The Ultimate Green Smoothie

green smoothie

We are keeping our fitness goals going in February. The green smoothie was vital to our nutrition success in January. To celebrate we are sharing our best green smoothie recipe – THE ULTIMATE GREEN SMOOTHIE, if you will. Made with just 5 ingredients (banana, pear, kale, JIF peanut powder & almond milk), you will want to print this one out and make it part of your daily routine.

Just like you, I don’t have a lot of extra time in my morning so I love things that are simple and help me fuel my busy day. This ultimate green smoothie is just the thing. The ingredients can be prepped ahead of time and pulled from the freezer any time you are ready. It’s the perfect start for busy mornings, after school, or post workout.

the ultimate green smoothie

The Ultimate Green Smoothie

INGREDIENTS
1 cup kale leaves, packed
1/2 large, ripe pear
1/2 large, ripe banana
3 tablespoons  Jif Peanut Powder
1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Add chopped kale, pear, and banana and place in an airtight container or freezer bag. Add the unsweetened almond milk and Jif Peanut Powder to the frozen ingredients, then purée in a blender until smooth.

We’ve been working on other great smoothie recipes like this one. Here’s one our kids love.

 

Try PB&J for Breakfast! The Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StartWithJifPowder #CollectiveBias

Who says you can’t have Peanut Butter & Jelly for breakfast? 

JIf Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie

Looking for energy packed, delicious recipes to help you accomplish all your new goals this new year? We all know nutrition is key to having enough energy each day and even more so when tackling new things. We will be starting off each week in January with delicious, good for you smoothie recipes to give you the energy you need to make those goals a reality!  Today, we have a Peanut Butter and Jelly smoothie made with Jif Peanut Powder that makes this smoothie and everything about your morning routine super simple.

While I know breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, somehow the rush of getting everyone out the door had me skipping breakfast for myself a lot last year. I’m sure a lot of you can relate. This year, I am making sure to start out each morning with a simple protein packed breakfast ensuring I have the best possible start to each day. Since planning for success is key, I made a list of all the smoothie ingredients I would need on my next shopping trip to Walmart. Most everything was in the produce section with the exception of the Jif Peanut Powder which was easily found in the regular peanut butter section, on the top shelf (only the best for our smoothies!)

Jif Peanut Powder

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

Start drinking the sandwich that your kids love to get your day going! This Peanut Butter and Jelly smoothie, made with Jif Peanut Powder is protein packed and has an added serving of greens. Jif Peanut Powder is made from just one ingredient – fresh roasted peanuts – and has no added sugar or salt like competitors.

Jif Peanut and Butter Smoothie Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 large banana (sliced, frozen)
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen berries
  • 1 Handful of leafy greens (baby spinach, kale, etc.)
  • 1 cup Silk Almond Milk
  • 3 tbsp Jif Peanut Powder

Peanut Butter Jelly Smoothie preblend

Directions: Combine the milk and fruit together in a blender. Mix. Add the Jif Peanut Powder and greens. Blend until smooth. Volia! 

Peanut Butter and Jelly smoothie sandwich

Now you can drink your morning PB& J while you pack theirs into lunches. Just pick up a bag or two of Jif Peanut Powder on your next trip to Walmart. You will feel so good starting your day protein packed, full of energy and ready to make those goals happen!

I’m looking for more great smoothie recipes to get my mornings off to a great start….What smoothies you would use Jif Peanut Powder in?

Solving Hydration Issues & the Always Discreet Solution

Anytime I notice a stall in my fitness goals or even a backward trend, I reassess my lifestyle. Sometimes it seems that the issue isn’t directly related to how much time I’m spending at the gym, the frequency of my workouts, or eating “bad” foods. Often its little things that can make the difference between moving forward and plateauing.

During my most recent stall (read here to see what fixed it last time) I discovered I wasn’t drinking enough water. I LOVE my h2O. I drink a good deal of water everyday. However, I notice that there is a certain amount of water my body requires to operate most efficiently and help me reach my goals. During the summer, it is 128+ ounces or approx 1 gallon. It may sound like a lot to some but it’s really easy to get in if you just remember to bring a refillable bottle with you throughout your day.

hydration
Once I am taking in enough water I start to see progress again. As a mom 4x over, increased water doesn’t come without side effects……

Mo’ Water, Mo’ Problems

Confession: I really believe there isn’t anything I can’t do. I enjoy being active and want to continue to participate in challenging activities. Sometimes too much laughter with my girlfriends can be considered “challenging”.  My bladder on the other hand is not so sure. Combine that with all the extra water and well…you see where I’m going with this right??

My solution to not being super anxious about this is Always Discreet Liners. They are thin enough for me not notice they are there and still provide enough protection when it is needed.With this reassurance, I don’t ever need to hesitate getting the water I need and I can be as active as I like.
Always Discreet gym Bag
Of course I keep them as a staple in my gym bag. I also utilize them for busy days with the kids. Which if I’m being realistic, is like every.single.day.  Anyone else?
Always Discreet Product Line-Up
So that’s another awesome thing I love about Always Discreet. There is a subscription service through Target.com that allows them to be shipped directly to your home. I signed up for the convenience but I am also saving money! By subscribing I am saving a % off every time. Signing up was super easy – no extra website to visit! You just check the box next to “subscribe for % off”, directly on Target.com,  and the option to choose the frequency of your free delivery will appear. After that, click subscribe and proceed to checkout just like any other purchase.

Interested in subscribing to have an Always Discreet Product delivered to your home? Learn more here.

Hopefully you can all relate to this in one way or another. Little things make a big impact. Are you working towards a fitness goal? Take an assessment of what things you can work into your daily routine that will make a lasting impact towards it. Maybe its more water or having something like Always Discreet delivered to cut out a trip to the store and give you more time or confidence. Look for simple solutions that make life less complicated, save money and help you reach your goals.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

3 Healthy Habits Booklets for Girls from Girl Scouts and Together Counts

3 Healthy Habits Booklets for Girls  from Girl Scouts and Together Counts

disclosure

As a young girl, I was very involved in Girl Scouts. While I did just happen to set a cookie-selling record for my district , participating in  Girl Scouts  meant so much more than selling cookies.  I loved learning about nature, camping, and how to be independent. It helped me to develop great friendships and taught me how to be a leader. At camp, I was able to experience so many adventures from archery, rock climbing, to traditional activities like campfires and hiking. I was so excited when my daughter showed interest in Girl Scouts as well. I knew it would provide her with so many of same opportunities that have benefited me.

Healthy Habits

Girl Scouts has been inspiring girls and young women to be confident and active since 1912! They are continuing that tradition today through the Together Counts Program. The Together Counts program is nationwide and provided by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to inspire active and healthy living through physical activity and nutrition.

The principle behind the program is called Energy Balance, which just means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we expend.
Energy In: the calories you get from eating and drinking.
Energy Out: the calories you burn from physical activities

Swimming Together counts

In partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Girl Scouts developed three “healthy habits” booklets to easily incorporate energy balance into meetings, outings, events and adventures. The free booklets help guide girls as they learn to lead active, healthy lifestyles.

girl scouts journeys

The 3 Healthy Habits booklets available for download include:

For other resources on inspiring the girls in your life to stay active or get involved with Together Counts and Girl Scouts, be sure to check out these great sites :

  • Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Twitter: On Twitter, GSNC shares council information including awards, resources, highlights from council events and volunteering opportunities.
  • Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Facebook: Similar to Twitter, the GSNC Facebook page shares photo albums of troop activities, news from around the region, and partner content from Together Counts.
  • Together Counts Website –The website is consumer friendly—aimed at parents and educators and provides resources, tips, recipes and more.
  • Together Counts Blog – The Together Counts blog is the main source of all consumer-friendly news including HWCF campaigns, announcements and content from HWCF partners around the topic of healthy eating habits and incorporating more physical activity.
  • Together Counts Twitter – On Twitter, Together Counts shares everything from digital assets (video, infographics) to industry or conference news related to food in addition to campaign and partner news.
  • Together Counts Pinterest – Together Counts’ resource for sharing recipe inspiration from across the network, family activity ideas and pins from partners that relate to family eating and activity including Girl Scouts, Healthy Dining Finders, etc.

Turning our Kitchen into a Smart Kitchen with The Countertop

The Mr. and I are all things techie. It’s something that bonds us, I guess. An internal quest we both have to find a better way. Recently, we discovered The Countertop , an amazing device to make our kitchen a little smarter. We are super excited to experience it our home soon and sponsoring our post so we can share all the awesome details of how it works with you!

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We have both always drooled over the Smart Home models we’ve seen and tried to figure out how to incorporate those into our own dream home one day. Right now, we are leasing a home in a neighborhood so we are limited to what we can do without major renovations or investments. We recently were introduced to The Countertop. It is a new connected kitchen tool from the Orange Chef that can make recommendations for meals that are delicious, healthy and easy to make. Here’s a little about how it works:

I love that it syncs with appliances we already own like our Vitamix and Crockpot by using a simple adapter. Making our home smarter by utilizing what we already have is brilliant.

Countertop-Adapter

It will even sync with your fitness trackers and suggest the the perfect meal designed for your life. The device will also take into account your activity level, personal palate, and nutrition goals and walks you through meals step by step. The Countertop learns your preferences the more you use it.

While it won’t officially be released until the fall, you can be cool kids like us and pre-order now. Receive 50% off when you use this link to place your order.

 

Have you ever wanted a smart home? What’s the coolest appliance in your kitchen right now?