Eat clean, train mean, get lean. Ever heard this expression? It’s the beginning of the equation to a healthier you! You can never out-exercise a poor diet and eating clean requires learning which options are good, wholesome foods that benefit your health. Once you incorporate healthier foods into your diet, your body will begin to crave them and then you will incorporate even more of them into your diet and so on and so forth – and soon it is more than something you are trying, it becomes your lifestyle! It's an all around win-win situation.
Incorporating healthier foods into your diet can be as simple as enjoying a delicious and healthy SMOOTHIE! Smoothies are tasty and convenient, and can be as healthy as you make them. They are a go-to breakfast for those busy mornings and a great alternative to dessert. Smoothies are also a great way for mamas with picky eaters to get healthy foods into growing bodies. You can add to the fun of smoothies by getting your kids help in naming them! Who wouldn’t choose a Green Hulk Machine smoothie over a spinach smoothie?
There are so many choices when it comes to picking ingredients for blending your perfect smoothie. First things first, be sure to include a protein to help fuel your body. There are many options for protein, such as peanut butter, almond butter, Greek yogurt, milk, almond milk, soy milk or protein powder. If you do opt to use protein powder, be sure it is “clean,” meaning it is without synthetic or artificial ingredients and has no added sugar. Choose fruit to naturally sweeten a smoothie. Whenever possible, add a vegetable, such as spinach, kale, Swiss chard, celery or carrots. Other healthy options include seeds or nuts, such as flaxseeds, chia seeds, almonds, cashews, soy nuts, walnuts or pecans to name a few. You can try different combinations to figure out which smoothie works best for you. If you have a favorite healthy smoothie recipe, feel free to share your favorite smoothie in the comments below and here's our super yummy Body Back Protein Smoothie!
Body Back Protein Smoothie
1 Tbs. protein powder
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbs. peanut butter
3/4 cup milk OR non-dairy substitute
1 Tbs. ground flaxseed
Ice cubes (optional)
(for more goodness add in 1 cup of spinach or kale)
Blend all ingredients and then drink to your health!
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