My new favorite sports nutrition product goes to …
… 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
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!
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.
This Convertible Wild Blueberry Smoothie is packed with abundant nutrition and can be adapted for fueling different situations throughout your busy day.Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
What comes to mind when you hear the word convertible? I think fast. I think flexible (top up/top down). Are you with me? Ok, good.
Then you’ll understand why I am calling my lastest smoothie creation Convertible Wild Blueberry Smoothie. It’s fast (make it in under 1 minute)! It’s adaptable for different nutritional demands. It’s made with only 3 ingredients: pecan milk, maple syrup and frozen Wild Blueberries. Wild Blueberries are the hero ingredient of this beverage and are simply a perfect ingredient for any smoothie. They’re different than regular cultivated blueberries. They’re called “wild” because they are. Wild Blueberries are not planted and occur naturally in barrens and fields in Maine and Eastern Canada that have been here for 10,000 years! These tiny gems have a more intense blueberry flavor and twice the antioxidants of regular blueberries! Because they’ re frozen you don’t need any ice (unless you’re like me and drink your smoothie over ice). You can enjoy the delicious taste and health attributes of wild blueberries year round. Find them in the frozen fruit section of your local grocery store; just make sure the package says “Wild.”
If you’ve never combined Wild Blueberries with pecan milk and maple syrup you’re in for a wild ride! (BTW, if you can’t find pecan milk or would like to make it yourself, see this post at Healthy Aperture for Homemade Pecan Milk.) My Convertible Wild Blueberry Smoothie makes a refreshing afternoon snack (I like it when I’m craving something cold, but don’t want the calories and fat of ice cream; one serving clocks in at 100 calories, 3 grams fat, 19 grams of carbohydrate, 13 grams sugar, 5 mg sodium.) It can also be adapted to your nutritional needs. After a bout of exercise, I add a little protein (2 tablespoons of whey or soy ) making it a delightful recovery beverage providing 8.5 grams protein and 140 calories. Adding a full scoop of protein powder and I’ve got a light meal replacement with 180 calories and 16 grams of protein. Please give it a whirl and let me know what you think!
Convertible Wild Blueberry Smoothie
by Diane Boyd
Prep Time: 1 minutes
Ingredients (serves 1)
1/2 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
1/2 cup pecan milk
2 teaspoons maple syrup
Optional : 2- 4 Tablespoons Whey or Soy Protein Powder
Add all ingredients to blender and process for 30 seconds or until combined. Serve immediately straight up or over ice.
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.
Disclosure: 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 supplementdelivers 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.†
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… It provides fluid, electrolytes, carbohydrates for glycogen replacement, protein for muscle building and repair, and of course, cocoa flavanols to support healthy blood flow.†