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Almond Joy Snack

 

We know we can’t sit around eating Almond Joy candy bars,
but we can treat ourselves with this yummy snack to trick our brains into thinking we are having something bad.
Try adding these three ingredients to a container of choice, shake to mix it up and enjoy your healthy almond joy!

 

Ingredients for Almond Joy snack

 

 Ingredients:

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Get the Benefits of Maca in This Delicious Smoothie

 

Last week, on a search for recipes with maca powder, I found this “Hormone Balancing Almond, Maca & Cinnamon Smoothie” on Pinterest posted by Wallflower Kitchen.  I made it and am excited to share it!  I feel like my hormones were out of whack so I thought what the heck – why not try it?  It was delish! I loved it!   I decided I would have one a day for a week to really see if it evens out my moods.  Ingredients shown below:

Wait, what is Maca?  Maca powder is a superfood that originates in the Peruvian Andes and grows at altitudes starting at  11,000 ft. in harsh conditions.  Maca is a plant from the cruciferous family (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc. ).

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Maca has been used for centuries to help increase energy, balance hormones, help with menopause symptoms, improve sexual function, and reduce anxiety and depression.  If this is true, than this is a serious superfood for women!

Does this really work?  I turned to Authority Nutrition, an unbiased and independent website that provides articles about nutrition, weight loss and health based on scientific evidence.  In their article, “9 Benefits of Maca Root (and potential side effects)” , they concur that among other benefits, “Maca increases libido in men and women, may help relieve symptoms of menopause, reduces depression and anxiety, and may boost sports performance and energy”.

Where can you buy Maca?  If going to the Andes isn’t in your travel plans, you can find maca as a powder form or as a supplement.  I bought it at The Vitamin Shoppe,  but it is available at Amazon and at other retailers as well.

Flash forward to today – I am still in love with this smoothie!  It tastes so good.  I haven’t noticed any changes in my hormones just yet, but I’m also not sure if a week is enough time to truly tell a difference.  In any case, I highly recommend this smoothie for flavor alone.  To me, it tastes like a vanilla malt – but Wallflower Kitchen describes it as a “sweet cookie flavor”.  I think the final flavor will depend on the type of protein power you use, so use your favorite and you’ll be happy.

The benefits of the smoothie are that it’s high in protein,  low in sugar, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo.  You could even lessen the sugar by using 1 date rather than 2 if you really wanted to.

This morning I changed it up a bit and added avocado to this smoothie.  I felt it really made it smooth and still tasted like a malt.  Did I mention I love malts?

See the recipe and comments on Pinterest .

 

“I Workout to Burn Off the Crazy”

"I workout to burn off the crazy" tank top

After a long holiday with little exercise, I threw on this tank because not only is it pretty funny, but it was totally appropriate to my mood before I worked out!  Even my family will vouch for the fact that I am a much nicer person when I exercise.

It’s not just me though, it’s true for all of us.  According to Dr. Shawna Charles in her article “5 Mental Benefits of Exercise”:

Most of us know the many physical benefits of exercise: weight control, lower blood pressure, reduced risk of diabetes, and increased energy, just to name a few. But what about the psychological benefits of exercise? From easing symptoms of depression and anxiety to keeping your memory sharp, there’s no shortage of mental benefits of exercise.

According to Dr. Charles, who holds a PhD in Psychology from Walden University,  the five psychological benefits are:

  • help for depression and anxiety
  • decreased stress
  • increased self-esteem and self-confidence
  • better sleep
  • brain boost

According to the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), in their article “Exercise for Stress and Anxiety”,  “It takes about five minutes of aerobic exercise to begin stimulating anti-anxiety effects…One vigorous exercise session can help alleviate symptoms for hours, and a regular schedule may significantly reduce them over time.”

So, don’t just take my tank top’s word for it.  Get out there and move.  ‘Cause it will help burn off your crazy too 😉

I Workout to Burn Off the Crazy Tank
Panoware Women’s Workout Racerback Tank | I Workout To Burn Off The Crazy, Vintage Black

Deliver the Best (and Easy) Salad This Fourth

Watermelon, goat cheese, arugula, jalapeno salad

This salad is sure to be a winner at your next get together.  It has all the necessary qualities; it’s colorful, healthy, easy-to-make, spicy, and delicious!  Plus, it’s sure to be the only of its kind.  It’s a definite hit every time!

Ingredients: (serves 4 – 6)

  • Arugula – small pre-washed package
  • 4 cups watermelon – cubed
  • Package of feta or goat cheese (depending on cheese of choice – both are great!)
  • 2 jalapeños sliced (add more or less depending on your spice preference.

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon
  • optional: diced jalapeños

Combine salad ingredients.  Mix salad dressing and pour over salad and toss gently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bacon Avocado Egg Bomb…is the Bomb

Talk about a delicious and mostly healthy breakfast!  The Bacon Avocado Egg Bomb is something you have to try at least once –  and then I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last time you make it.

Ingredients are simple; 1  egg, 1 avocado and 2 slices of bacon*

*You can substitute turkey bacon, but you will need 3 – 4 pieces for one egg bomb and I should warn you that it is a little trickier to wrap and cook.

Directions:  (youtube video attached at the end of this post)

  • Boil 1 egg approximately 6 minutes (depending on your egg preference.)  This will leave it slightly runny.  Immerse in a bowl of ice water for approximately 1-2 minutes.

 

 

  • Slice the avocado in half.  Remove the skin and the pit.  If the pit wasn’t exceptionally big, you may need to spoon out a little more avocado to fit the egg.

 

  • Place the chilled egg inside the avocado and press the two halves of the avocado back together.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Wrap the two slices of bacon around the avocado (see video at the end of this post) and pan sear until the bacon is cooked.  Be attentive and turn frequently so the bacon cooks evenly.

 

 

 

 

  • Once the bacon is cooked to your preference, remove from pan, slice in half, and enjoy!

 

 

 

This gives you protein, your healthy fat of the avocado, and well I’m not going to sugarcoat this – it’s bacon so you have your unhealthy fat too.  You could totally use turkey bacon if you want to keep it healthy – yawn!   But as I mentioned, it’s a little tricky to wrap the avocado and keep it on while cooking. The flavor was great though, it might just not look as pretty as the real deal.

 

My husband and I split this, so really we only had 1/2 of an avocado, 1 slice of bacon and 1/2 of an egg.  I recommend boiling 1 – 2 extra eggs if you prefer a more protein-friendly breakfast.  Half of this Bacon Avocado Egg Bomb will go a long way for the morning.

This video was created by Signewantz and is available on You Tube at :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8uoH5c9Pvo&feature=youtu.be

Recreation of a Daily Harvest Smoothie

We have recreated this yummy smoothie by Daily Harvest a smoothie delivery service. I tried the service and it was awesome but I felt like for me it was not a necessity since I like to make them myself and I have the time. If that is not you, then get the service.

Daily Harvest Cacao Avocado Smoothie

 

 

I cut up several zucchini and froze them so I could have them handy.

 

 

 

My version below:

  • 1/2 cup zucchini
  • 1/4 avocado
  • Tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 1 date
  • 1 tablespoon cacao
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Scoop vanilla protein
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • Add ice and blend away

This turns into a thick, rich, creamy smoothie  -so good!  Even my 10 year old liked it- bonus!   Just don’t let them see you make it 😉