Siggi’s and Sports Nutrition

My new favorite sports nutrition product goes to …

Drink_filmjolk@2x…  for their non-fat drinkable yogurt, aka filmjolk.

Disclosure: I am  a   siggi’s ambassador. By  including siggis in my blog post I am eligible to win a trip to FNCE in Boston. I was not compensated for my time. Opinions are my own.

A staple of Sweden, now filmjölk is a staple in my home. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Scandinavian dairy tradition, it’s a version of kefir.  If you’re a sports enthusiast, take note: this is a BIG league recovery drink that supports a healthy digestive system! I stock my refrigerator with both raspberry and vanilla.  After a 5 mile run, drinking 8 ounces of the raspberry flavored smoothie starts my recovery process IMG_4512

which includes rehydrating and replacing electrolytes lost during exercise (8 ounces  provides 120 mg sodium and 240 mg potassium); preparing for tomorrow’s run by replacing glycogen stores (8 ounces provides 22 grams of carbohydrate); and repairing lean muscle  with high quality protein (8 ounces provides 8 grams of milk protein.)  Now here’s the icing on the cake,  it’s also rich in probiotic cultures (1 billion probiotics per serving)!   The tangy taste makes filmjölk the bomb! 

IMG_4511 sugar, aspartame, gelatin, artifical colorings , preservatives,  or high fructose corn syrup.   I think being active and eating healthy should be  simple and straighforward. Thank you siggi’s, for facilitating my healthy lifestyle.IMG_4510

Three Fruit Smoothie

One minute is all it takes  to make this Three Fruit Smoothie with CocoaVia® Cran-Raspberry supplement packs for your daily dose of cocoa flavanols.

IMG_3636_edited-1Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the CocoaVia® #HeartMonth campaign as a member of Healthy Aperture Blogger Network.  I received samples of CocoaVia® product mentioned in this post and I was compensated for my time. 

Call me a preservationist. Call me high maintenance. The upkeep of my body is a priority, but I DON’T mean in a primping kinda way. (I’m the gal who six out of seven days,  opts for a ponytail over a self imposed blow-out.) While waxing, polishing and shellacking would probably help make me look more  like I have it together, I tend to work things from the inside out. So I invest my time in eating right and exercising daily.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I love muscles. In my post on  10 Reasons Why You Should Care About Muscle Maintenance,  I explain it’s not just about being bigger and stronger. More than any other single factor, muscle loss is responsible for the frailty and diminished vitality we associate with old age. But did you know your heart is also a muscle? Yep, and I ‘m just as passionate about preserving my ticker, as I am in preserving my biceps! February is the perfect month to talk about matters of the heart, so today I want to encourage you to give yours  little extra TLC everyday with CocoaVia® cocoa extract supplement.

It ‘s well documented in the scientific literature that the benefits of chocolate  come from the cocoa flavanols. The published research shows that beginning about 200 mg,  cocoa flavanols can begin to have a positive effects on the vasculuar system.  Here’s what you need to know:  CocoaVia® cocoa extract supplement delivers the highest concentration of cocoa flavanols (375 mg of cocoa flavanols per serving of CocoaVia® supplement)  which are scientifically proven to promote a healthy heart by supporting healthy blood flow.†three fruit smoothie

The cocoa flavanols in CocoaVia® are backed by two decades of scientific research that suggests these powerful plant-derived nutrients from cocoa beans may play a valuable role in cardiovascular health.

If you’re asking, ‘Why not just eat chocolate?’, you’re asking a good question! Chocolate is a fabulous treat, but it’s not a reliable way to get sufficient quantities of cocoa flavanols. Traditional cocoa processing, which includes drying, fermenting and roasting of beans, destroys many of the flavanols naturally present in the cocoa bean. CocoaVia® supplement isolates the “good stuff” in chocolate in a convenient, versatile form, without all the calories and fat.

It’s a cinch to integrate CocoaVia® products  into your healthy lifestyle. Packaged as  convenient  powdered ‘stick’ packs makes it simple to add one to your favorite beverages or foods everyday. They come in three delicious flavors: Unsweetened Dark Chocolate, Sweetened Dark Chocolate, and Cran-Raspberry. I’m crazy about the  dark chocolate flavors  mixed with  milk or smoothies (like my Banana Cream Pie Smoothie).  They’re also good with hot or chilled  coffee, oatmeal, and yogurt. Cran-Raspberry mixes well with water, smoothies, yogurt, and  iced tea. After my run today,  I made this crisp refreshing  recovery drink by mixing the   Cran- Raspberry CocoaVia®  with skim milk and orange juice and serving over ice…three fruit smoothie It provides fluid, electrolytes,  carbohydrates for glycogen replacement, protein for muscle building and repair, and of course, cocoa flavanols to support healthy blood flow.†

Evidence strongly suggests, your health (and ability reduce age related decline) depends on the combination of your genes and your lifestyle. Join me in adding CocoaVia® to your daily routine! To learn more, be sure to check out the website<rel=”nofollow”/a> and find more delicious recipes using CocoaVia® Brand here .

three fruit smoothie†  This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This produce is not intended to diagnose, treat , cure or prevent any disease.

Three Fruit  Smoothie

makes 1 serving

by Diane Boyd

Prep Time: 1 minute


  • ice cubes
  • 1 packet of CocoaVia® Cran-Raspberry supplement
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice


1. Fill a drinking glass with ice. Set aside.

2. In a 2 cup glass measuring cup, combine milk, orange juice and  CocoaVia® supplement packet. Stir the drink to blend. Pour over ice and drink immediately.

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