KEFIR milk & Fruit Smoothie

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Ingredients:

2 TBSP each: Hemp seeds, ground Flax seeds, oats

1 small ripe banana

small handful fresh or frozen strawberries

small handful fresh or frozen peaches

1 cup KEFIR plain unsweetened milk (found at Trader Joe’s. I can only find flavored versions at Aldi-FYI. I don’t want to use flavored as it has almost double the sugar content)

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After playing around with my new smoothie ingredients I have decided this is one of my favorite combos that I wanted to be sure to share with you. Find protein in the hemp seeds, oats and KEFIR milk. A really yummy sweetness from the peaches, especially, and the banana & strawberries. I also love it because it is fairly simple to make & doesn’t require a ton of ingredients. Great taste for kids too!

 

All that goodness in one drink!

Helpful hints: add a splash of water while blending if it seems too thick. I used frozen fruit which you can do or add ice in its place.

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I hope you will give it a try!

xo, Adrienne

Market Mondays Week 4

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Had a great shopping trip yesterday at the market!

I spent my usual $30 and got lots of goodies to use in smoothies, snacks and salads for the week.

Apples-with nut butters, alone, in smoothies

Peaches-salads, smoothies and in Greek yogurt, alone

Tiny black raspberries-salads, smoothies and in Greek yogurt

Celery-salads and to put nut butters on

onions-potato salad

Potatoes-baby reds for roasting or potato salad

Spicy honey brown mustard-in potato salad with Greek yogurt, dip for pretzels, on turkey sandwiches

red leaf lettuce-salad and smoothies

Orange pepper-on salads and for dip

Beet chips-alone or with dip or Greek yogurt

Spinach dip-on grilled chicken or with veggies or chips

and…some red, white and blue candy corn for Max (don’t ask…)

Anyway, I have made a delicious chicken salad, a banana and avocado smoothie and a potato salad so far! Above I listed different things you can make to eat with the different ingredients, I hope you can use some of the ideas I listed 🙂

Here is the Chicken Salad recipe:

Lettuce, Grilled chicken, half of a peach cubed, a handful of raspberries, 2 tsp crumbled feta cheese, 1/4 cup cucumber toss with 2 tsp. dressing or olive oil and vinegar.

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Potato Salad recipe:

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15 small baby red potatoes boiled for 15 minutes and cubed into halves or quarters

2 celery sticks chopped

1 small Spanish onion chopped

3 tsp spicy honey mustard

2 heaping tbsp plain Greek yogurt

2 tsp oil of your choice

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Season with salt, pepper, basil & oregano

Mix all together and chill for several hours

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Banana & Avocado protein smoothie:

1 ripe banana

1/2 ripe avocado

1/2 c milk of your choice

2 tsp ground flaxseeds, hemp seeds or chia seeds

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

3 to 4 ice cubes-blend

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Enjoy!! I hope from reading my blog you realize that it isn’t hard and it isn’t expensive to eat healthy and make balanced meals for you and your family! xoxo

Adrienne

Market Mondays Week 3

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I just LOVE the market by my house! I love just being around fresh whole natural ingredients! Usually I go on Mondays but I skipped this week and went today so I didn’t get my 10% off for my reusable Harvest Valley bag but none the less I still left happy 🙂 

Let’s start with last week where I got Chocolate tomatoes and radishes, spring mix, eggs, bananas, green beans, fingerling potatoes…etc.!  (bottom picture) and then move to this week where I will still use some of those ingredients along with what I bought today…lemons, avocados, mushrooms, cookies, more bananas, spinach, basil and mint…etc! (top picture)

Last week I made pork tenderloin that I ate pretty much all week…..

pork tenderloin and roasted veggies

I used the red onion, radishes, tomatoes and potatoes to roast along side this and it was delish!!

I also made this salad and topped a pork sandwich with it and ate it as a side dish….

tomato salad

All ingredients from the market including the cucumbers that week!

I always have spinach and bananas on hand and usually have a smoothie everyday including both of those ingredients!

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One day I had this for breakfast with a little bit of left over pork….

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Isn’t it pretty!!?? (And that reminds me I didn’t take my supplements today or yesterday!)

Okay now this week I went for some pears as I sometimes use them in my smoothies over bananas and eat with nut butter for snack, avocados to make a cucumber (one left over from last week) pineapple (had some frozen), avocado salad, bananas for smoothies, spinach for Max’s turkey sandwiches and my salads and smoothies, mushrooms and tomatoes for salad and pasta sauce, fresh herbs to plant in pots outside and use as garnish for meals, salad and flavored waters. Oh, also a delicious spinach dip and black bean tortilla chips because I love them and we will eat them over this Memorial Day weekend!! And lastly cookies for the kids and the mommies after school today 🙂 Remember it is all about balance! Move your body, eat fresh and love yourself >>>>recipe for a life full of muscles, love and good energy!

avocado cucumber pineapple salad

Avocado, cucumber & pineapple salad pictured above:

1/2 avocado chopped

1 cup pineapple

1/2 cup scliced seedless cucumber

Sprinkle with sea salt and dress with 1 tsp grape seed oil or oil of your choice and garnish with fresh mint if you wish!

Tonight I plan on making meatballs and pasta for Max and myself and a colorful salad with carrots, green beans, spring mix, spinach, mushrooms, red onion and tomatoes!

Remember one thing when everything feels wrong, not going the way you wanted to with life or your weight loss, etc.., whole fresh foods heal your body and your mind and most importantly: GRATITUDE HEALS EVERYTHING!!

gratitude

xoxo, A

5 balanced snack ideas for you!

5 delicious snack ideas

“What should I eat for a snack?”

I am asked this question often so I put together this post to show you 5 examples of some healthy delicious snacks that I often have. A typical day for me is breakfast, lunch and dinner with 2 snacks in between, But, every day is different and sometimes it is breakfast, 2 snacks, pre workout, dinner and then another snack or breakfast, lunch, pre workout snack, dinner. It just depends on what I am doing that day. Most days I have a smoothie at some point either as a meal or a snack.

A lot of folks freak out about eating too much or too little and count calories but you know what? I strongly believe that is not the way to go.  I think that if you stick to these rules you will end up satisfying your mind and body as far as eating goes. (not to mention your sanity)

Eat when you are hungry (make sure it is actual hunger and not a result of being bored, dehydrated or tired) I have heard people say if you are truly hungry you will eat an apple>>point being it is not a craving or being bored or tired. If you are hungry you will want to devour that apple. Think about it.

Make sure you are drinking half of your bodyweight in oz of water daily-more if you sweat for 20 to 30 minutes or more or drink alcohol that day.

Balance your meals and snacks-each one should include carbs/fiber, protein and good fats.

After a workout get protein in your system within 30 min of finishing. Your muscles are begging for it and that is why protein powder comes in handy but if you plan accordingly you don’t have to use it.

Don’t feel guilty about certain foods. Just keep it positive and make sure you are getting your carbs, protein, fats and water balanced throughout the day. If you have a grilled cheese or some chicken wings-enjoy them and don’t punish yourself the rest of the day because you chose to enjoy those foods. You have a choice with everything you eat so don’t think good vs bad, I fell off the wagon with that meal, etc. Just be aware and chose what makes you feel healthy, alert, alive and energetic.

Focus on building muscle and the fat will go away. You are an athlete so act like one. Make your goal to be stronger, faster, lift heavier, squat lower, run/walk longer, jump higher….this is what will change your body.

Ok-finally, some snack ideas!!!

#1. A smoothie with spinach, banana, protein powder, ice and milk or water

#2. Apple slices or rice cakes or seed crackers with nut butter (1 to 2 TBSP) Right now I have cashew and sunflowerseed butter on hand.

#3. 1 cup Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup fruit-sprinkle with cinnamon, yumm!

#4. Nutritious bar-when you really are on the go this is a good option. If you are sitting at a desk or home all day then chose something from the fridge or pack from home. I do try to limit bars so that I can get more fruits and veggies in too throughout the day.

#5. Avocado and orange salad-dress with a bit of sea salt and dash of oil-whatever kind you like to use.

I would love to hear back from you on your favorite snack ideas that help you live a balanced & happy lifestyle!

xo, A

5 delicious snack ideas

Pretty in Pink Sparkle Smoothie

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Wanna a little sparkle??

Drink this!

2 TBSP Chia seeds

1/2 banana

1/2 cup raspberries

3 whole strawberries

1 TBSP unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup coconut milk or milk of your choice

(if berries were not frozen then add 3 ice cubes)

Blend until smooth!

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

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Mango + Banana + Chocolate + Coffee smoothie!

Mango-banana-coffee-chocolate protein powder-flax, chia, oats and almond milk.

1/2 c chopped fresh mango

1 med banana

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1 packet instant coffee-I use Starbucks

1 tsp chia seeds

2 tsp flaxseeds

3 tsp oats

3 ice cubes

1 scoop AMP Wheyabolic Extreme 60 protein powder-from GNC-this is the kind I use (chocolate)

This is a complete and balanced breakfast 20 + grams of Protein, good carbs, lots of fiber, packed with good fats, omega 3 and 6 from the chia seeds, vitamin C and vitamin B from the banana and vitamin A and C from the mangos plus vitamin D and E from the almond milk, also great source of calcium!!!

What if you started every morning this way? I bet your body would thank you all day!!!

Enjoy!!
xoxoxo-A