Quick & Easy Smoothie Recipe

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Back at it again with a recipe for a smoothie I’ve been making so much lately before work. Its pretty quick and easy and satisfying for anyone on the go. I WILL mention that I’ve never really been a fan of bananas IN things other than banana bread. I don’t like the taste of bananas in smoothies, ice cream, pies, pudding….but this is so good, I don’t even mind the taste!!!

Try it out and let me know what you think.

1 banana (ripe or frozen– either works)

2-3 pitted dates that have been soaked in water for 20 minutes (this is optional based on how sweet you want your smoothie)

1/2-1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I use the EAS Lean 15 Vanilla Creme) (Link Below)

1 tbsp chai tea mix (Link Below)

1 tbsp Honey (use only dates if you are a Vegan!) (Also, this is optional based on how sweet you want your smoothie)

1 cup (roughly) of vanilla soy milk. (Feel free to use the milk of your choice!)

Cinnamon. I didn’t put a measurement because I just sprinkle it in until I feel content. Start light and you can always mix in more!

Ice

I have a Ninja Auto-IQ Blender (link below), that comes with a smoothie attachment, so I fill the cup with enough ice to get almost to the top, but with enough room that I can put my blending lid on.

Blend!

Its so easy! I love the creamy texture, the spice of the chai, and the sweetness of the honey and dates. Try it out and let me know what you think!

 

Have a good one y’all,

Sarah Montana

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Links for products

Vanilla Cream Protein Powder

Chai Tea Mix

Ninja Blender

My Whole30 Rebellion….

Now that I’ve had a few days away from the strict rules of the Whole30 program, I’ve got a few thoughts. During the program, you are NOT allowed to weigh yourself. The reason is simple: the founders don’t want the concept to be all about losing weight. Makes perfect sense to me. But then again, I feel like a majority of people go on these fad diets solely for the weight loss factor. Yes, there are many people who are trying to have healthier eating habits and honestly want to ‘quit sugar’. There are also those with health issues that could benefit, say someone with diabetes. But for the general population of people, such as myself, who want to lose weight but eat healthier, I feel like there are other options than such a strict regimen of what you can and cannot eat.

In the 10 days that I played the game, I lost 5 pounds. Thats pretty good! I haven’t been at this weight in quite a while. Especially after my surgery, I gained a few pounds, lost a few and then now I’ve lost 5 more. I will say that there is some merit to this diet if you are looking to lose weight. But I also feel like I can watch my sugar intake, and still eat more of the foods I want, such as a bowl of cereal. And if you’d seen my twitter¬†account in the last week, you saw that I’ve been talking about how I would’ve done some things in order to have a bowl of Fruit Loops (Froot loops?) So when I was in the cereal section of Target the other night, I started checking my labels. I was looking at the ‘healthy’ and ‘organic’ boxes, and each serving had between 5-10 (10!) grams of sugar per serving. I then grabbed a box of good ol’ Cheerios and checked: only ONE gram of sugar per serving. ONE! Not to mention the whole grains that are contained in those beautiful tiny o’s. I’ve had a bowl of Cheerios the past few mornings with organic milk and a banana and I feel great. The carbs I get from the Cheerios and the banana give me enough energy to start my day, or help me through a little in home workout, like I did this morning. Starting your day with a healthy cereal (or oatmeal!) is great to keep you full, so long as you are also having some sort of fruit and/or protein with it so you aren’t eating empty carbs.

For lunch and dinner last night, I stuck to the W30 program for the most part. Steak, brussel spouts and baked fries for dinner, franks red hot chicken drumsticks and red potatoes for lunch (with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese- Its ALL about moderation!) I just got a 40oz water bottle from Target, and have had either water or LaCroix to drink, and tried to stick to fruits and veggies for between meal snacks. (Dessert last night was a navel orange and 2 thin mint girlscout cookies. (The serving size is 4, and I think the serving size amount of sugar is 5 grams….not bad!)

So yes, I am still glad I left the diet. I did lose 5 pounds while on it, but so long as I stick to being W30 compliant 50% of the time (or more!) and continue working out at physical therapy, on my stationary bike in my basement, or hopefully joining a gym soon, I will be able to lose some weight, tone my muscles, and build muscles in my leg to protect my knees from further injury. (If I hurt my right knee one more time, I’m going to scream…..)

Ps. If you want to be friends on the ‘MyFitnessPal’ app, my username is: SarahMontana666!

Have a good one y’all,

Sarah Montana

Whole30 Day 7/30

Howdy again folks! I can’t believe that I’ve almost gotten though a week without chocolate! And bread! Oh sweet and soft and squishy and tasty bread. Every day, I’ve been thinking about all the foods I haven’t been able to eat, and then eating something thats better for me as a replacement. Today, I’ve had two navel oranges. And one yesterday. Maybe all those years I spent in Florida are causing me to crave citrus fruits. I’m not complaining. In any case- Douglas came home today! Woohoo! So I will make this episode short and sweet for y’all so I can get back to snuggling.

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Breakfast 9:45AM

This morning, was a very monochromatic breakfast. 2 scrambled eggs, 1 navel orange and a mango pineapple Nestle purelife water. Delicious.

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Lunch 12:00PM

I had leftovers today because they were simple and still delicious. Salmon, potatoes and some watermelon. I haven’t had much watermelon this year, because honestly, I haven’t found much that looked appetizing. I hit the jackpot with these slices of awesome. They hit the spot.

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Dinner 6:00PM

Shrimp has been my favorite thing to eat during this Whole30 diet. Something about them tastes so buttery and wonderful. I had some garlic sauteed spinach and then strawberries and pineapples on the side with an iced peppermint tea.

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And this heavenly baby is the pizza I made for Douglas for his welcome home meal. Cheese stuffed crust spinach, tomato and goat cheese. No sauce. I even brushed the crust with olive oil and sprinkled extra garlic powder on the sides. Real love is making your partner a pizza full of everything you can’t eat, and not sneaking a piece of cheese. I will admit-I grabbed a piece of his pizza to get a good smell. It was magical. I do miss pizza. Especially one as beautiful as this one.

I am happy I started this journey. I am proving to myself that I can live without sugar and treats and junk food and be ok. Its pretty empowering!!! If I can do it you all can do it!!!

Have a good one y’all,

Sarah Montana