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Mix Up Your Mornings With This

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We all know and love the BEC Green Smoothie, but this summer with the SUPER HOT days I have craved something a little different.  I got some inspiration from our Iron & Grace trainer Alaya Sexton but honestly this works with about any fruit and veggie combo you may have in your fridge.

Today’s summer smoothie consists of two large handfuls of spinach, one small kiwi, half an apple, one inch piece of ginger, two celery stalks and half a mini cucumber…all organic.  Combine in your high power blender (I love my vitamix) with water.  Boom.  It’s icy cold, refreshing, and loaded with nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber…a great way to start any hot day.

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Another good addition to this smoothie would be fresh herbs, Tiffany has encouraged me to use more in my cooking lately and she’s right, I need to!  Try parsley or basil with strawberries.  Throw in some lemon, lime or orange or any mix of greens you prefer.  Smoothies are a great way to get rid of fruits and veggies that may otherwise spoil so put it all there.  One warning, make sure you use plenty of veggies and not too much fruit so you don’t over do it on the sugar!

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My new favorite post work out drink!

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So most people love Gatorade, Powerade, G2, etc. We have been taught by marketing that this stuff is good for us and we NEED to drink it. Whether we go on a 15 minute run, have an hour pilates class, go to lacrosse practice, have a tennis match, blah, blah, blah. The marketing for these products is excellent. Instead of thinking we are drinking artificially flavored sugar water with harmful dyes…..we think we are doing good. Millions(probably billions) of dollars well spent and kudos to the marketing team. In reality, we are getting water (thank God), processed sugar, or if it says low sugar or no sugar you are drinking artificial sugar, artificial flavors, AND, how does it get to be all those vibrant colors of red, blue, and orange? You guessed it and it’s not cherries, blueberries, or oranges. Artificial colors. Yuck. So after we do our body good by exercising, lets put real electrolytes back in our body with coconut water( which I don’t personally love plain), or some filtered water with a little Himalayan salt and squeeze an orange,(now this is good) or if you have time, this delicious post work out drink. (it’s a quick three-minute viddie to see recipe!)

My new favorite post work out drink!
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw organic coconut water
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1-2 cups frozen or fresh organic spinach
  • 1 inch of peeled ginger--more if you want more ZING.
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter
  • ¼ cup organic raspberries (frozen or fresh)
  • ¼ cup organic frozen blueberries
  • 4 romaine leaves
Instructions
  1. Combine coconut water, frozen banana, and ginger and mix in blender.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients until blended.
  3. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.

I sometimes will do 1/2 cup Aloe Water and 1/2 cup coconut water depending on my mood. I personally like most of my fruits frozen because I like it icy cold. And more great news…..I had to make this early in the morning and then go to work out and see clients—-about a three-hour time frame—so I added some ice cubes and it actually tasted just as good, if not better than if you drink it immediately. That is NOT the case with most smoothies in my experience and I am wayyyyyy picky. And in case you are wondering….I added the berries for a high fiber antioxidant boost and they help regulate your sugar, the ginger because it aids in digestion and adds great flavor, the romaine because it has vitamins and is made of mostly water, spinach because it is a nutritional powerhouse, coconut butter because I wanted a healthy fat in there to keep me full if I am drinking it as a meal replacement, and the banana because it is rich in potassium and makes the smoothie taste yummy, and of course, the coconut water because it has natural electrolytes.

xoxoxo

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Your new favorite fall drink–loaded with healing properties.

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It’s that time of the year again. The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cool, you may have even lit your first fire. So on your next visit to the grocery store pick up these simple ingredients. Among countless other benefits, ginger root is a powerful antioxidant and helps diminish bloating. In a recent 2015 study of 41 participants with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams of ginger powder per day lowered fasting blood sugar by 12%. (check out the study if you are interested) The orange gives a small dose of Vitamin C and it adds the perfect amount of sweetness—for serious Vitamin C boost add 1/2 teaspoon of one of BEC’s fav superfood Camu Camu—and last…… the cinnamon adds insane flavor and has all sorts of healing properties, anti-inflammatory being at the top of my list. For some reason cinnamon helps my clients diminish their sweet cravings. Yes you read that correct. It helps take away sugar cravings. I promise it’s worth a try.

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BEC Cinnamon Tonic
 
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  • One slice orange (more if desired)
  • One ⅛-1/4 inch Fresh Ginger (or a sprinkle of ground ginger)
  • One Cinnamon Stick (or two sprinkles of ground cinnamon)
  • 1½ cups Hot water
Instructions
  1. Boil the water with your cinnamon stick and piece of ginger in it.
  2. Boil for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Pour in a cup, add your slice of orange.
  4. For a slightly sweeter tonic add a few extra slices of orange while boiling.

—Enjoy morning, noon, afternoon, night……or all day long….XOXO—

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My new favorite post-work out drink!

Not only is this my new fav post work out drink, it is also a quick and easy breakfast, lunch, or 3pm slump pick me up. Why do I love it so much? It is refreshing, easy on my stomach, and if I’ve been sweating like a maniac it replenishes my electrolytes naturally. Yes. Naturally. Unlike the very well advertised Gatorades and Powerades and other “sports” drinks where they love to give you some electrolytes, BUT THEN ALSO ADD artificial flavors so you think it tastes good, artificial dyes to make it look pretty, sometimes artificial sugars so when you go to the nutrition label you can claim “There is no sugar in here,” to all your friends…..but say helloooooo artificial sweetener. Bottom line. Stay away.

So the liquid of this post work out drink—smoothie— is none other than raw, organic coconut water. If you pick a young coconut from a tree and shake it the liquid shaking around in there is coconut water. Once the coconut starts to mature, the less coconut water it will have and the more coconut meat. Coconut water is 95% water and rich in natural vitamins. It is a rich source of electrolytes and natural salts, especially potassium and magnesium.  It contains five electrolytes your body needs. Potassium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium. It is lightly sweet having about 1/5 the amount of sugar of other fruit juices and also contains a little fiber to moderate sugar absorption. Does this mean I drink it all the time? Heck no! Honestly…I hate the taste of coconut water on it’s own. Some people love it—–not me! BUT, I use it as my liquid in some smoothies like this one to help me (and my muscles) after a super sweaty workout or just because it makes some smoothies tastes super delicious.

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My new favorite post-work out drink!
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw organic coconut water
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1-2 cups frozen or fresh organic spinach
  • 1 inch of peeled ginger--more if you want more ZING.
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter
  • ¼ cup organic raspberries (frozen or fresh)
  • ¼ cup organic frozen blueberries
  • 4 romaine leaves
Instructions
  1. Combine coconut water, frozen banana, and ginger and mix in blender.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients until blended.
  3. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.

 

I sometimes will do 1/2 cup Aloe Water and 1/2 cup coconut water depending on my mood. I personally like most of my fruits frozen because I like it icy cold. And more great news…..I had to make this early in the morning and then go to work out and see clients—-about a three hour time frame—so I added some ice cubes and it actually tasted just as good, if not better than if you drink it immediately. That is NOT the case with most smoothies in my experience and I am wayyyyyy picky. And in case you are wondering….I added the berries for a high fiber antioxidant boost, the ginger because it aids in digestion and adds great flavor, the romaine because it has vitamins and is made of mostly water, spinach because it is a nutritional powerhouse, coconut butter because I wanted a healthy fat in there to keep me full if I am drinking it as a meal replacement, and the banana because it is rich in potassium and makes the smoothie taste yummy.

xoxoxo,

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