Vanilla Blueberry Smoothie!

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You’ll Need:

1/4 Cup Almond Milk

4 Ice cubes

1/2 cup frozen yogurt (Greek, or dairy free. Vanilla or blueberry flavored)

1 teaspoon of Agave Nectar

1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

1/2 banana

1/4 cup black berries

Blend all together and enjoy!

** Easier to blend all ingredients and then add ice! **

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Start your day off with Protein!

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English: Breakfast porridge: rolled oats cooked with water and soy milk, strawberries, blueberries, nuts, seeds. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So in America we’ve grown accustom to having desert for breakfast, I don’t know why, but we have. Think about it, all the muffins, pancakes with syrups, doughnuts and Danishes… its kind of ridiculous.

So I’m going to tell you about the BEST way to start off your mornings ( and no, its NOT skipping breakfast!!! – If your skipping breakfast were going to be having a bigger problem..) and possibly give you a few ideas of some different recipes too!! =) YUM

So a little bit about protein, you can get it from many things but the most popular through meat and eggs. Protein is a major building block for your muscles and cells and helps your feel fuller longer. Protein can help set the mood  for your day  and set you up with the energy you need to start your day off right!

And honestly, do you really think a 300 calorie doughnut will help start your day off right? With all that sugar, sure you’ll be bouncing off the walls for a few hours, but then sooner or later the crash will come leaving you feeling lethargic and tiered. No fun!

A few options that are high in protein for the mornings include:

  • Eggs or Egg Whites.

Lately eggs have gotten this bad rep since they are high in fats, but they are slowly starting to come back and people are realizing that those “fats” are good fats. So either make a couple eggs and a side of turkey bacon, scramble up a couple, make a yummy veggie omelet, or even hard boil a few so its an easier “on the go” kind of breakfast!

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  • Protein Shakes and Smoothies.

This is my go to every morning because its just super easy and it fills me up like no other. Whether you just use the protein powder and some almond milk or if you add different fruits and yogurts into it you’re getting an adequate amount of protein for breakfast (probably why its super easy, takes all the thinking out of it). So next time your making a smoothie, add some protein powder into it! It will fill you up faster and keep you fuller longer! Double Whammy!  (other good things to add, veggies, flax and coconut oils, chia, carbohydrate mix, BCAA (branch chain amino acids), Glutamine (helps with muscle repair), berries, OJ, Granola… the list could go on forever!)

Side note, I made protein pancakes the other day and I’ll make sure to post that soon, it was pretty good!

  • Nuts and seeds! – In Oatmeal!

OO love oatmeal haha, used to hate it when I was little (ok, ok didn’t hate it, but never really looked forward to oatmeal) But now its like a “go to” for me! I love coming up with different things to put in my oatmeal too! Usually nuts, seeds, dried fruits, flax seeds, chia seeds, and a dash of honey! Yummm … Nuts and seeds are easy to add into some yogurt (try to stick to plain Greek yogurt and make it taste better with the stuff you put into it, that way you skip those sugar laden syrups.) Or I’ve even had a bowl of quinoa for breakfast too, kinds like a bowl of oatmeal, but adding more veggies to it instead =) …Or even a handful of almonds would work too when your in a hurry!

 

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  • Cottage cheese

So ever since I figured out I have a dairy intolerance, I seriously miss cottage cheese! (So if anyone finds a good recipe or even a substitute in the market, Let me know!!) but besides the point, cottage cheese is a good source of protein and an awesome breakfast food. Add some dried cranberries to it, or maybe have it inside a half of a cantaloupe. Yum. I also liked to add it to my salads and take up that place of adding a “Dressing” to my salad, sounds weird but actually pretty good.

  • Peanut and almond butters.

Even around 2 tbsp. of peanut butter had 8g of protein, spread it on a piece of 100% whole wheat toast, add it into your smoothie, or oatmeal and your adding more protein to your breakfast! Bam! Just be sure to try to get all natural butters with low sugar! p.s the oil on the top is usually a good thing.

 

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Here are some good recipes/ links that would work too:

Any of my smoothies would work if you add some protein powder to them..
BEST Green Vanilla Smoothie!  – this one already has the powder in it.
Egg, Avocado, Bacon and Tomato Breakfast Sandwich
Oatmeal 101
Egg, Spinach, Tomato and Guacamole breakfast sandwich

Just Peachy Smoothie

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You’ll Need:

1/2 cup of Plain Almond Milk (or adding OJ could be another option instead of milk)

1/3 Teaspoon Vanilla extract

2 1/2 Cups of Frozen Organic Peach Slices.

1 Container of Greek Yogurt (peach Flavor) – (Silk Non-dairy Peach yogurt is what I use, Still as tasty! )

1 teaspoon Flax seed

Mix all together in blender and blend away! YUMMI

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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 =)

smoothie1Happy Blending!