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5 Steps to Making a Perfect Green Smoothie

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When I’m not drinking my daily dose of nutrition with Shakeology, I also like to incorporate Green Smoothies into my day as a way to ensure that I get more greens into my diet.   These smoothies are a great way to incorporate more nutrition into your diet in a tasty way. Most people, however, make one crucial mistake when they make their smoothie – they add way too much fruit (which means way too much sugar) and they don’t add a healthy fat.
 
Here is what I would recommend for making a Green Smoothie that is filling, tasty, and has a good balance of nutrition.
  1. Add 2 cups of leafy greens into a blender. I like using Kale, but if it is too bitter, you can use spinach.
  2. Add 2 cups of liquid to the blender with the leafy greens. I like using coconut water or unsweetened almond milk.
  3. Blend the leafy greens and liquid until they are purified…THEN ADD YOUR FRUIT & HEALTHY FATS to the blender.
  4. Add 1-2 cups of fruit to the blender – I am a fan of adding a banana and a cup of frozen berries.
  5. Add a Tablespoon of Coconut Oil or Nut Butter or even a 1/4 of an avocado to the blender and mix it all up!
Bonus: I like to add in ginger, herbs, spices, nuts, or oats to my smoothies to add more oomph and create a more power packed or satisfying smoothie.
 
The benefit of adding the healthy fats to the smoothie is that it provides some satiety, making you feel fuller longer, plus healthy fats help with fat loss. Also, by limiting the servings of fruit to two, it keeps your blood sugar balanced, especially when you combine the healthy fats.
 
The beauty of blending the greens and liquids first, makes sure that there are no clumps and that the greens are blended perfectly.
 
Hopefully, this helps you with creating the best green smoothie you can make! 
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Avocado, Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

IMG_8766Today I decided to try something new with my smoothies. I’ve seen people use Avocados in their smoothies, so I thought that I would give it a try, being that I love Avos and eat them pretty much every single day in some way, shape or form. (Tomorrow I will be making Tuna Melts and replacing the mayo with Avo…yum!).

I was shocked not only at how silky, creamy, and absolutely delicious it was.  But also, how full it kept me! I will be adding this to my lunch/dinner rotation when I’m not in the mood for a full meal, but still want something to nourish and fuel the body.  Also, one thing to note that this smoothie is packed with vitamins A, C, E, K, B; minerals like Potassium & Magnesium, protein, & fiber. And it is also good for your heart, helps with diabetes, fills you up, gives you energy, and reduces bad cholesterol. The only thing that it was missing was a scoop of ShakeO!

Here’s the recipe

  • Handful of Ice
  • 10 ounces of Almond Milk (or Soy Milk, Rice Milk, Water)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 2 Tbsp of Natural Peanut Butter (I love Crazy Richard’s)

Blend and enjoy! 

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21 Ways to eat more fiber (includes recipes)

21 Ways to eat more fiber, includes recipes!

For those of you looking to lose weight, one thing I would suggest is to include foods that are high in fiber in your diet.  Fiber helps to keep you fuller longer and also help with digestion and keep you regular.  All good things! Here are 7 foods that are packed with Fiber and some suggestions on how to prepare them.

1. Peas

  • Add frozen peas to pasta dishes, whole wheat of course 🙂
  • Add frozen peas to ground turkey when making tacos or lettuce wraps
  • Check out this recipe for a Low Fat Mexican Paella

2. Broccoli

  • Add it to a stir fry with chicken breast, peppers, carrots, onions, and mushrooms
  • Order it on your next pizza, ask for extra sauce and lite on the cheese. Add other veggies, too!
  • Check out this recipe from Ina Garten – Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

3. Artichoke

  • Add canned artichoke hearts to your salads
  • Another great pizza topping
  • Check out this recipe to roast an artichoke

4. Avocado

  • Add to sandwiches to replace mayonnaise (It has a nice buttery texture similar to mayo)
  • Dice it up and add to salads or to top on black bean or vegetable soup
  • Make guacamole – Check out these recipes

5. Beans

  • Add canned (and rinsed) beans to a salad
  • Grind up chickpeas with olive oil, lemon and salt for a quick hummus recipe
  • Use your crockpot to make hearty soups – Check out this black bean soup recipe

6. Raspberries

7. Oatmeal

  • Replace oatmeal for breadcrumbs in meatloaf or meatballs as your binder
  • Add it to your smoothies or Shakeology for a heartier and nuttier taste
  • Use your crock pot to make your oatmeal, try this recipe

Hopefully, you can use these tips to incorporate more fiber into your diet.  Comment below if you have other suggestions or recipes!

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New Shakeology Recipe: Purple Reign

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Last night, after a day of traveling across country to San Francisco, I was pooped by 8PM. I was too tired to even prepare dinner and traveling while on the Reset can be a bit of challenge. Problem was solved when my friend, Andrea, suggested we have Shakeology for dinner!

She created this amazing recipe that I now call “Purple Reign”, which includes blackberries, a banana and almond milk combined with Tropical Strawberry Shakeology. I haven’t had fresh blackberries in years and this was a pleasant surprise. I did some research on blackberries and here is what I found!

1. They are super high in fiber, one of highest among fruits, which promotes healthy digestion and reducing the risk of heart disease.

2. They are Rich in vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C which helps with boosting immunity and Vitamin K which helps with calcium absorption.

3. They have high levels of phenolic acids which, besides having many other potential health benefits, are antioxidant compounds known as powerful anti-carcinogenic agents.

When you couple this with the power of Shakeology, you have a power packed treat!

Here is the recipe:
1 scoop of Vegan Tropical Strawberry Shakeology
8 – 12 oz of Almond Milk
1 ripe banana (almost too ripe)
1 cup of fresh blackberries (frozen is okay too)
Handful of ice

Blend until smooth. It should create a beautiful dark purple color. The banana will provide additional sweetness if the berries are a bit tart. Also, blend a little bit longer than you normally would to grind up the seeds. Pour in a cup and enjoy!

Let me know how you like this recipe!