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Fast Food Instead of No Food

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Today I was rushing around getting kids ready for school, throwing in a load of laundry and helping my parents who are living with me for the winter – and I got hungry! I went to my standby sensational, simple and QUICK smoothie recipe (I emphasis quick because I love whole food smoothies but sometimes there just isn’t the time – I went with this fast food instead of no food).  It was filling, tasted great and kept me moving during my busy morning so I thought I would share it with you!

Not all shakes are created equal

I added a little note at the bottom of the recipe to be you check out the nutrition facts and if you use this recipe as a meal replacement, be sure you are using a true meal replacement shake mix so you body is getting the nutrients is need until you can feed it again.

Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD and WebMD Weight Loss Clinic – Expert Columnist says to look for products that fit the following guidelines:
  • 220-230 calories per serving
  • Less than 5 grams of fat per serving
  • 3-5 grams of fiber per serving
  • 10-15 grams of protein per serving
  • Fortified with a third of daily vitamins and minerals

If you chose a low calorie option, it may not be a true meal replacement and we need good calories (consisting of good protein, low saturated fats, high fiber, good sugars & carbs) in our meals for our body to function best and provide the energy needed until our next meal.

I not only look for the above but one that is also low-glycemic so my blood sugar stays even and doesn’t spike – of course keeping me satiated longer too.  I also look for natural sugars versus artificial for the obvious reasons. Non-GMO is an absolute and taste a big factor too.

PS: Kids love this too!

Sensational + Simple Strawberry- Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

2 scoops strawberry meal replacement* mix
1 scoop chocolate meal replacement* mix
3-4 frozen organic strawberries
2-3 fresh organic mint sprigs
10-12 oz water or nut milk or liquid of choice

Blend in a bullet or regular blender until smooth.

*I used USANA Nutrimeal. See my Recommendations for information on ordering. 

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