Strawberry Shakeology + Chocolate Shakeology = DA BOMB!

My Strawberry Shakeology finally arrived! I tried it with water in a shaker cup as I might have it while on the road. It was tasty but definitely not my preferred method, ha ha ha. My go to drink has been the following:

1/2 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1/2 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
1/2 serving frozen strawberries or blueberries (my fav)
1/2 cup So Delicious Coconut milk
8 oz water
1-2cups greens (baby kale, baby spinach, swiss chard0
Blend in my mixer and enjoy!

Today, I just subbed Strawberry Shakeology for Vanilla Shakeology.

1/2 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1/2 scoop Strawberry Shakeology
1/2 serving frozen strawberries
1/2 cup So Delicious Coconut milk
8 oz water

Blend in my mixer! This was so smooth and creamy. A bit thicker and it would be a wonderful pudding. Or, you can add a bit of avocado to really give it that pudding texture. You can see by the smile on my face, I was very delighted with the flavor and texture. This will be my new go-to mix. I’m not like most people – I do not change up very often. I find one or two that I like, and I just stick with that. I need one meal of my day to require little thought, but be packed full of nutrition!

UPDATE: I tried 1/2 chocolate Shakeology + 1/2 Strawberry Shakeology + frozen blueberries = NOT da bomb. The blueberries muddied the flavor. It was MOST definitely drinkable, but not that soul-soothing flavor of 1/2 chocolate Shakeology + 1/2 Strawberry Shakeology + frozen +frozen strawberries I had yesterday!

 

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How Will the 21 Day Fix help you?

I love peanut butter. I could sit with a jar of all natural peanut butter and a spoon and eat until my heart’s content….until I read that a serving is TWO Tablespoons! And what was even worse, when I used an actual tablespoon to measure it, the HORROR I felt! My regular spoon was equivalent to 2 tablespoons! I was getting twice as many calories as I thought! And if you’re like me with a slow, aging metabolism, those extra 200-300calories/day MATTER!

One day while I was on vacation and starving, I bought a package of trail mix. YUM YUM! Doesn’t get any better for a nice, filling on the go snack. I downed the tiny little bag. Then I read the label. That bag which one would assume is 1 serving, was actually 2.5 servings!

Have you ever seen a restaurant serve you ONE SERVING of pasta? One serving of rice? NO! No wonder our idea of portion sizes are so skewed.

This article gives an additional explanation as to why our portion size is skewed. In the 1900s, plates were just over 9 inches in diameter. By 1950, they had grown to 10 inches and by 2010, they had reached 12 inches in diameter! You can read the science behind it but it turns out it’s all due to an illusion and even table cloth color matters!

So what we to do? You want to lose weight and get healthy but you don’t want to be concerned with portion sizes for each individual food? There is a solution! It’s Beachbody’s latest program, the 21 Day Fix. The containers are key which will help to reshape your notion of a portion size without reading labels!

To learn more about Beachbody’s latest trainer, Autumn Calabrese, click here.

If you’re interested in what the 21 Day Fix can do for you, drop me a message using the form below!

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Strawberry Shakeology has arrived!

With my autoimmune issues and intense workouts, I certainly need to fuel my body. Whether your body is being taxed daily by health issues or you’re taxing your body daily with intense workouts, you need to pay attention to nutrition.

“Athletes in particular must be paying close attention to their diet for a number of reasons. First, they are going to have much greater fuel and energy demands than other individuals.

While the average sedentary person may not have all that many requirements for clean burning energy, the athlete requires a much greater amount. Each day you need to perform your best if you hope to make progress in your athletic efforts and you need fuel to do this.

In addition to that, athletes also have greater vitamin, minerals, and antioxidant requirements than the average person as well. You are constantly placing increased stress loads on the body and this is going to take its toll on you unless you are fueling your body as you should be.” – Nutrition for Athletes: How to Increase Your Energy, Speed and Endurance by Jennifer S. Roman

One way I meet my nutritional needs is with Shakeology. I have it every day. I will sometimes have it before a hard workout to fuel the workout while other times, I have it afterwards to help recovery after a workout! I am very excited about the new Strawberry Shakeology which is now shipping! My current go to formulation is 1/2 scoop Chocolate Shakeology, 1/2 scoop Vanilla Shakeology, 1/2 serv frozen berries, 1/2 cup So-Delicious Coconut Milk, 1-2 cups of baby spinach/baby kale/swiss chard for added antioxidants, 8 oz water —-> blend until smooth and enjoy! One of the first recipes I will try will be the Strawberry Vanilla Shakeology recipe below!

Mix Strawberry and Vanilla Shakeology flavors for a one-of-a-kind berry shake.

Strawberry Vanilla Shakeology

Strawberry Vanilla Shakeology

Total Time: 5 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 1 serving

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
½ scoop Strawberry Shakeology
½ scoop Vanilla Shakeology
1 cup ice

Preparation:
1. Place almond milk, Shakeology, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories: 170Fat: 5 gSaturated Fat: 0 gCholesterol: 5 mgSodium: 346 mgCarbohydrate: 17 gFiber: 4 gSugar: 7 gProtein: 17 g

P90X/P90X2 Portions (per serving)

1 double snack

Body Beast Portions (per serving)

1 protein liquid1 balanced liquid

The Holiday Edge – Day 2 CORE!!!!!!!

It’s day 2 of Shaun T’s The Holiday Edge!  Today, it’s all about focusing on the CORE and working those abdominal muscles! Food of the day is one of Shaun’s  favorites and mine as well…AVOCADO! It’s a nutritious fat that you should be eating daily. Get the full breakdown as part of the complete FOOD GUIDE at Shaun T’s Holiday Edge Food blog! /h3>
 

One of my favorite recipes with avocado is to make chocolate pudding! You can use a chocolate protein powder or Chocolate Shakeology!

chocoshakeopudding

Another staple in my house is guacamole!

For other tasty avocado treats, check out more recipes at Nom Nom Paleo. I have made her avocado and basil dressing that is in her Nom Nom Paleo iPad app. It is delicious! You can use it as mayonnaise or salad dressing. It’s very versatile. This Chilled Cream of Avocado Soup with Dungeness Crab sounds amazing! Let me know if you try it!

 

Want a healthy, nutritious dessert?

Strawberry-Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream

It’s hard to beat the combination of strawberry and banana in this low-fat ice cream.

Strawberry-Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream

Total Time: 4 hr., 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 2 servings, 1/3 cup each

Ingredients:
1 large banana, chopped
½ cup frozen strawberries
6 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop Tropical Strawberry or Chocolate Vegan Shakeology

Preparation:
1. Place banana in plastic bag and freeze for 4 hours or until completely frozen.
2. Place frozen banana, frozen strawberries, almond milk and Shakeology in food processor or blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories: 156
Carbohydrate: 28g
Fat: 1g
Protein: 10g
Sodium: 85mg

 

P90X/P90X2 Portions (per serving)

1 fruit
½ protein

Body Beast Portions (per serving)

1 fruit
2 balanced liquid
1 protein liquid

Are your energy levels low? Are you tired and sluggish?

Are you suffering from a lack of energy?

I too suffered from a lack of energy. I would wake up wondering how I would get through the day, caring for my young children. Fortunately, a friend recommended P90X. From there I slowly started working on my nutrition, based on the nutrition guide, and my energy levels improved by leaps and bounds! That is why is just makes my heart sing when I can pay it forward and do the same for someone else.

“For the last 3-4 weeks I have been having Shakeology in the am 3-4 times a week. I decided not to take it on vacation…big mistake….HUGE… I can really feel the difference in my energy level. It is low and sluggish. I did not take it because I had ordered the big bag and did not want it to spill. Changing order to the individual packages so it will not happen again. Also decided to try the vanilla as well.”

Nutrition is so important. Don’t accept that fatigue is a normal part of the aging process or simply due to a busy life. Look at what you’re eating and make small changes and begin to nourish your body!

 

I received this post from one of my Focus T25 Challengers today!

 

“I started week 5 yesterday with total body. I still had the energy to complete the workout despite my two days off. My weight remains the same, however, I can move my watch to the next loop hole, my thighs or becoming smaller, my legs are toned, and my clothes are becoming loose. Not giving up just because the scale is not moving like I want it to. I continue to have a lot of energy, I can perform the moves faster and with better form, and I’m not taking a long nap after work, I’m sleeping through the night and waking up ready to go the next morning. I also notice I can return home and perform physical activities, such as, picking up the pine cones in my yard after my workout or after a long day of shopping. In the past I would usually sit lay down and go to sleep. So Alpha round almost completed getting ready for Beta.”

 

Can you change your life in FOUR WEEKS???? HECK YES!!! This is what it is all about! Sure it’s great to fit into that dress or bathing suit, but ultimately, it’s about QUALITY of LIFE!!! Sleeping well, feeling great, doing household tasks with ease, I got all teary eyed just reading this. This truely is what Beachbody is all about! These are the changes that keep you playing the game for the long haul rather than quitting once you reach that short term goal of fitting into that dress or bathing suit!

 

And here is another one!

 

“I am down 7.2 lbs, 2 inches from waist, and 1 inch from arms. Feeling good:) loving my shakeology with almond milk banana. Yes but honestly I don’t look much different:) however I feel so much better. I have a lot on my shoulders right now and I so happy I started this program it has helped tremendously with coping. That’s my real reward:)”