Juice Obsession: watermelon-lime-cucumber detox juice

I started whole juicing with my Bledtec again, and I guess I had forgot how simple it is! There is no reason to spend $$$ on  juices if you can make them at home! #duh

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For this recipe I used:
1 cup watermelon (chopped up), half of a cucumber, and a quarter of a lime (peeled).
Blend and serve over ice. Easy Peasy and SO refreshing.

Watermelon and cucumbers are both super hydrating, the combo is perfect if you need a little de-bloat after some weekend indulging. No judgement. I don’t really believe in “detoxing” per se, because that’s what we have organs for…. but I totally know the post-vacay/Monday Morning feeling of needing to lay off the sugar/carbs, and hop back on the fruit & veggie train. As long as you aren’t starving yourself, I think juicing is part of a healthy lifestyle, and is a great way to get more nutrients into your diet!

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And if you’re interested, here are a few reasons I will NEVER do a juice cleanse.

Happy Hump Day!

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Skinny Watermelon Lemonade 

A couple of weeks ago, I was at Menchies (best froyo place EVER), and they had lemon and watermelon flavored frozen yogurt in the same machine. The combo was delicious and perfect for a hot day. I figured it would be perfect for a summer drink as well. This is a super easy throw-together recipe, and it tastes so refreshing.

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You will need:
1 cup chopped watermelon
1 lemon, peeled and seeded
4-8 oz water
Stevia, to taste
ice

Throw the peeled/seeded lemon in the blender with the watermelon and puree. If your watermelon isn’t that sweet (or if you’d like it sweeter), add a tiny bit of stevia at a time. Pour over ice with a bit of water. If you only want a bit of flavor, use more water!

Enjoy!

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Skinny Strawberry Limeade

With the crazy hot temps this summer, a cold drink is essential. Lemonade can be kind of a calorie bomb, so this is a tasty alternative. It’s super easy to throw together for a 4th of July BBQ as well.

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For each glass of limeade, you will need:
Handful of strawberries
Juice of 1 lime
1 stevia packet
8-12 oz water
Ice

You can either puree the strawberries, lime juice, and stevia or simply mash them together. If you are making a large batch (or don’t like “chunks”), I recommend blending or pureeing.

Enjoy!

 

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Low-Cal Ice Cream Float

Hellooo…I had to share this little gem. It’s super quick, low-cal and hits the spot if you have a sweet tooth! An ice-cream float for less than 200 calories. NO Joke. I already love Zevia and Halo Top, but the 2 together tastes like a real ice cream float! Zevia’s website also has various other float recipes as well that sound amaze! [Strawberry zevia + vanilla Halo top would also be great!]

Macros on 1 can of  cream soda +  1 cup of chocolate halo top:
130 calories// 30 carbs/7 fat/14 protein

You could also use arctic zero for even less calories, but Halo Top is definitely creamier and more like real ice cream.

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Do you have any go-to snacks when the sweet tooth hits??

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Recipe: Easy Protein Pancakes

I finally bought some Kodiak Cakes pancake mix (after getting a free sample), and I am loving how easy it is! I can’t even call this a recipe!

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for the pancakes:
1/2 c kodiak mix
1/2 c egg whites

topping:
1/3 serving protein powder
2 T PB2
enough milk to make a thin liquid

3/4 c frozen berries
sprinkle of chia seeds

combine the egg whites and pancake mix. cook over medium heat, flipping after 90 seconds. Combine the topping ingredients. Microwave berries, and then mash.  Add chia seeds to the berries, and allow to thicken for a few minutes.

Layer pancakes with toppings and enjoy!

Macros: 422 calories// 54 carbs//5 fat//42 protein

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Peppermint Stick Cream Cheese Frosting #MadeWithChobani

Now that pumpkin season is over, I’m ALL about the chocolate-peppermint combo. So tasty and so Christmas-y. The greek yogurt/cake mix treats are pretty common on Pinterest, but I wanted to create a lower cal cream cheese frosting too. With a hint of peppermint, these were to die for. [and super easy. win-win] Be sure to check out Chobani’s website here for even more tasty treats!

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For the Frosting:

8 oz (1 block) of Neufchatel Cream Cheese
1 container of vanilla Chobani Greek Yogurt
1/2 t peppermint extract (add more to-taste)
3 packets of stevia
crushed peppermint sticks for topping

Beat all ingredients and refrigerate. Top with crushed peppermint sticks just before serving.

This was such a tasty and guilt-free topping that would be amazing on any christmas treat! [sugar cookies, muffins, brownies, cupcakes, cookie bars, french toast….a spoon??]

For the cupcakes I used a Pinterest fav- cake mix + 1 cup of Chobani + 1/2 c water + 1 egg. Just mix it all in a bowl, grease your pan, and bake at 350*. Simple as that! **note, remove from oven when they look a little under-done.

Check out more healthy treats by searching the hashtag #MadeWithChobani on social media.

What holiday goodies are you looking forward to? Do you have any healthier favorites?

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Fall Soup Round-up: 6 delish & healthy recipes for the Crock Pot

Happy November! Now that the weather is getting chilly and it’s nice and cold when I get home from school at night, I’m excited to fire up my Crock Pot! Sometimes slow-cooker recipes can be full of junk (cream of ___ soup, I’m lookin at you), so I thought I’d scour the web for some healthy and flavorful soups. I am so excited to try all of these!

Healthy Soup

1. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup– this looks amaze.
2. Creamy tomato basil soup. YUM.
3. Kale and Potato Soup with Turkey Sausage. This looks like a yummy take on the Olive Garden Zupa Toscana.
4. Crockpot Minestrone. [Another Skinnytaste recipe.]
5. Black Bean and Sweet Potato Turkey Chili from Our Best Bites. Love their site too!
6. Baked Potato Soup. This one looks SO good.

Have a great Monday! What are your go-to crock pot recipes in the colder months?

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