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SlimFast Snacks and Shakes

Disclosure:  I received these Slimfast products in exchange for an honest review, however, all opinions are 100% my own.  #Slimfast #Influenster #igotitfree #ItsYourThing

I know…I know…everyone is talking about eating right and losing weight but as we all know words means nothing – action means everything!  So mark my words, I am going to start the new year eating healthier, drinking more water, less wine and incorporating the Slimfast Advanced Nutrition meal bars, shakes, smoothies and 100-calorie snacks into my meal plan. 

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I will begin my day with a nutritious and delicious Meal Replacement bar while commuting to work and this Dark Chocolate Sea Salt bar not only fills me up while on the road but it also tastes great!  This Advanced Nutrition bar contains 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, 18 vitamins and minerals and is Gluten Free and when you mix chocolate with sea salt, there’s definitely going to be a party in your mouth!

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My second meal will be replaced with a Creamy Chocolate, High Protein Meal Replacement Shake along with a piece of fresh fruit and water.  I love my shakes cold so I will either pour it over ice or put the bottle in the freezer about 30 minutes before drinking. This high protein shake contains only 1 gram of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, 24 vitamins and minerals, contains antioxidants, and is both Lactose and Gluten free.

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And of course, when the 3:00 o’clock munchies hit, instead of hitting the vending machine for a bag of chips, I will grab a pack of these light and crispy 100 Calorie Snack Baked Crisps.  If you like sour cream and onion you will love these, a lite and tasty treat containing 2 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber will satisfy your hunger between meals.

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Once home at the end of the day, dinner will be a healthy meal consisting of a little protein, a few carbs and of course fresh veggies, most likely a salad which is my favorite and of course more water.

Other than the convenience of packing Slimfast products for work during the week, having a large assortment of flavors keeps my taste buds from getting bored. 

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What is your favorite healthy snack?

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Superfoods Friday – Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

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Hello friends and welcome to Superfoods Friday!

Tonight is Halloween and if you will be out “tricking and treating” be extra careful, but in case you aren’t, stay home and enjoy a big bowl of soup while watching a Halloween marathon on TV. happy halloween candy

Last week the Superfood was squash, and this week it’s been paired with one of the the world’s best SUPERFOODS – Sweet Potatoes

First of all, did you know that a sweet potato is not a potato but a vegetable often called a yam?  Packed with both nutrients and a sweet flavor, sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile and healthful vegetables available. They are full of disease-preventing, cancer-fighting, and immune-boosting benefits.

These tubers are also good sources of the anti-inflammatory nutrients, vitamins A and C, making them an excellent food choice for people suffering from arthritis or asthma. People with diabetes may also benefit from eating this root vegetable because it ranks low on the glycemic index and has less of an effect on blood glucose levels.

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 Butternut Squash and Sweet  Potato Soup

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The ingredients for this healthy slow cooked soup were:

2 Medium Sweet Potatoes or Yams – diced

1 Medium Butternut Squash – diced

1 package frozen mixed peppers and onions

1 can coconut milk

1 carton flavored broth, I chose Thai Ginger 

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Put all the ingredients into the Crock Pot

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It slow cooked on high for about 4 hours but since I didn’t have an Immersion Hand Blender I used a potato masher to give it a smoother consistency.  However, it still didn’t blend well enough for me so I poured some of it into the NutriBullet blender.  Be careful because it’s hot!

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This definitely worked better and hubby thought this was the best slow cooked soup that I had ever made – yay me!

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Pair it with a little Pumpkin Spice muffins and you’ll have a powerful Superfood meal.

How do you cook your sweet potatoes?  I can’t wait for Turkey Day because warm Sweet Potato Pie is definitely on our dessert menu.

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Spider in the Smoothie

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday

Now that we are halfway through the first month of 2014, you are either continuing your resolution to get healthy or have ditched it all together and have a freezer full of Talenti Gelato!

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So let’s just say for the sake of argument that you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating right, exercising and starting each day with a delicious and nutritious green smoothie.

You have a new Ninja Bullet and have stocked up on your healthy greens, kale and spinach, your fiber, Chia and Flaxseeds and fresh fruits, apples, mangos, berries, kiwi, pineapples and bananas.

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One morning, still a little groggy you grab a banana from the bowl and begin to peel it only to notice a small white blotch.  Upon closer inspection you realize that spot is a cocoon, a cocoon filled with baby spiders!   Your first reaction…”what the what?… eeeew… gross…” and then fear takes your breath away!

Spiders on Bananas in the UK The fear that you might have eaten one previously not noticing the white blotch that are now infested with spiders…ok I’ll stop.

No, that couldn’t happen in the US could it?  We have the FDA regulating our imports right…oh, forget about that pesky little government shutdown thingy, that wouldn’t have affected my local produce – right?

Probably not, but unfortunately it did occur in the UK and it was reported by the Huffington Post  (here).  What should you do to ensure the fruits and veggies you are buying to keep healthy won’t make you sick?

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WASH IT BEFORE YOU EAT IT!

 Sounds simple right, but there are a lot of people including my husband who doesn’t wash fruit before he eats it.  Fortunately for him that’s the first thing I do after we unpack the grocery bags.  Sure there are products on the market made specifically for washing fruits but I wonder if they too could leave a contaminant on the fruit.

You could use a spray bottle or submerge the fruit in a mixture of water and white vinegar.  Your best bet is to simply wash them under cold running water using a vegetable brush or rubbing briskly with your hands then blotting them dry with a fresh paper towel.

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I know there’s nothing like biting into a freshly picked apple or peach at the Orchard or a few fresh berries from the field.  Just remember to bring along a bottle of water to rinse them before you eat them, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

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Do you wash ALL your fresh fruits and veggies before eating them?

Stay Blessed – No Stress in the New Year!

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