BEST Green Vanilla Smoothie!

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OMG DELISH!! – I was in the kitchen one morning wanting to make a green smoothie and just started adding random stuff and it turned out pretty damn good !

You’ll Need:

1 cup Almond Milk (unsweetened)  *

3 1/2 cups spinach

2 tbsp. Almond Butter

1 Scoop of Vega Vanilla Almond Protein Powder (or any other kid works too- vanilla flavor) *

1 tsp. chia seed (optional)

*** Keep in mind I have a dairy allergy personally so any of my recipes, you can substitute Almond milk and the protein powder with low-fat milk and a powder of your choice. ***

Blend together and ENJOY!

…………..and it will keep you full pretty long !!

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Red Lobster Healthy Options

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LOVE SEAFOOD!!! ok. So what’s the good? what’s the bad?Lets figure it out my friends!!! ūüôā

So since America is kind of catching on that we eat kinda crappy.. (sorry but its true).. they have this new Lighthouse Menu that is supposedly healthier options to choose from.

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Oh the delicious signature biscuit they have…….. Yea…. you already know what I’m going to say. One biscuit has 150 calories, 8g fat, and 16 carbs… Nope! resist the urge! (if you¬† have one, make sure your dinner is healthy- that’s usually what I do, since sometimes I like to enjoy life a little…Then, take the basket away of make sure they aren’t close to you on the table otherwise they will stare at you in the face!)

So any of the grilled or broiled fish are wise choices (including the grills shrimp skewers). Add a nice steamed veggie like the asparagus or broccoli and Voilà!   Types of fish they have is salmon, flounder, rainbow trout, catfish and tilapia.

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The wild rise pilaf is alright, but a plain ol’ backed potato will do just as good too.

Stay clear away from anything fried .. OMG . That goes for all food lol…. common, if you want to loose weight and be healthy, do you honesty think fried food is on that agenda? No!

And as much as I LOVE scampi, its a no-go too since its basically just chilling there in butter with garlic.

Now you’d think that salads wouldn’t be a bad choice right? Wrong! Ha! Seafood Caesar Salad –¬†the thing is DRENCHED in enough¬†creamy dressing to drown a horse. So don’t even bother.

Now the Garden Salad they serve you at the beginning of the meal (before they put the dressing on it… ) is a good choice! So ask for an oil based dressing such as Balsamic Vinaigrette on the side. Dip your fork in the dressing so you don’t have much on your fork and then stab the salad so its not drenched. Works pretty good!

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So in a nutshell… Stick to fresh veggies, avoid the butter laden foods and have a nice piece of grilled fish! , oh yeah and remember to get your dressing on the side ūüėČ

A “Skinny” Pina Colada

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You’ll need:

2 cups Coconut water

2 cups Coconut milk (its also really easy to make your own- less processing the better! )

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2 frozen bananas

Fresh pineapple chunks – 2 cups

1 cup of ice. -depending how thick you like it, you can always add more.

Fresh Coconut for garnishing!

Put all in blender and BLEND AWAY! YUMMMMMM

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia – The Power Plant!

So we’ve been hearing a lot of controversy on this little plant haven’t we? Why? why is it go great? Well my friends I’ll tell you!

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The chia seed is very rich in polyunsaturated fats (that’s a good fat), and is one of the highest plant-based forms of Omega-3. Thus meaning not only is a super healthy fat, but it helps decrease things like heart disease, stroke, inflammation and reduces high cholesterol. Its full of fiber (10 grams per 2 tbsp.),¬†protein,¬†antioxidants, minerals and helps you stay fuller longer between meals. Helps with weight loss, depression and good for people with a gluten allergy-since its gluten free.

How to add them into your food? Well, first off they are virtually tasteless so its rather easy to add to almost any meal. Also, not sure if you’ve ever had chia seeds, but once added to water they poof up like no ones business. So needless to say, a little bit goes a long way haha (learned that the hard way!)

You can add them to oatmeal, smoothies, sprinkle on top of salads and add to ice cream .. for some examples. I like to use it as an egg substitute for baking since my stomach has a hard time digesting eggs… but that’s just me.

Below is a quick little video about chia seeds =) And some other links to learn more!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy8fA9dt2kM

Very Berry Smoothie

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You’ll Need:

1 cup Mixed Berries – I like the 365 Brand at Whole Foods, but any kind will do.

1 Banana

1 cup Orange Juice

1/2 Cup Cherry Juice

1 teaspoon Flax Seed (ground or whole, your choice)

Blend all together and Voila’! YUMMM

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How to make the Healthiest Smoothies!

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Whether its adding nutrients, helping achieve a goal (like clearer skin, or digestion issues), or maybe just taste smoothies are a great way to do that. Plus they usually fill you up pretty well too!! So here are my little tips on conjuring up the BEST smoothie possible! =)

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  • The fresher the better! Try to use fresh fruits and veggies but I understand the convenience of the frozen ones too. Sometimes I just pour some mixed fruits and almond milk in a bender and call it¬†a day. LOL
  • Try to go organic with your smoothies, that way you avoid all the pesticides.
  • You can use all kinds of things besides milk or water. I personally love the vanilla almond milk since it makes it sweeter but you can also use things like tea. There are tons of teas that are herbal remedies for common aches and pains too, adding those herbs from the tea¬†will only help with all the nutrients from the veggies and fruit as well.
  • Don’t add sugar! Usually of the smoothie is fruit based you wont need any sweetening at all but if its a green smoothie, they sometimes get a little bitter. Instead of sugar or the common “fake sugar” (sweet n low, Splenda) DONT USE FAKE SUGAR ITS WAY WORSE FOR YOU!!! Use Stevia (which is derived from a plant), or honey, or Agave Nectar (also from a plant) .
  • I love adding healthy fats to my smoothie! Things like Chia seeds, hemp seed, flax seed, and even avocado!
  • Adding protein powders can also boost up the protein (obviously) but it can help you build muscle and stay fuller longer. My favorite ones are Sun Warrior or Vega Brand.
  • Add the “Super-foods”. Things you wouldn’t normally think of seem to keep things interesting for me personally when I make my smoothies. Goji Berries, Coconut Oil, Maca Powder, Matcha, Acai Berries, Kale, Cacao.
  • Using frozen bananas instead of ice cubes can be fun, your smoothie almost comes out like a “milk shake” in a way. Very thick. OR get creative, freeze some coconut water and use those as the ice cubes =)

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My Everyday Grocery List!

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So I get a lot of questions on what to buy at the store. How do I know how to pick out produce, and such. So without further ado.. Here is my “everyday grocery shopping list”.

  • Most of the things like condiments I already have stocked up so you’ll only have to buy things like that every so often.
  • Also when buying produce keep in mind that this stuff goes bad fast, so only buy what you think your going to eat within that week. (Learned that lesion the hard way!)

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VEGGIES – feel free to add other favorites!

  • Spinach
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Any other “salad” Mixes you’d like
  • Baby carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes (baby ones, and big ones)
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Bell Peppers (Red, Yellow, Green, and Orange)
  • Radishes
  • Green Beans
  • Chives and Onions
  • Corn
  • Asparagus

Fruits -Feel free to add other favorites!

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Oranges
  • Lemons (for cooking with and water)

Lean Meats and Protien  ***grass-fed and hormone-free is ideal**

  • Shrimp
  • Tuna (in water)
  • Skin-less Chicken Breasts
  • Ground Turkey
  • Low- Sodium Lunchmeat
  • Turkey Bacon
  • Salmon (wild caught)
  • Lean Beef
  • Eggs¬†and Egg Whites
  • Other fish is good too.
  • *** Any kind of Game meat is awesome for you as well because its in its natural environment and its “grass-fed”. (Antelope, Deer, Bison, Elk, Pheasant etc. )

Carbs

  • Brown Rice
  • Baby red Potatoes
  • Quinoa ( this also comes in a noodle form-by far the best gluten-free choices)
  • Whole-wheat Bread (or Gluten-free)
  • Yams
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • OLD-Fashion Oats
  • Low-Sugar and Low-Carb Cereals

Dairy

  • Skim or Low-Fat Milk
  • Almond or Coconut Milk (Dairy Free)
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Low-Fat Cheese (string cheese options are available in this too)
  • Low-Fat Cottage Cheese

Healthy Fats!

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Avocado
  • Almonds, Walnuts, Cashews and Pistachios

Condiments

  • Stevia (liquid and¬†sugar form )
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Salsa
  • Balsamic Vinegar (almost any “clear” type of dressing is better than the creamy kind)
  • Mustard
  • Agave Nectar
  • Flax-Seed Meal (to put in oatmeal and any baking goods)

Drinks

  • Water (obviously) -try to get a BPA free glass container then your saving the environment too!
  • Coffee
  • Green tea (not pre-made, but the tea bags)