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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Eggnog Smoothie Bowl: #SafeNog

It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas! Eggnog Smoothie Bowl, #safenog via cape fear nutrition
Disclosure: I was asked to participate in  the #SafeNog  consumer campaign for Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs. I was compensated for writing this post. Opinions are my own.

This post is for those of you committed to sticking to your fitness routine and eating right during this festive season. Last year at this time,  I showed you how I stay fit and enjoy the taste of eggnog! Because it’s become  fashionable to eat smoothies with a spoon, I’m thickening up that eggnog recovery smoothie, and  after a bout of exercise, I’m taking  advantage of the anabolic window with this …


… eggnog smoothie bowl. Each serving provides me with high quality protein important to preserve lean muscle mass (and even stimulate new muscle growth), carbohydrates necessary to get ready for tomorrow’s workout, and  dose of healthy fats for cardiovascular health.  The flavor is authentic because it’s made with fresh ingredients  including roasted chestnuts and fresh, raw eggs.  Now you’re probably asking, Why would someone concerned with health and fitness eat raw eggs? Because of these…



SafeEggs Pasteurized Eggs  makes consumption of raw eggs safe by eliminating any risk of Salmonella without changing the nutrition or flavor.  As a matter of fact, I not only use these in my nog  smoothies, I use them  in all of my favorite egg dishes such as  this version of   Caesar Salad, my  Dutch Pancake , and   Spaghetti n’ Eggs with Tomato Paprika Sauce.  I also use them in my  favorite holiday baked goods, because I want peace of mind when licking the spoon! (Do you lick the spoon?)

I began using SafeEggs  because they are pasteurized, which is an all-natural, gentle warm bath pasteurization process. I continue to use them because they have a farm fresh taste. Safeeggs  come from chickens that are raised hormone free, antibiotic free and are vegetarian fed. It’s no surprise  that they have earned the Seal of Approval for exceptional flavor and culinary performance from the nation’s largest organization of professional chefs, the American Culinary Federation (ACF). By now your probably asking, where can I buy SafeEggs? Click here for  a store locator.

After your workouts, while you’re spooning this seasonal recovery smoothie, please join me and other foodies in  the Safest Choice Eggnog Campaign  by:

• Participating in online conversations between now and December 24 (using #SafeNog)  to share tips, advice, ask questions, and find recipes.

•  Entering the  Instagram photo contest using #SafeNogPhotoContest on your Instagram photos that are about holiday baking. Contest runs  from Nov 30 to Dec. 14. The winner will receive a eggnog ‘bartender’ kit and will be chosen via random drawing.


Eggnog Smoothie Bowl

by Diane Boyd

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1/4 cup steamed and peeled chestnuts (about 12-14)
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup vanilla nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 SafeEgg Pasteurized Egg
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + more for topping
  • 2 crushed ginger snaps


to prepare chestnuts

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F

2. Using a knife, score shell of chestnut around 2/3 of the perimeter of the nut.

3. Arrange nuts in a single layer on baking sheet and bake for 15 – 20 minutes. (The outer shell of the chestnut should open like a clam.) Peel shell along inner membrane. Use immediately or store in a air tight container.

for smoothie bowl

1. Combine chestnuts, milk, yogurt , pasteurized egg, salt and cinnamon in a high powered blender and process until smooth.

2. Pour into 2 bowls. Top with crushed ginger snaps and sprinkle with additional cinnamon.

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