Day 10: Blueberry with a Splash of Strawberry

day_10Today marks the first day that I’m starting up my workout program again! Now that my body and schedule have adjusted to a healthier diet and lifestyle, I can add in a specific workout schedule. When you’re changing your diet/lifestyle it can be hard on your body.

If you’re following the advanced plan completely and not just for green smoothies it can take a lot longer. For the first few weeks your body is  trying to convert from using sugar for energy to using fat for energy which will turn you into a fat-burning machine!  Woohoo!

Remember, everyone is different so for some it might take longer and others you might be able to catch up quicker. Only add in workouts when you feel up to it. You don’t want to push yourself over the edge. It’s important to listen to your body and if it says you’re tired then make sure to rest. I have a hard time with that since like most people I’m always busy and on-the-go! So I took the time to relax and only did little workouts here and there.

maxT3Now I have to tell you about my awesome workout program. It’s called maxT3 and only takes 12 minutes at home! This makes it easy to squeeze into your mornings (set your alarm to wake up 15 minutes early!).  Get more information and buy it here. It’s totally worth it and will kick your butt. 🙂

Now for the recipe from Day 10!

Blueberry with a  Splash of Strawberry

  • Spinach
  • 1/2 c. Frozen Blueberries
  • 5 Frozen Strawberries
  • 1 spoonful Whole Fat Plain Yogurt (no low-fat, non-fat, or fat-free!!!)
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Perfect Protein
  • Sprinkle Raw Almonds
  • 2 spoonfuls Coconut Milk Fat
  • 1 drop Blueberry Stevia
  • 1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil

I found that adding the Perfect Protein into my smoothies this week made a BIG difference. They tasted a lot better since it adds flavor and sweetness. I also started adding it since I’m working out more and getting the right protein is really important to helping your body recover after an intense workout. Read more about it here.

Enjoy!

Day 9: Simple Strawberry Spinach Smoothie

day_9Happy Monday and Go Broncos! We’re going to the Super Bowl Baby!

I finally made a smoothie this morning that I have fell in love with! It is the taste of perfection.I am so excited to share it with you. Plus, it uses my favorite fruit – Strawberries!!!

And guess what my favorite green is? Spinach! It’s so much better than stupid lettuce that wilts and has no taste. Spinach has a lot of nutrients in it and doesn’t wilt as easily.

I ordered a spinach salad at lunch the other day. The only ingredient it listed for greens was spinach. And guess what I got? Part lettuce/part spinach salad. {Insert angry upset face here} The restaurant must have decided spinach is expensive so they hid the lettuce below the spinach. And the lettuce wasn’t even fresh, it was brown and wilted…

Here is the recipe from Day 9:

Strawberry Spinach Smoothie

  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • 2 tbsp. Flaxseed
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Perfect Protein
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil

day_9_strawberryGuess what? There’s no added sugar in this one! Thanks to the strawberries and perfect protein it already had enough sweetener. The other new ingredient I added was flaxseed. It’s so good for you but make sure not to add too much!

I poured my smoothie into my Blender Bottle to make it easier to drink while running errands. If you plan to pour your smoothie into a Blender Bottle make sure it’s the large, 28 oz. size and you use the small NutriBullet cup. As you can see the small cup filled up my entire Blender Bottle.

Enjoy!

Day 8: Chocolate = Love

day_8_chocolateI LOVE CHOCOLATE! It’s definitely my biggest weakness.

To show my appreciation for chocolate, I had to make a chocolate green smoothie! All the chocolate in this smoothie is natural, healthy, and has lots of great nutrients for you!

Unfortunately, the chocolate you find today contains high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils which are trans fats and will make you fat! Just take a look at the ingredients in a bag of assorted Ghirardelli chocolates. It’s scary to think I used to eat those all the time.

Now I read the ingredients of any chocolate I buy to make sure there’s no added-sugar or hydrogenated oils. I only buy dark chocolate and most of the time only baking chocolate so I can use it to make yummy treats. Then I can add in my own natural sugars like xylitol or stevia. WARNING – if you eat dark baking chocolate by itself it will taste very bitter!

Here’s my delicious recipe from Day 8!

Chocolate Green Smoothie

  • Spinach
  • Sprinkle of Cocoa Nibs
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 spoonful Cocoa Almond Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 drop Chocolate Stevia
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Perfect Protein
  • 2 spoonfuls full-fat Coconut Milk (refrigerate coconut milk for at least 2 days so it thickens and scoop out only the coconut milk fat a.k.a “cream” )
  • Drop of mint extract

chocolate_smoothie_day_8I didn’t list coconut oil here since my cocoa almond butter contained coconut oil in it. If you don’t have cocoa almond butter you can use regular almond butter, add a little more cocoa powder and definitely make sure to add my secret ingredient, coconut oil! 

You can also buy the cocoa almond butter here from this great company, IngrEATients. They make amazing nut butters that are natural! I bought a few of them over Christmas and love them. I customized my almond butter to add cocoa in it. Delicious.

By adding the mint and vanilla extract it helps add a nice refreshing kick.

Enjoy!