Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday Smoothie Cravings

It's Sunday ladies and let me tell you I could desperately use just one more day of weekend!! Sorry for the lack of posts this past week. I have been busy busy planning a weekend getaway to Depoe Bay Oregon for a girl's trip with my favorite ladies. While the trip was a blast, there might be nothing better than returning home, cuddling your dogs and catching up on some serious R&R. 

While I try to maintain a fairly healthy diet, doing so while traveling can be tricky. Upon coming home all I was craving was a giant fruit filled smoothie. I have always loved fruit and berries but have often found it difficult to get in the required amount a day. A smoothie is an awesome and easy way to do this. Not only is it a simple way to get fruit into your diet, but it is also a tasty way of getting greens, such as spinach as well as other supplements such as protein, flax and chia seeds….(those are only a few add-ins I have tried, there are plenty more I hope to try out and include in coming health posts :)) 

If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen the two recipes below, there is just something about a delicious berry smoothie that is not only beautiful but seriously addictive as well. I even sometimes use them as a "meal replacement" when I am wanting something light. 

I hope you try the below recipes and let me know what you think! Also, feel free to leave your favorite ingredients for smoothies in the comments, I would LOVE to try out some new recipes! 

1 C berries (I used frozen)
1 C ice
1 packet of Sambazon acai berry Puree 
1-2 scoops whey protein powder
1/2 Large Banana
1/2 C Coconut Almond Milk (reduced fat)
1 t chia seeds

Add all ingredients to your blender, give it a whirl and enjoy!! 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tuesday Tastings: My love for Avocado Toast

If you follow me on Instagram you know i am one of those people that can't help but snap photos of her food. My most recent food subject being one of my favorite snacks of all time. Avocado toast! Who knew that green mushy stuff spread on toasted bread could be SO DANG GOOD…not to mention good for you as well!?

Avocado is a fruit that is packed with protein and essential fats that your body needs, yes, your body needs fats! Without them, your metabolism slows and loosing weight is actually more difficult. They allow your body to better absorb nutrients, are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids and can even aid in reducing signs of aging! yep…sign me up! 

All you need for this heavenly recipe is 1/2 of a large avocado, two pieces of lightly toasted bread, (I prefer a high fiber, low calorie option such as Dave's Killer bread, thin sliced bread. It contains 120 multi grains and comes in at only 60 calories a slice.) Next…add any spice you want. I opt for a little sea salt and a lot of black pepper and a sprinkle of garlic powder. Mash up your avocado and spices and spread of your toast...

Add tomato, cucumber or even mix in some egg whites to your avocado for even extra protein and ENJOY! I promise, you won't be disappointed :) 

What are some of your creative way to incorporate avocado into your diet?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Moody Monday: Get Your Knit Together

This cold pacific northwest weather is putting me in the mood for some warm and fuzzies. There is nothing more comforting during the harsh winter months than an over sized knit. Turtlenecks, beanies, sweaters, scarves and socks...I am loving all things knitted, the bigger the knit the better. 

How are you keeping warm? 

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