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Smoothie King’s New HIIT Fit, Paleo, Macro-Balanced Offerings!

This post is sponsored by Smoothie King on Smoothie King’s New HIIT Fit, Paleo, Macro-Balanced Offerings.

Smoothie King’s New HIIT Fit, Paleo, Macro-Balanced Offerings

I’ll be the first person to tell you that I tend to make smoothies at home mostly because I can control the ingredients and I know what I’m in for. From my experience (and I’ve been out of the buying-smoothies-outside-the-house-game for a while), mass-produced and/or store bought smoothies are imbalanced. Meaning they are either full of mostly sugar or mostly protein. Also, they commonly lack micronutrients because they are not made with whole foods.

My body responds well to a lower-sugar & carb diet (nope, I don’t run from carbs or claim to be keto 100% of the time), I’ve just noticed that my body responds well if carbs do not dominate my diet. Also keep in mind–every body is different and has different needs.

Okay okay, so without going too far down the nutrition rabbit hole–here’s how Smoothie King has changed how I look at store-bought smoothies. Smoothie King’s HIIT Fit smoothies fit so well into my approach (by the way, HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, which is a good description of my Crossfit lifestyle).

I am not neurotic or obsessive about it, but I do strive to get a good dose of healthy carbs right after my workout. It’s a habit that I stick to most of the time because it allows me to burn fat during my workouts instead of running on carbs that I just ingested. In other words, other individuals may ingest their carbs before their workout, but I opt not to for that reason. I do what’s called carb-backloading. These smoothies allow me to refuel my depleted glycogen stores after my workout thru the fruits used in both of these blends.

The HIIT Fit smoothies come in two blends: Chocolate Cinnamon and Veggie Mango.

Here are the details on Smoothie King’s new HIIT Fit Smoothies:

  • Smoothie King’s new HIIT Fit Smoothies contain a 40/30/30 balance of carbs, fat and FITAID® + Paleo Protein to help you recover.
  • HIIT Fit Chocolate Cinnamon – 100% cocoa, almond butter, Califia Farms® Almond Milk, dates, bananas, cinnamon and FITAID® + Paleo Protein
  • HIIT Fit Veggie Mango – Organic spinach, mangoes, bananas, almonds and FITAID® + Paleo Protein
  • Both HIIT Fit Smoothies are Paleo-friendly and help you recover faster from your High-Intensity Interval Training workouts with key vitamins & nutrients from FITAID® + Paleo Protein.
  • HIIT Fit Smoothies have no added sugar, less than 450 calories and over 25 grams of protein per 20 ounces.
  • There are no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or other unhealthy ingredients on the No-No List in any smoothie from Smoothie King.

When I first heard about these new smoothie options, I was floored. Mainly because I am used to store-made smoothies to be full of things I typically stay away from like dairy, processed fruit juices, added sweeteners, artificial ingredients, etc. I’m excited to know about these new offerings and see Smoothie King as a place I can look to for my post-workout, paleo-friendly gains!

Not to mention that both blends are super duper delicious (no joke) and I can see my taste buds craving each one on different days.

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Amazing Grass Greens Holiday Immunity Boost Review

This is a review of Amazing Grass’s Greens powders that are ideal for boosting your immunity over the holidays.

Amazing Grass Immunity Boosters

During this time of year, isn’t it funny how even the healthiest of us may get the sniffles or feel a little under the weather at times? It’s frustrating to get sick. Luckily, there’s a whole lot in your hands as far as what you can do to prepare.

Enter: Amazing Grass.

This wonderful, quality-focused brand has been on my radar & blogging atmosphere for several years now–& for good reason. They produce organic, raw, nutrient-packed green superfoods that are pure, nourishing and very convenient to add to a shaker bottle or blend into a smoothie (just a few of the uses!).

The coolest thing about using these products to help boost that holiday (well, all-year round, really!) immunity is that they are so practical for everyday use. Just one serving a day can give you a sufficient boost to keep your nutrient intake high to fend off sickness & to avoid that winter fog that can come over too many instances of indulgence.

Most of these products are available to purchase in so many local health food stores and can also be found online. They make it really easy for you to reap the benefits.

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Here’s a little run down on two of their biggest immunity-targeting blends:

Green SuperFood Tangerine Immunity Defense – consists of six potent ingredients, each individually known for having immunity support benefits, including Organic Proprietary Mushroom Blend, Organic Olive Leaf, Organic Elderberry, Organic Ginger Root, Organic Astragalus and Andrographis.

  • The Vitamin C comes from ascorbic acid and Acerola Cherry Extract. 1000mg of Vitamin C is the same amount found in one serving of Emergen-C. The Vitamin C level in Immunity Tangerine is also equivalent to the amount in approximately 40 whole tangerines.

Green SuperFood Alkalize & Detox – specifically designed to simultaneously help the body achieve ideal pH levels while ridding it of toxins to allow for optimal function and organ restoration.

  • Containing over 20 different alkalizing and detoxifying agents including beet root, parsley, turmeric and apple pectin, each ingredient in Alkalize & Detox is specifically formulated to alkalize by bringing the body to a more natural pH balance, while simultaneously detoxing by cleansing tissues of toxins and pollutants.

Looking for that supplement that can give you that extra pep in your step? Check out Amazing Grass. Here’s how you can find them:

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Recipe: Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie!

This post includes a recipe for a carrot cake protein smoothie!

Hey Everyone!

I’m off to the gym so I am keeping this brief–but this smoothie was so good that I have to share with you! This was a spontaneous creation (& Holy freaking cow–it’s better than the real thing).

I like to wing it in the kitchen (no measuring!) and this smoothie was done that way…

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Recipe: Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie

Ingredients: 

All raw & organic:

-Almond meal

-Coconut manna

-Soaked cashews

-Soaked chia seeds

-Cinnamon

-Vanilla protein (I used Garden of Life’s Grain Free Vanilla)

-Stevia

-A handful of baby carrots

-Several cubes of ice.

Blend and boom! A healthy, rich, satisfying treat.

Nut + Seed Cacao Protein Smoothie Recipe

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This Nut + Seed Chocolate Protein Smoothie recipe combines soaked nuts and seeds including almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds with protein powder for a delicious smoothie that is full of complete plant-based protein, healthy fats and a plethora of other essential nutrients. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

  • Raw cacao
  • Coconut manna (butter)
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Goji berries
  • 1 serving of your favorite plant-based protein

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak the almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds in water overnight.
  2. Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high until a thoroughly smooth consistency.
  3. Garnish with goji berries.
  4. Enjoy!

Jay Robb Organic Psyllium Husk Powder Review

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Jay Robb Organic Psyllium Seed Husks

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About Jay Rob Psyllium Husks:

“Jay Robb Organic Non-GMO Psyllium Seed Husks are a great addition to your protein shakes as a means to get organic fiber into your diet.

Made With 100% Organic Non-GMO Psyllium Seed Husks (steam purified) 

Jay Robb Organic Non-GMO Psyllium Seed Husks are a great addition to your protein shakes as a means to get organic fiber into your diet.

Psyllium seed husks, also known as ispaghula, isabgol, or psyllium, are portions of the seeds of the plant Platago ovata, (genus Plantago), grows worldwide but is primarily grown and harvested in India. They are soluble in water, expanding and becoming mucilaginous when wet.

Psyllium seed husks are indigestible in human beings and are often used as a source of dietary fiber. They can be used as a dietary supplement to improve and maintain regular GI (gastrointestinal) transit. The inert bulk of the husks helps provide a constant volume of solid material.

Jay Robb Psyllium Seed Husks are Non-GMO, ORGANICALLY GROWN, fumigated with CO2, and STEAM purified. Conventionally grown psyllium (most psyllium that is on the market) is often sprayed with malithion, chlorethoxyfos, endosulfan, parathion-methyl, and /or triazophos and fumigated with methyl bromide. Jay Robb Non-GMO Organic Psyllium Seed Husks are naturally grown without chemical sprays, artificial fertilizers, or toxic fumigation chemicals.

Suggested Use: Add 1 rounded tablespoon to your daily protein shake, or mix in 8 ounces of pure water.”

In regards to the products being raw, I’ve learned this:

“The psyllium in the raw is a powder and it would not handle the same as the husk. Psyllium in the raw is the seed portion that is powdered and doesn’t expand the same way that the husk would. The husk expands and becomes “gelatinous” thus giving you the full benefit of what psyllium is, a fiber. The husk offers a better dietary solution when used to treat constipation as a bulk-forming laxative. It absorbs liquid in the intestines, swells, and forms a bulky stool, which is easy to pass.

While the seed (raw form) can do the same thing, the husk does this process a little more efficiently. Psyllium fiber is not broken down as it passes down the gastrointestinal tract and so psyllium has no nutritive value other than as a source of fiber.”

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My Thoughts:

In addition to doing full-on cleanses every so often, I like to do things daily that help facilitate my body’s natural detoxification process. Keeping my fiber intake high is a big part of that.

I like to incorporate this psyllium seed husk powder (it’s in a coarse, powder-like form) by simply adding it to smoothies to make them more filling and satisfying. I have also found it handy to make a drink with a tablespoon of this powder + water in the evenings to help fend off late night “cravings.”

There is virtually no taste to it, making it perfect to mix into smoothies of any flavor.

I love the fact that this product is organic, & non-gmo and can appreciate the explanation provided by Jay Robb about why the fiber is not raw. I suppose it makes sense that fiber (providing simply a means of aiding detoxification) doesn’t need to be raw to be effective in doing it’s job. It’s not meant to provide a nutritional value, which is the main reason for desiring a raw product. However, knowing that this product was once unheated, I can’t help but think: why not leave it that raw? It seems like there must be some benefit to consuming it raw–just like any other plant. I’m assuming it’s not raw mainly to increase the shelf life of it.

I’d recommend this to someone looking for a doable way to aid detoxification. It’s a small, simple change you can make that will help you clear the “digestive fog” from your system and get your body back on track.