Dark Green Muscle Smoothie

dark green muscle smoothie

2 handfuls fresh spinach or kale OR 1 cup frozen packed spinach

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop or approx. 18 g choc protein powder

3/4 c frozen or fresh blueberries

1/2 banana

1 tbsp. chia seeds

3 tsp. oats

1 kiwi

Add some ice, blend well!

Looks swampy BUT tastes delish like blueberries and kiwi!

 

Enjoy!

A

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Sweet Potato, Mango & Coffee Smoothie

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Ok……this is a GREAT one!!!

If you like a coffee frap from Starbucks you will love making this one from home!!

If you are not a coffee lover then of course you can leave out the coffee!

This is what I used to create it:

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 c shredded sweet potato

(I had this in the fridge ready to go because I used some during dinner one night this week)

1 tsp. chia seeds or flax seeds

1 packet Starbucks VIA instant coffee pack

(no pictured as I decided to throw it in at the end-because why not???)

1 half banana

3 tsp. oats

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1 c frozen mango

1 c water

5 ice cubes

Sprinkle in half to 3/4 tsp. ginger and same with cinnamon

Blend very well and enjoy!!

Be sure to check out the other smoothies I created this week including strawberry & lime, Green means GO and a little bit of everything!

xo-A

Green means GO Smoothie

green means GO SMOOTHIE

Green smoothies are a REAL ENERGY booster!!

Green means GO and GO and GO!

This morning at 5 am (I don’t have time for excuses therefore neither do you) I made this green monster!

1/4 of an avocado

1 c or 2 handfuls of fresh spinach leaves (or kale)

1/4 c frozen or fresh pineapple

1/4 c frozen banana or 1/2 small fresh banana

1/2 c plain Greek yogurt (like Chobani or Fage brand)

1 tbsp. chia seeds

1 c unsweetened almond milk

3 tsp. oats

A few fresh cilantro leaves and fresh parsley leaves (basil and or mint would also work)

1 tsp. lime juice

3 ice cubes

Blend very well and enjoy!

Remember you need fuel first thing in the morning!

Smoothies are great source of balanced nutrients!

In other words please put down the Diet Coke and granola bar-that is not AWESOME.

Smoothies are AWESOME!

A

Little bit of everything Smoothie

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Bringing you a new smoothie idea EVERYDAY this week! You’re welcome!!! This one is great and you know sometimes you just want a little bit of everything in your smoothies and if you are anything like me then in life too!!!

Ingredients:

1 c unsweetened almond milk

3 tsp oats

1 tsp chia seeds or flaxseed

1 scoop or approx 20 grams of chocolate protein powder or 3/4 c plain greek yogurt

Few ice cubes

Fruit:

A few of each-strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mangos, kiwi, blackberries and avocado

(I have frozen bags of strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and mango in the freezer, the avocado, blackberries and kiwi were fresh. Frozen fruit is the way to go as it is frozen at its peak and you don’t have to worry about it going bad in the fridge over time!)

I added some fresh parsley and then blended til smooth and creamy! I write this at 7:45 am and my smoothie was consumed at 5:30 am-I am still satisfied and full but will eat again with in the next hour by 9 am……as I am sure I will be ravenous again!!

Smoothies are a great way to get a balanced on the go breakfast as you can drink it in the car on the way to work or where ever your day may be bringing you!!

 

Enjoy!

A

Strawberry & Lime Smoothie

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Ingredients:

1/2 c frozen strawberries

1/2 c frozen banana

1/2 c plain Greek yogurt (like Chobani or Fage brand)

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1/4 small lime (peeled)

1/4 c cucumber (peeled)

2 tsp flax or chia seeds

3 tsp oats

Fresh parsley (small handful)

Blend until very smooth

Enjoy! A

 lime strawberry smoothie

Savory & Smoky Hummus-a kid friendly food

Do you ever take the time to cook with your kids? It is a great thing to get them involved in at an early age. This is where their eating habits are formed and will only help them understand better why we need food (for fuel) vs. wanting food (for comfort or pleasure). Talk to them about balance and needing protein for muscles, carbs for energy-they will get it as they are super smart and want to learn anything you are willing to teach them!

Today I made hummus with my son who is 4. Does he love hummus? No, not really but he was super excited to get to make it with me. When we were done he scooped some up and even took another dip into it. This is the first step as some kids will love certain things right away and others will have to keep trying many times. I picked hummus to make with him because you can make it with so many different flavors and ways and it is quick and easy. This way he can keep trying maybe until we find one he absolute loves! The base of the hummus can be chickpeas or any white bean and the oil…. then add as you wish to create the flavor you want!

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Here is my recipe for the savory & smoky hummus we made today:

  • 1 15 oz can great northern beans-rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 c canola or olive oil (or a blend of the two)
  • 1/4 c sliced (skin off) cucumbers
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp grounded flaxseed
  • 2 tsp lime juice

Season sparingly with:

  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • pepper
  • red pepper flakes

***If you are not trying to serve this to your child you can go as crazy as you want with the spices and even add some hot sauce!

Place all ingredients in the food processor and pulse until creamy and smooth!

Store in the refrigerator. Use as a dip for pretzels, apples, crackers and veggies. You can even spread this on some toast or a rice cake!

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My son had so much fun doing this. I let him add every ingredient (even if he missed the processor and things got a little messy-you have to allow this!) He even smelled the mix after every ingredient was added! As a bonus he even read every word on the blender-on, off, pulse, mix etc.-it was too cute and I feel like he learned so much in the 15 minutes it took to make!

A very good friend of mine, whom I have learned a ton from, has a fantastic blog offering feeding tips, fun sensory play ideas and even some kid friendly nutritious recipes. This is a great resource for those of you with kids of any age struggling with picky eaters, questions about how to get babies to transition to whole foods and just how to improve your child’s eating habits in general!!!

This is the site: http://www.yourkidstable.com/

Here is a link to a jalapeno and basil hummus I made if you want to try that one:

https://awesomelikeadrienne.com/2013/08/04/homemade-jalapeno-basil-hummus/

Lastly, a friend suggested this recipe to me that her daughter loves oh so much!!

http://www.wholeliving.com/155624/lentil-hummus

Ok-now stop what you are doing and go spend some time with your kids making some hummus!

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xo-A

Egg Muffins

EGG MUFFIN COLLAGEINGREDIENTS:

1/3 C MILLET FLOUR

1/3 C UNSWEETENED ALMOND MILK

8 EGGS

2 COOKED CHOPPED SWEET SAUSAGE LINKS

4 STRIPS COOKED CRUMBLED BACON

1/2 SMALL JALAPENO PEPPER-CHOPPED

1/3 C CHOPPED ONIONS

1/3 C CRUMBLED FETA CHEESE

1/2 C ROUGH CHOPPED TOMATOES

1 SMALL SWEET CHOPPED ORANGE PEPPER

1 TBSP CHOPPED BASIL LEAVES

Steps:

Pre-heat oven to 350

Cook your bacon and sausage (or completely omit these all together and go meatless)

Wisk together in a large bowl the eggs, flour and milk

Add all other ingredients into bowl and stir together

Season lightly with garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano

Spray muffin tins with spray and fill cups 3/4 of the way with egg mix

Bake for 20 to 25 min-try poking with a fork to make sure they are done

Let cool for a few min and then remove from tins to cool completely

Store some in freezer and take out as needed. Yields 18 muffins.

These are extremely versatile! Try making them with spinach, any type of different peppers, mushrooms and different cheeses!   I can’t wait to try again with a different combo of ingredients! Also great to make ahead for the week so you have a delicious and nutritious grab and go breakfast everyday for you and your family. No Excuses! Always eat breakfast!

Enjoy!!!
xoxo-A

Homemade Jalapeno & Basil Hummus

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Oh how I LOVE HUMMUS!!!

Ingredients:

1 15 oz can white beans-rinsed and drained (I used kidney beans)

1 cup chopped cucumber

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp minced garlic

1/4 chopped fresh basil leaves

1/4 cup chopped jalapeno pepper

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tsp lemon juice

 

Combine all ingredients in food processor and pulse until well blended together but careful not to let it go too long or it will lose its thickness and become runny-more like a dip (which is fine so don’t get upset if you have a dip and not a true hummus the first time around) Practice makes perfect!

Enjoy!

A

August Plank & Push up Challenge

Aug Plank and Push up challenge

It is August and I want you to walk the plank this month! Planks and push ups are both phenomenal exercises for your entire upper body and abs! I have been doing these for the past 3 months more than ever and I can definitely tell a difference in my arms and abs. They are making the difference!

I know you may be thinking you can’t even do 1 push up let alone support your entire body weight on your forearms for more than 2 seconds but you can and the more you try the better and stronger you will get. Your core will strengthen and your arms will sculpt!

Planks and push ups are key exercises in building three very important aspects: mental toughness, flexibility and strengthening!

This month I want you to just start somewhere, on your knees, on your knuckles, elbows in, elbows out, 1 at a time or 10 seconds at a time….just start!

All I want you to do is add them onto your existing workouts a few times a week or everyday-you pick as I do not like to dictate and force you to do x amount. I want you to want to try to beat yourself each time-doing more and holding longer!

Although push ups are used as punishment usually…… they really are the best exercise as far as I am concerned!!!

***Be aware of your form and make sure you are using your abs and arms to lower you down and push up.  Also, make sure your body is in a straight line from head to toe while planking and doing push ups. Think “butt down, face down”. Use the pictures above and below as your guide.

So, I am wishing you mental toughness and challenging you at home, at the park or in the gym to add planks and push ups to your training! xo-Aplank-on-elbows

Forearm plank