Favorite Evening Snack: Fresh Berries

It’s amazing how the cleaner you eat, the more you crave healthy food! I am committed to healthy eating as part of the AdvoCare guidelines. (Get a jump start on improving your health with a 24 Day Challenge!) My favorite evening snack is simple, fresh and delicious! For me, it’s as satisfying as a piece of pastry or dish of ice cream. I love to eat fresh berries (whatever I have on hand … raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc…) a bit of shredded coconut, and nuts or seeds with a little almond milk. It really hits the spot and it’s simple, healthy and fresh!

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What’s your go to healthy snack?

Yummy Butternut Squash

I love vegetables! There’s literally not one that I don’t care for. At this time of the year, squash is aplenty. Granted it’s not a free-for-all in terms of how much I can eat because of the moderate glycemic load of this winter squash. It’s not like eating many green vegetables which are virtually “free” foods, however, compared to processed foods and “white foods” the delicious, hearty butternut squash is a healthy, yummy alternative and is a staple of my winter diet.

I’m cooking the squash in a bit of water, cut side down in a 350 degree oven for 60-90 minutes until fork tender.

Cut the squash and remove seeds.

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Flip over in pan and add about an inch of water.

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Cook until fork tender (about 60-90 minutes.)

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This week I am making my containers for the week and bringing for lunches as a side dish. Easy Sunday food prep!

Bonus: Roasted Squash Seeds for a yummy snack! Prepare and enjoy just like pumpkin seeds. 🙂

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Enjoy these whole foods as part a clean eating diet. Partner with exercise and AdvoCare supplements for maximum, healthy results!! 🙂

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes Update

Note: Pumpkin Meal Replacement Shakes are available for a limited time! Order yours today!!

I am making 3 batches of pumpkin protein pancakes because I have 3 ripe bananas right now. I’ll put them into the fridge and eat one for breakfast three days this week. I normally would make one at a time but I don’t want to waste the bananas so I’m prepping ahead and will nuke them when I am ready to eat. As a review, here’s the recipe for 1: (Reminder, I tripled…)

 

1 envelope of AdvoCare Pumpkin Meal Replacement Shake

1 banana

1 egg

cooking spray

 

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Combine ingredients and either use a mixer or blender until smooth. (There may be some lumps from banana but this is ok.)

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Spray pan with cooking spray and cook on medium heat until one side forms bubbles.

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Check to see if cooked and flip over. Cook other side until done. 🙂

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Add toppings as desired, eat and enjoy! (I like mine plain)

This is a delicious high protein breakfast!! Try other varieties as well! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Hot Spark!

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The weather this morning was freezing and I didn’t want to get out of my nice comfortable bed! However, it was a work day so I needed to get up and get moving. This morning my wake up drink was a nice, hot Spark. I added hot water from my Keurig and made a hot beverage to enjoy to get me up and moving and to warm up my insides. It’s like drinking an herbal tea in the morning. Spark is delicious cold but I also love it hot! Why not give it a try?

Getting my squat on!

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I’m not really a “gym person” per se but that does not mean that a) I don’t go sometimes and b) I dislike working out. I just prefer to do it alone either in my home or outside. (Different strokes.. as they say.) I try to do at least 200 squats a day and use free weights in my family room or will put on a video such as yoga, AdvoCare’s CU24, Wii Zumba, etc. I also love my exercise ball and resistance bands. My favorite place to get some cardio in is outside. I love to go for long power walks, runs, bike rides, hikes, kayaking or anything that gets me out in nature. 🙂 I also prefer to get my exercise in a natural way. I always take the stairs and work up a good sweat doing yard work and have been known to put on a backpack and walk to and from work.

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The point of all of this is, you really don’t need much to squeeze some activity in. Do some squats or burpees during a commercial. Make multiple trips up and down the stairs to carry things in from the car, squat down and pull some weeds, go for a walk…. 🙂 Combined with clean eating, AdvoCare supplements and a positive attitude about getting healthy, I am seeing great results. You can too! Just say YES!

Fantastic Fiber: Peaches and Cream

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I drink it because I love it!

When I did the Advocare 24 Day Challenge, I ordered the Peaches and Cream flavor of Fiber Drink for the cleanse portion. It’s consumed on days 1-3 and 8-10. I missed it during the off days because it’s delicious!!! Now that my challenge is done, I ordered some and still drink it a few times a week in the morning just because I like it! It’s what I drink with my “30 minute before breakfast” gold striped pack as I’m getting ready for work. On the way out the door I add some extra water when I’m half way through the bottle to increase my water intake (heading towards that gallon…) with something that I enjoy drinking.

Recently a client ordered the Citrus Drink and didn’t like it at all. I told her I would take it and give her my Peaches and Cream flavor. I tried the Citrus and WOW… it was like a totally different product. It was very thick and chunky and the citrus flavor was not to my liking. Now, everyone is different and some people may like it (or at least tolerate it). If you have tried the citrus and hate it, give the Peaches and Cream a try!! It’s really, really good! The flavor is yummy and the consistency is smoother and not as thick.

Hint.. if you have the Citrus and have trouble drinking it, try adding some Spark powder to it. I did that this morning and it was tolerable. I’m looking forward to my delicious Peaches and Cream the next time though!

Pumpkin Fever!!

 AdvoCare's got Pumpkin Fever!

AdvoCare’s got Pumpkin Fever!

WOW!!!! Advocare Pumpkin Meal Replacement shakes are available for a limited time. Get yours today!! I love pumpkin and can’t wait to get my hands on this. I am drooling just thinking about it! Act now.. this flavor won’t be around long! Oh…. the possibilities!

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes:

1 pouch AdvoCare Pumpkin Meal Replacement Shake

1 egg

1 banana

cooking spray

Mix first three ingredients in a blender until smooth. Spray griddle or pan with cooking spray. Pour batter into pan and cook over medium heat until top begins to bubble. Flip and continue cooking on other side until done. Eat and enjoy!!

 

Smoothies

Pumpkin

1 pouch AdvoCare Pumpkin Meal Replacement Shake

3 ice cubes

water

Blend until smooth

 

Pumpkin/Chocolate

1 pouch AdvoCare Pumpkin Meal Replacement Shake

3 ice cubes

1 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder

water

 

Experiment or just enjoy as a traditional meal replacement mixed with water. Any way, it’s a must have if you are a pumpkin spice lover like me!

 

Eat Clean: Oatmeal Jars

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Breakfast Oatmeal in a Jar

Quite a few people ask me what’s in the jars when I do my weekly food prep so I’m going to share it here for you now. Bear in mind that there’s no “right” recipe and you can put in what you like (and what you have on hand). Oatmeal is one of the recommended foods on the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge and it’s my go to breakfast! By using jars, I can make my breakfasts for the week all at once and it’s portable. It also fills me up and keeps me on track with my program!

I have made them in both the 1/2 pint jelly jars and in the pint jars and I prefer the pint jars because I like to be able to add more water and be able to stir it without it sloshing over the sides. It also allows room for some fresh berries added at the time of consumption if I feel like having them.

I begin with 1/2 cup of regular oats (not instant) and just use the lines on the jar to measure. Next I always add a bit of cinnamon because I love it. Then, I add some seeds/nuts mixture (whatever I have on hand).

From there… your tastes will determine what you put in. Some ideas are shredded coconut, dried fruit, a dollop of nut butter, a bit of honey or stevia if you need a little sweetener (I don’t)… Just put in whatever you like. 🙂

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In the morning, just before leaving for work, I add water from my Keurig and some fresh berries if I am in the mood, pack it into my bag and head out the door. (I am an early to work type and like to sit at my desk and eat my breakfast before the kids come in.) If I am not going to eat until later, I just add water at work and microwave for a minute or two then put the lid on and let it cook. It takes no time. Stir and eat right out of the jar.

Enjoy!