Second Breakfast

Like my daily juices, I sometimes try to shake it up with my smoothies and shakes, as far as unique and fresh flavor combinations. This was a definite win.

This is also my first time using hazelnut milk, and I am loving it!

I recently ordered more hemp seeds – I forgot how much I love them! I’ve been eating so many salads lately, and hemp seeds are a great topper for those. They are also a perfect smoothie topper.

maca power shake

serves two

10-12 fresh strawberries
1 frozen banana
1 packet vanilla protein powder
1 1/2 cups hazelnut milk
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons maca
2 tablespoons hemp seeds (plus 1 tablespoon as garnish)

Blend all ingredients and serve – garnish with hemp seeds.

This is definitely satisfying and filling, but also light and fresh at the same time – like springtime! I’m eagerly awaiting spring weather – we are at the point where it’s still light at 7:15-7:30 at night, and later this week the temperatures will be in the 60’s!

weeee!

Do you use a non-dairy milk product? What is your favorite?

Do you use hemp seeds or hemp products?

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outlook.

approach.

I am thankful to have learned long ago the importance of attitude. Each of us has a choice each day how we will approach the day, what our attitude will be. The day may start out well, and then challenges appear. We also have a choice as to how we will react to these challenges. We cannot change the inevitable, but we certainly have some control over how it will impact us.

It is a remarkable thing, and it is up to us.

I have had a few challenges recently, some big and some … inconsequential in the overall picture. There have been many opportunities to react in a positive way, and honestly? That was not always my first reaction.

I like to think I quickly recovered, though.

I have never been one to place blame. It’s just not where I naturally go. As an employer dealing with conflict, I chose to focus on an answer to a problem rather than whose fault it was. ( I know, sometimes this must be dealt with, I am realistic! :) )

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Along with the encouraging words and wonderful support of the awesome people I am lucky to know, I am Switching My Focus.

I am excited about our new gym and am working out every day (more details soon Heather, I promise!)

I am continuing my daily juicing, trying to make it twice each day!

Keeping the negativity to a minimum. I am pretty positive, so when I see negativity it’s glaring and ugly. I deleted someone from facebook recently because every status update was a complaint. That’s no fun.

Therapeutic massage, cleansing steam, body brushing and Epsom baths.

Continuing to support and love those around me, through hard times, while taking care of myself and distancing myself from the drama.

Begin each day with intention.

Also, today I am beginning the Two Week Challenge with Amazing Grass.

This was today’s post workout recovery:

nutty vanilla chai smoothie

1 frozen banana, chopped
1 1/2 cups coconut water
1 scoop Vanilla Chai Amazing Meal
1 tablespoon maca
1 tablespoon almond butter

Delicious.

If you were to Switch You Focus, what would it be to?

Happy Monday!

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Today’s daily juice / daily smoothie was fabulous! It was very tasty and I’m still feeling energetic!

In other news, our river remains at a comfortable level.

green citrus smoothie

3 apples
1 lemon, peeled
3 large handfuls fresh spinach
1 scoop wheat grass
1 scoop lemon lime Superfood

Juice apples and lemon. Blend with spinach and powders. Get caught by a runner taking photos of your smoothie on the top deck in your yard. Slink back inside and drink…

If you take photos of your food, have you ever been caught or questioned?

Also? you must watch this video… my friend Jill shared it with me, and it made me SO happy:

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I have been sending Jason to work with snacks for those times when he doesn’t get out for a lunch break in decent time. Almonds, protein bars, and he has a newfound favorite, the Larabar! :D

Yesterday I made him some muffins with staying power and flavor. Jason actually said they were perfect! You can expect to see many variations of the protein muffin in the near future – when I get a compliment like that I go with it! :D

The protein and egg give these a dense texture I was looking for, and the sweetness comes from the banana and applesauce, and another banana I had to use up.

Grab your favorite protein powder and make these!

very berry protein muffins

makes 10-12 muffins

1/2 cup coconut flour
1 cup (2 packets) Berry Protein Shake
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs
1/2 cup applesauce
1 banana
3/4 cup blueberries

Mix protein powder, flour and soda. In separate bowl, mash banana. Add applesauce and eggs,  blend into dry ingredients. combine thoroughly, add blueberries. Spoon into prepared muffin tins/cups, 3/4 full.

Bake @ 350 for 25 minutes.

Immediately taste test, fresh from the oven with melty earth balance:

What is your favorite between meal snack?

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Good Morning! I hope everyone’s week is starting off in a happy and positive way!

Mine started with a delicious and colorful breakfast.

I roasted half a butternut squash with maple syrup, and made more spinach pancakes.

Basil and I bundled up and went for our run. Part of the trail by our house has been closed all summer, and it was repaved and open last week. This is the much larger half, so we were excited to use it again. It was closed today, but we’re hoping it’s almost ready to be open for good. So we made a couple “laps” of the shorter end.

On our run I planned Second Breakfast – my daily juice!

You all know the only way I’ll eat a banana like that is in juice, oatmeal or baked in something wonderful. So I juiced a bunch of fruit + veg, then blended it with that banana.

Post Run Chiller

serves two

5 carrots
5 stalks celery
2 green apples
1 lemon, peeled
1 grapefruit, peeled
1 beet

Blend with 1 banana.

This was a full Vitamix container of juice when finished – serves two – but I drank it all myself. :D

Steph’s bake sale is in full swing today – bidding goes on until 9pm tonight!

My butter toffee blondies are up for bid, and as always, you know I cannot send a package without adding all kinds of fun goodies! :D

The bake sale benefits Team In Training and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – go check it out!

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I still have not juiced a lemon with the peel, but I’m juicing lemons almost every day. I LOVE the vibrant bright flavor of citrus in my juice – a little bit of summertime in my winter.

This morning my sunshine was that stack of grapefruit and lemon:

blended with a Vitamix full of spinach:

It was amazing. and my hands still smell like citrus. :D

lite brite juice

2 grapefruit, peeled
1 lemon, peeled
3-4 handfuls fresh spinach

Juice the grapefruit + lemon. Add to spinach in blender, blend at high speed until liquid.

Are you already craving summertime?

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Today’s Second Breakfast falls under both daily smoothie and daily juice.

It is a potent one, containing maca (I’ve been sharing recipes with it but not sharing what it actually is – bad blogger). Maca is an earthy flavored superfood powder, originating from a root vegetable. Some suggested benefits of maca? Energy! Maca contains all of the essential aminos, B vitamins (there’s that energy!) including B12, minerals and enzymes. *

It is said to regulate hormones, boost mood, and balance glands. *

It amps up my smoothies and makes them taste good

Sunny Mandarin Frostie

serves one

3 Mandarin oranges, peeled and juiced
1 1/2 cups coconut water
1 scoop vanilla protein
1 scoop Mandarin Orange SPARK
1 frozen banana
1 tablespoon maca powder

Peel and juice oranges. Add juice to blender with remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.

This was amazing… and another summery taste in the middle of winter.

Today’s smoothie also  gives a nod to Shake’s Pizza in Columbia:

Who has a Shakespeare’s cup? I know you’re out there…

*sources: David Free, LMT; Center for Natural Medicine

 

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At 5:30 in the morning, all I should be operating is my VitaMix. Good thing Jason and I both want smoothies for First Breakfast…

mango maca shake

serves two

1 large fresh mango
1 1/2 cup almond milk
1 cup coconut water
2 scoops vanilla protein
1 tablespoon maca powder
1 tablespoon lucuma powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Combine in blender. Enjoy!

Even better served in Imperial Pints:

What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?

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