Cafe Latte Shakeology – AAAAAAHmazing

This recipe uses the new Cafe Latte Shakeology and is so good! I tried some of the recipes that were recommended, but they weren’t quite what I was looking for. This recipe incorporates chilled coffee, almond milk, cinnamon and almond extract – YUM!

This recipe uses the new Cafe Latte Shakeology and is so good! I tried some of the recipes that were recommended, but they weren’t quite what I was looking for. This recipe incorporates chilled coffee, almond milk, cinnamon and almond extract – YUM!

What’s a coffee lover to do? Cafe Latte recipes abound! So, I took my favorites and made this combination:

Cinnamon Almond Coffee Latte Shakeology

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. pure almond extract
1 cup ice – I only used 3 large cubes, which was perfect for me

For the best taste experience, use a blender and add ice. The more ice, the thicker it gets. Feel free to use any kind of milk or milk substitute (almond, rice, or coconut milk)—the more milk, the creamier it gets! Enjoy!

Frugal Fix – Challenge Group

Clean eating and the 21 day fix the Frugal way

Clean eating and the 21 day fix the Frugal way

I am so excited about this upcoming challenge group! I personally realize that when I don’t plan meals, I waste money simply because I end up with tons of mismatched leftover and I waste food. Join me and the rest of our challengers in this group. You will get:

  • 1:1 support
  • Group accountability
  • New ideas on how to cook cheap & healthy meals
  • Learn and share healthy, yet frugal, recipes
  • Learn how to cook once and use an ingredient in multiple recipes
  • 21 day fix meal plans from Aldi, Trader Joe’s and other frugal stores
  • Use technology to make planning and shopping much easier and more efficient
  • Shop and cook efficiently

REQUIREMENTS:  This group will be open to challengers with a fitness program such as the 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme and Shakeology.  You will also need ME listed as your free coach. Simply send me a message using the contact form on my site.

 

Eating Mindfully

Eating Consciously

Take the time to eat mindfully.

EATING MINDFULLY
How often do we eat mindlessly during the day? How often are we surprised at what we’ve eaten when we REALLY keep track of everything we’ve eaten? Today, make the choice to enjoy the fresh foods and vegetables you’re eating. While it’s still the season of farmer’s markets and local fresh food, pick up a deeply colored purple eggplant and think about how you can incorporate it into a meal. Marvel at the earthy smell of beets and think about the betalains (phytonutrients that fight inflammation and detox) they provide your body. Select a creamy butternut squash and think about all of the Vitamin A it provides. When we focus on enjoying the good in our diet, we’re less tempted by the bad.

5 Tips to Eating Mindfully

  1. Select a whole food that brings joy to your senses. Savor the taste.
  2. Eat in silence. Turn off the TV and your phone. Enjoy the simple act of eating.
  3. Try to identify the different flavors in your meal.
  4. Chew slowly. It’s not a race.
  5. Be aware of your body. Think of the food and nourishment this food is providing.

Rich and delightful, low-sugar chocolate breakfast bars

21 Day fix approved chocolate bars made with Shakeology!

21 Day fix approved chocolate bars made with Shakeology!

Wow, I just tried this recipe last weekend. I admit, I looked at the ingredients and thought, What’s so great about this recipe? Low-sugar chocolate breakfast bars? Seriously?! But for those of you on the 21 Day Fix program, these are so approved.

2 cups oats (quick & old-fashioned)
1/2 c. walnuts (chopped)
4 scoops of shakeology (chocolate, for sure)
1 c. almond milk (unsweetened silly – don’t sneak any sugar in!)
1/2 c. peanut butter

They are my #newfavorite! So yummy – I enjoy them with black coffee, so there’s no guilt.

How-to?
Mix the dry ingredients. Then add the sticky stuff and VOILA!
Press them into a square pan (prepped with non-stick spray)
Refrigerate. Cut into bars and enjoy. In moderation. Which may be hard to do.

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Beet juice smoothie

Beet juice in my smoothie recipe?!

Lately, I’ve been adding beet juice to my smoothies. They typically consist of 1 cup of berries, a handful of spinach, 1 cup of water and 1 scoop of superfood powder (I use Shakeology). When I substitute 1/2 c of beet juice and 1/2 cup of water for the full cup of water, I find that it adds an extra dimension to my smoothie.

I planted a few beets in my garden this year and I love them so I was curious about why they’re so healthy. I want to share with you what I’ve found.

Beet juice smoothie

Shakeology smoothie with berries & beet juice

Beets have lots of antioxidants. I’ve read that they have more antioxidants than tomatoes or carrots. While they have a lovely, sweet taste – it’s said they have a very low impact on blood sugar – so no spikes!

So far, I’ve purchased beet juice rather than juicing it myself. If you’re juicing your own beets, be sure to keep the beet greens. I often use them in smoothies in place of spinach. They are super nutritious – ranked one of the world’s healthiest foods. They have 15% RDA of iron, plus calcium and magnesium as well as Vitamin A (220%), Vitamin K and even Vitamin C.

For the beets themselves, I simply roast them at 400 degrees with a little olive oil – oh, for about 40 minutes or so. And that’s it! If there are any leftovers, I add them to a spinach salad with blue cheese and walnuts.

The beet vegetable, the root itself, is full of a phytonutrient called betalains. cancer-fighting compounds. As I continue to blog about healthy, natural food please check back. Send me any comments about what whole food nutrients you would like to learn about!

Fixate

Autumn Calabrese Presents FIXATE – new cookbook

July 14 – Today’s the day Autumn’s new cookbook gets released! If you love 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme, you know how satisfying it is to stay on track with healthy eating. The new Fixate cookbook introduces 101 new recipes to help keep that momentum.

Get your pots, pans, and kitchen essentials ready, because we’re debuting Autumn Calabrese’s 21 Day Fix-based cookbook, FIXATE, this summer! This all-new cookbook takes Autumn’s simple color-coded container portion control system and applies it to 101 of her favorite family recipes. Each FIXATE recipe lists color-coded container equivalents and nutrition facts. Plus, FIXATE includes Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian recipes along with Autumn’s personal tips for preparing meals quickly, and stocking your kitchen with absolute must-haves.

Mulberry tree

Berry Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are so great! All of the good stuff that's in a smoothie, with the satisfaction of feeling like a real meal.

Smoothie bowls are so great! All of the good stuff that’s in a smoothie, with the satisfaction of feeling like a real meal.

Berries everywhere! On special at the grocery, at farmer’s markets, in your garden! For myself, we have three mulberry trees and I needed to find a way to put these to good use. So, I washed them, froze them and now are using them in smoothies like crazy.

Berry smoothie bowl

Berry smoothie bowl ingredients

Berry smoothie bowl

Berry smoothie bowl with chia, flax and oats

My recipe:
1/4 c. mulberries
1/4 c. blueberries
1/2 c. dark cherries
(any combination of berries that equal 1 cup will work – just use what makes you happy!)

1/2 c. beet juice
I topped my smoothie bowl off with ground flax and chia seeds. I also added some shakeology powder – I would have added it prior to blending, if I had remembered! I think this would have made it creamier as well, so I would definitely recommend adding protein powder and will add a scoop next time. I also sprinkled a tablespoon of oats on top.

Freezing my own berries

Freezing summer berries

It’s the best time of year to stock up on fresh berries. They’re in season, super-fresh and a great price. This year, I’ve frozen strawberries & mulberries to use in smoothies later. I’ve purchased strawberries from the grocery while I’ve picked the mulberries myself from the several mulberry trees that we have. When I compare a bag of frozen berries at about $3 for a small bag, versus getting a 4 lb basket of strawberries on special for less than $3 or picking my own mulberries for free, I’ll take the bargain every time:) This savings really adds up because I have some sort of berry smoothie almost every day.

Mulberry tree
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Wash the berries – some people say to wash them with a little vinegar, but I just use water. Wash them thoroughly though. Let them dry a little bit and then spread them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Make sure to spread them around so they don’t freeze together in one clump. Put them in the freezer – it is best to leave them for several hours or until they freeze completely.

Mulberries

Mulberries

Once the berries are frozen, scoop them into freezer bags to be used later.

Frozen mulberries

Frozen mulberries

Then, I used the mulberries to make the following smoothie:
1/4 c. frozen mulberries
1/4 c. frozen blueberries
1/2 c. frozen dark cherries
1/2 c. beet juice
I topped my smoothie bowl off with ground flax and chia seeds. I also added some shakeology powder – I would have added it prior to blending, if I had remembered! I think this would have made it creamier as well, so I would definitely recommend adding protein powder and will add a scoop next time. I also sprinkled a tablespoon of oats on top.

Berry smoothie bowl

Berry smoothie bowl

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Summer smoothie

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Such a refreshing Summer smoothie! I made this with watermelon and cucumber.

Watermelon – about 2 cups
Cucumber – about 1/3
Beet juice – 1/2 c.
Water – 1/2 c.
Protein powder – I use vanilla shakeology

Blend and enjoy. This is really so refreshing on a hot summer day and a great way to up your water intake.

Superfood Healthy Good Stew

Superfood stew

Superfood stew

I just made this superfood autumn stew in the crockpot for the first time today. It’s a clean recipe and will fit perfectly as I journey in the 21 Day Fix Extreme.

Saute 1 large onion in olive oil. Add the spices listed below.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp ground coriander1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
pinch cinnamon
2 large yukon gold potatoes, diced
4 med parsnips, diced (peel first)
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth

Combine these items in the slow cooker. Cook on high for an hour and a half.

1 can northern beans (sometimes I make these separately in the crockpot and have on hand in the freezer – it’s an economical way to avoid the nasty BPAs found in canned items)
2 medium sweet potatoes

Add the above 2 items and cook another 2 hours.

Handful of spinach (use your judgement)

Add spinach and any other seasonings you like.

Enjoy!