Metabolism-Boosting Morning Smoothie

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If you ask me what the most important meal of the day is – I’m going to tell you breakfast. No matter how much you hate eating in the mornings, waking up early, or breakfast food in general, you still need to eat! So many people don’t realize that skipping breakfast actually makes you gain weight instead of losing it. Feed yourself something that will boost your metabolism & energize you all day long! With this goal in mind, I came up with this tasty smoothie that will kick your morning metabolism into gear! Plus, since all you need is a blender, even the sleepiest of morning zombies can’t mess this recipe up 😉

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 grapefruit, skin removed
  • 1 banana (preferably ripened & frozen)
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into pieces
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 c. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 packet perfect fit protein (optional)
  • 4 ice cubes
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • stevia or honey to taste

MAKES 1 large smoothie or 2 small ones

Click to view nutrition facts (protein powder & sweeteners not included)

Blend together all the ingredients & you’re done! I sprinkle the cinnamon on top, but you can also blend it along with everything else. If you’re not adding protein powder, I would recommend adding stevia or honey to sweeten it up.

Here’s why this smoothie is a lean, clean, metabolism-burning machine:

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I’ve never really been into the idea of protein powder because I always associated it with lots of unnatural chemicals that were being used to bulk up the body. However, perfect fit is made with USDA organic brown rice protein & stevia. There’s nothing unnatural about it and it tastes pretty darn good as far as protein powders go. Protein is so important because it doesn’t just aid in muscle repair, but lean protein has been shown to help with weight loss – so don’t shy away from it!

Try out this metabolism booster for yourself & let me know what you think! Thanks for visiting & be sure to subscribe for more healthy lifestyle tips if you haven’t already!

-SkinnyGirl

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Friday Food Find: When Life Gives You Lemons…

I’ll admit I’ve gotten a lot of ‘lemons’ from life lately – nothing to REALLY complain about, just that I’ve been more busy than I could ever imagine with classes. I also got a bit dehydrated in this hot hot Texas sun and went through a whole ‘hmmm what is wrong with me?’ freakout at the doctor’s office. Luckily nothing is seriously wrong – I just had an infection which dehydration made much worse, and was forced to temporarily lay off the caffeine, alcohol and sugar (yes, everything good in life). I was also told to drink as much water as is humanly possible.

The thing is, I’m just not a huge H20 drinker – normally I’ll have maybe a glass or two a day (I know, that’s horrible). Regardless, I’ve been forced to change my ways. I’ve been drinking about 8-9 glass daily now, and after going on an “all water” beverage diet, I was looking for something else to drink…which is when I discovered this wonderful lemonade!

Let’s be honest, the bottle is definitely what caught my eye.  I picked up the diet version wondering (and hoping) that it was made with Stevia as opposed to Aspartame or some other artificial sweetener and to my surprise it was! I was pleased to find that there was only one ingredient on the list that I was unfamiliar with – erythritol, which I later read occurs naturally in some fruits and fermented foods so I figured it can’t be that bad right?

The lemonade is super refreshing and delicious – and only 20 calories a bottle! Another thing I liked about it was the fact that I could see bits of pulp from the lemon juice floating around the bottom of the bottle, which in my mind showed that it was REAL lemonade. I think this would make for a wonderful cocktail mixer as well as just being an awesome drink on it’s own!

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I for one agree with the bottle caps – Hubert’s Lemonade causes joy (for me at least) so try it out!

Drink up & enjoy!