Pieces of Me

Friday, May 4, 2012

Here’s to Health

I have several people in my life who are on a weight loss smoothie/meal replacement kick.  I think it’s great for them.  They have found something that works and it’s helping them lose weight and gain confidence.  So important in life. 

Unfortunately, with weight loss supplements of any kind, and my body, I do not do well.  Most of the time, I just get sick.  Many weight loss supplements – of the powder form – is made with artificial sweetners and contain soy.  This product that my family has started to use, does as well.  And that’s okay.  Like I said before, I’m not knocking it at all.  I want everyone to be successful.  And healthy.  And if this is a way to jumpstart that, then all be it – let’s do it!

I, however, am trying to eat cleanly – and not put anything artificial in my body – it’s not an easy task.  And I’ve really slipped over the past 3 months, but I’m ready to commit now.  Several friends of mine (whom I love so much) have said to me – “Rose, you can’t take an all or nothing approach.  Doing so is going to set you up to fail.”  I think I am finally hearing them.

Now, the shake/smoothie idea intrigues me so I have been googling “Paleo Protein Smoothies” and here is what I’ve found.  I mean, if the whole “shake” idea works, why not do it in a way that puts 100% of goodness into my body?

Blueberry Nut

  • 1 oz water
  • 1/2 c coconut milk
  • 1 oz macadamia nuts
  • 3/4 c frozen blueberries

Carrot Spinach

  • 3/4 c carrot juice
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1/4 c ice
Coconut, Strawberries and Pumpkin Smoothie
  • 3/4 cup of cool water
  • 3/4 cup of canned pumpkin. If you can though, use fresh pumpkin.
  • A handful of frozen strawberries. To be honest, you could probably use other berries too! :)
  • Coconut oil, make sure it’s liquid and around 2 tablespoons.

To make sure the smoothie actually comes out right blend the the ingredients together without the coconut oil, then add it in afterwards and blend again. Enjoy!

Chocolate, Avocado and Coconut Smoothie
  • A handful of frozen berries or fruit
  • 1/4 cup of avocado
  • Coconut oil, about one tablespoon
  • Either add coconut, almond milk or water, it’s your choice.