Açaí Protein Smoothie

Check out this quick and easy protein smoothie!

It’s filling and can be the perfect breakfast on the go!

Let me know what you think!  See the nutrition facts below. They will vary depending on any additions you make and the type of protein you use.

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae

© 2014-2015 Nancy De La Garza. All rights reserved.

© 2014-2015 Nancy De La Garza. All rights reserved.

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Ingredients used in recipe.

Cinnamon Swirl and Cacao Microwave Protein Mug Cake

I get bored with things very quickly and constantly need change and fun.  That’s just my life in general but it’s also about my protein.  Let’s face it… There are so many types of powdered and liquid proteins out there that taste like grass or crud.  I finally found one I like and totally overwhelmed myself.  Now I’m sick of it but don’t want the money and time I invested in finding it to go to waste.  I decided to be creative.  I also saw a photo of a deadly sweet brownie mug cake that gave me the idea.

Ingredients used in recipe.

Ingredients used in recipe.

Yes! That’s right! a personal mug cake made in under 1 minute that cuts out all the junk, contains over 31.1 grams of protein and is about 222 calories! Take that sweet tooth!!!

Enjoy the recipe and let me know what you think!!!

 



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Cheers!

~Nancy Rae

Food Prep and “Making” Time

I’m constantly asked about the foods I eat, how I make them and how I find the “time” to cook.   The first thing I say is, you need to MAKE time!  I have family, friends and coworkers that complain about not having time, their kids always keep them busy, no one else will cook, etc.  If you can find time to watch you favorite TV show then you can make time to cook.  If you can find time to go get your nails done, then you can make time to cook.  If you can spend hours on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc., then you can MAKE time to live a healthier lifestyle.   It’s about making the time…  If you are not going to push yourself to eat better and exercise, then you won’t have success.  Stop wasting time on things you know are not important and that are keeping you from success.

Let’s face it. Americans are lazy as hell.  We would rather pop a pill or eat a magic food that will claim quick results in weight loss.  That’s not how it works people!  YOU need to MAKE the time and COMMIT yourself to live a healthier lifestyle.  Here are a few tips to help you.

1) Start of small
Count how many sodas you drink a day.  If you know for a fact that you drink 3 sodas a day then cut it down to one a day.  After that, cut out soda.  If you have a bad habit of buying a high calorie, high sugar and high fat double chocolate, caramel mocha frap or some other crazy drink at Starbucks, then cut it down!  Buy a skinny mocha frap.  Try that for a week then buy a regular coffee.  Instead of adding artificial sweetener, use sugar in the raw.  After that, use honey instead of sugar.  Altering the creamer can help as well.  Almond milk and soy milk can help reduce the amount of sugar you want in the drink.  Some of those milks already contain natural sugars.

Fast food…
You have a bad habit of buying a burger with fries during lunch while you are at work.  The next time you order, ask to sub the bread for a lettuce wrap.  Then, ask if they have sweet potato fries instead of regular fries.
Instead of the fries, try eating an apple or a banana.  Instead of a full serving of mayo, ask for light mayo.  It’s the little things…

Water…
You don’t drink enough water or don’t drink any AT ALL!  Yes, it’s crazy that people would rather drink a soda or sweet tea when they are dying of thirst instead of drinking a nice cold glass of water.  That is not healthy at all.  Buy a infuser water bottle like the one pictured below.  You can find it on Amazon for $9.99 and free shipping with Amazon Prime.  You can also find them at dollar stores, Walmart, Target and even your local grocery store.

516abMH6EPLFill the bottle with your favorite fruits.  Add lime, lemon or mint.  Add ice-cold water. The natural flavoring of the fruit will add natural sweetener.  This is also great during those hot summer days.  You can carry this anywhere! Once you are done drinking the water you can eat the fruit.

Challenge yourself! Start by drinking two water bottles a day, which is only 24 oz.  Add another 16 ounces the next day.  Buy a larger reusable water bottle like the one pictures below and fill it up!  I purchased this Cool Gear 75 oz water bottle with a freezable core for $7.99 at my local grocery store (HEB).  Drink the entire bottle in one day.  Add some lemon, cucumber or mint to your water to enhance the flavor and freshness.
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2)Food Prep

Pay close attention to your daily and weekly routine.  Find a day where you know you like to sit on your butt on the couch and watch TV.  Maybe you like to sit at your computer (like I’m doing right now) and spend more than 30 minutes glued to the screen.  Maybe you like to just sit and stare at your phone watching YouTube videos.  Maybe your kids are outside playing in the yard (like most kids should be doing) and you have some time to yourself.  Find at least 30 minutes to an hour to food prep.  You don’t have to prep for the entire week.  My favorite days to prep are Sunday afternoons or evenings and Wednesday evenings.  Start with prepping breakfast.  You can get prepare bowls of oatmeal or a bowl of scrambles eggs, bacon and spinach with a side of 1 slice of multi-grain bread or fruit.  Try that for three days and see how you feel.  You might notice an increase in energy or metabolism.

Next, prep some snacks.

Ziploc-Snack-BagsTake some Ziploc snack bags or small containers and fill one serving of mixed dry nuts such as almonds or pecans.  You can even try trail mix.  Fresh fruit is also great.  The high fiber fruits can be very filling and hold you over till your next meal.  Try prepping two snacks a day for three days then add more days each week.

Next, prep your lunches!!!! A great amount of people tend to eat whatever foods that are available in their work lounge or foods that are easy to access, such as fast foods.  Start by prepping three days a week.  Make something simple.  Maybe a turkey sandwich with a side of veggie chips and fruit or a serving of greek yogurt.  Some simple meals can be prepared with a rotisserie chicken.  Make a salad and add some chicken on top. Use some of the left over chicken and make chicken tacos with whole grain or corn tortillas.  Try making a chicken salad with olive oil mayo, mustard, sea salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, pieces of boiled egg and minced pickles or relish.  Add that to a salad or a sandwich.

Have your kids help you prep!! They can think of new ways to pack their own snacks and lunches for school.  Be creative with them! Come up with a lunch menu of healthy foods and snacks that you both enjoy.  Maybe post the menu on the fridge.  Have them write up the menu then.  They can practice their reading and writing skills while they’re at it!!  Encouraging your kids to be healthy will also motivate you to make better choices.  A lot of their choices are based on yours.  They are watching you.  Kids are like sponges.  Remember that!

There are so many simple ways we can alter our daily routines to make healthier choices.  It takes just one meal, snack or drink to make a difference.  Never tell yourself that you do not have time.  Never tell yourself that you can’t do it.  YOU CAN! Find a friend or relative to help you prep.  Challenge a coworker to see who can stick to it the longest.  Cheer each other on!!  Sometimes we work better in teams than alone.  There is always a way.

Try some of these tips out.  Let me know what choices you made and if you noticed any differences.  Share this with a friend, family member or coworker.  Let me know about their results.

Stay healthy my friends!

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae

Green Mango Protein Smoothie

I have plenty of produce that needs to be eaten!  Why not make a smoothie out of it!

We buy in bulk so there are always food products in our pantry.  We NEVER buy junk food and always keep healthy snacks around.  That’s the best way to be consistent with our healthy lifestyle.  If we feel like having a cheat meal or snack then we have to cough up more $$ and go out to buy it.  That’s also a great way to resist the temptation of eating junk.

I always keep milled flaxseed in the pantry along with my protein.  It’s a great organic form of fiber.  Premium Gold Flaxseed is the only brand I purchase.  It is sold in bulk at Costco.

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Most of my produce withe comes from local farmers markets or Sprouts Farmers Market.  The best quality produce we have found is at Sprouts.  Other local grocery stores carry produce that is either too ripe or not ripe enough. Costco has some great frozen organic fruits and veggie in bulk.  Costco carries Sunrise Growers organic fruits.  They also carry Cellucor products for at a bigger discount than any other store.

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Check out the smoothie recipe below.  Let me know what you think!

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae :)

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Twice Baked Stuffed Eggplant Boats

I was walking around Sprouts after a tough workout at X-Train and my stomach was growling like crazy.  It is NEVER good to go to a grocery store on an empty stomach especially after working out.  I grabbed some eggplant, veggies, pasta sauce and headed out before buying the entire store.  One thing I did buy was nuts in the bulk section.  I was proud that I did not eat the whole bag in the car!

While drinking a protein shake I decided to experiment in the kitchen.  That experiment made a huge mess but was also a huge success! Below is the recipe for my Twice Baked Stuffed Eggplant Boats!  I am so excited to share this with you!

One of my favorite brands of pasta sauce that I used in the recipe is Muir Glen.  Luckily, the sauces were on sale for &1.99 at Sprouts so bought three jars!!!

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The stuffing for the boats.

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Stuffing the boats very high!

Here is the recipe! Enjoy!

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae

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Paleo Almond Flour Biscuits

Anyone that is very close to me knows that I am a huge sucker for biscuits! When it comes to weekend brunch, biscuits is all I want to eat!  My stomach is not in agreement with me so I have to limit myself and come up with alternatives.  The recipe below is one that I have experimented with for a bit.  I have a few others but those need some fixing…

In the recipe I used Carrington Farms coconut oil and Honeyville blanched almond flour.  Both were purchased at Costco.

These guilt free biscuits are delicious! They do not rise as much as regular flour biscuits, are not as flaky and are a bit dense.  One is a perfect serving for someone like me!

Try the recipe and let me know what you think! Please share, comment and follow my blog.

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae

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Sour cucumber snack

One of my favorite snacks is this sour cucumber bowl!!

 

It’s a super cheap, easy and quick snack.

All you need is peeled and sliced cucumber, fresh lemon juice, a bit if sea salt and some cayenne pepper for a kick!  It’s also a great way to clean your palate. 

Put everything in a bowl and enjoy!

Let me know what you think!

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae

Cute thrift finds

What do we do for fun? We thrift! A couple of times a week the hubs and I go thrifting.  Austin, Texas is a great place for that!

Pictured below is a Roxy girls dress $3.99 (Goodwill), red necklace $1.99 (Salvation Army) and red earrings &0.99 (Salvation Army).

 

Come back to check out more of my thrift finds!!

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae

Whole Foods & Protein Smoothie

Today I had a long workout at the gym.  I pushed myself a little too far working out back and legs.  Now I’m a hungry beast!!! I decided to go to Whole Foods for some grub.  To save money and get a quick eat, I decided to order a pizza. This is pretty rare for me but you can get a good deal on a pizza at Whole Foods.

I ordered a large whole grain pizza with roasted red peppers, spinach, pepperoni and riccota.  The total cost was $14.99!  The pizza was going to take about 20 minutes to bake so I decided to try a new smoothie from their smoothie bar.

My new friend Ashley B helped us decide on an awesome post-workout smoothie.  It has coconut water, whey protein, bananas, strawberry, flaxseed, bluebonnet extreme edge post workout, and vanilla Greek yogurt.  Ashley suggested we try the smoothie with the chocolate whey protein and said it was very good.  She was right!! While we waited, Ashley let us try out her “secret” smoothie called the Blue Moon. It was so delicious!!! I’m ordering it the next time I visit Whole Foods! The Blue Moon has blueberries, bananas, 1/2 a cup of coconut water and unsweetened almond milk and a scoop if coconut oil.  She even gave me a tip on how much liquid to put in a smoothie.  Basically, if your want to make a 16oz smoothie, fill it up half way with the liquids, pour that in the blender and add the other ingredients.    Voilà, you have an awesome smoothie!

Ashley B from Whole Foods at the Domain in Austin, Texas!

Thanks so much Ashley B!!!  I hope to see you the next time we visit Whole Foods!

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae