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It is really hard to get used to this daylight savings change in the morning, but I love it at night!

I was craving a smoothie, once again, this morning!  Today, I made the real Cherry Chocolate Bomb because I finally picked up some frozen cherries.  I did add a few other goodies as well, including 1 tbsp of chia seeds, 1 tsp of maca and 2 handfuls of spinach.

I find that having a substantial smoothie in the morning seems to help with digestion.  The essential nutrients are absorbed more quickly because your body is not spending time breaking down the food – the blender does the work for it!  Some days it keeps me full until lunch, but most days I have a small mid-morning snack, such as an apple or a few dates with 1 tbsp of peanut/almond butter.

I love the addition of both chia seeds and maca to my smoothies.  The chia seeds thicken it up, without having to use xanthan and/or guar gums to do so.  I prefer to use chia seeds due to the health benefits.  Maca adds a natural boost in energy.  I have been trying to stay away from caffeine in the mornings, so the maca is great.  Both maca and chia seeds have wonderful benefits.  You can rest assurred that you are adding healthy, natural foods to your body which will help it to thrive.

I have to say that I have yet to get sick this year (knock on wood!) nor have I been sick for the past few years despite everyone around me catching a cold or bug at some point.  I really believe that eating real foods, exercising and making it a priority to get outside everyday plays a major roll in my healthy immune system.  Obviously, those are not the only things that will prevent an illness from plaguing your immune system, but it may help.

Anyways, on to lunch!

Part 1 of lunch was leftover salad from last night’s potluck.  My salad contained a mix of romaine and spinach, granny smith apple, celery, cucumber, craisins, Sahale pomegranate cashews and pear infused white vinegar.

Along with some Vitamin C.

Part 2 was a Chobani Strawnana greek yogurt with granola.

Very filling and satisfying!  After my yogurt supply has run out, I think I need to stay away from it for awhile.  My stomach just really isn’t liking it these days.

Anyways, before leaving work I snacked on an Almond granola bar to fuel up for my afternoon run.

It looks gorgeous out – time to run! 🙂

rain rain, go away

It was an awful day outside today!  The rain and the time change really screwed me up this morning.  I had so much trouble getting out of bed.

When, I finally did – I made a glorious smoothie, which was so much tastier than my last mix.

Chocolate Strawberry-Banana Super Smoothie

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 scoops chocolate Amazing Grass (for some greens!)
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (they make the smoothie so thick!)
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp maca (see below)

It was awesome.

I decided to purchase some Maca Powder over the weekend because I have heard such great things about it.  I make smoothies all the time, so it is perfect to add to them.

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Maca is a plant with a radish-like route that is ground up into a powder.  It helps rebuild a weak immune system and remineralize poorly nourished bodies.  Maca is also known to increase one’s energy levels and endurance, as well as combat fatigue.  It is a great powder to throw into a smoothie, mix into oatmeal or sprinkle on toast before an endurance event (like a half marathon!).  It has a nutty, slightly earthy taste, but added to my smoothie I could not taste anything.  For more information, check out this website.

I woke up this morning exhausted from our weekend, but after adding some Maca to my morning smoothie, I actually felt re-energized!  Plus, I need to make sure that I do not get sick this week, so Maca will help to keep my immune system in check.

A few hours later, I felt like some toast.  So, I had a slice of my Cherry, Peach Hog Heaven bread with Raspberry Crofter’s Jam.

I love all of the chunks of nuts and dried fruits in this bread.  It is so good!

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Lunch was on the weak side today, since we had no time for grocery shopping yesterday.

Siggis Pomegranate & Passion Fruit yogurt with ground flax and homemade granola.

Along with some plantain chips and dried (unsweetened) pears.

We went to a fun potluck dinner tonight at a friend’s house.  They made the main dish, we brought the salad and other friends brought dessert.

The main course was a white fish with tomatoes and feta.  It was delicious!  Thanks John. 🙂  Along with the fish, we had couscous, salad and Flax Oat Bran Bread from Great Harvest.

For dessert we had strawberries and blueberries marinated in Grand Marnier – so good (but, no photo).

Delicious meal with friends.  Time for bed!