Metabolism-Boosting Morning Smoothie

smoothie

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:

perfect fit

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: Flour With Power

This Friday I’m introducing you to an awesome new whole grain flour that I recently came across at the grocery store. I’m constantly looking for substitutions to make baked goods a little healthier & this is THE PERFECT way to do so.

Ultragrain Flour

Meet Ultragrain. Here’s why it’s got the power:

  • it’s a blend of white & ultragrain flours, meaning it has the taste of a white flour with the health benefits of a whole wheat blend
  • 9 g of whole grain per serving
  • 2x the fiber of other all-purpose flour
  • lower starch content
  • increased essential minerals + vitamins
  • increased antioxidants
  • it’s NOT expensive!!

I was amazed by the taste of this stuff. You really cannot tell a difference between this & white flour in baking – I will never go back! Also, unlike other health-friendly flours, Ultragrain isn’t ridiculously expensive. When I tried some brown rice whole wheat flour for a recipe it was about $8 for a little tiny bag! I’m pretty sure that I only paid around $2.50 for this one.

In my opinion, this is the kind of health-conscience change that EVERYONE can & should make. There’s no difference in taste & a very minimal difference in price. Now you can feel a little less guilty about baking those cupcakes you’ve been craving 😉

As always, the nutrition facts – if interested you can also take a peek at the nutrition facts for another all-purpose flour to compare. Put Ultragrain to the test in your own kitchen & let me know what you think in the comments below! If you have another go-to flour I’d love to hear about it! Thanks for stopping by & be sure to subscribe for more tips if you haven’t already! Happy baking!

-SkinnyGirl

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Be a Little Ball of Energy!

I’ve been wanting to share this recipe for a while, and I finally got around to making it!  It’s my Chocolate Energy Balls! These are a great post-workout snack or a snack for when you’re in dire need of something sweet. I honestly crave these more than cookies sometimes.

Energy Balls

Energy Balls…ZING!

These are so simple to make and are actually good for you! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 TBSP peanut butter (I like the Central Market brand)
  • 1/3 c. old fashioned oats (or whatever kind you prefer)
  • 30 dark chocolate chips (about a handful)
  • 1 TBSP ground flax seed
  • 1/8 c. golden raisins
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

MAKES about 9 energy balls (about 3 servings)

Start by throwing all the ingredients in the bowl – at the same time. Couldn’t be easier.

Energy Ball Ingredients

Mix Em’ Up

Stir it all up and then shape into balls. That’s seriously it, you’re already done. You can pop them in the fridge or eat them right now.

Shape Into Balls

Shape Into Balls

I know these aren’t exactly the most photogenic snack…but trust me, if you love chocolate and if you love peanut butter, these will rock your world. Although this recipe isn’t fat free by any means, your body does need some fat & that’s why these are perfect after a workout or long day. They have fiber and protein and not a single ingredient in them is bad for you. Each ball has about 70 calories, so you can eat a few without feeling bad!

Click here for nutrition facts

If you’re feeling adventurous you could add in cranberries instead of raisins, add chia seeds, or put some instant coffee powder in there to really get your energy going. This recipe is so fun to make because you can put your own spin on it & it will always taste great! Enjoy!

-SkinnyGirl