Mangolicious…

Ok so this is probably by far the best smoothie I have had in a long time!! It turned out so good and I just threw random things into the blender.  I feel like that’s always how it happens just random amounts of things always turns out the best!IMG_2399 I added two bananas today and it made the smoothie super creamy and almost like a milkshake!  My daughter loved it and kept asking for more ice cream so that’s always a good sign!

IMG_2404Ingredients:

2 Bananas

16oz Sugar Free Vanilla Almond Milk

Handful of Frozen Mango

Handful of Frozen Pineapple

*Optional: Top with fresh berries

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I find that two bananas makes the texture delicious and I never add ice to my smoothies, I find that it can water down the flavor and leave annoying chunks that never seem to get blended enough.  Using some frozen fruit helps with the texture and keeping it cold!

xo Meg

Peaches & Cream…

Hey guys!! Hope you are all doing great and staying on track if like me you gave yourself some new healthy goals for 2015!  I am just trying to stay on track and keep eating more fruit and veggies everyday!

IMG_2184One of the easiest and tastiest ways for me to get a healthy serving of fruit is to make a smoothie.  Sometimes I have one for breakfast and sometimes I have them later in the day or at night if I am craving something sweet!

IMG_2174 I usually always have a variety of frozen fruit in my freezer because my hubs and daughter both love smoothies too!  Normally we have strawberries, mango, pineapple, and mixed berries on hand but recently we picked up sliced frozen peaches and I have been obsessed you guys!! They are seriously so good and I love combining them with mango and pineapples!

Recipe

1c Unsweetened vanilla or regular Almond Milk

1 Small Ripe Banana

1/2c Frozen Strawberries

1c Frozen Peaches

1/2c Frozen Pineapple

*Throw it all in a blender and enjoy!*

Approximate Calorie Count- 269

IMG_2180So I have mentioned previously that I usually just drink almond milk and I highly suggest you guys give it a try if you have never tasted it before.  My husband never wanted to try it and then after he realized you literally can’t taste the difference in smoothies he is now a huge fan as well!  This is a really simple change that will help cut a few calories and eliminate diary from a snack while still tasting delicious and being a great healthy option!

xo Meg

Foodie Faves…

I have been obsessing over some new products that I have recently found at our local grocery store!  So obviously I wanted to share with you guys!!  Just as a reference I am still trying to stick to a mostly vegan diet and limit the amount of processed foods that I eat because I have been feeling awesome!  I would say that 90% of the time the foods I eat are plant or grain based, but sometimes I do eat things that are packaged and do not have dairy listed as an ingredient, but states that it could have traces where it was produced.  If I really am craving it then I eat it, for example the homemade mac and cheese my mom made for Easter!  It was delicious and completely worth the treat, but I noticed a difference and haven’t had dairy since.

It is all about what makes you feel good and what works for your lifestyle!  I think no matter if you are vegan or not these are some great products to try out you might just like them!

First I want to start off with an easy snack or breakfast idea that is tasty but filling at the same time.  I use Ezekiel bread which is sold in the frozen bread isle and it is made from sprouted grains and contains no flour or dairy products.  All you have to do is store it in the freezer and toast it when you are ready to eat it, top with some raw almond butter and of course a banana and it’s the perfect treat!

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Total Calories: 340- Two slices of bread, 1T almond butter, and one medium banana
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This is my all-time favorite almond butter and a little goes a long way!

IMG_0493 My husband actually brought these home from the grocery store yesterday for the babe but I tried a few and they are so good!  Quaker makes a whole bunch of other flavored rice cakes that are delicious like the chocolate and the cheddar you just have to make sure that you portion them out or before you know it the whole bag is gone!  They are a great sweet treat and at 110 calories for 13 rice cakes it makes a perfect snack!IMG_0494 IMG_0497I am in love with this almond milk and if you also drink it I hope that you can find it in your local stores to try it out!  I talked about the Almond Breeze in  previous post which I still love, but my grocery store is always out of it so I had to try something else one week and I ended up loving this one by Califa Farms.  It does have 50 calories per cup compared to the 30 of Almond Breeze but it makes my coffee taste delicious and almost a little creamier which I love!  We use this all the time in smoothies too and it works perfectly!
IMG_0498 If you are ever craving chocolate especially at night I am obsessed with these Dole Dipper they are only 100 calories for the pack and they are basically frozen banana slices covered in dark chocolate and they are so good!

IMG_0500This is my favorite to-to sauce if I am not making it homemade, I always like to have some on hand for a quick-lunch or dinner option.  It is perfect over spaghetti squash or organic pasta and sautéed veggies!  It has 80 for 1/2c but the flavor is so good that you don’t need any more than that on a serving of pasta or squash!

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xo Meg

Breakfast…

Breakfast is seriously my fave meal of the day I love coffee and for me it’s the easiest meal to think of things to eat.  Fruit, oatmeal, egg whites with veggies, smoothies, and raw juice are some that I always go back to.  Recently on my 21 day Vegan venture I have had to make slight changes to what I normally eat to complete this goal I set for myself.  As I have mentioned previously I have been a pescitarian for about 7ish months now so it wasn’t that hard of a transition to make even though I am obsessed with cheese!

For starters my coffee, the past couple of months I switched over to unsweetened vanilla almond milk because it has significantly fewer calories than even skim milk.  The brand I prefer is Almond Breeze and it only has 30 calories per cup compared to about 90 calories in your typical fat-free milk.  It may not seem like a lot but it adds up at the end of the day.  I always put a sweetener in my coffee with dairy milk, soy, or almond, so I honestly couldn’t tell a difference in taste.

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I would rather save these calories and have a piece of cheese later in the day where you can actually taste and enjoy the flavor.  I have tried other brands of almond milk and for some reason don’t like them as much, the ingredients are similar but personally I will always buy the Almond Breeze.  I also always use this when making any type of smoothie, this would be a great way to incorporate it and you literally can not taste it at all.  It works great with fruit and also with protein powder one of my fave combos is chocolate protein powder a banana and a cup of almond milk its delish!

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Source- http://www.almondbreeze.com

The next substitution I have made for over a year now is to a different type of sweetener other than sugar.  I have read articles and books that compare the different types of artificial sweeteners and as far as I know there is really nothing positive linked to any of them and the ingredients can be linked to all types of health problems and even cancer.  Personally I love Truvia, that’s what I use in my coffee and whenever I bake anything.  It gives me enough sweetness but I don’t get that gross feeling after I normally do when I eat regular white sugar.  I also buy the baking blend and individual packets which are great to throw in your bag and take with you on the go.

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Source- http://www.truvia.com

So a typical breakfast for me in the winter is oatmeal, I think it tastes amazing and the best part is you can make it taste however you want.  You could add protein powder if you want more calories, frozen berries, cinnamon, vanilla extract, really the possibilities are endless.

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My Fave Oatmeal

1/2 c dry Whole Oats (so much better than the instant)

1/2c Water (or a milk)

1tsp Truvia

1tsp Hershey’s Baking Chocolate

1/2 Ripe Banana

Total Calories: 230 (could vary depending on your oatmeal brand and type of chocolate)

For me this keeps me more than full until lunch or my next snack and I have tons of energy!  Combined with my two cups of coffee (about 20 calories for both) all for under 250 calories.  If you are working or don’t have a lot of time for lunch you could increase your calories easily by adding more oatmeal, different fruit, or a whole banana.  I like keeping my breakfast around 300 calories that way I have more flexibility during the rest of the day or if I know we will be eating out and personally I am always hungrier later in the day.
IMG_6630 Pictured above is the baking bar of chocolate and has been a recent substitution for me because the normal chocolate chips I was previously using were made with buttermilk.  I made the mistake of taking a bite of this chocolate and it was the most bitter thing on the planet! haha So please don’t make the same mistake its 100% cocoa and has no sweetener added!  I shave as much as I want off and it melts perfectly into my oatmeal and when mixed with the Truvia it’s not bitter at all!IMG_6631 IMG_6633 IMG_6636 IMG_6637

xo Meg

Mango Smoothie…

So we were outside a lot this weekend and it is so hot where we live and my husband and I were craving a cool treat.  I really wanted a mango smoothie that you would get from a smoothie place but there is no where like that around where we live so we decided to make one ourselves.

This seriously turned out so good I could drink it everyday!  If you love mango’s you will deff love this smoothie!  If not you could easily switch out the ingredients to another flavor like blueberry, orange, or even mixed berries.

Mango Smoothie


1c Frozen Mango chunks

1/2c Frozen Strawberries

2oz Naked Mighty Mango

1 Lime (juice only)

1/4c Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

3-4 Ice Cubes (vary depending on how thick a smoothie you prefer)

Total Calories– 141

I have started tracking everything that I am eating again using the My Fitness Pal App so I wanted something that was pretty low in calories, but still delicious.  Side-note- if you are trying to tone up or watch what you are eating I highly recommend this app, I love it so much!  It really opened my eyes to what I was eating and it helps you realize that there are calories in everything and even if you are eating healthy foods its not good to overeat them!  This app is so easy to use and since you have it on your phone you can take it everywhere with you and it has most major restaurants already programmed into the search engine so no matter where you are or what you are eating you can track your progress!  Another great feature about the app is that you can actually scan the bar-codes of a foods packaging and it will bring up the item with the serving size and calorie count so you don’t even have to search for it.  This makes it super easy to calculate calories if you are making something at home or if you are eating a quick snack!

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I tried this smoothie first on Saturday and didn’t really use much of the Mango Naked drink and used water instead of the Almond milk and it was just too watery.  I found that 2oz is the perfect amount without adding too many calories.  I thought that it was super flavorful and the almond milk was perfect instead of the water, and you really cant taste it at all.  I am so excited for how delic this turned out and I cant wait to make it again!

xo Meg