Pink Smoothie Recipe for Spring & Summer!

It’s Spring time! And Summer is coming right along…so, I thought, “Hey, why not create a whole bunch of smoothie recipes for the blog!”

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Everyone likes smoothies, right?

Even better, if it is packed with nutrients and still tastes delicious!

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Expect a lot of more smoothie recipes on the blog in the following months…I’m excited!

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nutrient packed pink smoothie

I know you might think, “Raw egg?” But I only use that when I run out of protein powder…

Let me know if you try the recipe!

Questions:

  • What’s your favorite smoothie combination?

My Top Favorite Whole Grains

Hey Y’all! I’m excited about this post…been working on it for a while and wanted to share it so much!

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So…today’s topic is Grains. Do you eat them? Do you like them? Why do you eat them?

Well, I’m going to answer a few of those questions from my point of view…let me know what you think about grains down in the comments below and don’t forget to list a few of your favorites!

top 4 fave whole grains

Q&A

Do I eat grains?

Yes, as a matter of fact I do! Now, I can’t say that grains are for everyone…but if you feel like you can eat grains, then by all means, I support you!

 

Do I like grains?

I think some people force themselves to eat oatmeal and rice, thinking that they HAVE to in order to be healthy…and my thoughts on that, DON’T eat them if you don’t LIKE them. The end. But yes, I absolutely love grains and cook with them all the time!

Why do I eat Grains?

I eat whole grains because:

  • A good source of complex carbohydrates (which are better for you and provide you with sustained energy)
  • Whole grains contain bran & fiber (which helps keep your colon moving!)
  • Whole grains are a natural source of valuable antioxidants, as well as vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6), vitamin E, magnesium, iron and phytochemicals which, working together, help reduce the risk of some cancers.

Those are just the top 3 reasons!

How should I cook my grains?

Well, I do know that grains needs to be soaked. Soak your grains, sprouts, and nuts! I will usually soak rice for about 1-8 hours before cooking it to release the phytic acid. Phytic acid binds with other nutrients and inhibits the absorption of those nutrients! Such as; zinc, calcium

One more thing on grains, okay?

Chew! When you’re eating, you should always chew, chew, and chew! Don’t halfway chew and swallow…grains need to be chewed rather well. There are enzymes located in the mouth that are only released when you chew and the salivary amylase (that’s in YOUR mouth) is needed to digest grains and carbohydrates…so the more you chew, the better your grains will digest! We need to be considerate of our digestive system! Plus, a quick fact: Chewing increases your energy! Ha, very interesting, right?

Here are some meals I’ve made with these grains!

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Basmati rice with asparagus and baked salmon with a delicious glaze on top

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Red Quinoa (I prefer it more than white, but white is still as good!), ground turkey, broccoli, sweet potato

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Red Quinoa, Asparagus, Chicken

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Protein Oats

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Overnight Chocolate Oats

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Fish, Broccoli, sweet potato, sautéed veggies, and Basmati Rice with black beans

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Black rice, chicken, and roasted rosemary potatoes

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Black rice is under all that delicious sautéed purple cabbage, sweet potato, and beans.

Questions:

  • Do you eat grains?
  • What is your favorite grain?
  • What’s your favorite meal to make with grains?

WIAW + Go-To Easy & Healthy Sandwiches

Good morning and Happy WIAW! Not only do I have eats to show you, but I have a sandwich recipe to share with you…so stick around!

And thanks Jenn for hosting! I love WIAW

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Breakfast was a delicious bowl of plain Greek yogurt, stevia, coconut flour, organic PB, strawberries, and pumpkin flax seed granola

Lunch was my post workout meal…green smoothie it was!

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Dinner was delicious! I got a little creative in the kitchen…

I sautéed mushrooms, onions, and sliced strawberries in balsamic vinegar and laid it on a bed of spinach, topped with cherry tomatoes and bell-pepper and sautéed broccoli.

I toasted took half of a French bread bun and halved it again, toasted it with coconut oil on top. Let’s just say, dinner was very filling! So many vegetables!

Here’s the recipe!

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And there ya go! Easy sandwiches are the best!

Here’s my workout from yesterday:

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1 mile warm-up—2X1000m—3X800m—1 mile @ 9:09 pace

Then I walked 1 mile and completed the Bikini Body Workout from the Bikini Series 2014 by Tone It Up! (Video down below) Here’s the printable if you can’t see the video

Love this workout and you should totally do it!

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IMG_20140429_135122Questions:

  • What is your favorite sandwich combo?
  • What was the best thing you ate yesterday?