be made quickly and affordable. Just be smart and pay attention to what you put in and how much you put in. 

The average SMALL Jamba Juice is over 300 calories!!!!!

Gluten Free Energy Bars

Gluten Free Energy Bars

Yesterday I was craving something like a granola bar and the only thing I had were bars with sugar alcohols. I went through a short stage where I liked “One” bars lol.  I know I know, soooooo bad for you. I have not had the heart to throw them away but honestly, I need to because they are filled with such horrid ingredients I should not even give them away.

I ran across this great recipe and decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did. Real food is so much better tasting. 

Ingredients

  • 2 scoops Vegan Chocolate Shakeology or protein powder of your choice.
  • 1 cup egg white powder, I get mine from Trader Joe’s
  • 2 cups dry old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp. wheat germ- I used hemp seeds instead
  • 2 Tbsp. flax seed
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk, Califia Farms is my go to brand
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup all-natural almond butter, I used NuttZo butter that I get from Costco – It is heavenly 
  • 2 large ripe bananas mashed
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Combine Shakeology, egg white powder, oats, wheat germ, flax seed, and cinnamon in a large bowl; mix well.

  2. Add almond milk, honey, almond butter, and bananas; mix well with a spatula or clean hands.

  3. Place in an 8 x 8-inch pan that is lightly coated with spray. Cover with plastic wrap and press down to flatten into pan. Refrigerate for 3 hours.

  4. Cut into twelve bars.

I store mine in the freezer and layer them between some parchment paper so they do not stick. Honestly, these are truly fabulous and so good for you. 

If you want some other healthy bar recipes, here is the original post from the Beachbody Blog.

PS If you are doing the 21 Day Fix or The Ultimate Portion Fix the container equivalents are:

Container Equivalents
½ Yellow
½ Red
1 tsp.

Gluten Free Low Carb Sandwich Thins

Gluten Free Low Carb Sandwich Thins

For realz guys these Gluten Free Low Carb Sandwich Thins are AMAZING!

I am always on the hunt for quick things I can make for breakfast or lunch. Ideally, I would always be in the kitchen with a smile on my face whipping up a tasty homemade meal but that shit any REALZ! I love to cook and do it 80% of my meals but sometimes you just need a little help. These thins and pizza crusts from Outer Aisle Gourmet are a huge find for our household. The nice kicker is they are made from cauliflower and also lower in carbs. Score.

Check out these recipes, OMG!

Gluten Free Low Carb Sandwich ThinsGluten Free Low Carb Sandwich Thins

Here are the nutrition breakdowns.

Here are the ingredients.

  • Fresh Cauliflower
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Nutritional Yeast

I purchased mine at Sprouts. You can check here to see if there is a store near you that carries them.  You can also get them on Amazon 

I have contacted Outer Aisle Gourmet to see if I can grab us all some coupon codes to order right from their site as well, stay tuned.

So are you excited?

PS if you are looking for a low carb pizza crust you gotta check out this recipe.

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