This little piggy had a smoothie

Two years ago, I got my mom a wooden little piggy cutting board. She has a thing for pigs. We have this little four inch tall statue of three pigs stacked on top of each other and another little clay sculpture of a pig that either my mom or sister made when they were little. And now we also have this little piggy cutting board that the smoothie is on top of in the picture. I thought it was cute and went along with her little piggy theme. But now we use it to display salami and cheese on when guests come over. Kind of weird, but that’s neither here nor there.

I make this smoothie in the morning as my post workout meal.

  • The maca gives me energy and balances my hormones (because I could really use some balance in my life).
  • The banana gives me the potassium and sugars I need for muscle repair and energy.
  • Freshly ground flax meal provides me of my omega-3s (because, ew, fish).
  • Cacao has ample magnesium and slight amounts of caffeine that can temporarily ward off my coffee addiction.
  • Brazil nuts give me the selenium that I probably wouldn’t get from really anything else in my diet. Plus, selenium protects against cell damage and acts as an antioxidant.

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*See the little piggy? You won’t feel like a pig after drinking this smoothie!

Side note: you can grind the cacao and flax seeds in a coffee grinder before throwing it into the blender.

One more side note: you can replace the coconut water for cold brew coffee if you’re feeling extra sassy!

Banana Cacao Post Workout Smoothie

Blend together the following ingredients in a blender for a single serving.

10 ounces coconut water

1 tablespoon ground cacao

1 tablespoon ground flax seed

1/2 tablespoon maca

1 banana

1-2 brazil nuts

2 pitted dates

1 tablespoon almond butter

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

It’s SHREDDING SEASON: icy pineapple and ginger smoothie

It’s bulking/shredding/toning/slimming season, BRO!!!! Time to eat nothing but meat and salad!!!

..or not.

It’s true, right now is the time that everyone’s looking to start getting in shape for summer bikini season. This doesn’t mean you have to eliminate fruit, grains or anything else enjoyable. I mean, yeah, you DO have to limit yourself on some things. Alcohol, refined sugars and grains, sodas, pastries, pizzas, pasta, etc. All that fun stuff that you already know you should be limiting anyway. And you probably do a great job of it.. until 2 am when the bars close and Manhattan Pizzeria is still open. I think that’s a general struggle we all deal with.

One super common misconception is that eating healthy and getting in shape means eating tasteless food and feeling sore 99% of the time. Honestly, if you have had this experience, then you’re probably doing it wrong. Healthy food (not diet food) tastes fabulous. Ever had chicken cooked in red wine sauce layered on top of garlic oven roasted veggies with a crisp romaine salad dressed with a dijon lemon vinaigrette? Does that sound like diet food? Well it’s not typically what people think of when considering going on a diet. But that’s the type of food you should be eating when trying to lose weight.

And if you’re telling me that you feel sore all the time when you workout then you probably only stuck to a workout plan for a week, maybe two. Because after that initial hump is over and done with, you shouldn’t be getting uncomfortably sore anymore (unless you’re a hardcore athlete trying to do a dynamic workout).

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So here’s a refreshing, tasty and (gasp) fruity smoothie to sip on after a sweaty workout. If you really feel like being adventurous, this is also a really good base for a healthy “daiquiri”. This recipe may sound tasteless and kind of strange, but it’s less than 100 calories and actually insanely delicious. Just give it a shot.

Happy shredding season!

Icy Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

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serves 2

Ingredients

2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple cubes

1.5 cups coconut water

1 inch of fresh ginger, skin peeled off and diced super fine

2 handfuls of spinach

1/2 cup ice (optional)

1. Make sure to cut off all of the skin from the ginger and then dice it really fine.  Just for a reference, this is about how big of a piece of ginger you should use:

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2. Blend all of the ingredients (besides the ice) until it is smooth. If you plan on adding ice (which I would recommend if you plan on making a drink out of it), then add the ice after blending the other ingredients until smooth. Blend the ice in until you have your desired consistency!

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I couldn’t help but chug mine. Just try and drink yours like a lady/gentleman. It’s not possible.

** PS, this recipe is really great because it incorporates anti-inflammatory ginger in it’s raw state. Your body is inflamed after a workout, so sipping on this drink will help decrease that inflammation and increase your recovery speed.

Protein packed banana strawberry smoothie

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I created this smoothie 100% on accident. I’m going to quote my friend, Hattie, here: “I get really creative when I have limited groceries left”. Sometimes great things can happen when you have to get a little creative. I made this smoothie to help me last through my lunch time classes all the way to dinner. It did the trick! It’s loaded with protein from the chia, hemp and flax seeds. Plus, there’s tons of fiber from all the seeds, banana and strawberries to keep you full for hours. It’s got the great flavor of a strawberry banana smoothie that you’re used to with the extra benefits of keeping you full longer.

Bottom line: Make it. Your taste buds will be happy and your belly will be pleasantly full.

Protein packed banana strawberry smoothie

serves 1

Ingredients:

10 oz coconut water

1 banana

4 strawberries (can be frozen or fresh)

2 dates, pitted

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon cacao nibs

1 tablespoon flax seeds

1 1/2 tablespoons hemp seeds

2 teaspoons coconut butter

1. Add 2 teaspoons hot water to a small container holding the chia seeds. Allow this to gelatinize while you put together the rest of the smoothie.

2. In a coffee grinder, combine the cacao nibs and flax seeds. Blend until it forms a fine powder.

3. Combine all of the ingredients (including the powder created in step 2 and the gelatinized chia seeds) and blend for 2 minutes or until there are no more chunks.

Enjoy!

DAY 15: greens and protein

Vegetables make me feel so clean inside. Especially a big bowl of green vegetables. I actually enjoy eating healthy, which some people might find odd. But I guarantee anyone would enjoy eating healthier more if they just stuck with it past the early crap food withdrawals. Don’t get me wrong, I also love ice cream and cookies, but I choose not to eat them very often because of how they make me feel. When I binge and eat some junk food, I feel moody, depressed, and hungry. My body is rejecting what I put into it. Everybody’s body does this also, just some people are so used to it that they associate it with their personality or with PMS.

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This is my lunch today:
A green salad with a “chocolate” smoothie (recipe in a previous post). This may not look like a lot of food, but trust me, it lasts you all the way until dinner time (mostly because of all the protein in the smoothie). So I challenge anyone who’s brave enough to nix the junk food and see how much happier you become!