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Combat the Gain from the Superbowl Splurge — Guest Blog by Jennifer McKinney

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image courtesy of Jennifer Hughes 

image courtesy of Jennifer Hughes 

 

Jennifer has been training me and guiding me in my nutrition choices for years. She used to be my most amazing assistant ever! She currently runs her own personal training business.  I have some digestive issues related to stress, so Jennifer got me hooked on this smoothie about a year ago. And after the Superbowl consummation of JUNK, I know I'll be having smoothies the next few days! Low in calories, and perfectly delicious — this smoothie keeps things running smoothly (if you know what I mean!) I hope you enjoy it as much as I!   —AM

 

I am proud to say that I designed Jennifer's business brand! View it here in our Brand Gallery.

I am proud to say that I designed Jennifer's business brand! View it here in our Brand Gallery.

The New Year is in full swing and for most of us, more than just our stockings were stuffed over this past holiday season! Extra helpings, decadent desserts, fancy cocktail parties, and less time to exercise is the perfect recipe for a little Gain in the New Year. How do you keep from bulking up with all of the fun treats this time of year tends to bring? 

The answer is balance. If you foresee indulgence in your future, create balance by having light, yet filling meals to help combat the extra calories. Smoothies for breakfast, salads for lunch, and fish with veggies for dinner. Below is a great smoothie recipe that will fuel you for your day, but save room for other goodies. 

image courtesy of freefoodphotos.com

image courtesy of freefoodphotos.com

Even Better:

For your convenience, smoothie packets with the above ingredients (all except the water) can be assembled ahead of time and then whipped up in a matter of minutes for a fast and filling meal!

Greek Yogurt “Ice Cubes” are made by simply spooning about a tablespoon of greek yogurt into ice cube trays (sprinkle with chia seeds for an extra boost) and then allowing to freeze for about an hour. 

Keep this Berry Banana Smoothie recipe around for more than just the New Year. Its also a great way to say healthy and regular!

SOURCE: for recipe nutrients http://fnic.nal.usda.gov

Berry Banana Smoothie:

    ▪    1 cup frozen strawberries

    ▪    1/4 cup frozen blueberries

    ▪    1/2 frozen banana

    ▪    Handful of spinach

    ▪    3 frozen vanilla greek yogurt "ice cubes"  
         sprinkled with chia seeds **see below

    ▪    1/2 - 1 cup of water or coconut water

This satisfying low calorie smoothie provide protein, antioxidants, dietary fiber, iron, and probiotics resulting in a filling breakfast that helps to fight disease and aids in digestion. 

 

image courtesy of Jennifer McKinney

image courtesy of Jennifer McKinney