Purple Power Protein Smoothie

If you’ve spent time on our site, you probably know that we’re quite religious about eating as soon as we can after our daily workout.  After all, the word “hangry” wasn’t coined for nothing—and we’re no stranger to it—if we don’t eat soon after a training session, things can get pretty ugly. 🙂 Lyssie doesn’t get in Tammy’s way; Tammy knows not to get in Lyssie’s!  Since we’re not in the business of making enemies 😉 we don’t waste time before eating. 🙂

It’s not only our mood that takes a hit if we don’t eat soon enough, it only took a few times of waiting too long to eat after a workout (or after a meal for that matter!) to quickly learn that if we wait too long to eat and don’t get enough protein, we end up having a gnawing feeling in our stomachs for the rest of the day and we just can’t seem to feel satisfied, no matter how soon we eat our next meal.  Plus, as registered dietitians, we know about the importance of getting enough protein at each meal when it comes to satisfaction and we’re also well aware of the importance of eating within 30 minutes after an exercise session (particularly if it’s intense) to take advantage of the time when the body is most receptive to refueling its’ muscles.  Getting adequate protein is the tougher of the two, especially if you’re on the go or don’t want a protein-rich food to go bad or get you sick (chicken, fish and dairy products like yogurt, cheese and eggs can’t be out of the fridge for more than a few hours before they become not-so-friendly to eat for several reasons!).  For many of our clients (and for us too!) a Greek yogurt is an easy go-to option for protein, but frequently we want something else– and so do our clients—let’s face it, yogurt just ain’t staying fresh and safe in a gym bag all day! 😉

 

A few recipes you may like:

Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Green Warrior Weight Loss Smoothie

Baked Apple

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush

Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea “Detox”

Lemon Ginger Detox drink and  Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water)

So, when Vital Whey sent us a sample of their protein powder we were excited to see what it was like—we had heard it was amazing and just the way we like it since it’s made from cows that are grass-fed and graze year-round on pastures.  It’s GMO-free, hormone free, and pesticide and chemical free! Totally our jam! Hallelujah!

The container we received from Vital Whey was their plain (unflavored) protein powder and these two veggie-loving RDs, each with our own killer sweet tooth had never really played around with an unflavored protein so admittedly, we we’re a little concerned that with our sweet tooth, we wouldn’t really like it.

Nervously, we did “the test” first—you know—the one you do when you like to consider yourself brave 😉 — you wet your finger, dip it in a little spoon of protein powder and put your finger to your tongue…

What we tasted was a light, pleasant-tasting flavor that we enjoyed!  Unsweetened, plain! Who knew?! 🙂 And we started creating a smoothie—and it blended into a creamy deliciousness that we LOVE!

We’re always creating simple, easy on-the-go smoothies, and with this plain, unflavored Vital Whey protein powder (85 calories and 16 grams of protein per scoop!) we’ve found our new go-to, and neither our taste buds, our tummies or our bodies could be happier! 🙂

Purple Power Protein Smoothie

Makes 1 serving (about 16 ounces)

 

Ingredients

1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3/4 cup water
1 scoop Vital Whey unflavored protein powder
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
½ medium frozen very ripe banana (freeze once brown spots)
2 medium dates (or prunes), pitted
½ cup ice
Dash of cinnamon, optional
½-inch ginger, peeled, optional

Directions: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Makes one 16-ounce serving.

Nutrition facts per serving: 217 calories, 2 grams fat, 1 g saturated fat, 18 grams protein,  34 grams carbohydrate, 5 g fiber,  76 mg sodium

Purple Power Protein Smoothie
 
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Ingredients
  • Purple Power Protein Smoothie
  • Makes 1 serving (about 16 ounces)
  • Ingredients
  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 scoop Vital Whey unflavored protein powder
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ medium frozen very ripe banana (freeze once brown spots)
  • 2 medium dates (or prunes), pitted
  • ½ cup ice
  • Dash of cinnamon, optional
  • ½-inch ginger, peeled, optional
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Makes one 16-ounce serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 smoothie Calories: 217 Fat: 2 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 34 g Sodium: 76 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 18 g

We’ve proudly partnered with Vital Whey for this sponsored post.

 

Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte

 

’Twas the night before the holidays, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

OK, so that’s not exactly the way it went down in our house—especially the quiet, peaceful part. 😊 Yes, it was snowing, but that’s about where the story ends. Over here, Tammy’s twin daughters had 3 friends over who were screaming and yelling and playing some sort of slide-someone-around on the floor like they’re dead, yet kicking (don’t ask 😊 ), and these two, twin registered dietitians were dreaming up a new lightened up concoction (and the kitchen is never quiet or peaceful when we’re both concocting! If you watched us on Food Network’s Chopped!, that’s the tame version of what happens at home 😊 ).

The good news is what came out of all of the chaos—this delicious Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte. We lightened it up in a major way—shaving 100 calories off a small, typical-size latte—our version has only 33 calories a serving! Plus, our house smells like a gingerbread cookie factory (no joke!) and if you need a ‘lil pick-me-up, this bevvie uses strongly brewed coffee.

And if you need a to flush out the bloat if you’ve overdone it on a little too much holiday cheer—check out these “detox” drinks—and be sure to check out our 21-Day Body Reboot™, which will help you to look and feel your best in no time (it’s our life-altering program that helps you to lose your last 10 pounds or more—while going wild on the weekend!)

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush
Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea “Detox”
Lemon Ginger Detox drink
Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water

  Aside from the heaping calorie-savings in this Gingerbread latte, there’s even another reason to sip it—the cinnamon! And if you like things extra-cinnamon-y, go ahead and sprinkle away!

Cinnamon: Studies have found that cinnamon helps to reduce inflammation and a number of studies have found improved blood sugar levels associated with cinnamon intake. So it certainly can’t hurt to aim for ½- 1 teaspoon of this delish spice daily!

Ginger: Ginger (especially fresh ginger) is also great for reducing chronic inflammation (the kind that’s linked to many chronic diseases), and is a total tummy soother, which means it may just keep you free from nausea or stomach discomfort!

 

 

Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte

Yield: 1 latte (8 oz)

Ingredients:
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
½ tsp blackstrap molasses
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Stevia, to taste (I used 2 drops liquid stevia)
½ cup very strong brewed coffee

Directions:
1. Place almond milk, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and stevia in a pot or microwave-safe mug. Heat on the stove or in the microwave until piping hot.
2. Transfer the almond milk mixture to a 16 oz mason jar, seal, and shake vigorously, until frothy. You can also use a milk frother if you have one!
3. Pour the brewed coffee into a mug, top with the almond milk mixture, and stir gently to combine.
4. Enjoy!

Nutrition info (per serving): 33 calories, 1.3 g fat, 81 mg sodium, 5.4 g carbs, 0.9 g fiber, 0.5 g sugar, 0.7 g protein

 

 

 

 

Green Warrior Weight Loss Antioxidant Smoothie

This weight loss smoothie will crush your sweet tooth with only 309 calories and keep you feeling satisfied thanks to the protein and fiber. Naturally sweet antioxidant-packed fruit, creamy Greek yogurt and zesty, inflammation-fighting ginger keep your taste buds excited, while the pistachios are the secret ingredient since they contain the satisfying trio of fiber, plant-protein and better-for-you unsaturated fats so you feel full and don’t end up overeating at the vending machine soon after. Plus, although people don’t think of nuts for antioxidants, the green in the pistachios let’s you know there are antioxidants inside, making it a surprise superfood!

In this smoothie, we’ve got 3 special loves 😉 :

Pistachios:
They contain the trio of fiber, plant-protein and better-for-you unsaturated fats that can help keep you feeling fuller longer. Pistachios are among the snack nuts highest in protein, but lowest in calories and fat. We used the Wonderful No Shells Pistachios in this smoothie since they made it super easy to add! As an added bonus, the green and purple hues from pistachios signify that there are antioxidants inside.

Ginger:
As you know, we’re ginger-obsessed, and Lyssie finds a way to work it into most of her meals. 😉 It adds a zesty kick to keep your taste buds satisfied so that they’re not craving more excitement. Ginger soothes the stomach and intestinal tract and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties to protect your body from free radicals and helps to keep your body in better working order. A calm intestinal tract= less bloat and a flatter tummy!

Spinach:
Greens, specifically, are the number one food you can eat regularly to improve your health–and to aid in weight loss because they’re super low in calories but packed with fiber to fill you up and with nutrients. Spinach is one the mildest of the greens and is like a barely detectable (like a chameleon!) in a smoothie, so it’s the perfect addition to a weight loss smoothie. (In this smoothie, we started with 1 packed cup of spinach, which is similar to two fistfuls)

Green Warrior Weight Loss Antioxidant Smoothie

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients
• ¾ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
• 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
• ½ cup green grapes
• 1 cup pineapple pieces
• 1 cup packed spinach (or 4 Kale and Spinach Cubes)
• 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
• 1/8 cup Wonderful No Shells Pistachios, lightly salted (roughly 25 kernels)
• 4 ice cubes

Directions:
In a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Nutrition Facts per Serving (makes 2 servings): 170 Calories, 5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 22 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 13 g protein

 

Green Warrior Weight Loss Antioxidant Smoothie
 
Nutrition Facts per Serving (makes 2 servings): 170 Calories, 5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 22 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 13 g protein
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • • ¾ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • • ¼ cup pomegranate juice
  • • ½ cup green grapes
  • • 1 cup pineapple pieces
  • • 1 cup packed spinach
  • • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • • ⅛ cup Wonderful No Shells Pistachios, lightly salted (roughly 25 kernels)
  • • 4 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.

 

Photo credit:  POM Wonderful

On-The-Go Cherry Oats

 

We’ve partnered with Dannon Oikos on this post to share this healthy breakfast that can double as a snack. We’re being compensated and given free products, but all opinions are our own.

 

This morning I (Lyssie), like most mornings, found myself racing out the door to meet my friend, Sean, a personal trainer at my gym for a jog on the treadmill.  As we jogged, I was telling him that my mornings always seem to be hectic and thank goodness for my energy-boosting, satisfying, quickie breakfast and if weren’t for it, I don’t know if I’d ever have time to eat.  I told him that Tammy and I have two favorite breakfasts that work wonders for our clients because they’re quick, easy, satisfying, energy-boosting, delicious and make us and our clients feel our best until lunchtime. He perked up and said-“I want to know what they are!”

Then it dawned on me…while we always share tips on how to help you to look and feel your best, we may not have told you the most popular breakfasts when it comes to all of these things! So brace yourselves because we’re about to spill the breakfast beans—aka, the morning meals that our clients live for! 😉 Yep-it’s our Simple Eggs & Grains which seems to be one of the most satisfying weight loss breakfasts, our Mini Fritatta Muffins and our Veggie Frittata Bites! 

But as much as a girl –or a guy—loves a food (or a few like the ones above!) that’s their go-to, they likely don’t want to have it every single morning for breakfast without adding something new to the mix. We get it! That’s why we’ve created this dreamsicle—another perfect go-to for those busy mornings (and afternoons)!

This too, is one our all-time faves and our clients tell us they love it too. So say hello to our Grab-and-Go Creamy Cherry Oats–and best of all, although it may be thought of for breakfast, healthy foods are good for you no matter what time of day you eat them. So go ahead and have it for a light, yet satisfying lunch or for a scrumptious snack. Or you can do what Lyssie does when she’s in a hurry; she serves her boyfriend this for breakfast, lunch or brinner).

Calling all chewy- texture loving breakfast eaters: The original muesli calls for just mixing the ingredients together and letting them sit in the fridge overnight—voila! You just grab and go in the morn! But, we have to tell you, we mix this right before we eat it, we use quick rolled oats and there is something about that creamy and chewy texture that is so satisfying, if you’re like us, you’ll go for making it this way, and never look back!

Aside from it feeling like a real treat, we love both of these  On-the-Go Cherry Oats and this Orange and Banana Energy-Revving Quick Oat Muesli  for their wholesome ingredients and how each contributes to your energy level (you can mix up the fruits,-and even add nuts, just know the calories will be higher– there are no rules!):

 

Whole oats: Oats are the whole grain so they’re packed with fiber and contain healthy, energy- boosting carbohydrates needed to fuel your brain and your muscles. Plus, oats are a great source of magnesium to help to turn your food into energy. Goodbye, energy slump!

Oikos non-fat Black Cherry Greek yogurt: Not only a great source of calcium and vitamin D, but packed with protein too, Oikos yogurt is rich and creamy and extends the energy boost of the oats, cherries and whatever healthy carbs you add, while also keeping you satisfied. This is such an easy way to get protein.

 

Cherries: Sweet cherries are packed with potassium, a natural blood-pressure reducer. Potassium helps to counteract sodium, helping to restore normal fluids balance—and flush any of the water retention and bloat from last night’s dinner. Potassium helps to offset the blood-pressure-raising effects of sodium. Quercetin, an antioxidant found in cherries may help keep blood vessels relaxed and supple. Plus, it seems anthocyanins cyaniding in cherries may help to prevent cancer!

Other add-ins:

 

  • Almonds– These are optional in the recipe below, and if you add a teaspoon of slivered nuts, they go a lot further! A good-for-your-heart fat, almonds add delicious crunch and their fat and protein add satiety and make the energy boost last longer. Just remember that this will add calories to your meal.

 

  • Cinnamon– A sweet and delicious antioxidant-rich spice which helps to fight damage in your body and keep you healthy so you can feel good and have energy to do the things you enjoy. Feel free to pile it on like we do—the more you use, the better, as cinnamon has been even shown to keep blood sugar levels in check when you use enough. One to one –and- a-half teaspoons daily seems to be helpful.

On-the-Go Cherry Oats Makes 1 serving
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole grain oats, raw (For a heartier meal, double the oats to 4 tablespoons, we use rolled oats for the version we make in minutes and eat on the spot)
    • 1/2 cup cherries, sliced
    • 6 ounces Oikos non-fat Black Cherry Greek yogurt
    • Dash Cinnamon, ginger—or more if you like!

 

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

Nutrition per Serving: 315 Calories, 55 g Carbohydrate, 3g fat, 18 grams protein, 1g saturated fat, 6 g fiber

On-The-Go Cherry Oats
 
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup whole grain oats, raw (For a heartier meal, double the oats to 4 tablespoons, we use rolled oats for the version we make in minutes and eat on the spot)
  • • ½ cup cherries, sliced
  • • 6 ounces Oikos non-fat Black Cherry Greek yogurt
  • • Dash Cinnamon, ginger—or more if you like!
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 315 Calories Fat: 3 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 55 g Fiber: 6 g Protein: 18 g

Frozen Yogurt Bark with Blueberries and Pomegranate

As registered dietitians and personal trainers you may think that since we eat a healthy diet, exercise and love veggies that we automatically must just not like sweets. Ha! If only!

The truth is we love chocolate and frozen desserts—and have a long love affair with fro-yo. It started in high school when one our best friend’s worked at a Fro-yo store and she’d give us all the fro-yo we wanted—free! As students on a budget we weren’t shy and ate A LOT. Roughly four small frozen yogurts each! And we’d skip a healthy lunch and would end up eating those instead—Oy! Thank goodness we don’t do that anymore (yes, we didn’t feel so good the rest of the afternoon) but that doesn’t mean we love fro-yo any less! 🙂

 

You may also like:

Skinny Strawberry Mint Ice Cream

Skinny Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches 

Dark Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

 

And if you love fro-yo (or other frozen ice cream-like desserts) the way we do, you’ll completely get why we’re super excited to introduce our latest love… Frozen Yogurt Bark with Blueberries and Pomegranate…and it’s only 18 calories per piece of heaven!

 

If it’s a hot summer day, and you’re craving a bowl of your favorite ice cream but you don’t want all the sugar that comes along with it, or you’re jonesing for something quick, light and refreshing to squash a sweet tooth, this bark will be your new bestie– right in the convenience of your freezer when you need it most!

Not only is this bark only 18 calories for each 2-inch piece– and low in sugar too– it’s also packed with lots of beneficial nutrients. Yogurt is filled with probiotics, helping to keep your gut healthy and helping to boost your immunity. Both blueberries and pomegranate arils are antioxidant powerhouses, helping to protect your body from harmful free radicals that damage your body and your skin and that speed the aging process. Consuming these antioxidants helps keeps your cells healthy! And healthy cells = happy you! And fro-yo (in any form) = a happy us! 😉

 Frozen Yogurt Bark with Blueberries and Pomegranate

 

Serves 15 (about 2×2 inches, each)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups non fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp. slivered almonds

Instructions:

  1. Combine the yogurt and honey in a medium-sized bowl and then stir in the chocolate chips and pomegranate seeds.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the mixture on top. Then spread the mixture so it is approximately ½ inch thick.
  3. Sprinkle the blueberries, coconut and sliced almonds on top.
  4. Put the baking sheet in the freezer, and allow the yogurt mixture to freeze completely (should take a few hours).
  5. Once frozen, you can cut the bark into desirably sized pieces and place them into separate bags or a combined container. Then place them back in the freezer so you can enjoy a frozen treat later!

 

Nutrition facts: 18 calories, 1 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 1 mg sodium, 6 mg potassium, 3 g carbs, 3 g sugar

 Preparation Tip: when consuming these treats, they work best when served in a bowl. They melt fairly fast, so this will help prevent a mess to clean up!

Frozen Yogurt Bark with Blueberries and Pomegranate
 
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Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 2 cups non fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp. slivered almonds
Instructions
  1. Combine the yogurt and honey in a medium-sized bowl and then stir in the chocolate chips and pomegranate seeds.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the mixture on top. Then spread the mixture so it is approximately ½ inch thick.
  3. Sprinkle the blueberries, coconut and sliced almonds on top.
  4. Put the baking sheet in the freezer, and allow the yogurt mixture to freeze completely (should take a few hours).
  5. Once frozen, you can cut the bark into desirably sized pieces and place them into separate bags or a combined container. Then place them back in the freezer so you can enjoy a frozen treat later!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 piece Calories: 18 Fat: 1 g Saturated fat: 0 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 1 mg

 

 

 

 

Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats

We have a long love affair with orange creamsicles that dates back to elementary school. While our cook-everything-from-scratch, granola baking hippie (minus the drugs) mom, who had the best intentions to keep us healthy, gave us her low-sugar, home-cooked dessert every night, she did give us money to buy ice cream at school every Friday for a special indulgence. We’d look forward to it all week long, and we’d dream of the Orange Creamsicle we’d often choose (the Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bar took a close second! 🙂 ). Now, as registered dietitians with a sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check, we still love the flavor of orange creamsicles, and this healthy rendition of an orange creamsicle is inspired by our childhood Friday ice cream special!

 

Psst… looking for more healthy recipes? Please feel free to search this site. And here are a few to try…

Coco Chia Granola Balls

Strawberry and Citrus Salad with Avocado 

 

 

Every feel rushed in the morning?! We hear ya! These are for you! And because…

 

we can’t all be morning people, and for those of you who aren’t – these Orange Creamsicle overnight oats will be your wake-up call! Not only can they be fully prepared the night before, but they also provide the nutrients you need to get your day started on the right foot, no matter what side of the bed you got off of.

 

We call this our Shake, Rattle and Roll breakfast! Simply put all the ingredients in a jar, shake them, rattle ’em if you please 😉 and refrigerate! Roll out the door with them in the morning!

 

Healthy Bonuses:

The oats are rich in energy-revving whole grain carbohydrates to keep you fueled. Plus, their soluble fiber helps to lower cholesterol and fight heart disease.

 

 

 

Packed with oranges which are a great source of vitamin C, this breakfast will help to bolster your immune system, and as an added bonus it helps with the formation of collagen – so you can look forward to healthy and younger-looking skin! And oats combined with oranges are the perfect match, since the iron in the oats is more easily absorbed with the help of vitamin C!

Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats

Preparation Tip: When preparing this delicious breakfast make sure to use a container/jar that allows room for the ingredients to be shaken – a mason jar works perfectly! And for added flavor and nutrients feel free to toss in a few more of your favorite fruits. Blueberries, raspberries or strawberries are the perfect addition!

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 orange, peeled and sectioned

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon ground flax

1/4 cup nonfat milk

 

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a jar or container with life. Shake to combine, then place into fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning!

Nutrition facts per serving:

315 calories, 5 grams fat, 0 grams Saturated fat, 47 grams Carbohydrates, 69 grams Sodium, 8 grams Fiber, 22 grams Protein

 

Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 orange, peeled and sectioned
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • ¼ cup nonfat milk
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a jar or container with lid. Shake to combine, then place into fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 315 Fat: 5g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 47g Sodium: 69g Fiber: 8g Protein: 22g