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Slimming Green Smoothie

Slimming Green Smoothie

Great for breakfast or dessert!

Ingredients

  • 1 small banana or half a large banana
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1 cup fresh berries
  • 1 level scoop of your favorite protein powder (I used coconut flavor)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond/coconut milk or water
  • A handful of ice cubes

 

Directions

  • Add all ingredients into blender
  • Blend until perfection!

Download  PDF of this recipe here!

Slimming Green Smoothie


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Mini Breakfast Quiches

Quiches going in!

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Mini Breakfast Quiches

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(This recipe serves 4-6 people)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup diced mushrooms
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 2 ½ cups shredded cheese
  • 8-10 eggs
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Directions

  • In a medium skillet, sauté on medium-high heat the mushrooms, onions, and peppers with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Stir occasionally and allow to cook for about 10 minutes.  Once soft, add the chopped spinach and diced ham and mix all the ingredients together.
  • In a large mixing bowl, crack 8-10 eggs and whisk together.  Add in the vegetable and ham mixture and 2 cups of the shredded cheese.  (Save the ½ cup to top the mini quiches with).  Make sure to stir thoroughly while combining all of the ingredients together.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.  Using a paper towel, rub olive oil on the bottom and side of muffin tins to ensure the egg mixture won’t stick.
  • Pour the mixture into each muffin cup leaving about ½” from the top (the eggs will rise!).
  • Bake in the oven for 20-22 minutes or until the egg mixture is cooked.  Add the remaining ½ cup of shredded cheese to the top of each quiche and place back into the oven for about 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Allow to cool before removing from the muffin tin.  Serve warm and enjoy!

Download a PDF of this recipe here!

Mini Breakfast Quiches


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Bring your lunch to work! It’s a no-brainer!

Let’s face it, if you want to lose weight, get healthier, save money, or all of the above you need to bring your lunch to work. Packing your lunch along with a mid-morning and afternoon snack will keep you satisfied for the day and won’t cause you to become ravenous. If you come to work each day with absolutely no food, by lunch time you will be so hungry you won’t care what you eat. Often, this can cause us to spend more money. Just think if you are single living alone you can spend approximately $100 a week on groceries. These groceries can provide you with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks! If you are spending $10 a day 5 days a week on lunch that’s another $50 a week or $200 a month. Do you realize what you could do with another $200 in your pocket a month?!  Bringing your lunch keeps you in control of the food choices you make throughout the day and saves you a few bucks.

 

Lunch office party today? Sorry, I would say “pack your lunch.” Yeah, yeah you might get some snobby looks but 99.9% of the time the healthy food choices at office parties are limited. Thus, leaving very little room for you to keep up your healthy lifestyle. I know, I know, every once in a while right? Well, yes but do you really want to sabotage 5 days of clean eating with 3 slices of pizza that you know will not make you feel very good? NO! So bring your lunch! If it turns out that the office ordered some tasty salads, veggie platters, or fruit then go for it and have a little extra. Food preparation is key to success in the workplace.

 

Oh yeah, remember to eat breakfast something with healthy fat and protein to help your body and brain start the day. Like eggs! (See our recipe for a yummy breakfast frittata in our entrees section!)

 

Here are some tips on how to make packing your lunch a little easier!

  • Sunday prep day: Always take 1-2 hours to prep your food for the week. Whether it’s cutting up all of your veggies and fruit or trying out a new recipe.
  • Extra serving at dinner: If you make an extra serving at dinner time you can easily pack it at night and take for leftover to work the next day. That always makes for a delicious lunch to look forward too.
  • Water bottle: get a large water bottle and try to drink 2-3 of them a day. It will keep you hydrated and curb hunger while in a meeting and not to mention the added benefits it has on your skin!  The first sign of dehydration is fatigue! So, if you are feeling sluggish, try drinking some water before reaching for another coffee or a sugary energy drink!
  • Nuts: always keep some nuts in your desk! Whether you prefer almonds, cashews, or pistachios, they are always great in a pinch!  You can also create your own “GORP”** and bring it to work! You can add dairy free chocolate chips and raisins for added sweetness!

 

**GORP: “Good Old Raisins & Peanuts” – Although peanuts are not considered to be #paleo.  Peanuts are a type of bean (legume) which can cause bloating and inflammation.  There are many alternatives! (almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, etc.)

 

Unsure what to buy at the grocery store? Check out our printable grocery list to keep yourself on track and on budget!

 

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Turn up the music!

Coming Soon to #ABrightBalance: A new #Spotify playlist that will help to amp up your workout! It will be a knock down, grit your teeth, growl into the mirror kind of thing! Feel free to leave song suggestions!

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7 Reasons You Should Listen To Music When You Work Out (Click Photo Above)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/01/why-exercise-workout-music-playlist_n_4173931.html


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45 Best Health Tips

45 Best Health Tips Ever

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This is a great article.  Really describes what things are good for you and why.  Everything from stress, skin, exercise, and diet are mentioned in here.  Great way to balance your life!

http://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Healthy-you/45-best-health-tips-ever-20120721

 

 


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A handful of almonds makes a great snack!

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Lightly salted almonds are a great snack! They are a good source of fiber and protein!  I love the Blue Diamond brand! They are affordable, cholesterol free, and don’t have any artificial ingredients! They are also certified by the American Heart Association!  This snack with give you energy, curb your hunger, and keep you satisfied longer!

 


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Afternoon Snack!

My afternoon snack today!

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Kind Snacks Healthy Grains Granola with unsweetened coconut milk! I love Kind’s snacks!

-5g Fiber

-720mg Omega-3

-Gluten Free

-100% whole grains (Amaranth, Quinoa, Oats, Millet, & Buckwheat)

-All Natural

-Low Glycemic

-No Refined Sugars

-Non GMO

-No Saturated Fat

-No Trans Fat

-Cholesterol Free

-Very Low Sodium