Monday, March 11, 2013

Smoothies, Chia Pudding, and Breakfast

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie



Ingredients:
  • 10 ounces almond milk (or skim)
  • 1 TB Natural Peanut Butter (or 2TB PB2, which is found at Whole Foods, it is peanut butter in a powdered form with 85% less calories from fat than regular peanut butter)
  • 1 Medium Banana
Directions:
  1. In a blender, combine it all and mix until smooth. Use 6 ice cubes for thicker consistency.
  2. Nutrition Facts: 303 calories, 9g fat, 45g CHO, 4g Fiber, 16g Protein

***MY TIPS:
  1. Slice up bananas when fresh and put in Ziploc bag and throw in freezer. Use the frozen banana instead of ice cubes.
  2. You can also use ½ scoop Whey protein (Vanilla or chocolate) for a PROTEIN BOOST!
  3. ADD ground Flax Seed to any smoothie. Adding flaxseeds to your diet is a great way to increase your intake of omega-3s, which are associated with a lowered risk of heart disease, cancer, and depression
  4. You can swap the Peanut Butter out for fresh or frozen strawberries for  a Strawberry Banana Smoothie!
PEANUT BUTTER FACTS:
NUTRITIONAL FACTS FOR 2 tablespoons of plain peanut butter:
190 calories, 16 g fat, 7 g carbohydrates, 8 g protein, 3 g fiber, 0 mg sodium, 5 PointsPlu .
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NUTRITIONAL FACTS FOR 2 tablespoons of PB2:
45 calories, 1.5 g fat, 5 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, 2 g fiber, 94 mg sodium, 1 PointsPlus

You do the math, people! It's delicious! You take 2 Tb PB2 and mix with 1 TB water until desired consistency! YUM!

Yummy Green Smoothie
Ingredients
1         1 orange
2        ½ banana
3        6 large strawberries
4        2 cups spinach
5         1/3 cup Greek yogurt ( Chobani 0% Plain yogurt, or any plain yogurt will work)
6        1 cup ice
DIRECTIONS:  Blend everything together in the blender. Makes 2 servings, can pop one in the freezer for later.

Getting Creative in the kitchen, check out this PEANUT BUTTER BANANA PROTEIN SMOOTHIE! I made this for an instagram challenge for one of my favorite FITspirations --> Follow BSHAEFIT on Instagram, love her positivity and her progress is amazing!

Breakfast Idea
Overnight Oats:
Ingredients:
·        ½ cup quick oats
·        ½ cup skim milk or almond milk
·        Dash of cinnamon
·        Your choice of: craisins, almond slivers, chia seeds (can be found at trader joes), agave nectar, or peanut butter.
  • Put it all together in a Tupperware or jar with a lid into the refrigerator overnight and in the morning, BOOM. It’s delicious. I eat mine cold, but you can totally warm it up and it tastes great too!
  • *NOTE* If you are bringing it to work with you, you will want to invest in a good Tupperware container that won’t leak! (I learned that the hard way) IT’S THE BEST SERIOUSLY! I swap up the ingredients so I NEVER get bored with it.
  • CHIA Seeds are awesome, they start small but plump up in liquid. Click this link to see the benefit of Chia Seeds. They add protein, fiber, and omega-3s to any meal! I put them in oatmeal, cereal, yogurt and you can also make an AWESOME Chocolate Chia Pudding.
  • Another FITspiration --> POWERCAKES & HEATHERWAXMAN --> Follow them on instagram and check out their blogs for awesome recipes! They got me addicted to chia seeds! They were the leaders of the A-Z veggie challenge you saw on my instagram! Click here for: Powercakes Blog & For the Love of Kale Blog

SNACK
 CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING:
2 TB Chia seeds
1-2 Cups Water
2 TB Cocoa Powder
Stevia (or other NATURAL sweetener)

MIX ALL TOGETHER AND LEAVE IN FRIDGE FOR 20 MINUTES, YUM!
More recipes to come, stay tuned!
THINK ABOUT IT: OVER THE LIPS, FOREVER ON THE HIPS!!
–APRIL

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