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Summer Smoothie Made with Sambazon Açaí Juice

This post was going to be for an açaí bowl but I'm still experimenting with the right recipe to get a bowl, not smoothie. I used a little too much almond milk in this one and ended up with an açaí smoothie, but let me tell ya, it was still delish! I actually really love these and Aaron does too. They're fruitful, refreshing and perfect for summer -- you can't mess up the açaí flavor! The flavor combinations are endless, too!

For this one, I blended frozen strawberries, a banana, chia seeds, almond milk and the açaí juice.

Acai & Almond Milk Smoothie
Acai & Almond Milk Smoothie
Acai Smoothie
Acai Smoothie
Acai Smoothie
Acai Smoothie
Acai Smoothie
Acai Smoothie
Acai Smoothie
Acai Smoothie
Acai Smoothie
Acai Smoothie
Acai Smoothie
Acai Smoothie

I've also tried this recipe with spinach and hemp seeds that add a lot of great nutrition, and I'm loving them! I think magic ingredient for this drink is the sambazon açaí juice I recently picked up from Costco. You can purchase a double pack for just $8! I'm definitely adding this to my list of Costco must-haves!

Acai Smoothi
Acai Smoothi

Are you a fan of the açaí flavor? 

Do you shop at Costco? Discover any new, great products there lately? 

Fit Mom, Karlye // Strawberry Picking & Smoothie Prep Cleanse

Happy hump day, FFABulous ladies - Karlye here! This past weekend, my sisters and I headed to a small farm in Fredericksburg, VA, with my son and my nephew to pick strawberries. I have wanted to go strawberry picking for years, so I was pretty pumped. Devin was super excited the entire week leading up to the day we went. It was adorable! We both love strawberries and he was pretty excited about being on a farm. image-2*photo credit braeheadfarm.com*

We planned to leave the DC area early so that we could get to Braehead Farm when it opened at 10 a.m. to beat the heat and grab some plump berries before the crowds arrived. Unfortunately, we wasted precious time grabbing a bite to eat when we first got there because everyone was starving! We actually ended up eating chicken from the farm's kitchen while live chickens roamed around; that was awkward! Lol. They were really cute and pretty friendly. One even jumped up on the table to hang out... or maybe she was just judging us and our choice of nourishment. As we ate our food, we watched several families walk back to their cars with baskets full of red berries; I was getting more and more excited!

image-3(You see those big red strawberries?? Those weren't there when we were there!) *photo credit braeheadfarm.com*

We finished eating and went inside to grab our baskets and then headed to the field. It wasn't long until we realized all those families rolling out with baskets and baskets of berries didn't leave much for anyone else! The pickings were slim and my dream of Devin and I actually filling up both of our baskets was quickly fading away. We were so bummed. Nevertheless, we walked up and down the rows of crops and picked as many ripe berries as we could until we could no longer take the heat. I refused to stop until I AT LEAST picked enough to cover the bottom of my basket! Hahaha.

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We went back inside to have our bounty weighed and were told the plants would replenish themselves with ripe berries in just a couple of days. That wasn't helping us that day, but knowing the berries ripen so fast gave me hope that if we came back another weekend and actually started picking as soon as the farm opened, maybe we would leave with a full basket of plump, juicy strawberries (or straw-babies as Devin used to call them lol). Although I was disappointed, Dev was proud of the berries he picked and talked about how much fun he had. In the end, that's all that matters.

P.S. I was also sore the next morning! All that walking and picking was a workout!

Anyway, last week I told you guys I was going to do JJ Smith's 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse to help detox my body. My plan was to start yesterday, but I woke up and ate breakfast without even thinking about it. Oops! I followed the cleanse for the rest of the day, but because I slipped up in the morning, I decided to start Tuesday.

To prep for the cleanse, I will make my daily smoothies every morning and store them in mason jars. I'll take them to work or wherever I need to go packed inside my Pack-it. I bought this cute little kit from Target so that I can easily convert my mason jars into drink ware when I'm ready to sip on a smoothie. I also prepped some celery, carrots, and cucumbers, measured and bagged raw almonds, and boiled a few eggs for snacks. I'm ready to go! Wish me luck!! I plan to share all the juicy details next week! :)

Just for fun, here is the picture of me doing a farmer's carry at work with water jugs at work! Lol. My coworker told me I should also lift them a few times to get in an extra workout. Hahaha. This picture was taken mid-lift. Who says you can't workout in a dress?!?

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Have you ever picked your own produce?

What other kinds of healthy activities do you do with your family and friends?

 

The Perfect Coffee Protein Shake

Morning friends! Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing a the most perfect coffee protein shake, ever! I'm really excited about it because it involves coffee and I looooove coffee! I've tried putting coffee in my protein shakes before and they've always tasted weird, but I think I found the magic formula!

First, the coffee needs to be chilled. (Duh, should have realized that sooner!) Second, you need to add chocolate. Haha. Yes, cause, let's face it: everything is better with chocolate! Third, frozen bananas are a must! I made this with a few ice cubes the first time around and it was good, but when I subbed out the ice for a frozen banana, BAM!!! The perfect coffee protein shake was born! That's when I figured it was time to share this deliciousness! :)

Coffee Protein Shake
Coffee Protein Shake

What made me wanna put coffee in my protein shake, you ask? Well, I've been trying to incorporate more protein into my diet. I've suspected for awhile that I wasn't getting enough and this past week when I started logging my food, I realized just how much I'm lacking this important building block! (I like this article from Woman's Health on why protein is important part of diet!)

Coffee Protein Shake
Coffee Protein Shake
Coffee Protein Shake
Coffee Protein Shake

I knew I could easily incorporate a protein shake in the morning when I have access to a blender, but I almost always want coffee in the morning (nothing else), so I googled "coffee protein shakes," to get ideas. There were a lot of good recipes but mostly everyone used the same formula: cold coffee and either almond or coconut milk. When I finally gave this a try I was so pleased with the outcome! I hope you guys like it, too!

Ingredients: 

In the evening, I make a single cup of coffee using hot water from my Keurig and Taster's Choice instant coffee. I make it in a mason jar and store that in the refrigerator overnight. I also make sure I put a banana in a plastic bag in the freezer overnight.

Coffee Protein Shake
Coffee Protein Shake

In the morning, I dump the cold coffee in my Ninja blender cup over one scoop of vanilla protein and two tablespoons of cocoa, a frozen banana and splash of almond milk. Then I blend it, which only takes seconds!

Coffee Protein Shake
Coffee Protein Shake
Coffee Protein Shake
Coffee Protein Shake

I usually run out the door with the blender cup in hand, but I thought you guys would appreciate a little nicer presentation. :)

Coffee Protein Shake
Coffee Protein Shake
Coffee Protein Shake
Coffee Protein Shake

The best part about this smoothie is that you can't taste the protein! In fact, I think it tastes like a Starbucks mocha frappuccino! I usually finish it by the time I get to work (who am I kidding? I finish in like 2 seconds), and when I get in the office, I don't have that urge for a cup of hot coffee anymore! I already feel wide awake and alert -- so I go right to drinking water! I love that fact that this is a healthy swap for my cream-and-sugar-filled coffee in the mornings.

With summer around the corner, I'm also happy to have a nice, cool way to start my morning and one that packs more than 20 grams of protein!

Coffee Protein Shake
Coffee Protein Shake

There's plenty of ways to change this up, too. You can omit the banana and just use ice cubes or omit the almond milk altogether (if you don't have it or don't like it). You can also swap the cocoa for cinnamon, or omit both and make it a caffe frappe!

Coffee Protein Shake
Coffee Protein Shake

I really want to experiment with more protein shake recipes; I'd love to hear your favorites! Here are two others I've shared previously:

Have you ever put coffee in a protein shake?

What are your favorite protein shake/smoothie recipes? 

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