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Hitting The Road This Weekend? Try Out These Healthy Convenience Store Snack Ideas

Hitting the road this weekend for the holiday?  What’s that?  You’re in a hurry to leave or just plain forgot to buy groceries this week as you hustled around to get ready for the long weekend and you have no healthy snacks to take with you?  Well, luckily today I’ll post a few items you can grab at yes, a convenience store if you are snacking on the run.  Now you have no excuse to cave in and go for that 690 calorie prepackaged Danish!

 

 

 

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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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!

 

A Real Life, Life Insurance Story

I saw a very alarming statistic the other day that said that 30 percent of U.S. households had no life insurance, which was up from 22 percent in 2004.  Lack of life insurance is yet another casualty of the recession and sadly this number is the lowest it has been in 50 years.  LIfe insurance as we all know is one of those things that is useless… unless we need it, which makes it easy to cut it first from our budget.  After all, many of us have that “it will never happen to me” attitude.

Most people don’t know that after I lost my job as a fire fighter due to my injuries I sold life insurance (one of my several jobs as I was trying to find a new career identity).  My friend Steph was my very first life insurance client.  For the better part of a year before I did her policies, and before I even worked at the insurance company, we would always sit and talk about things that were important in life.  We discussed our families, nutrition, finances, working out, our hobbies and so much more.  She had mentioned several times she wanted to invest more and look into life insurance and always came to me for advice about it.  Once I got my license to sell insurance, she came to me and said she was ready to buy and I signed her and her husband up.

Fast forward just over two years.  Just before Thanksgiving this last year I got the news that this friend went missing where we used to live near Breckenridge, CO.  A few days after the reports that she went missing came out, she was found dead along the banks of the river near her home.  Her autopsy determined her death to be homicide by blunt force trauma and drowning.  It was a stomach dropping, very sad day.

What I want to stress out of this horrible event is the importance of life insurance.  I knew the second I got the news of her death that her family (she left behind a husband and 3 small children) would be ok.  I was so thankful for those conversations we had and that she took my advice to get life insurance coverage.  I knew her children would be able to go to college and I know for a fact it would have been ugly had they not had the life insurance.

There are several different types of life insurance that fit into all levels of budgets.  I highly suggest contacting an agent with a reputable company to get some information if you don’t currently have life insurance.  And if you do have insurance (the whole life/permanent kind in this case) and are wondering if it’s of use to you, for $80, the Consumer Federation of America will review it to see if it’s worth keeping (evaluatelifeinsurance.org).

For your family’s sake, don’t delay.  Unfortunately, things happen, life happens, and so does death.  Don’t you want to be protected and ensure your family is protected in the event of the unthinkable?

Picture of my friend Steph.

RIP Steph. You were very well loved.

 

 

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

 
 
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