Friday, May 17, 2013

Fit, Fabulous, 40's Friday

Choices & Smoothies
"I like to eat my calories" is one of my favorite sayings.
In fact, if you have ever been out with me
or give me the opportunity to eat something vs. drink something, 
I will choose to eat or chew food 99% of the time. 

Usually something along these lines..if possible.

Lots of choices, but notice any similarities?
Ha, ha!
Ahem, that is just ME.

I do occasionally drink smoothies.
Again, not my favorite, 
but it is nice to change things up a little.

One of the gals I am working with on nutrition likes smoothies for breakfast and her mother asked for some recipes so I thought I would share them with you.

They are healthy, easy and there are a variety of choices!
They are also great for meal replacement or as a healthy snack.
WAAAAY better choice than eating cookies, crackers, popcorn, etc.
Start with any kind of blender:
I got one of these guys for Christmas.
1. Start out with a liquid.
Water, coconut water, almond milk, soy milk, etc. I usually add about 1/4-1/2 cup
I just use water, easy!

2. Add a scoop of protein, or eggs or egg whites.
1/2 of a scoop for the kids- 
we use this from GNC
 I thought I would try a new flavor- LOVE it, but very expensive!
 or you can get a less expensive one from the market

3. Add fruits
I cut up pieces of fruit and freeze them so it makes a nice cold drink, 
and it is super convenient to have it all ready.
Bananas, blackberries, strawberries,pineapple and blueberries.
You can add whichever you like!
Approx. 1/2 cup

4. Add vegetables
I use spinach 95% of the time, again, EASY!
The rule of thumb is that the veggies take up 1/2 of the cup-
also, you'll know if you need to add more next time depending on the color of the smoothie.
If it isn't green, you don't have enough!

 Found this on Pinterest: 
you can click and visit my Pinterest page under 
"Cleanish Eating"for other ideas/recipes

5. Add nuts or supplements,
chia or flax seed or even oatmeal! 
I would recommend 1/2 cup of oatmeal 
if you find yourself hungry within the hour of drinking one!
(Meagan :-))

The choices are endless!!! 
Here are some other options for you -

One from one of my favorite blogs: StuftMama

1 frozen banana
handful fresh spinach
1 scoop protein powder (I used Designer Whey Vanilla Almond)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I used my favorite cocoa powder)
1 tablespoon instant espresso
1 1/4 cup milk or non dairy alternative (I used unsweetened almond milk)
These are from where this link will take you right to the page.
Berry Good Shake


Banana Protein Shake


I hope these recipes and tips helped!!

"And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change
and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 18:3 (NIV)

TRY something new, CHOOSE to make a small change and then TRUST the process!!

What NEW THING are you going to TRY today?

Love ya!


  1. I am soooo close to investing in a juicer/blender. There's this great juice bar that I go to when I'm visiting the OC. I love this Berry Banana smoothie that I get. It's delicious - and I love the guilt-free feeling that I'm really doing something healthy for my body.

    Thanks for all the great recipes and suggestions.

    Your question - what new thing am I going to try today? Well, instead of my coffee frappuccino that I always get at Starbuck's, I got an iced chai tea latte - does that count???


    1. Sharon-
      YES, an iced chai tea latte counts as something new and a "better" choice! I will have to check out that juice bar- where is it? That Berry Banana smoothie sounds good- can you also add in protein or other antioxidants?
      Maybe we can go there when you have some free time and are down from "the hill".
      Love you!


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