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Do your body a favor. It’ll thank ya!

13 Jun

It feels like forever since the last post!  Let’s change that with a little delicious nutrient-rich smoothie bowl, shall we?

This morning was an EXCELLENT workout for me.  I took a day off yesterday and so my body was literally craving a hard run and intense P90X session to follow.  I even threw in a 15-minute ab workout just because I was feeling that great… Why?  Because weekends I usually indulge a little bit here and there : an extra scoop of (fat free, of course!) frozen yogurt on Friday, some mini chocolate chips in my yogurt on Saturday, a Starbucks Skinny Frap on Sunday…

Not this weekend. Nope.   I was totally on target with every single little thing that went into my mouth and tummy.  Nothing but clean eating for this girl!  So naturally, I was super fueled and ready to go this morning before the birds even started chirping away.  Successful Monday morning: CHECK!

Now, I lucked out this morning but not every Monday morning feels as great which is why this smoothie bowl is perfect get your body back on track because it’s packed full of nutrients from fruits, spinach and lots o’ protein.  Don’t be intimidated by the green color – I swear you will not even taste the spinach!!  Top it off with some sweet and crunchy granola and you’ve got yourself a power meal.

Ingredients:

1/2 frozen banana

3 frozen strawberries

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 pinches xanthan gum

Small handful of ice

1/3 cup cold water

Generous handful of fresh baby spinach

1/4 cup granola

Directions:

Throw everything but the granola into a blender and puree until smooth and creamy.  Top with the granola and enjoy a tasty, healthy, refreshing snack (or breakfast or lunch or dessert for that matter)!  Your bod will thank ya!

– Alex

Perfect Parfait

9 Jun

I popped my parfait cherry today.  Never before today had I ever made a parfait before but for some reason I had been thinking of the idea all day and decided to give it a shot.  It was absolutely scrumptious and really hit that snack spot.  I thought I’d share because it’s a decently healthy snack in the middle of the day when you just need a pick-me-up to get you through until dinner.

Eek you can kinda see my face... creepy.

And here’s how I layered it:

A generous spoonful of Stonyfield Greek nonfat vanilla yogurt

1 tbsp. Bear Naked Fit vanilla almond crunch granola

A couple banana cubes (I used 1/4 medium sized banana altogether)

1 tbsp. White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter

Repeat

Then I added just a few cashew halves on top for an extra salty crunch

Tip:   Be careful with your portions here.  It can easily turn into a diet-buster if you’re not mindful of the amount of ingredients you use.  I used just one 5.3 oz. package of yogurt and I measured out the granola and peanut butter so that I didn’t go overboard – which I very well would have since these are some of the most delicious foods I have in my house at the moment!!

Happy snacking and enjoy!

– Alex