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His Root Beer Float vs. Her Root Beer Float

My husband just ate a root beer float and left me wanting for one, so I made one.  My own version of one.  And it was de-lish!  Oh, and clean and healthy, of course.  Did you expect any less?   : )

Her root beer float:                                                           His root beer float:

1/2 cup ice                                                                      1 1/2 cups Breyer’s Natural ice cream

1/3 cup water                                                                  1 can A&W root beer

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 scoop unflavored whey protein (or vanilla, but I                                                                                            don’t recommend the kind with artificial sugars)

Root Beer flavored extract to taste

Vanilla Stevia to taste

Blend to shake like consistency and enjoy!  (I used                                                                                        a Magic Bullet Blender).

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Her root beer float:  140 calories                                       His root beer float:  650 calories

Picture of healthy root beer float

Ooops, I ate half of it before I even took the picture it was so good!

 

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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Oh So Tasty 100 Calorie Pumpkin Protein Bars!

All I can say is Wow!  These turned out de-lish!  Perfect texture, great taste, and only 100 calories per bar! Bag one or two of them in snack sized baggies and freeze so you can pull one out for a quick, healthy, on the go, clean snack!

1 1/2 cups oatmeal, blended mostly to flour consistency

2 scoops protein powder non flavored

3/4 – 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

1 scoop ground flax

4 egg whites

1/8 cup agave nectar

1/8 cup raw coconut necter

2-3 dropper fulls of vanilla stevia liquid (can probably use packets also)

1 4oz container of natural apple sauce

1/2 can (1 cup) pumpkin puree – not the pie filling!

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.  Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl.  Spray 8 x 8 cooking pan with oil (I used coconut).  Stir together all ingredients and put in baking pan.  Bake on preheated oven at 350deg for 26-30 min.

Makes 12 squares

100 calories

1 fat

15 carbs

2 fiber

8 protein

6 sugar

 

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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

 

Who Needs Potato Chips When You Can Have Kale Chips?!?

I’ve had several people tell me when they want to snack they want something crunchy because it feels more satisfying and fulfilling.  There’s definitely some truth to the fact that crunchiness makes us feel good.  Maybe it’s because it takes longer to chew so we just feel like we’re eating more when we think we shouldn’t be, or maybe it’s just that we subconsciously want to put some damage on our food that we often times let control us. When I used to get munchy, I grabbed those fat laden chips or high sodium crackers and went to town.  I could put down an entire bag of them without thinking twice about it!  But that was then…

Now, I find other alternatives that give me the same crunching satisfaction, but WAY fewer calories and a whole lot more nutrients!

KALE CHIPS!

These turned out great – tasty, crunchy, low cal, HEALTHY!

1 bunch of kale (can use 2 if you want more)

sea salt

spray oil (may use 2-3 tbsp of olive oil if not really watching calories)

1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed

tear kale leaves into small pieces and place in a large mixing bowl.

spray with oil (or pour olive oil) and mix lemon into the leaves.

sprinkle sea salt to desired taste.

pre-heat oven to 200F.

Spread leaves on a cookie sheet and bake for 1-2 hrs (depending on your oven and your desired crispness – I like mine relatively crispy) and enjoy!

Can squeeze a little jalapeño juice or seasoning onto it or similar for a little kick.  I sprayed one pan with canola oil with a little cracked pepper and sea salt and one with coconut oil and a little dribble of coconut crystals for a sweeter version.  Both were good, but since I was craving salt when I made these, I seemed to prefer the salty ones!

 

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!)

picture of flavored balsamic vinegar

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

 
 
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