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Smoothie Secret Weapons

12 Aug

berry smoothie

By now you should know that I’m a big fan of the smoothie. I have one just about every day to replace a meal. Smoothies have helped me to eat more fruit and yes, vegetables too. They’ve helped me to add more quality to what I put in my body.

Over the years of creating smoothies of my own I’ve found a few smoothie secret weapons, ingredients that give my smoothie a boost.

Here at my top three smoothie secret weapons:

Matcha Powder:

Matcha

Matcha powder is something fairly new to my smoothie arsenal. Not only does it give my smoothies a boost but it gives me a boost too.

With more than 100 times the nutrients of brewed green tea, Matcha Powder packs a punch with vitamins A and C, Folic Acid and Manganese. Let’s not forget the caffeine, there’s plenty of it in Matcha Powder.

It’s great at detoxifying the body and full of antioxidants, again 10 times more than brewed green tea.

Matcha Powder also helps to boost the metabolism, which will help burn some calories, which can help drop some weight.

I know a lot of people who don’t like the taste of green tea and Matcha Powder is a great way to get some of the great benefits of green tea without the taste.

Spinach:

Spinach

Spinach has been a smoothie staple of mine for years. It packs a big nutritional punch with a low caloric price.

With about 20% of a day’s fiber in one cup it help keep you feeling fuller longer. It also aids in digestion.

Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse with Vitamins A and C, Iron, Folate and even a little bit of calcium. As a woman who is growing older, calcium is becoming more and more important for my bone health so it’s nice to know I’m getting a little more in each smoothie.

Finally, as I try to get five servings of fruits and vegetables, adding spinach to my smoothies helps me check one off and it doesn’t leave my smoothie tasting “green”.

Flax Oil:

flax oil

Flax oil is one of the ways I add healthy fats to my smoothies.

Omegas 3, 6 and 9 are all in flax oil. 3 and 6 are essential fats, with 3 being found primarily in seafood, something I don’t eat. Flax oil is a great way for me to get these healthy fats in my diet without having to swallow a fishy pill.

Flax oil has about 55% of the daily requirement of omega 3 fats.

Some studies show that flax oil is good for the heart and can reduce the risk for fatal heart attacks. Who wouldn’t want to avoid one of those?

Good for the hair, skin and nails, flax with have you looking better inside and out. And it also can aid in weight loss efforts, that’s why I like it.

Again, it’s not something that you can even taste when it’s in your smoothies but you can enjoy it’s benefits.

Those are my top three smoothie secret weapons, the things I add to my smoothies to make them work a little harder for me.

Do you have any smoothie secret weapons you’d like to share? Leave a comment and let me know about them.

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Mommyland Happenings {Volume 31}

10 Aug

The boys enjoyed their last week of camp for this summer and I enjoyed a quiet house during the week to get things done.

Sunday.

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I came home from work on Sunday to this! My little room almost complete. Of course I wasted no time getting down there for a good workout.

It’s really exciting to have a healthy space and this will make it much easier to make working out a priority.

Monday.

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I feel like this has been the summer of storms. It’s been super humid which sparks these fun pop out thunderstorms. I saw this one coming and thought, “here we go again!”

Tuesday.

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The mats finally came in for my home gym and Logan was kind enough to test them out with some knuckle push-ups.

I love that the boys enjoy being active. They don’t know it yet but it’s really going to help them stay active as they get older having such a strong foundation. I’m kind of envious because fitness is work for me.

Wednesday.

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Logan sat on the couch next to me Wednesday morning, snuggled up and asked to take a selfie. I will never say no to that! My sweet cuddly guy.

Thursday.

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I am LOVING my new home gym! I get down there everyday to do something since something is better than nothing. Thursday I did a 25 minute speed workout on the elliptical and a quick HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout.

How cool is the workout record my Apple Watch creates? It even shows the weather!

Friday.

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I haven’t shared much of Cooper lately so we’ll end the week with some of him.

Logan forgot his lunch for camp so I took Cooper for a car ride when I dropped it off. He really does love to be in the car.

Saturday.

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In my next life I want to come back as a dog like Cooper. A nice comfy couch to sleep on all day and a family who loves him.

That’s my week in a nutshell. I hope you are having a great week so far and that it only gets better.

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