Happy Monday! We just got back from a trip to Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons and I have to say those parks are so beautiful. We had a lot of fun sightseeing, hiking, battling some crazy storms and of course s’mores! I cannot wait to go back. You definitely need to allow a lot of time in each of these park to fully enjoy all they have to offer.
This week I am getting back to my regular routine but I have noticed I am slacking in my veggie eating again. I am not a big fan of raw vegetables and in the summer I don’t seem to cook as many. I really want to focus this week on incorporating veggies into every meal and snack. I also want to try to get my daughters to eat more veggies as well. This is a difficult task. They are not big veggie fans. I did a little experiment today in my daily smoothie. I added in some frozen cauliflower instead of my usual spinach or kale. It was awesome! I even added it to my daughters and she had no clue it was in there. This is a big win! Cauliflower has such a mild flavor you can add it into your smoothies or oatmeal (check out this recipe) and not even taste it. This is the new favorite smoothie concoction for summer. You have to give it a try!
Strawberry Mango Cauliflower Smoothie
A healthy and delicious smoothie recipe
- 1 Cup Frozen Mango
- 1/2 Cup Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2-1 Cup Frozen Cauliflower
- 1 Cup Milk of Choice
- 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (optional)
- Add all ingredients to high powered blender. Blend and enjoy immediately.
- You can use frozen riced cauliflower as well. I just used the regular frozen cauliflower and it worked great.
Experiment with different blends and let me know if you have any good recipes in the comments below. Have a great Holiday week!
If you are not familiar with Maca it is a root that is an adaptogen and is getting a lot of buzz lately. I learned about it from my naturopathic doctor and started incorporating it into my diet. Maca has a lot of benefits. I am not a nutritionist, but here are a few things that I have noticed while incorporating it into my diet.
Benefits of Maca
- Can help with PMS symptoms
- Hormones and Sexual Health
- Energy, Mood and Memory
Now you are probably curious about how to incorporate it into your diet. There are many ways to use it. You can even make a drink out of it (I have not tried that). My favorite ways to use it are in smoothies, stirred into oatmeal, topped on yogurt or smoothie bowls with a bit of granola, and I also mix some into my energy balls recipe I make (recipe link below).
Here is a link to my energy ball recipe: https://livingthewrightway.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/pre-workout-eats/
Chocolate Banana Nut Butter Smoothie (1 serving)
1 Cup of Milk of Your Choice (I like unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
½ Small Frozen Banana
2 Tablespoons Nut Butter (I like peanut butter or almond butter)
1 Handful of Spinach
1 tsp maca powder (I use healthworks maca powder on Amazon)
1 scoop protein powder of choice (optional)
Blend all the ingredients together. Pour into a glass and enjoy!