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Why You Should Replace That Coffee for a Smoothie or Juicing!

24 Jan

Now lets start by saying this is coming from a Coffee Addict, but I’ve decided to make an important change. Trading in my morning coffee for a smoothie and here’s why!

1. Crash & Burn

Its widely known coffee gives you an immediate burst of energy, but soon after you crash and burn leaving your body to crave more. But what you should know is that a smoothie will give you the same effect without the crash and burn. I make my smoothie with fresh squeezed oranges, banana’s, strawberries and even add a special antioxidant Red Powder from trader Joes full of amazing ingredients. I get the same burst of energy from the sugars of the smoothie, but no crash, no burn, and my energy last longer!

2. Get your Vitamins

The natural way that is. We rely too much on manufactured vitamins, but nothing as is good for your body as the real thing. If we all just ate the way nature intended we wouldn’t need to take vitamins at all. I get all my servings of fruit first thing in the morning when they can be used for energy and I get plenty of vitamins which keep me healthy and my immune system strong. I’m getting all my vitamin C the natural way. Better yet is if you have a juicer, you can add in some apple, beets, green peppers…the possibilities are endless and then you’re getting even more nutrients and cutting down on the sugar.

3. Coffee is a Drug

Let me tell you, after 2 weeks straight of headache withdrawals  I can tell you coffee is an addictive drug. I felt like I should be in a rehab facility! Anything that causes such a severe withdrawal should tell you that its not good for your body. Drinking coffee leads your body wanting even more. Whens the last time you had a headache from drinking too much, or not drinking enough smoothies? Never.

4. When in doubt go Healthy

When in doubt, use your wits and just go healthy. What has nutrients, vitamins, whats good for you, whats all natural? Fruits & Vegetables! You will lose more weight giving your body nutritious fruits and vegetables, than just coffee.

5. Stop running on empty

Coffee does not sustain you, fruits and vegetables do. Drinking a smoothie or juicing can be used as breakfast and at least keep you feeling satisfied throughout the morning. With coffee you’re running on empty, and in fact the acid from coffee can actually cause stomach irritation.

So if you want to lose weight, feel better, be healthier I encourage you all to make the switch with me and take note of how much better you feel throughout the day!

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5 Quick Breakfast Ideas that are Healthy, Low Calorie, & Tasty!

21 Jan

Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. The wrong breakfast can leave you feeling tired, sluggish, and making bad food decisions for the rest of the day. Avoid the fast food, stacks of pancakes, and worse absolutely nothing! All of these breakfast ideas are quick, simple and can even be taken on the go. By starting your day off with a great breakfast you”ll feel great throughout the day and studies show that when you start the day off with a healthy nutritious breakfast you’re more likely to make better food choices throughout the day.

1. Try a Smoothie

most of us are in a rush, so try making a quick smoothie instead of your usual cup of joe. I use a magic bullet and it literally takes the same amount of time. Simply add a little OJ or Skim Milk, some fruit ( fresh or save time with frozen), and for extra benefits add a scoop of your favorite protein powder or green veggie powder. I am using a red anti oxidant detox powder from Trader Joes. When I have extra time in the morning I fresh squeeze my oranges and it literally takes me just a few extra minutes. What ever you choose your smoothie will surely be packed with more vitamins and nutrients than your morning cup of coffee. Even better, with the Magic Bullet you can simply screw on a lid and take it with you. If you are really on the go try a pre-made smoothie drink.

2. Breakfast Burrito

I love the idea of a breakfast burrito because they are easy to wrap up and eat as your heading out the door. You can also pack a ton of goodies inside full of your protein, complex carbs and packed with vitamins. Use a whole wheat tortilla and pack with eggs, your favorite veggies, avocado, spinach, you can even add some extra brown or wild rice, skip the potatoes or opt for sweet potatoes instead. Go light on the cheese and use a small amount of sharp cheddar instead. For an extra punch I like to add some chopped chives and go for the salsa instead of the sour cream. Now of course this is my fancy burrito so feel free to simplify it with just some eggs, veggies, dash of cheese, & salsa. This is really one of those breakfast items where you cant go wrong.

3. Fresh Oatmeal

I don’t think many people realize that fresh oatmeal and store bought oatmeal in the packets takes the same amount of time to make. So save yourself some calories and make your own. If you buy just the oatmeal you will often be able to buy a kind that is higher in fiber. It is so easy to make, just pop in the microwave for a few minutes with some diced bananas and skim milk. If you’re on the go put it in a small microwave container and you’re good to go. Most of the time the bananas are sweet enough so you don’t need any extra sugar but you can also add a small amount of raw honey( the thick stuff, not the syrup) which is much better for you and actually contains vitamins and nutrients. I also love adding some chopped walnuts for a nice crunch and adding in some healthy fat and protein. You will feel so much better throughout the day and your energy will actually last!

4. Healthy Elvis Presley Sandwich

That is whole grain bread, all natural low fat peanut butter, and sliced banana’s. A perfect breakfast you can eat while heading out of the door and it only takes minutes to make. Simple, delicious  and packed full of nutrients, complex carbs, fiber, and protein. You really can’t go wrong. Always choose a whole grain brain that has 3+g of fiber per slice and select a peanut butter that is all natural and low in fat. Avoid ones that include hydrogenated oils. You can also sprinkle with cinnamon for some extra deliciousness, and if you can find real cinnamon you will enjoy even more health benefits http://www.organicauthority.com/health/11-health-benefits-of-cinnamon.html!

5. Muffins

If you’re short on time in the morning consider making a batch of healthy muffins in the evening or on the weekend when you have more time, they will last for over a week in an air tight container and make the perfect quick breakfast on the go or even a quick healthy snack during the day. Plus if you make it yourself you know its healthy and can even add in goodies like ground flax seed. Here are some great Healthy Low Calorie Muffin Recipes to try. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/low_calorie_muffin_recipes_low_calorie_scone_recipes

Pineapple Upside-Down Muffins Recipe

5. Low Fat Cottage Cheese & Fruit

This is a great low calorie choice that will start your day off with protein and a great dose of vitamins and antioxidants  My favorite fruits to add to cottage cheese are strawberries, blueberries, melons, mango, & pineapple.

Ham Wrapped Breakfast Quiche

22 Jul

This morning I made some really great breakfast quiches and thought I would share the recipe which I had to change-up quite a bit to get them perfect. These are delicious,  low-calorie, and full of veggies.  I like to add a lot of vegetables, but with this recipe just add whatever you prefer.

 

Ingredients:

Eggs Whole   6

Egg Whites    4

1/2 cup shredded sharp or medium cheddar cheese

1/2 Cup Spinach

5 diced Mushrooms

a few pieces of Broccoli Chopped

1/4 green pepper chopped

1/4 onion chopped

1 garlic clove chopped

salt & pepper

Ham

1/3 cup buttermilk

Use Muffin Pan with 12 or 6 cups

 

Directions:

Preheat Oven to 375. Spray Muffin Pan with nonstick spray and line the sides and bottom of each cup with thinly sliced ham. In a skillet add all diced veggies and a dash of salt & pepper. Saute for about 3 minutes and add spinach ripping into large pieces. Saute another 2 minutes until spinach is wilted. When veggies are done take the pan off heat and let cool.While the veggies are sauteing, whisk together the eggs and buttermilk, add another dash of salt and pepper. Whisk well so eggs become light and fluffy. If you have a magic bullet, whip eggs for a few seconds to add more air. Once eggs are whisked, add cooled veggie mixture and 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Mix and using a ladle scoop eggs mixture into muffin pan.

Bake Quiche at 375 for 20 minutes.

to remove, scrape sides and gently remove.

serve with salsa, sour cream, avacado, or Ketchup