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Anti-Stress Smoothie

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Feeling a little stressed? Meh, it happens; not fun, but it comes with being well, human.

In my opinion, stress is something that absolutely needs to be combated, whether you get it out of your system by working out (my method), writing about it in a journal, or as I would like to address in this post, eating or drinking certain things that could help alleviate stress.

Anti-Stress SmoothieThat, my friends, is an “anti-stress smoothie”. It’s delicious, nutritious, and is proven to help combat dreaded stress.

What’s Inside: For one large serving
– 1 cup blueberries
– 3/4 cup homemade almond milk
– 1/2 cup chocolate frozen yogurt
– 1 medium banana
– 3-5 ice cubes
– 1 tablespoon honey
– sprig of lavender (for garnish)

It’s not even necessary to include instructions; simply combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, then garnish with lavender – and whipped cream if you have it (I didn’t) – and enjoy!

Aaaand, just to help give you a little giggle, here’s a picture of my cat with bread on her head.

She's So Happy Looking...

She’s So Happy Looking…

Remember: deep breaths. Namaste.

If You Must’ache…

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Hi there!

While I have a few minutes to spare before I have to go back into work, I thought I would give y’all some TLB (Tender Loving Blogging).

My mom did an awesome thing the other day… she bought a Vitamix. That’s right. The king of the blender realm; the appliance that makes all others quiver in its shadow.

Okay, so maybe that’s a bit dramatic.
However, it is a darn sweet blender and I am over the moon with excitement about all the awesome things that I will use it for. It can make liquids hot in 4 minutes with sheer blade powers – yowza! (They should probably just hire me to be an advocate).

This Red Viper and I (reference, anyone? Kudos if you know) had our first dance a few minutes ago, and we’re definitely going to be friends. I mean, look at the sweet ‘stache…

MoustacheThat’s right, I’m back on my smoothie grind! Today’s blend was:
– 1 cup vanilla almond milk
– 2.5 tbsp cacao
– 1 tbsp coconut oil
– 2 tbsp peanut butter (made with flaxseed)
– 1/2 cup frozen blueberries – in lieu of ice
– 1/2 banana
– 3 strawberries

Voila! Behold a smoothie that is great for things such as skin, PMS, metabolism, weight loss and it is a good way to incorporate some more potassium, calcium and protein into your diet… amongst other things, of course.

I even took the time to do a basic Nutrition Facts panel for you guys.

Calories – 547
Fat – 34 g
Potassium – 427 mg (26%)
Carbohydrates – 50 g (27 g from sugar, 13 g from fiber)
Protein – 12.3 g
Calcium – 51%
Vitamin E – 60%
Vitamin B12 – 50%
Vitamin C – 54%
Iron – 16%

Now, don’t freak out about how high the calories, fat and carbs are. You need these things in order for your body to function at its best, and they are all coming from natural sources that come from our own Mother Earth. If you compare this to eating a burger and fries from McDonald’s, this is light-years better for you. Trust me. Plus, it is super filling and you can even substitute this for a meal.

Coconut oil is extremely high in fat (the good kind), so if you’re really turned off by that, just don’t add it in – though I recommend it for those who work out and live an active lifestyle! Once a day is more than fine.

All this drink needs is a name, so if anyone has any thoughts, I’m all ears. Have a great day loves, and stay tuned for another post quite soon! Maybe even in a few hours 😉

Violet, You’re Turning Violet!

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If you don’t understand the title of this post — I highly suggest you get your butt on the couch and watch Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory this instant!!! It is a gem, and if you have yet to indulge, well… shame on you.

Je te promets qu’il y a method to my madness; but first, you just have to watch this scene. It’s only two-minutes, so I want no excuses.

Why, you ask, am I focusing on the lovely Violet Beauregard? First of all, she is sassy and has a french last name. However, the reasoning is because of the smoothie I made tonight.
After dinner, I wanted something sweet to indulge in (thank you, red wine buzz), but yesterday I ate about 3 lemon-lime bars, so I didn’t exactly want to feed my body anymore treats. At least until tomorrow.

Sooooo, I made this!
Blueberry PieIt may look like a regular purple smoothie, but oooohhhh boy is this puppy bomb. It tastes EXACTLY like a blueberry pie, and I’m being entirely serious. My parents wanted to test that theory, so they tried it… and as you can see, the jar is half empty in the picture… hint: that wasn’t just me.

The best part? It’s good for you!!!
I’m guessing you probably want to know what’s inside? I suppose I will share the love:
– 1/2 cup pomegranate juice*
– 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
– 1 cup Greek yogurt
– 2 tablespoons local honey
– 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder (any type will do)
– ice
Simply blend all the ingredients together until creamy and serve. You’re welcome.
* If you don’t want or have pomegranate juice, you can also use coconut water or almond milk.

I’m not lying about it being good for you, by the way. You get antioxidants from the blueberries, protein from the Greek yogurt and the protein powder (24+grams of it!), enzymes from the honey, and pomegranate juice helps with heart diseases and your immune system. Of course, there are TONS more benefits from these ingredients, but I’m getting sleepy, so yeah.

Also, you may not have noticed, but this drink has 3 ingredients in it that are good for your skin, and considering my recent obsession with beneficial skin foods, well that was icing on the cake pie. The ingredients: Greek yogurt, blueberries and pomegranate.

Wouldn’t you say that sipping on this is a better alternative than eating blueberry pie? Of course, there is a time and place for pi (like 4 days ago – 3.14!), but your body will be much happier with this decision.

Anyway, I’m off to bed. I had a very exciting day (details to come) and have to be at work at 6:45 am tomorrow, so my covers are calling to me. Sweet dreams!

My St. Patrick's Day Outfit. Thought you would enjoy :)

My St. Patrick’s Day Outfit. Thought you would enjoy 🙂

Skinsational

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What’s up my friends? One thing that is up for certain: my amount of followers! I’m up to 87 now I believe, THANK YOU!! I hope I’m making your days a little brighter and giving you some information that is actually useful to you. As always, I adore your feedback, so don’t hesitate if you have anything to share/ask/whatever!

As you may or may not know, I am in the process of working into my daily diet foods that are proven to have amazing benefits for the skin. I want skin that glows with the white hot intensity of 1,000 suns.
My first post gave a list, so please if you missed it, check it out. I wanted to adhere to my promise and expand a little on each ingredient; there’s a lot, so I will do them in bite-size chunks of 5.

Before I get to that, though, I wanted to share another recipe that I concocted with said beneficial foods. It’s a little on the tart side, but quite delicious! Enjoy 😀

Skin SmoothieIngredients

In case you can’t see what the ingredients are in the picture, I’ll list them here for you: 1/2 cup homemade almond milk, 4 tablespoons Greek yogurt, 1/2 stalk kale without stem, handful oats, large pinch of alfalfa sprouts, 1/4 cup pomegranate juice, handful of blackberries, raspberries, cranberries and blueberries. ALL of those ingredients are known to be beneficial for your skin… score one for the home team!

Okay, now for the breakdown:

Cocoa: Cocoa hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple. Dark chocolate is even better, containing high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant. For maximum flavonol content, eat chocolate that’s at least 70% cacao. A couple of squares a day should be enough to improve luminosity. Also, when applied topically, the caffeine in chocolate may temporarily reduce skin puffiness.

Yogurt: The protein you get from eating dairy helps skin become firmer, making it more resistant to lines, with Greek yogurt being especially beneficial; the protein content of Greek yogurt is often double that of regular yogurt. Eat a single serving each day to smooth out your complexion.

Pomegranate: These puppies are packed with polyphenol antioxidants, which fight free radicals and regulate skin’s blood flow, giving it rosiness. One pomegranate or a few glasses of juice daily should do the deed. If you apply it to your skin, the fruits’ antioxidants help smooth lines and moisturize.

Walnuts: Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, which improves skin’s elasticity. These nuts are also loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production. Snacking on a handful of walnuts each day should help to improve your complexion’s texture.

Peppers: According to Dr. Wu, women who eat green and yellow vegetables regularly tend to have fewer wrinkles, especially around the eyes. Studies also have found that carotenoids — the antioxidants in yellow and orange veggies — can decrease skin’s sensitivity to the sun. I would aim for about two cups of peppers daily.

There you have it, my dears. I am proud to say that today I have incorporated all of the recommended amounts of these ingredients into my diet, so here’s to hopefully getting that glowing skin.
You are all beautiful and talented individuals; always remember that, and don’t forget to smile!

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Energize With A Breakfast Blend

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Howdy!

I hope everyone is making the best of what I pray will be the last chunk of winter weather – it’s chilly again where I am and it’s such a tease considering the two decently toasty days we’ve just had. However, I made a tasty smoothie to start the day off right! It’s best in the morning since it is catered towards giving you the energy your body needs in the am, but of course slug this sucker back whenever you have the time. It’s a great alternative to coffee for all you caffeine addicts out there 😉

EnergizeSo, what’s inside? For one large serving:
– 4-5 strawberries (if fresh: add ice if you want it extra cold, if frozen: let thaw a little)
– 1 banana
– 1/2 cup homemade almond milk*
– 1/2 container (3 ounces) greek vanilla yogurt (lemon would also be tasty)
– 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions: Too easy! Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve & enjoy immediately.

*I always try to utilize my homemade almond milk because 1) it is delicious and nutritious and I know exactly what is inside of it and 2) fresh almond milk only lasts about 4 days, so use it or lose it! However, if you don’t have almond milk, cow or soy milk should do just fine. If you have vanilla soy milk, that would compliment the drink nicely.

Energy Ingredients

I saw a similar recipe to this one and it wanted 1/6 cup powdered sugar to be added. Personally, I believe that the natural sugars in the fruits are plenty and no extra sugar is needed; this drink is sweet enough on its own. Powdered sugar just adds unnecessary calories and as you should know, it isn’t exactly the best thing for our bodies, so embrace the natural sugars — without additives!

That’s all for now; I already hit the gym this morning so I have a little time to kill before work, maybe I’ll make some banana bread! Peace and love and all things nice.

A Berry Good Morning

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Bonjour mes amis! I hope that everyone’s day is starting out lovely, and if you haven’t started yet… time to move! Allez!

“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” – Jack London

Lately I’ve been having some epiphanies about what I want to do with my life, and I find myself waking up so much more motivated and happy to just be alive each and every day. It’s quite awesome, and I suggest you all jump on this bandwagon with me.
You don’t have to have an epiphany per-say, but give your brain some exercise. Think. Create ideas. Stimulate your mind. It doesn’t matter how – listen to music that speaks to you, read a book that teaches you something new, or sit down and just prod the inner workings of your brain; it’s an amazing thing, and we don’t even know half of what it is capable of. Try and make the most of each moment that you are blessed to have; after all, we never really know when our time card will be punched out.

Anyway! I made a BOMB smoothie this morning and I wanted to share it with all of you. So: make it, sip it and go do something productive. You’ll be losing nothing if you do and gaining everything.

Here’s what went into it for one large serving:
– 3/4 cup of my homemade almond milk     – 1 cup of a medley of strawberries/blueberries/raspberries
– 1/4 cup Greek yogurt                – 1/2 tablespoon sugar (honestly, don’t bother adding this. Not healthy or needed)
– 1/8 teaspoon vanilla                  – 1/4 cup of granola (extra for garnish)

Ingredients

Ingredients

Now, how to concoct:
1. Blend milk and berries in blender until thick and creamy.
2. Add yogurt, sugar (or not!) and vanilla and blend until smooth.
3. Add granola and pulse for 15-20 seconds.
4. Garnish. Serve. Drink!

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Stay sweet babes. It’s back day today – time to go pump some iron. o–O–o