Staying true to eating clean and healthy can be hard when you have a full time job as well as other responsibilities to take care of during the week. I can tell you from my own experience that it does take time to plan and prep, but that is why being healthy is a lifestyle… small changes (or big ones) to your daily routine can help make eating clean a part of your life rather than feeling like a chore.
Something as simple as sleeping earlier in order to gain a solid 7-8 hours of sleep will help keep you energized for the next day and even allow you to wake up earlier and prep your meal for the day. Eating breakfast is another huge change for me – after only a week of consistent big breakfasts, I noticed that I was more productive, attentive and energetic than I had been without my morning meals. Think about it… for almost 8 hours you haven’t eaten… and you expect to start your day at 100% without feeding your body? No ooooooooo way LOL (that is honestly the most simple way I could put it… seems silly right?!) Anyways, I’ll get back to yesterday’s breakfast smoothie haha… BUT I really do encourage you to consider incorporating the above small changes into your day = )
Yesterday’s Verry Berry Smoothie was so delicious I made it 3 days in a row this week. A mix of frozen berries (blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries), obviously plain Greek yogurt, some OASIS Strawberry Banana juice and finally Tropicana Lemonade. I feel terrible that I haven’t had a chance to share my meals this past week, but I started a new job with HBC on Monday and I’ve only had the time to plan, prep and eat my meals since my drive to Brampton is a bit of a road trip every morning lol… but I’m really hoping to make time starting next week to take pictures of my healthy breakfast and work meals.
Avocados are considered a superfood… they have so many incredible health benefits even the kind of fat they contain helps with weight loss. As I mentioned in previous posts, there are so many different ways to use, prepare and eat this fruit. Have you ever tried avocado pudding? My family has been eating this stuff for years – so I had to share it with you. Unbelievably creamy and smooth, this avocado pudding is surprisingly filling as well.
- 4-5 fresh avocados
- Milk – just enough to immerse the avocados
- Sugar or Stevia- use at your own discretion, the more you use the sweeter it will be
- *blend all ingredients until creamy smooth*
Experimenting with smoothies is something I truly enjoy – this peach smoothie was delightfully good considering it was the first time I used lemonade in the mix. The three main ingredients include 2 sliced fresh peaches, 2 tablespoons of plain 0% Greek yogurt and Tropicana lemonade to fill the serving. I will probably be making this smoothie quite a bit this summer… the perfect drink for a hot summers day.
Today was a lazy morning for me… I didn’t want to put much thought into breakfast, but needed a filling fix to jump start my day. Making something was not an option, so the next best thing was a dip bowl full of some of my favourite foods. Greek yogurt would have been my first option as the dip, but instead I made a smoothie that had Greek yogurt in the mix (keep reading to check out today’s smoothie of the day). Dip bowls are also great for lunch at work, as a party dish, or even a mid-day snack.
As you may have noticed… many of these yummy elements have been featured in my previous posts; it’s so important to find nutritious foods that you love and are able to incorporate into meals throughout your day while preparing them in various ways to keep your foods exciting. My dip bowl was packed with fresh baby carrots, sliced cucumber, diced marble cheese, grape tomatoes and roasted red pepper hummus.
So… What’s in your bowl?!
#SmoothieOfTheDay – Mango Fusion Smoothie
Today’s Mango Fusion Smoothie was so thick and flavourful, I had no choice but to scoop it with a spoon. A blend of frozen mango chunks and strawberries, plain Greek yogurt and OASIS Sunshine Blend Fruit Juice made for one heck of a nutritious breakfast smoothie. Full of protein and natural sugar, not to mention super easy to make, it was exactly what I needed to start my day.