Fruity salad

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Fruity Saladย ๐Ÿ“

Fruity Salad! ๐Ÿ“ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ // Mixed up some of my favorite fruits to keep in the fridge for a healthy snack throughout the day! ๐ŸŒž ๐Ÿ’•

— strawberries

— blueberries

— honeydew

— pineapple

— rainier cherries

Eat the fruity salad rainbow!

Lemon Water

Lemon Water Truths๐Ÿ‹

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Lemon water is my favorite… ๐Ÿ‹ & no it’s not the magical drink you should consume every morning for weight loss. ๐Ÿ™„ // Here’s why:

โ€” When people say it revs up your metabolism, they are true to a certain extent. Calories provide energy and lemons have a small amount of calories. In any form, (fat, carbs, protein) provoke a response of the gastrointestinal tract to break down those calories for a release of energy. Therefore, if a food has calories, it “boosts” your metabolism aka making it work in order to breakdown food for fuel. This is not code for weight loss. This means your body simply has to use energy to get energy from the calories in the lemon just as it would have to work to break down a bite of cake.

โ€” Lemon water is low in calories so if anything, it does not hinder weight gain… Drinking plenty of water is a great plan for a healthy body and mind… Not a way to “shed” extra pounds.

โ€” It tastes good. People will tell you lemon water is good for you, but really I think they should promote drinking more water in general and to replace sugar sweetened beverages!

โ€” Water is useful for metabolism, absorbing water-soluble vitamins, and staying hydrated. Any form of water is good. If you want to add lemon for flavor, do it!
Drink lemon water for enjoyment, not weight loss. ๐Ÿ˜˜

simply sautรฉed shrimp

simply sautรฉed shrimp

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High protein snack FTW — simply sautรฉed shrimp. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŒž โค๏ธ // paired these babies with brown rice & it was simply delish!
Add 1 T. EVOO to a medium pan (~1T. for every 10 shrimp) over medium heat.
Place raw defrosted shrimp in pan & spread out.
Brown shrimp on each side & add as much dried basil as desired.
Top on steamed brown rice (I use the microwaveable packages that only take 90 secs) & enjoy!

Smoothie Additions

Smoothie Additions

The Spoonful of Health-smoothie-additions

My favorite healthy additions to add into smoothies! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฐ

1. Raw unsweetened coconut flakes โ€“ This adds a tropical touch to any smoothie. Blend it in or top your smoothie with it! ๐ŸŒบ ย ย Find Here

2. Spirulina โ€“ It is a protein-rich plant food packed with vitamins and mineralsโ€ฆ a little goes a long way for your health. Therefore, you only need a little bit! (1 tsp. is plenty).ย Find Here

3. Peanut Butter powder โ€“ Who doesnโ€™t love PB? I like the powder version because it will give your smoothie the flavor, but it is higher in protein and lower in fat!ย Find Here

4. Chia seeds โ€“ These powerhouse seeds are beneficial in multiple ways, but adding them to a smoothie is a guaranteed way to get fiber and a plant source of omega-3s without altering the flavor to your smoothie.ย Find Here

5. Oatmeal โ€“ The perfect addition when trying to replace a meal. Most of all, it helps to add bulk and a healthy grain to keep you feeling full!ย Find Here

6. Whey protein powder โ€“ Protein additions are always a great choice for a balanced smoothie (not too heavy on the carbohydrates). Choose your favorite kind & switch it up!ย Find Here

7. Dates โ€“ Medjool dates are a natural sweetener that provides a great deal of nutrients and fiber. Add a few for a sweeter smoothie with a fun chewy texture (itโ€™s not gross I swear)ย Find Here