A smoothie snack to fuel the fire:

 I recently began a new workout regiment called TurboFire and have absolutely loved it thus far- two weeks in! It is both challenging and entertaining which are two important factors in my opinion as I find myself easily bored with working out (something ex-rock climbers have issues with I imagine) . While I am pretty good about working out a couple days a week, this program requires me to kick, punch, and shake my booty six days a week!

All of that working out tends to leave me famished and so I am beginning to  learn  how to fuel my body properly. I love snacking and eating-out , two things that have made “dieting” difficult for me. I generally allow myself a few bites of some of my favorites (raspberry zingers and bagels were two tempting foods available at work today)  because if I don’t I would find myself gobbling down entire boxes of cookies out of desperation (not a pretty sight)! Beachbody, the makers of Turbofire, recommend a product called Shakeology. In the past I have found pre-made shakes and powders to be kind of gross, not to mention expensive, so before I am ready to commit to that I have been experimenting with my own delicious smoothies.

I found a fabulous blog about smoothies which are an awesome healthy and very tasty snack!  My Healthy Eating Secrets has some tasty looking treats which are vegan and very fruit-centric. They recommend adding ingredients like dried coconut and cacao powder for added touches which I fully intend to do! I also am planning on adding some veggies to future fruit smoothies in order to add even more nutrients.

In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites that I’ve whipped up myself this past week (all make 1 to 2 servings). You can amp up the protein on these drinks (and not interfere with any of the flavor)  by adding 1/3 cup of egg-whites (the ones in the carton are safe to use) to your drink, making it a great post work-out treat:

Mandarin Peachberry:
In the blender we go:
1) one container of low fat Chobani Peach Greek Yogurt
2) 4 Ice cubes
3) 1/3 small can of mandarin oranges
4) 1 cup of frozen strawberries ( I buy fresh, cut up and freeze)

Summertime Watermelon Key Lime Cooler:
In the blender we go:
1) one container of Chobani Key Lime Greek Yogurt
2) 1/3 cup of frozen strawberries
3) 1 cup seedless watermelon
4) 1 tsp of  fresh mint

Chocolate Funky Monkey:
In the blender we go:
1) 1 banana
2) 1/2 cup organic low-fat milk ( leave out and replace with more ice if you want it thicker)
3) 3 ice cubes
4) 1 tsp of smooth peanut butter (natural/organic is best)
5) 1tsp of chocolate syrup ( I am going to try to sub in cocoa powder next time and increase the banana for sweetness)
6) top with sprinkling of cinnamon

Let me know if you’ve tried one of these and how you liked it. Also, if you have a great smoothie recipe please do share!

Fro-No!

I learned a sad fact today from a wonderful local blog I frequent quite a bit called FoodBabe. The all-knowing Food Babe just informed us that I should feel a tad more guilty about my guilt-free Frozen Yogurt habit. I always felt fairly good about my standard Fro-yo choice taro root with blackberries, strawberries, and coconut. Mainly fruit and all natural right? Wrong. I had no idea the amount of sugar I was subjecting my body (according to FoodBabe 20 grams of sugar for five ounces)  to or all the awful food dyes this stuff is packed with!

Food Babe informs us:

“Some Facts about food coloring:

Blue 1 is used to color candy, beverages and baked goods and may cause cancer. Blue 2, found in pet food, candy and beverages, has caused brain tumors in mice.

Red 3 is used in cherries (in fruit cocktails), baked goods and candy. It causes thyroid tumors in rats, and may cause them in humans as well.

Yellow 5 & 6 are the third most often used food colorings, it is found in many products, including baked goods, candy, gelatin and sausages. It has been found to cause adrenal gland and kidney tumors, and contains small amounts of many carcinogens.”

Yikes!  Well I may have to re-think my yelp review! What do you think folks? Will this change how you feel about fabulous fro-yo? As for me,  I may opt out of Taro since it has the food coloring, but stick with my Vanilla Bean! I will also use this as more of a special treat rather than a dessert stand-in staple!