Eat (Real) Fat

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“This has too much fat in it…” -Said no one, ever!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! I am sure many of you are probably whipping up your favorite dishes for a day filled with football, friends, and of course food. If some serious couch gating is in your future, I guarantee some good food lies ahead as well. (i.e. chips and salsa/guac, chicken wings, nachos, mini hamburger sliders, crock pot chili, pizza delivery, etc.) #nomnomnom

Here’s the deal…I am a health food blogger that is not going to tell you to avoid those foods and make this and that instead, heck no! I am a total advocate of eating real food (hence my third Whole 30 starting this Wednesday, but that is for another time, so stay tuned). Rather, I am a blogger who will tell you eat the game day food and enjoy every single bite of it! I mean everything in #moderation, right?

Going to a game day get together with the notion, “I will eat healthy, I will eat real food, I will avoid all the “bad food,” is absurd, well, in my opinion at least. You don’t go to a Super Bowl bash to eat heathy, I mean you totally can it’s definitely doable, but let’s be real. What fun is that? If you do go to a Super Bowl Sunday party with the above mindset, you may ultimately cause yourself more stress over thinking what you can/cannot eat, if those dishes other people brought were made with 100% organic ingredients, and if anyone will notice if you just eat the fruit/veggie tray the entire game, even though you are secretly eyeing the assortment of cheeses in front of you.

The whole point of this blog is to remind you that you eat three to five meals a day, which means you have three to five opportunities to put good (or bad) food in your body. If you make the choice to use those three to five opportunities for good, then great, but if you do the opposite, I am here to share with you how you can use your next opportunity for good. I mean, it’s all about the balance, right? I say yes!


If you remember my last post, Eat Real Food, I discussed the importance of healthy fats in your daily diet. Now to share a little secret I recently learned #insiderinformation: If you want to shed some lbs., then you need to incorporate healthy fats in your breakfast, as well as at least 20 grams of protein and two handfuls of green vegetables, but lay off the carbs. It’s not forever, just for breakfast, so calm down!

For the past two weeks, I have been finessing my morning protein smoothies trying to find the perfect combo of protein + healthy fat + vegetable and you’re in luck, I have! Today I want to share with you four basic recipes that are healthy, filling and could potentially help you in your weight loss efforts. Disclaimer: Just because you may choose to replace your morning breakfast meal with one of these smoothies, does not mean you will automatically lose weight. You have to eat healthy three to five meals a day and incorporate exercise on the daily. #justmove Remember, you cannot outrun a bad diet and one “bad” meal will not make you fat (i.e. couch gating on Super Bowl Sunday), just like one healthy meal will not make you fit).

Alright, grab your blender b*tches because here we go…

Going Green Smoothie

  • 1 cup coconut water + aloe vera juice (the base of the smoothie)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (the base of the smoothie)
  • 1 scoop Vega plant-based protein powder, French Vanilla flavor (20 grams of protein in one scoop-bingo! Just what you need)
  • 1/2 avocado (healthy fat)
  • 2 handfuls of mixed vegetables. *I prefer purchasing a mix of baby spinach, kale and chard.

Chocolate Chia Seed Smoothie

  • 1 cup coconut water + aloe vera juice (the base of the smoothie)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (the base of the smoothie)
  • 1 scoop of Vega plus Greens plant-based protein powder, Chocolate flavor (20 grams of protein plus two servings of veggies) #winner
  • 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds (healthy fat) Tip: Let the chia seeds sit in the coconut water + aloe juice and unsweetened vanilla almond milk over night in the refridgerator so the seeds can absorb the liquid, which will give them a gelatin like texture aka easier to drink the next morning.
  • Be sure to floss or brush your teeth after this smoothie, as the chia seeds like to stick around in those pearly whites. #TMI #goodtoknow

French Vanilla Flax Seed Smoothie

  • 1 cup coconut water + aloe vera juice (the base of the smoothie)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (the base of the smoothie)
  • 1 scoop Vega plus Greens plant-based protein powder, French Vanilla flavor (20 grams of protein plus two servings of veggies)
  • 1 tablespoon of grounded up flax seeds. Remember, whole flax seeds are processed in your body as fiber, while grounded up flax seeds are processed as a healthy fat.Note to self: The grounded up flax seeds gives the smoothie a slightly rough texture no matter if you grind up the flax seeds yourself or purchase flax seed meal on your own. #headsup

Chocolate Avocado (My Favorite)

  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (the base of the smoothie). *I substitute one cup of coconut water + aloe juice for an extra cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk because it gives the smoothie a thicker texture resembling that of a milkshake! #yum
  • 1 scoop of Vega plus Greens plant-based protein powder, Chocolate flavor (20 grams of protein plus two servings of veggies)
  • 1/2 avocado (healthy fat)

There you have it folks! Four smoothie recipes that are sure to be a touchdown. (Oh come on, I had to!) Be sure to grab some of these ingredients as you swing by the local grocer for that football themed cookie cake you are bringing to the Super Bowl party later today. You will thank yourself tomorrow!

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Bonus: A Where to Go, Go To!

  • Coconut water + aloe vera juice. (Trader Joe’s in the beverage section near the coconut water and wine…how convenient).
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk. (Practically any grocery store in the dairy section near the normal milk. I prefer Trader Joe’s brand of almond milk, but it does not matter where you purchase it from as long as it is unsweetened. #readthelabels
  • Vega plant-based protein powder can be found online, at Whole Foods or even at Target. (These are the three spots I have seen them so far, so it very well may be found elsewhere too). Whole Foods also offers small one serving packets, as seen above, if you want to try a sample or a new flavor before investing in a larger tub.
  • Avocados and mixed greens. (The produce section of your fav grocery store, again I prefer Trader Joe’s). #bitchonabudget
  • Chia seeds. (Whole Foods).
  • Flax seeds. (You can purchase whole seeds at Trader Joe’s in the nut/seed aisle and grind them up yourself at home or purchase grounded up flax seeds in the baking aisle). Please note: I am not being compensated to promote any of these products or stores. I have been on the search for a winning protein powder for the past year and after trying countless ones I have finally found a winner cue the Vega!

Live Healthy, Happy & Fabulously,
-ox

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