S’mores Smoothie Recipe and My Shakeology Review

Hi guys I hope you are having a great weekend.  It is supposed to be  rainy and windy this weekend which is making it difficult to get my long run in.  So I think I will hit Orange Theory and see how Sunday turns out.  

About a month ago I was talking with my new friend Anna Renderer, host of Popsugar Fitness about changing some things up in my diet and fitness routine.  She suggested I try out Shakeology and make some intensity adjustments to my workouts.  I had heard of Shakeology before and even tried it a few years ago.  I decided to give it a try again.  I admit I was skeptical and I am VERY picky about what I put into my body!  It has been about 6 weeks now of consistently drinking it daily.  I have been enjoying it as a post workout snack or a quick and easy lunch.  I am pretty much addicted now!  So much so that I decided to become a Beachbody coach.  I already love the workouts (P90x, Piyo, Insanity, 21 Day Fix) so I decided why not help people on their journey of health and fitness more than I already do at the gym and on my blog.  

Here is what I love about Shakeology:

  1. It’s not just a protein shake.  It has super nutrients we need in our diets like phytonutrients, adaptogens, vitamins and minerals.  It also has digestive enzymes and probiotics for healthy digestion.
  2. It’s good for your body.  Since I started drinking it I have noticed an increase in my energy and my cravings for chocolate have lessened!  
  3. It’s a quick and easy meal replacement when needed.  When I am really busy or forget to pack my lunch for school I have the individual serving packets at school to whip up a quick smoothie.  

When I first looked at the cost of Shakeology I was surprised.  It seemed very expensive.  However, when my hubby and I calculated what I spend monthly on probiotics, digestive enzymes, greens powder, and my multi vitamin it ended up being about the same.  So now I can just drink one Shakeology a day instead of taking all of my supplements.  To me that’s a big plus!  

Shakeolgy S'moresI also love all the recipes out there.  If you love S’mores, like I do this recipe is for you! The only reason I camp is for S’mores!  If you love S’mores you will love this smoothie without the sugar and added calories.  It is tasty!  

S'mores Smoothie Recipe
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  2. ½ cup brewed coffee, chilled
  3. 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  4. 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology or Chocolate Protein Powder
  5. 2 tsp. ground whole wheat graham cracker crumbs, divided use
  6. 1 cup ice
Preparation
  1. 1. Place almond milk, coffee, extract, Shakeology, 1 tsp. graham cracker crumbs, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
  2. 2. Pour into a serving glass and garnish with remaining 1 tsp. graham cracker crumbs; serve immediately.
Notes
  1. ** Note: if you are caffeine free, skip the coffee (or make it decaf) **
Adapted from Beachbody Website
Adapted from Beachbody Website
http://4livingthewrightway.com/
 If you haven’t tried Shakeology and are interested in giving it a try, let me know.  You can try it for a month and if you don’t love it you will get your money back even if the bag is empty.  My personal favorites are the vanilla and chocolate flavors.  

Check out the awesome benefits here:   shakeology_benefits_survey

http://www.shakeology.com/4livingthewrightway

or email me at 4livingthewrightway.com

I hope you all have a great weekend!  

Partner or Group HIIT Workout

Today we did something a little different in my bootcamp class. I really like to get my class members involved in our workouts and let them help me decide what we want to focus on.  This workout was really fun and challenging, so I thought I would share the details so you can try it.  You could easily do this as a partner workout or a group workout of any size. 

This workout was awesome because we were always changing up the exercises and the reps.  It was also fun to see what moves people wanted to focus on for the day. 

Here is what you need for this awesome workout.  A partner or group of people.  A sheet of paper or a whiteboard.  Weights, a mat and some water.  Music always helps energize workouts too.  This workout can be done anywhere.  

hiit workout

The first step is to use your white board and create 2 columns.  One column is for your exercise and one is for your reps.  I passed it around and had all my class participants fill in the exercises and reps (see picture for the example).  I would suggest setting a time or number of rounds you want to complete.  We made it through 4 rounds.  It was so much fun!

Following my workout today I had the best smoothie!  I am really loving all the fall flavors lately.  I am also totally obsessed with Shakeology too.  This would make a great breakfast or lunch as well.  

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

  • 1 Serving Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Protein Powder
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ¾ Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup (sub stevia for lower sugar content)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • Ice

Blend all ingredients in your blender and enjoy.  

I hope you all have an amazing week!  If you have any great smoothie recipes I would love to hear them in the comments.  

Food Friday!!!!

Fri Yay

I have the day off from school and I really need it!  I am going to hit an Orange Theory class, get a massage, and do a little retail therapy.  I really need to find a new pair of running shoes.  

I am also going to go to the grocery store for my meal prep Sunday!  One of my friends wanted me to post what my meals look like for a day.  I really enjoy looking at other people’s meals so I thought why not post a day of my meals.  Just to warn you, they are not super glamorous, but I am just being real with you all.  

Meals For A Day

Breakfast

  • 2 Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cups topped with 1 teaspoon almond butterpumpkin baked oats
  • 1 cup of coffee with 1 tablespoon half and half
  • 1 cup of green tea (at work)

 

 

Morning Snack

Vanilla Almond Coconut Smoothie

 Vanilla Shakeology, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, 80z coconut water, and ice.  Blend and enjoy! 

This usually holds me over until about 12:30

Lunch

  • Steamed Broccoli (½ cup)
  • Baby Carrots (1 serving)
  • 1 Small Heirloom Tomato (I accidentally microwaved it with my veggies, but it was still good)
  • 1 Chicken Apple Sausage Sliced (I like Aidell’s brand)

I pretty much mixed this all together and ate it.  It’s a random lunch that I threw together at the last minute this morning.  It was pretty tasty.

Afternoon Snack

  • 1 Small Apple
  • I was still a bit hungry, so I threw together 1 handful of homemade trail mix (chex, raisins, raw almonds)

Dinner

  • Mexican Lasagna (topped with mashed avocado)

http://www.fannetasticfood.com/2012/06/13/mexican-lasagna-recipe/http://www.fannetasticfood.com/2012/06/13/mexican-lasagna-recipe/

I saw this recipe on a blog that I follow and had to try it.  Check out the recipe.  It’s super yummy and super healthy.  Even the kids loved it.  

After Dinner Treat

  • 1 small square of dark chocolate (Trader Toes pound plus 72%).  If you have not tried this chocolate, you have to NOW!!!!!  

That’s all for the day! 

I am pretty basic when it comes to my meals.  I tend to stick to the same things which can get boring.  I always have a morning smoothie!  I workout early in the morning at 5:15am so I am always starving after.  I like to have my breakfast and then my smoothie later.  

Sometimes I will have a pre-workout snack like my no bake energy balls or half of a banana depending on the day and the type of workout.  Usually I just drink water and black coffee pre-workout unless my body tells me it needs more fuel.

I am planning to hit the grocery store this weekend and stock up for my 21 day Lean for Halloween Challenge.  Here is a glimpse of the recipes on my radar for next week.  

Recipes For Next Week’s Meals (so far)

Dinner and Lunch Leftovers

Black Bean and Quinoa Chili

http://fitfoodiefinds.com/2013/09/black-bean-quinoa-chili/

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie (my girls picked this one)

https://www.beachbody.com/beachbodyblog/nutrition/chicken-pot-pie-recipe

Snacks

Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

http://thebigmansworld.com/2015/02/22/chewy-mint-chocolate-chip-protein-bars/

Oatmeal Raisin Smoothie

https://www.beachbody.com/beachbodyblog/recipes/smoothie-recipes/oatmeal-raisin-cookie-shakeology-recipe

If you are joining me in the 21 day challenge don’t forget to do all your prep tasks and hit the grocery store this weekend.  

Have a great weekend!