My mom is the queen of healthy living. She cooked us quinoa a decade before quinoa was trendy and planted a garden when I was young, which she relied on for the fruit and vegetables that grew along with the meat that my dad fished/hunted for nearly all of our meals. Understanding how to eat healthy is super helpful in my adult years when it comes to eating and cooking for my family, but I am fully aware that the majority of people haven’t been raised by two garden-loving, moose-hunting parents, nor do they know how to fuel their bodies the right way. I LOVE sharing my favorite healthy recipes that taste great and make me feel GOOD in hopes that other people will enjoy them as much as me!
On the flip side, even though I know how to eat healthy, that doesn’t mean I always have. The one time in my life that was far from healthy was during college, and boy did I jump off the deep end. I quickly gained the Freshman 15, then 20, and pretty soon I remember seeing the scale hit 160lbs on my 5’6” frame, which was 30+ lbs more than I had ever weighed. Like WOAH, Eva, slow your roll. Can you say hello to ramen noodles, mac & cheese, and way too much of everything else (including my fair share of liquid calories)? I know 30lbs might not be a big deal for everyone, but for someone who has always been athletic and active, I don’t remember how I got to that point, but I know I didn’t like the feeling of it. Regardless of the number on the scale, what I disliked the most was the fact that I didn’t feel good. I was lethargic. I was self-conscious for the first time in my life. I felt weak and didn’t have any stamina, motivation, or confidence. I graduated, came home, and decided to get back into shape, and since then I’ve kept my health as a top priority. When I eat well, work out, and feel good, I am a much better wife, mom, daughter and just a happier person in general!
Everyone’s bodies are built so differently, and I don’t think that striving for a six-pack or a certain number on a scale is a good way to go (I barely ever weigh myself.. my scale broke more than 6 months ago and I didn’t even notice), but aiming to feel strong, happy, and healthy is something attainable for everyone, no matter what that looks like for you. If anyone LOVES food, it’s me… (see above paragraph about gaining 30lbs), so I try to combine HEALTHY food in ways that TASTE DELICIOUS. Here is the recipe for my favorite smoothie that is quick, protein-packed, and makes me feel like Superwoman every time I drink it.
SUPER SMOOTHIE RECIPE:
- A blender: I use a Vitamix which I LOVE but it’s a pricey investment so unless you’re planning to use it daily (like me) there are a lot of other good options for less $$ like the Ninja or the Blendtec.
Directions: Put the ingredients into the blender in the order listed below, starting with the water on the bottom and ending with protein powder on the top.
- ½ cup water
- 2 cups packed fresh spinach
- ½ banana
- ½ cup greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup Frozen Blueberries
- 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I use MTN OPS MAGNUM in Vanilla)
Blend all ingredients (add some extra water if it’s too thick) and enjoy!! This recipe makes 2-3 smoothies depending on serving size.
I’m always looking for healthy on-the-go snacks, so comment below to let me know your favorite quick and easy recipes!
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