Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Banana Almond Green Juice/Smoothie

I wanted to thank you for all of your sweet emails and messages regarding my last post.  It was nice to get it off of my chest.  I have been contemplating sharing my story on here for a very long time and I am so glad I finally did.  You guys are the best!

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Anywhosers... I wanted to share what I have been having as an afternoon snack lately.  I feel it is the perfect treat to have when those 2 o'clock or afternoon sugar cravings attack.  This is what I humbly call: a green "juice/smoothie".  I make it using my blender.  So refreshing, sweet and delish!

It is so hard to make a green juice look presentable in pictures but, I assure you it is delicious.

Banana Almond Green Smoothie
I used:
a ripe banana ( or in my case, overly ripe)
1 cup of kale
1-2 stalks of celery (diced)
1/3 of a large cucumber (diced)
1 tbsp. of almond butter
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1/8 tsp. of stevia extract
1 cup of ice

I also used (Optional:)
1 scoop of vanilla brown rice protein powder
1 scoop of chlorella or spirulina

Directions:
You know how this goes!  Dice your veggies and add them and the rest of your ingredients into a blender.  Blend until you reach a consistency you like or until well blended.  

Pour and enjoy!
This is a very simple recipe.  I thought I would share it because well, I love it, and also because I know, not everyone owns a juicer.  Smoothies are a great way to incorporate liquefied veggies into your diet without the use of a juicer.

I hope you give it a try! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

My Binge Eating Disorder (BED) Story

Happy Monday!  I hope that you are having a great start to your week. A start full of healthy intentions and a healthy mind.
  
I am sure that by the tittle of this post you kinda know what I will be talking about.  Today I am sharing my Binge Eating Disorder story with you.   This is probably the hardest post I have ever written because it is so personal and this was such a dark place in my life.  However, I get lot of questions and emails about it, so I just had to post it on here. 

I do not want to put out an image of having a healthy lifestyle with no struggles.  I have had a lot of struggles with my relationship with food.  It took me a long time to get here, to have a healthy mind an a healthy body.  Filming a video and sharing my experience made me realize how far I have come, I m very proud of where I am, and I look forward to the future.  It was only a few years ago, and it is a feeling I never thought I would have.

First I want to remind you I am not a registered dietitian nor a nutritionist.  I am not an eating disorder expert, this is just my experience, my story. 

FYI! I filmed a video sharing my BED story.  I encourage you to watch if you are suffering from a similar situation.
Watch below or click here to watch the video.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Easiest!: Crockpot BBQ Chicken

It happened on a football game night (Chistian's game,) I only had 30 minutes to get something in the crock-pot to be able to have dinner ready by the time we got back from the game.  I was nervous about it, but the concoction turned out to be a beautiful thing

This was one of those recipes that I literally, threw together on a busy afternoon using what I had on hand.  It was so popular with the hubby and child that it now has become part of our weekly menu

Now, I am big planner but, this just goes to show that the best recipes are made without a plan.

I love this recipe because it requires only a few  ingredients that most people (or red wine drinkers) have at home.  I love fool proof "go-to" recipes like this, and all crock-pot recipes in general.  Throw everything in there, forget about it, and a few hours later; DING, DING, BOOM, dinner is ready!

 I just had to share it with you... ;o)

Crock-pot Pulled BBQ Chicken

Monday, October 13, 2014

First Impression and Haul: Trader Joe's #ColoradoSprings

Happy Monday!  This is an exciting post for me!   For the last few weeks, I have been holding a humble countdown to the opening of Trader Joe's in Colorado Springs.  I live about 20 minutes away from the store, but since it is the only one around I am considering it a local store for me.

If you have been a reader of this blog for a while then you know that I have been DYING to visit a Trader Joe's.  I have shared my passion for the store so much that on a Foodie Pen Pal box sweet girl Kim, sent me a package from the TJ New York city store.  Check out that post here! 

For those who do not know what a Trader Joe's is (since I am now an expert lol,) here's a little info from their website...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Banana Blueberry Protein Waffles

Have you seen the workout challenge I posted on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter yesterday??...
I challenge you to perform this workout at least two times this week.  If you give it a try do not forget to tag me on Instagram @ahealthier_fitterme.  Would love to hear how it went for you!

OK... on to  THE WAFFLES!

I posted a photo of my recent breakfast obsession on Instagram and a couple of you wanted the recipe.  Can ya tell how much I love Instagram....?   No? OK!  Anyway...  These are super simple and could easily be converted to paleo if you use an animal protein based powder.  
I hope you give this one a try!

Gluten Free Banana Blueberry Protein Waffles

Monday, October 6, 2014

September 2014 Healthy Favorites!

Happy Monday!  Can you believe Halloween is only a few weeks away???  It is crazy how fast time has passed.  Anyway, today I wanted to share what products I loved in the month of September.  I am sure a lot of you do this too, we tend to have a "go-to" breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner that we like to rotate in throughout the week.  It saves us time and we know exactly what we are putting into our body.

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I have been  loving protein pancakes and overnight oats for breakfast.  I literally had these all month long and I think they are slowly rolling over into October as well.;o)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Instagram Workouts

Happy Saturday!  I started my day with a brisk walk with my dog Angel.  They recently open a new road by our house and she really enjoys that route, and visiting her dogie friends. Super cute! 

I followed my walk with a batch of my Gluten Free Pancakes.  You guys, this was my very first recipe on the blog, the photo is a bit blurry but the pancakes are delicious.  I have not made them in quite a while, it was a nice treat to have this morning.  Check out the recipe here!

Also, please feel free to check out my Recipes and Workouts labels above.  I get a lot of questions in regards to workouts and recipes, you can find all of them on those two labels.