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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Yogurt (which do I pick???)

So when people tell me about their diet or ask for my advice the first thing I usually do it ask what they eat in a normal day…. without a doubt .. I hear yogurt. Which can be good, but can also be bad if you don’t know what the heck your eating.

Usually, when people say yogurt… they mean the kind with like 1000 grams of sugar (ok I may have exaggerated that … but seriously people) …and then you get the Fat Free kind or “no added sugar” blah blah blah …. it has sugar … common read the label!

OK, sorry enough if my rant…. Here is the “lowdown” on yogurt.

Lets get started ….

Yoplait…. (I used to eat this shit all the time and thought I was being “healthy” … ha! ) Sure they have about 20 different flavors that sound amazing and it says “fat free” or “low calories” …yeah whatever…..usually that means it has fake sugar like Splenda in it. If you read the labels they usually have around 25-30 g of sugar alone in that one little cup. That’s like 1/2 a bag of skittles…. or 2 Reese’s cups. And I don’t know about you… but I’d rather have the candy hahaha. (NO)

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Yoplait whips .. yeah if it tastes like desert… umm it probably is. You would probably be better off eating some ice cream. Just saying. (NO)

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Dannon Activia … Most of these have a huge sugar content and little to no fiber content.. (NO)

Fruit at the Bottom kind of yogurts… did they mention that the fruit is usually minimal with a lot of high-fructose corn syrup and gobs of sugar.. didn’t think so! (like Dannon brand) (NO)

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Fage Total 2% . YAY finally a good one! Its think and yummy and packed with protein. There is no preservatives or artificially thickeners in this. (YES)

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So Delicious Cultured Soy, Coconut, or Almond yogurt.. Dairy free for those that have trouble digesting lactose. The soy is organic and sweetened with organic agave. …Since Almond milk is usually lower than soy or cows milk its pumped up with pea protein making it about 7g per container! YAY (YES)

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Chobani Greek Yogurt – With its high protein content its my favorite! Plus is sooo good! .. Usually none or very low in fat and not too much sugar. (YES)

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Oikos Greek.. I like the honey kinds because its like a natural sweetener so you don’t get a lot of the sugars . (YES)

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OK OK, I know I bashed the shit out of Yoplait earlier but their Fiber One …..aren’t as bad… Has fewer than half tha calories as their regular kind plus double the fiber. (SURE… Ill say YES)

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Stonyfield Plain… Drizzle a little bit of honey, maple syrup or add some fresh berries in Ta-Da ! 10 g Protein and usually around 100 calories perfect for smoothies, oatmeal or just a little snack. (YES)

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Skinny Bitch (Book review)

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So I was actually in a thrift store when I stumbled upon this book, thinking it was another book on health and fitness. I bought it right away! ….

When you look at the book, it doesn’t really clarify what kind of diet it actually is. it just says “a no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savey girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous!” …. sounds alright so far.. ok

Let me start by saying this… Skinny Bitch is not a diet book, its not your typical high protein low carb mumbo jumbo we always hear about. Its a vegan way of living and how to do so guide. I however didn’t realize this until I got into the book about 3 to 4 chapters when they start talking about dairy, eggs and meat. It doesn’t clarify anything about being a veganism book in the description, nor on the front of back. So if I was totally against being vegetarian or vegan, this book probably would have pissed me off. lol.

With that being said, I’m not against it at all and I love hearing other peoples views on nutrition always so I kept reading.

I think my favorite part of this book was the no bullshit way they lay it out. Now, being the potty mouth that I can be, I loved her tone she had throughout the entire book, very trucker like. This book is full of a-holes, f-bombs and much, much more. So if you’re not really into all that, this book would probably be very offensive to some. . . .

So all in all, here are some pro’s and con’s of what I thought of the book.

PROS:

  1. The direct way they deliver things. They have no shame in saying it like it is.
  2. Their credibility, they cite everything they say with being prepared to back up their info.
  3. I’m not a fan of Adkins diet already, so they totally explain why this diet isn’t the best….. oh because your body needs CARBS lol.
  4. They do have a love for the environment, love for animals, and being healthy (which most vegans do)
  5. It exploits the government and how they have shaped our food to benefit themselves rather than our wellbeing. In Chapter 9 it gives some pretty good information about how dairy and meat farms really are which I think everyone should read whether or not you eat meat. Along with the cruelty that goes behind the slaughter houses and how your food really is treated before its “your food” I was just baffled about how things go down…..
  6. Its not just about no meat, no dairy yada-yada. They go into detail about sugar, fake sugar, caffeine, getting your body in the right pH levels and even pooping .. yes pooping… they cover it all baby!
  7. At the end, you actually start thinking about what you eat, where it came from, how its prepared … and all the above.. I don’t know if its the way they phrased it that made it so blunt .. but it worked for me.
  8. Oh! and if you were thinking … what the hell kind of butter is vegan? They give you a list of alternatives that can help with finding your “milk, cheese and burgers” that are all vegan friendly so you’re not totally in the dark.

CONS:

  1. It can get a tad bit repetitive ..
  2. It talks about being prefect and perfection…. which isn’t possible and has taken me personally a while to learn.
  3. They seem to favor “vegan” articles and books when it comes to citing, which who blames them , it makes it easier to agree with someone who already agrees with you, but it would be nice to hear something from the other party too.
  4. It can be offensive to some with the language. With the .. “Caffeine is for pussies” p.15. “Because we are having so much fun let’s bash the shit out of Splenda” p.35.. “You need to exercise you lazy shit” p.20… so needless to say it can be a bit overboard and demeaning… but personally cried to myself in laughter.
  5. I love chicken, I can enjoy a nice steak…but I usually eat bison and wild game meat…. do I want it 24/7 now, not really, but yea I’ll probably continue to eat it every so now and then…. I also live with a few guys who hunt, so therefore, I get the” cream of the crop” because usually all the meat I eat is grass fed, in its natural environment, and /or killed at the very spot, non of this slaughter house, trapped in cages, beaten to death kind of crap.
  6. If you want to learn more about slaughterhouses.. watch meet your meat… its disgusting! and lets just say I found that movie right after I read this book.. lovely combo .. NOT. I was slightly mortified after that….

 

They also have a few more books too.

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