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Blueberry Pineapple Protein Shake

Another great post-workout refuel from Fitness Magazine!

Pineapple contains bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory compound, which may reduce post-workout pain. The protein and carbs in milk help repair and replenish cells’ energy stores after a workout. Eat dairy within 45 minutes of exercising, when the recovery process is at its peak.

Enjoy!

Mango Crush Smoothie

OMG!!!  I just absolutely devoured my afternoon snack!  I was sitting here reading the Oxygen Magazine looking for some new clean recipes for my newest meal plan and I came across this divine sounding shake!  I had all the ingredients so I whipped it up!

Soooo after I sat down and started drinking it I took a look at the nutrition information and then just about fell off my chair!  I couldn’t believe how many calories, and then I read the carbs holy cow 50!  Then, the sugar 46!!!!!!  Seriously and this was in the Oxygen magazine!  So I read on and here is what it said!  To keep your stomach svelte with this fat torching power of protein, dairy and fiber.  Ok that’s not so bad RIGHT!!!

Basically mangoes are rich in fiber.  Research shows that eating 25 g of fiber per day can help reduce dangerous, deep abdominal fat.  So this is part of my daily intake of fiber along with the flaxseed I had in my oatmeal and the bean salad for lunch!  Perfect I am on the right track!  Next, low fat dairy is loaded with calcium, a natural fat burner.  Studies suggest the more calcium you have in your fat cells, the more fat those cells will burn.  This shake provides 200 milligrams of calcium, thats 20% of your daily needs.

Lastly, when protein is a by product of dairy.  An interesting study shows that protein and dairy work best together in fighting fat, especially belly fat!  DOUBLE BONUS!  So while I was beating myself up over the calories, sugar and carbs I am doing something amazing for my body.  I am improving intenstinal health plus I am giving my body the sweet treat it craves and its nutrient dense, will keep me fuller longer, without the guilt!  That’s my kinda treat!!!

If you are really really being strict with your diet then go for 1/2 mango, plain greek yogurt to cut back!!!

Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

Oh, how I love Fall. The leaves begin to change, the air outside is crisp, there are pumpkins everywhere, and Football games on weekends. Who doesn’t love Fall? Now that we are just about to the official fall season, kids are headed back to school, Friday night football games and pumpkins everywhere my taste buds start watering!!!

I used to be a huge pumpkin spice latte fan at Starbucks but since really digging into the quality of the food I put in my body I decided to find healthy alternatives to the things I love so I don’t feel deprived!  BINGO!  This one works great for that craving!!!

Watermelon Margarita

Matt and I are total Margarita fans!   He came up with this new watermelon margarita recipe!  A refreshing, summer drink!

Enjoy!

 

Breakfast Smoothie

Want a quick breakfast that provides tons of nutrients, energy, protein and actually tastes good?  This smoothie is for you!  I have really taken smoothies under my wing in a pinch. When I need something that is chocked full of nutrients but doesn’t require me to cook a full meal then this is my go to!  Smoothies are filling and really tasty!  You would be surprised that this combination is very sweet!!!

Quick Protein Packed Berry Smoothie

So many people ask me, “What is a quick to go meal to stave off my hunger and possible binge eating?”  I love berry smoothies! So, why not make a Quick Protein-packed Berry Smoothie!  So, using a good quality protein powder (I use protein powder from Healthy Performance)  and a few ingredients you can create a powerful nutrient rich and protein packed smoothie to keep you satisfied and healthy.

I always fall back on this recipe when I’m either in a hurry or don’t know what to eat!

 

Pomegranate Fizz

I am a big punch person so I always like to have a punch bowl out with a fun drink.  Here’s what will be on my table this year.

Peppermint Bark Martini

Ho Ho Ho MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  I am so excited for Christmas this year!  My kids totally get it and they are loving the Elf on the Shelf, the tree, the presents and the Christmas music!  We are about to make some cookies for Santa this weekend and get our reindeer food ready for Christmas Eve.  But with all this fun stuff for the kids us adults need a little something to kick back and relax too! That’s where these Peppermint Bark Martinis come in!

One afternoon I was scrolling through facebook and this recipe for Peppermint Bark White Russian Came up.  I didn’t save the recipe and I searched everywhere and couldn’t find it!  What I did find was a ton of unhealthy recipes with heavy cream!  So I put my husband to the test and we created this recipe.

What we came up with is pure heaven and  I am totally in love with it!  So here it is for all of you to enjoy too!

Clean Mojito

I told my husband that I am naming today “Mitro Mojito” night!  I wanted a clean mojito recipe that is  at least a little cleaner than what you would get when you go out!  So since Matt is the master drink maker he definitely was up for the challenge.  If you remember back to Christmas time he came up with that killer peppermint bark martini recipe!!

So here is what we made, and I am sipping it right now and it’s quite tasty! The coconut milk was inspired by a restaurant we went to in West Palm Florida.

Skinny Margarita

I like to call Matt my master drink maker.  He would make an awesome bartender and loves to come up with new recipes.  He is great at taking our favorite drinks and decreasing the calories and coming up with a skinnier alternative.

We have done the Peppermint Bark Martini, the Skinny Coconut Mojito, vodka soda water and now the Skinny Margarita. The secret to our skinny margarita is actually the orange juice.  I watched Matt squeeze an entire bag of oranges and he did say his hand was going to fall off. We also had orange juice that was just natural oranges and no added sugar.  So you can use that instead of fresh squeezed oranges.

So to make your drink more tart add more lime juice.  If you want it sweeter add more orange juice and simple syrup.  You can play with the recipe to get it to your liking.  The tip to keeping your calories in check is to drink 1 full glass of water in between your drinks and limit yourself to 2.  Even though it’s LOWER calorie its still high in sugar and if you are really focusing on results then you are going to have to be very careful.

Body Flush & Detox Water

One of my challengers shared this recipe with me and I cannot wait to make it.  I have been drinking warm lemon water every morning for at least a year.  It has so many great benefits for your body and I have really noticed a difference in the way I feel, my skin and just flushing out any extras!  So not only does this look refreshing but it seriously is something I could see drinking every day!  So off to the grocery store to make my own mason jars!!!

Lemons: Help aid in absorption of sugars and calcium and cuts down cravings for sweets.
Cucumbers: act as a diuretic and flush fat cells. It is like alkalizing your body (if you have an alkaline body no diseases can live there) & increase your energy levels.
Limes: Promote a healthy digestive track.
Mint: is a natural appetite suppressant that also aids in digestion.

Let me know what you think when you try it?!?!?