Smoothie

WHAT 5 STAPLES ARE ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE

Oh HEY friends...do you remember me?!?! It's been a month since I have posted a blog post...Life happens and it's been happening!

Instead of freaking out or putting pressure on myself to force something to happen, I am just doing what I can when I can. At this point in my business, it is important that I take care of my clients first and then when I have the time to write and share, I will make it happen, but it will happen naturally. So now I am back and ready to write, share, and just go with the flow. I surprisingly have a ton of ideas that I want to write about, but nowadays, it comes down to time, enjoying life, and making sure I'm present in real time and real relationships. Can I get an AMEN!!! But when I do have time to write, you bet your ass I will be sharing, creating, and inspiring, so let's do it, while I have your attention. And let's talk FOOD, my favorite topic...WOOT WOOT!

I LOVE to go food shopping! I know that a lot of people do not like this chore, but there is something exciting about cleaning out your fridge and then going to the store with a clean slate and stocking it all up again with delicious and healthy eats. Yes, this is how I view food shopping. Is it a little weird that I would rather go food shopping than to a department store? Actually, don’t answer that…

Random Side Note: I am REALLY good at shopping at Lululemon in store and Nordstrom’s online, but when it comes to casually spending an afternoon going store to store, I am the worst. Back to food shopping…I LOVE food. I LOVE to eat. I LOVE to nourish my body. Food fuels my lifestyle and therefore having a fridge that is stocked with the necessary nutritious ingredients is very important to me. I have never proclaimed to be an amazing cook. My meals are easy, require simple ingredients, and are always ready in less than 30 minutes. So my fridge is filled with real, simple, healthy ingredients. These are staples that are ALWAYS in my fridge, no matter how empty the fridge gets, these items are there.

1.NuttZo – If you have been following me for a while, you know my obsession with this nut butter. I may be totally biased since I work for them, but once you go NuttZo, you NEVER go back. Spoonfuls of NuttZo happen every day, as it is my favorite healthy fat. I always have one jar in my fridge, but sometimes there is another one lurking because that one is just for dipping. As of lately, I cannot get enough of the organic crunchy Peanut Pro NuttZo...It’s my JAM! I can honestly say that I go through a jar a week. No shame in my serving sizes...The bigger the better. And we are starting to pop up into a lot more stores nationwide, so make sure that you are following us on Instagram, to find out where you can get all the goods...That's my shameless plug...Thanks for listening...LOL!

Peanut Pro NuttZo

2. Hot Sauce – I put hot sauce on almost every savory meal that I make! I love spicy foods and I am currently crushing on Saucy Lips Foods. Their spicy flavors are DELISH! The Jalapeno & Apple is my favorite and I drizzle it on everything and every night. Saucy Lips Foods sauces are gluten-free, dairy free, soy free, sugar-free, and nut free.

Saucy Lips

3. Eggs – I currently buy the Kirkland Signature Organic Eggs, because they come in a pack of 24 and Shannon and me eat a lot of them. Eggs are versatile, healthy, ready in minutes, inexpensive, and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Shannon makes the BEST pancakes, so when I get that craving, there better be a few eggs in the fridge for him to whip up those bad boys!

4. Zucchini – Definitely kind of random food that is always in my fridge, but for the past year, there is always a packet of zucchini in there. I now always add 1 small zucchini to my smoothies (recipe below) to make it extra creamy and thick. I typically dice up the zucchini and throw it into the freezer with whatever fruit I am using that day and let it sit for a few hours.

Organic Bone Broth Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie (sheesh that's a mouthful)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 packet Organic Bone Broth Protein Peanut Butter
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 serving of fruit of choice (I used raspberries for this one)
  • 1 heaping spoonful of nut butter of choice
  • Dash of Simply Organic Foods Cinnamon
Organic Bone Broth Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Dice up zucchini + half of the fruit + throw all ingredients into your blender;
  2. Top with the remaining fruit and maybe some more NuttZo;
  3. ENJOY!

4. Apples – I eat typically 3 – 4 apples a week. I will add them to smoothies; on top of my yogurt bowls; or eat them with a spoonful of NuttZo, almonds, or a Rise Bar. Apples are jam-packed with nutrients, easy to travel with, relatively inexpensive, and I like the crispness of a good old apple. I LOVE Honey Crisp apples…They definitely are not the cheapest, but I will splurge on a few here and there.

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And this is what my fridge looks like.

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I try to keep it clean, but it is no way spotless or perfectly organized, because who the heck has time for that? Nothing too exciting or out of the ordinary, but it holds everything I need. I could tell you about the freezer, but I feel like that is its own post, because I seriously freeze EVERYTHING. Did you know that you can freeze Costco Apple Pie and their COOKIES? YES and PLEASE!

What are your fridge ESSENTIALS?

Do you like to FREEZE everything?  

Chocolate Nutiva Cauliflower Smoothie

You are putting WHAT into your smoothie? YES friends I jumped on the bandwagon and have started adding this vegetable to my post workout smoothie and I like it a lot. I am getting the extra nutrients, it adds great texture, and it is a cheap ingredient. All positives, when it comes to creating a healthy, nourishing, and delicious smoothie. I started seeing this cauliflower smoothie craze mentioned by Instagram rock star Shut The Kale Up and an article written on Mind Body Green. I eat a lot of cauliflower in general because I like that it is one of those versatile vegetables that you can pretty much pair with anything and dress it up with anything. 

Chocolate Nutiva Cauliflower Smoothie

Let us talk about this smoothie! Nutiva recently sent me some packets of their Plant Protein Superfood 30 in chocolate and vanilla to sample. It is jam packed with:

  • 20g of protein
  • 4g of fiber
  • Rich in Vitamins C and A to support your body immune function
  • Vegan - Gluten Free - Non-GMO
  • 120 calories per packet

I am picky about my protein powders as so many brands now have a lot of added junk in it, that upsets my stomach, so I make sure to always check the ingredients. My symptoms to those junky ingredients are instant bloating, which we all know is annoyingly uncomfortable. I have already made a handful of smoothies and I have experienced no bloating. I feel great. Please note that these packets are definitely not on the sweeter side, so if you like your smoothies to be sweet, I recommend adding banana, mango, dates, etc. It all depends on what your taste buds like, but for me, I am okay with not so sweet. 

Ingredients

Chocolate Nutiva Cauliflower Smoothie

Directions

Chocolate Nutiva Cauliflower Smoothie
  1. Throw all ingredients into your blender. I use this Ninja Kitchen version;
  2. Blend away until smooth;
  3. Top with whatever your heart desires! ENJOY! 
Chocolate Nutiva Cauliflower Smoothie

Would you every try adding cauliflower into your smoothie?

What is the weirdest vegetable you have added to a smoothie?

#SummerStrong Outdoor Workout

HELLO Summer! I hope that y'all had a beautiful weekend that was filled with lots of sunshine laughter, good food, and outdoor adventures! The sun was shining brightly here on Nantucket and we made sure to soak it ALL UP. Life has been busy, non-stop, run around crazy, but it is beautiful and fun and I am just doing what I can when I can, while still being able to enjoy life...Yes it is definitely easier said than done, but I love what I do and what is happening on this island professionally, so I am just going to roll with it. Still working on balance and the personal side, but that will happen...

#SummerStrong

Smoothie game is still going STRONG and I am plowing through these Bob's Red Mill Nutritional Boosters. I honestly LOVE them and I like the way they make my body feel...the taste...no side effects...and that I can load them up with whatever add-ins I am craving.

Strawberry Kale Chocolate Protein Smoothie with Tamari Pumpkin Seeds

Mango Chai Protein Smoothie with Nuttzo Original Peanut Crunchy

It has been way too long since I have shared a workout, but I figured that this would be an appropriate time since we are celebrating the #SummerStrong and #FuelYourAwesomeness Challenge (which is July 18 - July 23). Moving and nourishing your body go in hand in hand...You need to do BOTH to feel and look your best inside and out. 

I created this workout for the gym, but I made some changes so that you can do this outside at home and soak up that Summer air. I am a Pisces...I LOVE the water...the sunshine...and just being outside and of course being active outside. And these pieces of equipment are inexpensive...I believe in having a stability ball, a set of dumbbells, and a jump rope at home. You can do LOTS of workouts with these tools. So pick some up and store them in your basement or garage and you can use them year round. 

And onto the workout...Here are a few tips: 

  • Warm up with 15-20 minutes of cardio if you want to get in a full hour;
  • Do 3 rounds of each circuit and then move onto the next circuit;
  • Rest 45-60 second between each round;
  • Remember to hydrate, breathe, and focus on form...not speed!
#SummerStrong

Make sure to head on over to my Instagram feed and follow along and enter the GIVEAWAY and of course make sure to print out this workout and give it a try on one of these beautiful Summer days...Oh and if you are just itching to get your hands onto Bob Red Mill's Nutritional Boosters, you can print out a coupon HERE

Have a fabulous start to the new week friends!

Has your "smoothie game" been strong this Summer?

Are you taking your workouts outside to soak up that Vitamin D?

Natalie's Orchid Orange Beet Smoothie

I love how my smoothie titles are a serious mouthful, but gosh darn they are so good! And I cannot stop making smoothies because well it is Summer and Summer time is about smoothies either in a bowl or an "almost" empty nut butter jar. As of lately I have been having up to 4 smoothies a week and thanks to Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company I am set for the next couple of weeks. My smoothie game is STRONG! 

Typically when I make a smoothie after my morning workout, I just use water...So when I received a big old box of squeezed fresh Florida juices from Natalie's, it was time to take up the smoothie game another notch. I LOVE this Orange Beet flavor! I am not really in love with just orange juice, but I do like it when it is blended with another flavor. It is a nice refreshing combo. Since you do not need to use the whole bottle for the smoothie, you can save it for later and a little seltzer to it, to make a bubbly afternoon spritzer. Or if you have had a really long day, you could do a Summer Cocktail as well. Whatever makes YOU happy! 

Today, I am going with this smoothie! All of my favorites have shown up for this party and it is packed with all the nutrients to help you recover after your workout and power you through the morning. 

Ingredients: 

Directions: 

  1. Throw all of your ingredients into your blender;
  2. Blend until smooth;
  3. Top with additional cherries or nut butter! ENJOY!

I am having a fabulous giveaway with Natalie's on Instagram, so make sure that you head on over to my account and enter for your chance to win these delicious squeezed fresh Florida juices. And if you have the time, learn more about this great family owned company

Do you ever add juice to your smoothies? If so, what kind?

*Disclaimer: I have partnered with Natalie's Orchid Island Juice on this review and was compensated. All thoughts and opinions are my own. It means a lot that you are supporting Natalie's Orchid Island Juice by reading this today!

Chocolate Protein PowerBar Smoothie

During my high school and college years, I played a lot of field hockey! I was always going to practices, tournaments, tryouts, and even traveling to other countries. I loved every second of it...I worked hard...I trained hard...and I ate a lot to fuel that lifestyle. At that time, PowerBar was actually my bar of choice. I ate a lot of them! So it was kind of a "flashback" moment, when PowerBar reached out to me, to do a review on some of their newest products. 

Upon opening the box, I went straight to the ingredient list and I was impressed...Lots of protein, low sugar, and simple flavors. They looked good to me! The bars are tasty and perfect for when you know you are going to have a busy day and need a quick snack. You can never go wrong with the Chocolate and Peanut Butter combo in my opinion. 

As far as the shakes go, they taste good on their own, but I wanted to make something a little more hardy and creative...As you know I like to eat my smoothies with a spoon and in a bowl. This Chocolate Protein PowerBar smoothie was PERFECT after my Saturday workout!

NEW PowerBar Products

Some good facts to know about the NEW PowerBar Protein Shake:

  • 30g of High-Quality Protein Per Serving
  • 160 calories
  • 2g of sugar per serving
  • 24 vitamins and minerals
  • Gluten Free

Ingredients

Chocolate Protein PowerBar Smoothie

Directions

  • Throw all ingredients into the Ninja Kitchen Blender!
  • I like to add my blueberries at the end for some added texture.
  • Pour into a bowl and enjoy with a spoon! 
Chocolate Protein PowerBar Smoothie

This was a good smoothie! I LOVE blueberries and chocolate and like I said, after my workout, this was the perfect way to replenish, nourish, and feed those tired muscles! 

Do you prefer Chocolate or Vanilla Protein shakes or smoothies?

When was the last time you had a PowerBar?

*Disclaimer: I have partnered with PowerBar on this review and was compensated. All thoughts and opinions are my own. It means a lot that you are supporting PowerBar by reading this today!