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Most Important Meal of the Day! Quick, Healthy, Convenient, TASTY Breakfast

I’m writing this post today because I’ve had lots of discussions lately with people who don’t eat breakfast, which we’ve all heard again and again, is the most important meal of the day.  If you’re like me, you’re more than likely bolting out the door without much time for a good ol’ fashion full breakfast.  I’ve also had discussions with those who are looking for something easy which, when we’re in a hurry, is definitely a necessity.  After all, who wants to cook a breakfast, let alone spend the time cleaning it all up (or worse yet, come home after a long day to a mess!)?

Here’s my solution, which is something I do everyday and even sometimes twice a day if I’m busy all day and don’t want to cook a supper either.  I have a Magic Bullet blender, which I also consider one of my “Products I Love”.  They run about $50 at Target or Costco.  They are small and portable and the blender part is a single serving portable cup.  I fill it about 1/3 full of ice, then put water to fill about 3/4 full (depending on what you add, you may want less water so it doesn’t get too full).  I add a small handful of spinach (you can’t taste it and it’s a nutritional superfood) and 2 scoops of my favorite meal replacement powder, Isagenix, which is about the best meal replacement I’ve ever found, and trust me, I’m super picky!  These shakes are clean, TASTY, and filling!

The good news is that you can change-up the flavor of your shake every single day if you get bored easily.  I sometimes add a handful of frozen or fresh blueberries, 1/2 banana, PB2, strawberries, orange extract, peppermint extract… on and on.  You can even add a scoop of the Isagenix fiber powder to increase your daily fiber intake.  Like I said, I have a shake for breakfast nearly every single day and never get tired of it!

The blender is so small I even take it to the gym with me so I can have a shake immediately after I workout.  I fill it about 1/2 full with ice so when it melts some my shake is still perfect milkshake consistency.  I screw on the blade and throw the entire thing in my bag.  When I’m done showering and getting ready, I whip up my shake, rinse off the blade, which is the screw on bottom part, and I’m off and going.  I drink right out of the blender part like a cup.  Best part, there’s really no clean up!  It comes with several blender mugs so I just rinse it then throw it in the dishwasher when I get home and use a different one the next day.

You can also use the blender for a plethora of other things…  it is the handiest little blender ever : )

I hope this gives you some incentive to eat a good, clean, quick breakfast.  Fuel your body first thing in the morning to make sure you have the energy and nourishment it takes to get you through your day!

Healthy body = healthy mind!

 

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One Of My Favorite, Healthy, Go To Snacks!

Hummus = yummyyyyy!  You can’t go wrong with hummus for a healthy snack with cut up veggies (another healthy treat that gives you “crunch” and a full, satisfying feeling).  My husband and I often times make our own hummus (several recipes to come later), but if we don’t have time to get around to it, which happens occasionally, this is one of my favorite tubs to pick up.  I love that it comes with 4 different add ins as you can see in the pictures to include jalapeno, pine nuts, roasted garlic and roasted red peppers.

Almost every day I take a mix of my fresh, already prepped veggies (cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc) and one serving of hummus when I’m heading out the door.  Sometimes I put in just one flavor, other times I throw in a little of all 4.  I just love that I can pick my flavor of the day and change it up!

I got this Hummus set at Costco, so I’m hoping there is one near you, but if not, you can find Hummus at almost any local store and can always flavor it up yourself if needed.  Enjoy!

 

Calling all peanut butter fanatics!

Who doesn’t love peanut butter?!?  I know I for one have eaten a half jar of peanut butter or more in one sitting.

Although I know there’s nothing like dipping into the creamy jar of goodness and licking the spoon off, I can’t help but keep at the back of my mind how many calories I’m eating, so that’s definitely not something I do that often.  Yet I still love peanut butter and need that fix.  Luckily, there’s good news!

One of my favorite things to add to shakes, bake with, etc is called PB2.  It’s peanut butter in powder form, so there’s MUCH fewer calories.  In fact, there’s only 45 calories in 2 Tablespoons!  Granted, it’s just not the same as eating true peanut butter, but if you’re looking for a sweet fix or a peanut butter fix, make up something using PB2 to satisfy those cravings.  I’ve put it in my shakes with chocolate Isagenix meal replacement powder, baked healthy brownies with it, and even drizzle it over my apple slices for a healthy snack (see some of my earlier posts for a few recipes and ideas, and stay tuned for many more!).

You can also get chocolate flavored PB2 and both can be ordered from:

Bell Plantation

If you want to try it with the chocolate meal replacement shake (seriously yummy like a peanut butter cup!) you can order those from this site:

Isagenix

 

Help Us Grow! “Like” And SHARE Our Facebook Page, Win FREE “Products I Love!”

Help us grow so that others may be inspired and empowered to become all that they can be in every aspect of their lives!  Each milestone we hit on our Facebook page, we’ll give away a free item, complete with shipping to anywhere in the world.  Sometimes the prizes might be small, sometimes they might be of more value, but it will always be a surprise  : )

First milestone:  100 fans!  Once we reach 100 fans on our Facebook page, we’ll have a random drawing and someone will win a Mint Julep Mask by Queen Helene that I posted yesterday and we will ship to you for free!  So click below to go to our Facebook page, click “Like” if you haven’t already and suggest to friends!

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Click the link below to go to our Facebook page, be sure to click “Like” and then suggest to friends!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Restore-Rebalance-Renew/196504187039193

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Help us grow!

 

Could it be?!? A $3.99 skin product from Walgreens actually works! (For girls and guys)

Ok, I’m just going to get real in my post today…  I’m here to help people so I might as well just disclose that yes, I get breakouts as an adult.  Luckily, I have discovered a product to help with that!

A few months ago, a friend with amazing (and I mean amazing) skin told me about a product called Mint Julep Mask by Queen Helene.  As usual I was skeptical, but then she has such great skin I decided to investigate this product further.  I figured I might as well spend the $4.00 and sacrifice myself to see if it worked so I could pass on the info to everyone.  (Of course I first checked the ingredients, which gained my approval).  I didn’t use it right away.  I waited until I noticed I had a breakout since she mentioned it cleared hers up.  I never used to get breakouts until somewhat recently, when my Dr. told me that the breakouts were caused by hormonal shifts as I aged (ooooh how I hate to say that!).

(Now here’s the “real” part):  When I would get the breakouts before they would last forever and even scar a little, which never even happened to me as a teenager.  The last few rounds of breakouts I had though I tried the mask and I was pleasantly surprised when it worked to clear my skin within two days!  I have used it somewhat regularly these last few months and am still amazed that a $3.99 product from Walgreens nonetheless works so well.  It makes my face feel tingly and clean.  If overused, it can have a drying affect according to the reviews, so be sure not to use more than once or twice a week depending on your skin and be sure to use a really good moisturizer after you rinse it off.

I took a chance and bought and used it before I read the reviews on it.  After discovering it worked for me I looked it up online and saw that 98% of people gave it great reviews.  As with anything, there will always be people who something doesn’t work for, or who are just negative about everything anyway, but for me (and I have very sensitive and already dry skin) it has been a fabulous find!  Like I mentioned, you can find it at Walgreens for $3.99 or even find it online (they have trial sizes online also).  And no worries boys, this is a great product for you too!

So go get your mint mask, throw a little on your face, relax in the tub and let it work it’s magic and let the scent of mint rejuvenate and re-energize you!

 

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A $3.99 product that really works!

 

Watching Calories? Measure Your Olive Oil The Easy Way!

I’m lucky to have a husband who loves to cook, even though often times when he’s home we are fighting for the kitchen.  As good of a cook as he is, he is certainly not a “measurer” when it comes to ingredients.  Most of the time this isn’t a big deal, except for the fact that a lot of what he cooks uses olive oil.  Now don’t get me wrong, olive oil is definitely good for you… in moderation!  My husband tends to take the cap off the bottle, turn it over and let it pour out like a flowing river (keep in mind olive oil has 120 calories per Tbsp).  That’s a lot of calories to not be measuring or to be unaware of!

Luckily, I found a solution that allows him to simply pour from the bottle, yet still be able to measure.  It’s called the Press and Measure Olive Oil Dispenser, and it has been a remarkable addition to our essential kitchen tools.  You literally press the sides, fill to your desired serving, and pour!  Now you know exactly how many calories you are dumping into that dish.

I found these at this website:  http://www.homevillage.us/prmeoilvidiw.html   Two of them come in an order for $19.95.  One bad thing I read when reading the reviews however, was that some of them didn’t fill when the sides were pressed.  Sure enough, when mine arrived, one of the bottles didn’t work.  Don’t let this stop you from getting this wonderful calorie counting took – I emailed the company and they immediately sent me a new one and told me to throw away the one that didn’t work.  Easy enough.  Now I have 2 that work and I can keep 2 different types of oils that may be easily measured, accounting for all of your good fat calories!

 

 

 

Mmmmm… flavored balsamic vinegars!

I posted a quick blurb the other day on my simple salad and mentioned that it was the balsamic vinegar that made it so tasty.  Well, I’m finally getting around to posting what balsamic it was that made it so good!  I found these great little flavored balsamic vinegar samplers from Lucero Olive Oil.  3 sample flavors including Peach, Red Apple and Blueberry came in a package for $12.00.  The flavor was subtle yet delicious, making it just enough to enhance a perfectly boring salad (ok, it wasn’t necessarily boring with all those veggies bursting with flavor, but the balsamic certainly helped!).

I’m thinking I’m going to try some pureed cooked chicken (small farm raised, all natural, healthy and humanely raised chicken) with some small apple chunks, a bit of the Red Apple flavored balsamic, celery chunks… and who knows what else for a chicken salad sandwich with a twist.

Lucero also carries a chocolate infused olive oil, which I haven’t tried yet, but looking at some of the ideas that it can be used for, it will be in my next order!  (For instance, if you’re going to use olive oil for baking, you might as well use chocolate infused oil!  Mmmmm… can’t wait to try it!).

Anyway, happy salad eating!

http://www.LuceroOliveOil.com (and no, I don’t get anything for directing anyone to this site.  I am just passing on info on some good stuff!)

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Flavored balsamic vinegar will add that tasty twist to your boring ol' salad without adding all the calories!

 
 
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