Welcome to Mindful Monday – Healthy Living! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming healthier. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.
…to all of you who have left comments and cheered me on and are interested in accompanying me on this journey to healthy living! Together, we can offer support and ideas to make this road to “healthy,” a fun journey! Don’t forget to do a pingback on your post so I can find you! ❤
Here is who joined me for the journey last week:
My Sweet Nothings
who shared a yummy recipe for a mango milkshake on her blog
Last week, we talked about eating our veggies. I believe that if you only make one single change in your journey to becoming more healthy it would be to eat more vegetables. Not only are they low in calories but they help to fill you up with fiber and many vitamins and minerals we need for our bodies to function properly.
Fruit is another healthy addition to your diet. Just remember that fruit does contain sugar and you want to make sure and watch how much fruit you are eating. If you can’t budge your weight one week try limiting your fruits and see if that makes a difference. Remember how I always say that losing weight and being healthy is walking a thin line…? Remember these values when you are making that smoothie!
Image credit: CarbSwitch.com
Image Credit: CarbSwitch.com
Where’s the FRUIT????
My fruits of the week to share are papaya and pineapple. I found out that if I bought my own fruit fresh, cut them up and froze them it was cheaper than buying the ready frozen fruit at Costco or another market. I had never had papaya before. I liked it. It is not as sweet as a mango so it was the perfect compliment to the sweet pineapple.
This is the inside of a papaya. I scooped out the seeds and sliced the papaya into small pieces.
I literally cut up the pineapple and the papaya, measured out 1 cup of each into a sandwich bag and froze them. It is worth noting that I do not core my pineapple. There is tons of fiber in that firm center. Why not use it in your smoothie? In fact, I always eat the center of the pineapple.
When it comes time to make my smoothie, all I have to do is pull the ingredients out of the freezer and pop them into my NutraBullet RX.
The papaya was $4.99 and the pineapple was $2.99. This is a lot of fruit to use for your smoothies. Plus, you don’t need any honey, sweetener or sugar because the fruit is sweet enough. These bags went into the freezer and in an hour or so were totally frozen.
I LOVE smoothies! I started using them as a meal replacement about 3 years ago in Weight Watchers. I was buying the Weight Watchers protein powder and mixing my own. When I hit that tough plateau, that is what powered me through to continue losing weight.
Remember, this is what I do, and once again, I am only sharing the things that work for me. It does not mean it will work for you. If you have any doubts, please check with your physician before making any food changes in your diet. ❤
I have a smoothie every other day. I replace one meal with a smoothie and find that it helps my digestion, too. There are tons of recipes on Pinterest for you to look up so I will share my breakfast smoothie I made this morning. I found out that I did not need to use milk (soy milk, almond milk, or coconut almond milk) every time. You can use diet soda, coffee, tea, carbonated flavored water, powdered drink mixes, whatever you like to use in your own smoothie.
Silver’s Green Smoothie
1 can diet ginger ale
1 tsp. Chia seeds
1 scoop pea protein powder
(Stir well. The soda will fizz up).
1/4 cup sweet potato
2 handfuls of kale cut up
1 C. papaya – frozen
1 C. pineapple – frozen
Stir the contents and push them down so that you can place the NutraBullet RX lid on the container.
Blend in the NutraBullet RX until smooth.
That’s it! A perfect green smoothie to start the day!
If you notice, I showed you some other ingredients you could use when you make your smoothie. I love cocoa powder in my smoothies. I usually use a tsp. of the cocoa with 2 cups of 50 calorie almond-coconut milk, frozen strawberries, and kale or spinach. I also use the flavorings that you can buy for baking, you know, vanilla, lemon, coffee, peppermint. One or two drops gives you the taste without the calories.
I went for about 5 hours after drinking this smoothie before I felt hungry again this afternoon. I did count the Points Plus points because the fruit is crushed. Weight Watchers advocates that you count points for fruit in this manner because you do not use any calories drinking the smoothie like you would if you were chewing the fresh fruit.
I counted 1 point for the pea protein powder (as per the WW calculator), 1 point for the tsp. of chia seeds, and 4 points for the rest of the fruit and the sweet potato. I would rather be higher than lower when figuring up the points. 😉 This was a 6 Points Plus value smoothie.
The key to making healthy smoothies is to add fruit AND vegetables, AND some kind of protein. I used whey protein for years and have recently made the switch to pea protein. I like it much better. I seem to stay full longer which is a real plus. You will need to decide which protein works best for you.
Here is a great article from bodybuilding.com that compares the differences between pea protein and whey protein.
Prevention.com shares some great information about smoothies.
BBCGoodFood.com has some spectacular recipes for my European friends.
My friend, Olga, shared an article from vitals.lifehacker.com
about the dangers of eating fruit smoothies. I totally agree with the findings of the article. Not all smoothies are built alike. That is why I only have one every other day. Fruit contains sugars so we must be careful to choose the best combination that will enable us to lose weight. Bon appetite!
My Week in Exercise and Weight Loss
Bee, from A Spirit of Healing, really lit a fire under my butt about walking. I decided if she could do it (and she works!) so could I!!!
I walked 7.89 miles this week! A great start on my fitness goal!
As a result of all that walking, I did lose the SAME 2.5 pounds I had gained back the week before. Now, it is time to not let my weight loss creep back on my hips! This week, I want to walk every day if I can, weather permitting. 5 days is realistic in my book.
It is January and I do understand the weather issue. We had two breathtakingly beautiful days where Ron and I sat outside with the dogs in the sun wearing only sweatshirts. Amazing! Yesterday we barbecued steaks and drove the whole neighborhood crazy with the smell!
Sugar on the left, Spice on the right
Speaking of dogs, I must share with you how Sugar is doing on her weight loss journey. Sugar has diabetes and takes 2 shots of insulin a day. She has also lost half a pound and is not down to 10.5 pounds. She used to weigh over 18 pounds a few years ago. Needless to say, the dog has always loved her food.
We did have a scare, though. Both Sugar and Spice went to the groomers and we discovered that Sugar’s nail beds were infected. Just like humans with diabetes, our pets can have issues with their feet due to the disease. I did not know that. Antibiotics and soaking her feet in Epsom salts really did the trick. Our vet did run a fructosamine blood test to determine how her body processes insulin. She is within the limits so that was fabulous news.
So, tell me… How did you do on your healthy living journey last week?
What are your goals for this week?
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How is that for some SMOOTHIE inspiration? If you would like to join me in your own healthy living journey, please do. Use whatever program works for you. You do not even have to follow a program if you don’t want to. The whole idea is to start thinking about ways that you can become healthier and fit. This includes going gluten-free, fat-free, lactose-free, starting an exercise program, or even a new way of eating such as becoming a vegetarian. If it has to do with becoming healthy, write about it!
Link to my post with a ping back each week in a separate post on your own blog. I will add your blog to a list of healthy living supporters that others can visit to gain motivation on each of my Mindful Monday Healthy Living posts. Together we can become healthier!
Share YOUR smoothie recipes with us!
Remember, this is not a challenge. Each of us has different goals that we wish to attain. This is an offering of support and a place where my online community can come to participate in attaining a healthy lifestyle. If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday – Healthy Living goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making. If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary. My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of my journey to healthy living.
Thanks for being part of my fabulous journey to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to share your journey. ❤ No matter what your goals are in becoming more healthy, together we can do it!