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FOOD FRIDAY: Makeover 2 Favorite Treats Shamrock Shake & Thin Mints

Have you seen it? It’s that time of year again and ever since I can remember as a kid we LOVED the chance to get a McDonald’s shake, especially looked forward to that one time of year when they released the tasty SHAMROCK SHAKE. Well, I’m a little older and wiser now and if I can help it my kids will not be enjoying shakes of any flavor from McDonalds. We are living in a society where we are fighting obesity and giving into fast food and treats like these are not ok —even as a cheat treat! I am so thankful for my shakeology and that my own kids wake up and have a frothy chocolate shake to start their day, they really look forward to it even. So when celebrating St. Patty’s Day I’ll wake up this year and present them with this yummy treat and not feel one bit guilty about it.

Heck Yeah! So now even I can have a Shamrock Shake that has 70+ superfood ingredients, the equivalent to 6 salads in one meal, not feel bloated, not kill my diet and still lose weight and have energy!!! Enjoying food is one of those things that I love to do! I enjoy sweets and this is another way I can make it healthy!


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So What’s the Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Skim, Rice, Almond or Soy Milk
  • 4 oz ice and water
  • splash of peppermint extract or some mint water (don’t over do the extract or it will taste nasty!!!!)
  • 1 tsp all natural pb
  • 2 tbsp vanilla sugar free instant pudding mix
  • 1 packet of Greenberry shakeology
  • Blend & Enjoy!

shakeologythinmintsFINAL2Second up today, we have the ever popular Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. The number one seller every year is Thin Mints, yum! I’m not sure how it is in your house, but when we open one sleeve it’s GONE. So here’s a simple shake recipe to help you get that FIX!

Let’s do the MATH:

4 cookies = 160calories TMShakeo = 156calories

It’s not fair to even compare the nutrition content, hands down you know Shakeology is the winner!

I wish you all a very happy St. Patty’s Day and if you’re craving one of these treats, you now have a HEALTHY  ALTERNATIVE that you and your loved ones can enjoy!

Cheers to Good Health!

XO –Jenn

 

Food Friday: BLT Chopped Salad & 21 Day Fix

2014-09-12 12.48.27It’s mid-September and the cooler temperatures of fall are upon us here in the Midwest. I was looking around in my fridge at what needed to be used up (too often I buy produce that expires before I can use it) and I saw the chopped salad mix from Trader Joes. I had whipped up some plain almond oil salad dressing & had made plans to turn it into honey mustard so the idea formed in my head to create a healthy version of a BLT Chopped Salad. Here’s how I assembled it so you can re-create this yummy lunch too! 

This month, I am taking a “no sugar challenge” and using the containers from the 21day fix program to help me in portion control and cutting out processed foods. If you are interested in cutting sugar out of your diet, wanting to decrease processed foods and work on meal planning/ portion control–message me to be added to to my facebook group. September, when you buy this program (includes containers, shaker cup & 9 workouts on DVD) you can purchase a 30day supply of shakeology, a healthy meal replacement with over 70 ingredients and superfoods for just $30. It’s a great deal & a 21 day program that delivers amazing results.

Chopped Salad Ingredients: (trader joes), turkey bacon (saved in my freezer), grape tomatoes & honey mustard dressing. (plus surprise ingredient: Apple Slices)

Here is how I used the containers to measure out the ingredients: 

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Bacon & Tomatoes (1/2 red)

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Dressing (1 orange)

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This was so simple, I really love this chopped veggie mix because it saves on tons of chopping time of veggies. So after I had taken a few bites of the salad with the dressing and mixed up, I noticed my kids did not finish their APPLES from lunch. Well, I’m not one to waist so I just chopped them up and threw them on top and WOW, it really tasted great! Sometimes it takes accidents to give us amazing results. Here I am enjoying my salad with apples and if you have them or other FRUIT like mandarin oranges, grapes or pears toss them on top and you will enjoy it just as much! 

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Cheers to Good Health! –Jenn

 

Honey Mustard Dressing, simple & homemade

I hardly ever buy dressings for my salad these days, it is SO SIMPLE to make your own! Here is my simple recipe for a favorite: Honey Mustard! Check your cupboards, you will be surprised that you have most of the ingredients already on hand if not all of them! 

Ingredients:  1 tbs Oil (varies: almond oil, olive oil, canola oil, clear oils), 2 tbs vinegar (rice or white), 1 tbs lemon juice, 1 tsp honey, 1 tbs spicy mustard. 

2014-09-12 12.32.50Add ingredients except mustard & honey into a small cup that comes with your ninja or blender. I have used a small cusineart food processor too. Once blended then add the
remaining two ingredients and TASTE. I say taste because everyone has a different level of sweetness that they like to their salad dressing. If you’d like it more sweet then add a little honey, if you want more of a mustard taste, add more mustard. I also add in a little salt/pepper to taste. Here is what I use, took picture right before adding in honey & mustard. REMEMBER: 1 serving is 2tbs drizzled on top of your salad or you can use this for a condiment for fries, a burger or sandwiches in place of MAYO.

Store in a small covered container in your fridge for 6-7 days and replenish as needed.

Enjoy and let me know how your salad dressing turns out!

cheers to good health, Jenn

My Top 3 Recipes for Shakeology!

Do you have any friends you consider to eat HEALTHY or that you know follow a healthy eating lifestyle? Have you ever paid close attention that they generally tend to eat a lot of the SAME foods? Well, the same can be said when it comes to smoothies. I do love to switch up and experiment with my meals, but the main ingredients tend to stay the same: lean protein, no dairy, lower carbs and lots of vegetables & fruits.

One of my friends asked me over the weekend, what are your TOP 3 recipes for shakeology so I thought others might be interested to know too.

Recipe #1 PB & Banana 

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Recipe #2 Snickerdoodle

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Recipe #3 Strawberry Pina Colada

shakeology.strawberrypinacoladaI always have to have an “On The Go” option for my favorite shakes—it is the BEST way I’ve found that I can refuel quickly after working out away from home. It is also a good choice for me to substitute as a meal if I have an early evening class, but do not have time to eat before—no one likes to do cardio on a full stomach so having a liquid meal can give you energy and digests quicker so you don’t feel bloated. Finally, as a busy mom I look forward to my daily treat of shakeology—my family indulges in ice cream and me I blend up my own and serve in a fancy glass even to make it feel THAT more special!

shakeology.jensnickerdoodleCHEERS!

What recipes do you favor for smoothies/shakes? What meal do you usually substitute a shake?

 

 

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