Vegetarian Loaded Sweet Potato

It’s no secret that we grew up in a healthy, veggie-centric household.  Sweet potatoes were a veggie that our mom served us on the reg, typically as a carb to many of our meals on a winter evening.  We always loved the creaminess of the potato, it felt like a real comfort food– and the sweetness helped us to curb our wicked sweet tooth.  Now, as registered dietitians, we’re always creating new, healthy recipes that feature our orange fleshed lover, the sweet potato.  This baby packs in 21.5 grams of satisfying protein and 15 grams of fiber for the ultimate satisfaction!

A few more of our faves:

Sweet Potato Nachos

Roasted Tarragon Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Chips with Sea Salt & Chocolate Drizzle

Sweet Potato and Carrot Mash

and…

Mexican Sweet Potato Salad, Cherry & Pistachio Sweet Potato Medley  and our Sweeeeeeeet! Potato Pie

 

Vegetarian Loaded Sweet Potato -so satisfying with 21.5 grams of protein and 15 grams of fiber!

Other than the fact that there is something so satisfying about a creamy, fiber filled sweet potato, there are so many benefits! Check them out below!

Sweeeeet potato!  This sweet potato may be loaded with delish goodies, but the sweet potato itself is packed with mega benefits including:

  • Two very potent antioxidants– carotenoids (including beta carotene) and sporamins, which fight everything from the negative health consequences that come with aging to almost all types of disease.
  • Fighting inflammation: Eat a sweet potato and research shows that inflammation in the body immediately decreases, especially in the brain and nerve tissues throughout the body.

Vegetarian Loaded Sweet Potato

 

Vegetarian Loaded Sweet Potato

Serves 1

Ingredients
1 small sweet potato (about 4.5 oz)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell peppers
1/2 cup chopped kale
1/2 cup chopped broccoli
1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons low fat or fat free mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt

Directions:
1.Microwave or bake the sweet potato until tender. While it is cooking, prepare the filling.
2.Heat a sauté pan over medium high heat with a spritz of olive oil in a spray bottle. Add the onion, bell peppers, kale, and broccoli and sauté until tender, about 6-7 minutes.
3.Add the black beans, turmeric, and cumin, and cook until heated through.
4.Cut the sweet potato in half lengthwise and split open. Mound the filling onto the sweet potato (there is a lot of filling – it will not all fit tucked into the sweet potato, but that’s okay!)
5.Sprinkle the cheese on top of the filling, then microwave or bake the whole thing until the cheese is melted.
6.Dollop the Greek yogurt on top and serve.

Nutrition facts:  344 calories, 1 gram fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 187 mg sodium, 65 grams carbs, 15 grams fiber, 21.5 grams protein

 

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.

 

Orange Mint Iced Green “Flat- Belly” Tea

Helloooo yummy flat-belly number! Well, what were you waiting for? That’s exactly what we asked ourselves—what took us so long to create this powerful and delicious number?! After all, we’ve created so many bloat-fighting “detox” drinks (hiya Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush, Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea “Detox”Lemon Ginger Detox drink and  Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water) that help your body and your mind quickly get on the healthy track while neutralizing toxins, flushing damaging free radicals and puffiness, to boot! How could we have waited so long to include orange, mint and green tea in the same bevvie?

 

After all, citrus is known for being a potent immune-system booster and antioxidant, anti-inflammatory power-house to boost your body back to being its’ best– and we love it so much that we either use lemon or lime to flavor most of our dinners—and  growing up we loved oranges and grapefruits so much that we couldn’t choose one over the other so we’d go half-sies –each twin having half an orange and half a grapefruit, score! 🙂

And the ultimate SCORE? This flat-belly sipster!

Here’s why this is a great way to start your day!

What makes this tea so good for getting a flat-belly?

It flushes bloat–puffiness (from salt) and gut bulges (from constipation)

Do you drink enough water? Most people don’t, but guess what? Get your hands on this, and it tastes so good, you’ll wanna keep sipping—and this is one key to your flat-belly! If you’re not drinking enough water to balance out the salt in your diet, especially if you eat salty snacks, restaurant meals, aren’t eating as well as you’d like, etc., then you feel especially puffy!  Your body likes salt to be at a very particular concentration in the body.  Eat too much salt and your body holds on to water to dilute the salt.  And when you hold on to excess water, that’s when all holy heck 😉 breaks lose!– You feel BLOATED & puffy!  ICK!

  • Drinking plenty of water helps keep you hydrated so your body can flush excess sodium and waste, making you feel light and energized. Water also helps  push waste out of your colon (i.e., helps prevent constipation, keeping you regular and flushing out any gut bulges that come with the waste!)- hello flat-tummy!

 

The Green tea:

(Want more green tea, check out our Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie and our Matcha Green Tea smoothie.)

The fluid in tea helps to flush excess water weight, minimizing your middle—offering all the flat-belly perks, including the gut-bulging constipation.

  • More bloat gone? Yup! Green tea has a small amount of caffeine (35- 80 mg compared to coffee’s 100-400 mg in the same size cup). It’s just enough caffeine to increase the amount of urine your body releases as it also gives you a slight energy boost.  This tender boost from green tea is invigorating.

The Orange:

it’s chock full of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps boost your immune system and rid your body of toxins, keeping inflammation at bay.

When your body is bombarded with constant inflammation not only from things like alcohol, refined sugars, and chemicals in processed foods—also from stress, pollution, etc., your body’s inflammatory response works harder to keep you healthy. Keeping up with that constant inflammation takes a lot of work from your body and can wear down your immune system, leading to everything from the common cold to chronic health issues. Soo…

the moment you get run down, if you’re human 😉 your flat-belly intentions fall by the wayside—you likely don’t eat as well or focus on exercise, either.  Plus, your body can’t operate in tip-top shape when its’ immune system is constantly being challenged. Eating and drinking foods with anti-inflammatory ingredients help fight that constant inflammation so your body can work efficiently to flush toxins and recharge your system.

Plus, oranges are a great source of potassium, which helps to prevent water retention by regulating sodium levels in your body (i.e.–minimize salt-induced bloating so that you can de-puff!).

 

The Mint:

(Fun fact: which twin is guilty of buying four mint plants in three weeks just to support her habit when the leaves couldn’t grow back fast enough to keep up with her use? Answer: Lyssie)

We like to think of mint as a peacemaker in the body. It soothes the stomach, easing indigestion possibly by improving the flow of bile through the stomach, which helps to speed and improve digestion. Thanks in part to its anti-inflammatory antioxidant rosmarinic acid, it “calms your insides” to pacifying the inside of your body!  Buh bye indigestion and bloat!

 

Get ready to feel some flat-belly love in your tummy! 🙂

Orange Mint Iced Green “Flat- Belly” Tea

Makes 1 serving (8 ounces)

Ingredients

1 bag green tea

8 ounces of water

1/2 small orange or tangerine

2-3 mint leaves

Ice, to chill

Directions

  1. Prepare green tea according to package directions. (We heated water, just until it bubbled [not a rolling boil], then we poured it over the green tea bag, let it steep for 5 minutes and then removed the tea bag. For stronger tea you can steep longer).
  1. While tea is steeping, squeeze juice of the half of the small orange into a small dish.  Add the mint leaves to orange juice and muddle (press the leaves into the dish to release their healthful oils).
  2. Once tea has cooled slightly, pour tea over ice, add in orange/mint juice. You can include the leaves or leave them out, either way you will get their minty effect.

If you make a large batch garnish with extra orange slices, fresh mint, and store in fridge- that way you can sip on this yumster all day long! Adding ice is perfectly OK, just know that it will dilute the flavor.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 19 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 1 mg Sodium, 5 g Carbohydrate, 4 g Fiber, 1 g Sugar, 0 g Protein

Orange Mint Iced Green “Flat- Belly” Tea
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 bag green tea
  • 8 ounces of water
  • ½ small orange or tangerine
  • 2-3 mint leaves
  • Ice, to chill
Instructions
  1. Prepare green tea according to package directions. (We heated water, just until it bubbled [not a rolling boil], then we poured it over the green tea bag, let it steep for 5 minutes and then removed the tea bag. For stronger tea you can steep longer).
  2. While tea is steeping, squeeze juice of the half of the small orange into a small dish. Add the mint leaves to orange juice and muddle (press the leaves into the dish to release their healthful oils).
  3. Once tea has cooled slightly, pour tea over ice, add in orange/mint juice. You can include the leaves or leave them out, either way you will get their minty effect.
  4. If you make a large batch garnish with extra orange slices, fresh mint, and store in fridge- that way you can sip on this yumster all day long! Adding ice is perfectly OK, just know that it will dilute the flavor.
  5. Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 19 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 1 mg Sodium, 5 g Carbohydrate, 4 g Fiber, 1 g Sugar, 0 g Protein
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 ounces Calories: 19 calories Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 5 g Sugar: 1 g Sodium: 1 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 0 g

 

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

 

 

 

 

Cranberry Orange & Ginger Detox Drink

As registered dietitians and personal trainers, clients always ask us what they can do to stay on track, and of course this seems to be especially challenging when there are lots of celebrations, like during Memorial Day weekend or the holiday season—but let’s face it, even when there aren’t holidays eating healthfully can be a challenge. When your schedule is filled to the brim with anything from long work events to parties, holiday or not, you can wind up feeling bloated and heavy – and you better believe we’re no fans of that! Our solution to help you to stay trim, is one we’ve fallen in love with ourselves– our beloved “detox” drinks! They’re some of the most popular recipes on our blog and we’re obsessed with coming up with new flavor combinations to keep things interesting!

They’ve become so important in the success of our clients that we’ve even included them as an important part in our 21-Day Body RebootTM,  our life-altering program that helps you to lose your last 10 pounds or more—while going wild on the weekend You may remember some of our other faves!

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush

Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea “Detox”

Lemon Ginger Detox drink

Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water

This cranberry, orange, and ginger festive flavor concoction will keep your taste buds satisfied! It was originally inspired during the holiday time to aid in flushing bloat and keeping you trim and slim (see below why it works!)in case you overindulged—but let’s face it, holiday time is not unique in that, so sip this baby any day of the year when you want to kick bloat to the curb! 😉

Here’s why this drink is a lifesaver:

It flushes bloat

It’s easy to get dehydrated, especially if you’re indulging in too many boozy drinks and salty snacks!  Your body likes salt to be at a very particular concentration in the body.  Eat too much salt and your body holds on to water to dilute the salt.  And when you hold on to excess water, guess what? You feel BLOATED & puffy!  ICK! Drinking plenty of water helps keep you hydrated so your body can flush excess sodium and waste, making you feel light and energized and since water also flushes waste (i.e., helps prevent constipation, keeping you regular and flushing out any gut bulges that come with the waste!)- hello flat-tummy!

Ginger: (Lyssie’s lov-ah! 😉 that shows up in everything she makes!) is rich in anti-inflammatory properties, while it also helps soothe your stomach and ease digestion, calming your insides so you can have a flatter tummy, helping you to reset after  a day of heavy foods.

It crushes sweet cravings

Sipping on this detox drink is our key to crushing sweet cravings!  As you know, we both have a sweet tooth, and it rears its’ head in the evening after dinner, when admittedly, we’re not truly hungry, just “snacky”. This yumster works it’s magic for us—it’s the ultimate sugar-tooth buster!  The natural sweet, tangy flavor of oranges and cranberries gives your taste buds the sweetness they crave without a ton of calories or sugar!  It’s so much easier to say no to another piece of chocolate or gingerbread man when your belly is already full of good-for-you food and drinks (like this lil’ number!).

It reduces inflammation

Cranberries and oranges are both packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps boost your immune system and rid your body of toxins, keeping inflammation at bay. Ginger is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, chasing free radicals and other toxins out of your body.

 

When you get an injury, your body’s immune system responds with inflammation in a healthy way – but not all inflammation is healthy. When your body is taxed with constant inflammation from things like alcohol, refined sugars, and chemicals in processed foods, your body ramps up its inflammatory response and works in overdrive to keep you healthy. Keeping up with that constant inflammation takes a lot of work from your body and can wear down your immune system, leading to everything from the common cold to chronic health issues.

 

Eating and drinking foods with anti-inflammatory ingredients helps fight that constant inflammation so your body can work in tip-top shape! Since this detox drink is jam packed with anti-inflammatory goodness (but still tastes like a festive holiday mocktail!), it’s the perfect concoction to keep you healthy throughout the year!

Cranberries contain unique, health-promoting flavonoids called PACs.  PACs help reduce inflammation associated with chronic disease and aging (and as an added bonus, they also reduce the incidence of certain infections, maintain a healthy urinary tract and improve heart health).

(Fun fact! A recent study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that drinking 8-ounces of cranberry juice a day reduced the number of symptomatic UTIs by nearly 40 percent in women with recurrent UTIs.)

 

Our PACman & Cranberry linked- -Confession: We loved PACman as kids. (OK, and maybe a little bit as adults too! But that’s just because of the good memories we have from our past! 😉) We had blue pac-man shoes that we thought were THE BOMB and when you pressed your finger on the bottom, the imprint left a pacman shape impression on your hand, soooo cool!   We now realize the atrociousness of the shoes, but love them anyway.  Point? We’ve become bigger cranberry fans since learning they’ve got PACs—remind us of pacman–they gobble the bad stuff in your body to keep you healthy…

 

 

Our favorite part about this drink? It’s tasty enough to serve at a party or to keep in your fridge and sip all day (and week!) long! Don’t keep all the health benefits to yourself – the holiday season (and all seasons! 😊 ) are for sharing ;). Make a big batch of this Cranberry Orange & Ginger Detox Drink to share with everyone at your next holiday party to keep everyone happy and healthy.

Cranberry Orange & Ginger “Detox” Drink

Yield: 4 8-oz servings

Ingredients:

½ cup fresh cranberries

½ orange, sliced

1-inch chunk ginger, sliced

4 cups water

 

Directions:

  1. Place the cranberries in a pitcher or large jar and smash them with the back of a wooden spoon to pop them open.
  2. Add the sliced orange, ginger, and water, and stir.
  3. Let infuse in the fridge overnight, then enjoy!

Nutrition info per 8-oz serving (if all the fruit is eaten): 15 calories, 0 g fat, 5 mg sodium, 3 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 0.2 g protein

Cranberry Orange & Ginger Detox Drink
 
Author:
Serves: 4, 8 ounce drinks
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • ½ orange, sliced
  • 1-inch chunk ginger, sliced
  • 4 cups water
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Place the cranberries in a pitcher or large jar and smash them with the back of a wooden spoon to pop them open.
  3. Add the sliced orange, ginger, and water, and stir.
  4. Let infuse in the fridge overnight, then enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 ounce serving, if fruit is eaten Calories: 15 Fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 3 g Sugar: 2 g Sodium: 5 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 0.2 g

Power Protein & Berry Antioxidant Slimdown Smoothie

The combination of the antioxidant-rich California prunes, strawberries and blackberries pack a fiber-punch while making this smoothie delightfully sweet and refreshing. The California prunes are a sweet, convenient way to include polyphenols, antioxidants in the diet that can help protect the body against heart, eye, memory, and immune system issues. Plus, research suggests eating 5-6 prunes a day may support healthy bones! The unexpected superstar weight loss ingredient is the protein-packed pea protein, as like all pulses, can aid in weight loss even when calories aren’t restricted; it was also found to be more effective than whey protein at fighting against hunger.

 

When you sip, you’ll reap rewards…

Here’s why pea protein rocks—and why it’s so great in your smoothie!  (Hint: It’s a pulse!)

It contains both fiber & protein: If you’ve spent any time on our blog, you know that the magical combination for weight loss is a meal that contains both protein and fiber, to keep you satisfied, your energy on an even keel and keep your blood sugar level stable.

o Power to Pulses! Not many foods contain both protein and fiber, and peas, like all pulses (the delicious, protein-packed, sustainable foods you know as dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas) contain this weight loss friendly combo!

• Pssst….fun fact: In 2016 Pulses were named International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations.

Research show that pulses (like pea protein), aid in weight loss even when calories aren’t restricted. Check out this 2016 study1, that found that it was just 3/4 cup of pulses per day that worked!

 

California Prune Benefits (we use California prunes because they are super sweet and we grew up loving them. 🙂 )

If you’re allergic to dairy, lactose intolerant or avoid dairy, meet your bone-building bestie! 🙂

  • Research suggests that eating 5-6 prunes a day may help support healthy bones! So cool, we know!Why? Prunes have copper which aids in bone structure, boron and a handful of polyphenols that help with the regulation of bone building and bone breakdown. 1
  • They’ve got Vitamin K which helps to improve calcium balance and promotes bone mineralization.A 40g serving (about 5 prunes) is an excellent source of Vitamin K, providing 30% of the Daily Value.Research is continuing on the effect of California prunes on bone health and they’re finding good stuff, healthy people… more good news to come!
  • Hello Polyphenols! California prunes pack polyphenols in their purple bodies, which acts as antioxidants  to protect your body–keeping watch over your heart, eyes, memory and immune system.
  • Plus, let’s not forget our antioxidant- rich friends are great for a flat-belly!   Feeling a little heavy and constipated? Help relieve your tummy and flush out some of that waste and bloat!   A serving of prunes (4-5 prunes) has 3 grams of fiber and 100 calories–and seem to do wonders when you need a little tummy relief!

 

Power Protein & Berry Antioxidant Slimdown Smoothie

Servings: 1 serving = 16 ounces

Ingredients:
• 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
• 1/2 frozen banana
• 1/3 cup frozen strawberries
• 1/4 cup frozen blackberries
• 2 California prunes (we use California prunes because they are super sweet and we grew up loving them)
• 1 scoop (27 grams) pea protein (We used Garden of Life’s Organic Raw Protein & Greens)

Directions:
1. Blend ingredients and enjoy!

Nutrition facts per 16 ounce smoothie:

256 Calories, 35 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 23 g protein, 0 g saturated fat, 10 g fiber

As you happily sip this Pea Protein Weight Loss smoothie, sip on this (more research supporting pulses, berries & weight loss…and California Prune benefits) below:

 

Super Berry Protein & Antioxidant Smoothie
 
Nutrition facts per 16 ounce smoothie: 256 Calories, 35 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 23 g protein, 0 g saturated fat, 10 g fiber
Author:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • • ½ frozen banana
  • • ⅓ cup frozen strawberries
  • • ¼ cup frozen blackberries
  • • 2 California prunes
  • • 1 scoop (27 grams) pea protein (We used Garden of Life’s Organic Raw Protein & Greens)
Instructions
  1. Blend ingredients and enjoy!

 

 

References:

Prunes:
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Schreurs AS, et al. Dried plum diet protects form bone loss caused by ionizing radiation. Sci. Rep. 2016;6: 21343; doi: 10.1038/srep21343.

Hooshmand S, et al. The effect of two doses of dried plum on bone density and bone biomarkers in osteopenic postmenopausal women: a randomized, controlled trial. Osteoporosis International. 2016;27(7): 2271-2279.

Arjmandi BH, et al. Dried plum consumption and bone mineral density retention in postmenopausal women: a follow-up study. The FASEB Journal. 2016;30:1, Supplement lb268.

Hooshmand S, et al. The effect of dried plum on serum levels of receptor activator of NF-kB ligand, osteoprotegerin and sclerostin in osteopenic postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial. British Journal of Nutrition. 2014;112:55-60.

Rendina E, et al. Dried plum’s unique capacity to reverse bone loss and alter bone metabolism in postmenopausal osteoporosis model. PLoS One. 2013;8(3):e60569.

Hooshmand S, et al. Comparative effects of dried plum and dried apple on bone in postmenopausal women. British Journal of Nutrition. 2011;106(6);923-930.

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Pulses and berries in Weight loss:

o A study published in Nutrition Journal found that pea protein was more effective at staving off hunger than whey protein; improved satiety can potentially lead to weight loss. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3295702/

1 Kim SJ, de Souza RJ, Choo VL et al. Effects of dietary pulse consumption on body weight: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27030531

C3G in berries may help with weight loss– check this out!:

11. Tsuda T., Horio F., Uchida K., Aoki H., Osawa T. Dietary cyanidin 3-O-beta-d-glucoside-rich purple corn color prevents obesity and ameliorates hyperglycemia in mice. J. Nutr. 2003;133:2125–2130. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12840166
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