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Healthy Pineapple Green Smoothie

So here it is, May 9, 2017. Like a lot of people, I kinda made myself a promise at the beginning of the year, as cliché as it sounds, I was serious about it. Most people say they’re going to lose such and such amount of pounds. I on the other hand, didn’t want to make myself any promises I couldn’t actually keep. So I promised myself I would live a healthier life, starting this year. The reason for this promise to myself, is because I feel tired all the time, my energy level is actually a joke. I also had a heart attack a couple years ago, and I hadn’t even hit 40 yet! If that’s not a wake up call to watch your health, I don’t know what is! So, this year, I’m as serious… as a heart attack. LOL too soon?

Anyway, for workouts, I’ve been on again off again. It’s still 2017, I can still live up to my promise! So, climbing back into the saddle, it’s time to take those workout sessions serious, let myfitnesspal help me, and eat better. I don’t diet, by the way. I call it “eating better”. Diets are these things that just set you up for failure, by depriving you of the things you love. If you love chocolate chip cookies, there’s no reason in the world you can’t have one. It’s all a matter of how many of those cookies you have. Speaking of things I love, and I do have a sweet tooth, I love fruit. Fruit is like a two-fer for me. It’s healthy AND it’s sweet! Can’t beat that! So what I’ve got for you today, is a wonderfully healthy smoothie. I use this as a snack actually. A post-workout snack to be precise. I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but after a good workout, I’m starving! We all have to hydrate and replenish after a good workout, and this is my favorite way to do that! Check this out….

Don’t you go poo pooing about spinach. Spinach has so many healthy things going on for it, I’d have to take all day to list them. But here’s a few, a little blurb taken from foodfacts.mercola.com: “Health Benefits of Spinach: Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.” If you need more reasons to eat your leafy greens, visit that website. Don’t like spinach? Or it just sounds weird in a smoothie? Don’t worry! You can’t taste it. You get all of the health benefits, without the flavor of spinach. Between the vanilla Greek yogurt, apple juice, banana and pineapple, it tastes like a tropical fruit smoothie. And the fruit, not only does it have awesome vitamins like Vitamin C to help boost your immune system, but it also helps to hydrate. This, my friends, is a perfect post workout snack. Or just a snack. YUM!

 

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Healthy Pineapple Green Smoothie Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
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  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
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Adapted from garnishandglaze.com

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Salty Dog Cocktail

Is it warming up where you are? It started warming up around here in the southern half of Indiana a bit earlier than we all had expected. Only a few days ago it was close to 80 degrees! To me, that’s summer weather, but I’m not going to complain. Ok, I might complain a little, but it’s not about the heat. It’s about the darn biting bugs! They’re out already, and looking for me to chew on specifically, I just know it! Anyway, aside from that, It’s still nice to sit on the porch with good company in beautiful weather, especially if you have a pretty little citrus cocktail to sip on. I am no bartender, but if I can mix this up, then you know it has to be easy! There’s only a couple of ingredients and it’s so easy, delicious, refreshing, and so pretty! Mix up a couple of these and share one with a friend while enjoying the warm weather, wherever you are.


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  1. Rub a slice of lime around the rim of your lowball glass (also known as a rocks glass or old fashioned). Pour some salt on a small plate, and dip rim of glass into salt to salt the rim. Add ice to the glass, then add juice and vodka. Top with lemon lime soda to fill glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.
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Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie

Mornings. It’s the worst time of the day for me. I am sooooo not a morning person, and this makes breakfast my least favorite meal of the day. But it’s so important! When trying to lose weight like I am, or just trying to stay healthy, Doctors and Nutritionists alike tell you that you must not skip breakfast. So, I set out on a mission to work around this problem, where:

1.) I’m not hungry in the mornings, but an hour before lunch time I’m “dying”.

2.) I hate mornings, and I don’t want to deal with making breakfast. So it better be a quick fix.

3.) It must be low calorie too. I like to keep my breakfast and lunch at a low (reasonable) calorie, so that I can have a higher calorie dinner. My kids and hubby do not care to share in my low-fat, low-calorie adventure, and besides, dinner is my favorite meal of the day. That’s where the comfort food is at.

This smoothie satisfies all three of those requirements. It’s delicious, fast and healthy, and keeps me full until lunch. Also gives me the energy I need to get a good start in the morning. The ingredients are just so simple, frozen unsweetened strawberries, oats, ground flax seed, low calorie vanilla Greek yogurt, honey, vanilla extract and almond milk.

 

That’s what makes this smoothie one of my favorite breakfast choices. I hope you enjoy it too!

 

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Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie Yum
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  1. Throw all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!
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