Curve your sweet tooth craving

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Do you find yourself craving sweets after every meal or in the middle of the day? I do at times and my husband has a big sweet tooth. When you are trying to eat well and watch what you eat, it’s hard to find something that will satisfy that need. Until now…Coffee is a great way to curb that craving by adding whipped cream. We normally will make cuban coffee, that is served in a small shot size mug and then add whipped cream to it. The whipped cream adds texture and you can eat it with a spoon as well. I normally add Stevia to the coffee to spare the sugar, but you can add a little brown sugar or some honey and the whipped cream and it is fantastic.

After you have the coffee, brush your teeth immediately and this also helps with the urge. It may be mental, but I always find that once I brush my teeth at night I don’t want to eat anything else. Try it out next time and tell me how it goes.

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Power Up Shake

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You will see many shake recipes in this blog and the reason for that, besides that I love them is that I am able to add so much nutrient into a glass that I can drink on my way to work or on my way to the gym or just on my way somewhere. This is a new recipe that I created with items in the kitchen. I was going to add pineapples, but my son ate them all, so I added apples instead. I am actually very please with that selection because it kept the shake with a more suttle flavor. I also did something with this recipe that I had not done with others and that’s calculate the calorie, carbs, fat and protein.┬áThis shake was very filling and helped control my hunger all the way past lunch and it was very tasty.


Ingredients:
*Golden Delicious Apple – 1 peeled and chopped
*Banana – 1 frozen and chopped
*Spinach, Fresh – 2 cups
*Cashew milk – 1 cup
*Blueberries, fresh – 1/2 cup
*Matcha powder – 1 tablespoon
*Ginger, fresh – 1 teaspoon
*Vanilla Protein Powder – 1 scoop
*Water – 1/2 cup

  • Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend on the highest speed for about 5 minutes. I have found that the longer you blend the thincker the shake gets.

Tips: You can replace items or remove items that you may not want or have in the pantry. Just make sure to start with small quantities and then add more for flavor. Also, the milk can be replaced with almond milk or coconut milk also. Anything that you change will change the nutrients.

Nutrients: Calories 390g * Carbs 72g * Fat 4.5g * Protein * 19.6g
This recipe makes about 36 ounces

Tropical Matcha Shake

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I really like to have shakes in the morning and at night. It has been a great way for me to maintain my weight loss and not be hungry. My husband also has a shake, but usually only in the am or the evening and his is very consistently the same. I usually do Herbalife and I like if, but it has become a little monotonous for me so I am experimenting on new recipes that have a lot more natural ingredients. One of the best things about shakes is that you can take them to go and you can mix in a lot of flavors.

This is the first time that I make this particular shake, but I have been adding the Matcha powder for a few days now with the Herbalife shake to experiment. Also, most of my shakes have protein powder, but I did not add to this one as I wanted to get the true taste of the ingredients. I am happy I left it out because the shake was delicious and refreshing after my work out.

For those of you who do not know what Matcha is, don’t feel bad, I only learned of this last week. My son and his girlfriend work at Starbucks so they let me in on the 411. It is basically green tea powder. The recipe below does not require it, if you want to skip it, and the flavor will change, but it will still be delicious. If you want to add some vanilla flavored protein powder, that will make it thicker and will control your hunger a while longer.


Ingredients:
*Banana – 1 frozen, sliced in a few pieces
*Pineapple – 1 1/2 cups, cut in chunks
*Matcha powder – 1 tablespoon
*Ginger – fresh, about 1 teaspoon minced and peeled
*Cashew milk – 1 cup (you can use whatever milk you like, coconut milk should be yummy also)

  • In a blender (I have the Ninja and I love it because it also comes with individual cups) add all the ingredients and blend well. If you want to add some ice cubes you can. It will make about 24 ounces.

Tip: You do not have to freeze the banana but it does help with the consistency. You can also use the frozen bananas for other things like banana ice cream (on a future blog). I will usually freeze fruits so they last longer and for the texture and depending on what I will be adding them to. It is the same thing as buying them frozen ; )