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Tropical Smoothie created by Jesica

I recently bought and sliced up a pineapple, so I’ve been using alot of it in my smoothies. It adds the yummiest sweet flavor. I’ve found that pineapple gets along really well with papaya. So, this morning for breakfast, I put the two together (along with a few other ingredients), and voila!

What’s In It (exact measurements are not important):

Fresh Pineapple (fresh takes more time to slice up, but you can’t beat fresh pineapple–it’s worth the extra effort)

Fresh Papaya (seeds removed)

1 white nectarine (my local grocery store had them on sale)

Almond Milk (unsweetened)

Whey Protein Powder (vanilla)

Flax seed

Chia Seed

Blend, and slurp! Although this recipe is very similar to my other pineapple smoothie recipe, I really advocate incorporating the flavors you love and using them in different ways with different combinations of fruit. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and experiment! 🙂

 

   

PB2 – Awesome Alternative to Peanut Butter

PB2

Contains: powdered peanut butter (85% less fat calories than regular peanut butter, according to the product label)

Description: This is a product that I discovered within the last few months. It caught my eye in a health food store because I have always loved peanut butter, and was curious as to what this healthy alternative was all about. In the past I had loved and eaten peanut butter but because I would consume so many calories with just a spoonful, it didn’t feel like I got to enjoy all of those calories. With this powdered peanut butter, you still get a rich, nutty and fulfilling taste without all of the calories. There are also no additives (according to this product label) in PB2, so you can feel good about eating it. If you want something a bit more decadent, yet still a healthier alternative, PB2 makes a version that contains cacao powder, giving it a chocolately background. You could also add your own cacao powder when mixing your PB2 to do it yourself!

How to Use: This powdered peanut butter can virtually be used to replace your regular peanut butter in your diet. To make a “butter” out of it, I mix it with a few tablespoons of almond milk (I had to guess and check with the right amount. Start with just a little bit of milk and you can always add more). Then add a drop or two of liquid stevia to add natural sweetness. You could also use organic agave nectar, or your favorite sweetener.

Purchase: I purchased my first jar of this at an H.E.B. Grocery store in south Texas that has a “healthy” or “organic” isle. You can also purchase it online from several various retailers, just search for it!

Pineapple Paradise Smoothie created by Jesica

I love tropical flavors (pineapple, coconut, papaya, etc.). Thus, I really enjoy putting these fruits in my smoothies. Try this smoothie for a filling, satisfying, and incredibly delicious smoothie if you like these flavors, too!

What’s In It (exact measurements are not important):

Fresh Pineapple (fresh takes more time to slice up, but you can’t beat fresh pineapple–it’s worth the extra effort)

Almond Milk (unsweetened)

Whey Protein Powder (vanilla)

Splash of water

Flax seed

Chia Seed

Blend it together, and the result is an extremely tasty, yet healthy smoothie. The benefit of using pineapple in this smoothie, besides the fact that it’s delicious, is that it contains a powerful digestive enzyme called bromelain, which helps heal bruising and contusions. Pineapple is loaded with antioxidants and a trace mineral called manganese, which is crucial in building bone and connective tissue. This goes for both pineapple and papayas; the riper the fruit, the more nutrients it contains. Enjoy! 🙂

Side Note: I’ve learned this neat nutritional information specific to pineapples from Laird Hamilton’s book “Force of Nature.” I highly recommend investing in this book–as it is full of incredibly eye-opening information and products.

   

Berries, Seeds, & Nuts Bowl for Antioxidants and Good Fats

Berries, Seeds, & Nuts Bowl

Since berries are one of my favorite

healthy snacks,

I try to find new ways to incorporate them into my meals. This is a simple and absolutely delicious way to do that. Berries are full of antioxidants (substances that help prevent cell damage) and also have anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, they make the perfect pre and post-workout snack. Here’s what to put in it:

A handful of fresh berries (I used blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. Also, do not use frozen berries for this–they won’t give this recipe the same fresh heartiness)

A splash of almond milk

About 1 tablespoon of vanilla protein powder–I use Jay Robb’s Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (to add protein and flavor to the milk)

Sprinkling of chia seeds

Sprinkling of flax seeds

Sprinkling of pistachios

Sprinkling of pecans

Toss it all together and enjoy this healthy, yet tasty and satisfying snack!

Excellent Information – Where to Find It

The above pictures are linked to my 3 favorite websites to visit when I want to learn anything fitness or health related. They also sell amazing products on their website such as supplements and natural skin care.

They are the websites of power couple and health gurus Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece. I could go on ALL DAY about how spectacular and impressive these two individuals are, but, instead, I’ll let you go check out their websites and experience it for yourself! Such top-notch information and knowledge should be shared! 🙂