Yogi Tea Giveaway Winner + Mixed Berry Smoothie Recipe!

Hope y’all are having a nice week!  The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here…the winner of the Yogi tea giveaway is Rachel Adams!!!  Congratulations, Rachel, and I hope this makes your study time in the library a little more bearable!!!  Please email me directly to provide the shipping address for your delicious teas!

For the rest of you, here’s a yummy smoothie recipe.  Just add the ingredients to your blender and blend away:

  • 1 scoop plant-based Vega One all-in-one nutritional shake in berry
  • 1/4 cup organic light vanilla soy milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 big handfuls of ice
  • 1 cup of frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

Thanks to the Vega shake mix, you’ll get 15 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and 1.5 grams of Omega-3s, as well as 50% of your daily intake of vitamins and minerals in this smoothie.  How’s that for a healthy boost of energy?!

And, finally, check out my most recent blog post, “Keeping the Job Search Positive and Productive,” for The Zesty Digest for Sweet Lemon Magazine.  If you’ve been stressing about the job search or changing careers, this advice will help you rest easy!

Flaxseed: Should you be eating it?

You’ve probably heard all the fuss over flax seeds, but have you ever given them a chance?  I never had until recently, when I picked up a package of natural milled golden flax seed at the store.  After adding some to my oatmeal and cereal for roughly a week straight, I highly recommend trying them.  It is such an easy way to add extra nutrients to your diet.

Natural Milled Golden Flax Seed

What is in flaxseed that makes it good for you?

You can easily add flaxseed to your cereal, smoothie, oatmeal, baked goods, or just about any type of food.  I have not noticed any distinct flavor differences in the foods I add it to, but do admit there is a slightly gooier consistency to my oatmeal.  All in all, it is a virtually effortless way to boost your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and dietary fiber.  And with all the hype out there regarding its benefits when it comes to breast cancer, diabetes, and cholesterol, why not give it a try?

What do you think?  Do you add flaxseed to your foods?  Does anyone have a good muffin or cookie recipe that incorporates milled flaxseed?  I’m really eager to try one, so please let me know!

Spruce up your Cereal

If you are anything like me, you go a million miles a minute during the week.  Between jobs, working out, and running errands, there is hardly any time to prepare a “real” meal.  How do I sometimes get around that?  Sprucing up my, get ready for it, cereal!

You heard that right.  Cereal can be both satisfying and nourishing, as long as you select the right kinds, and include some healthy toppings.  Check out the tips below.

  1. Look for cereals made with whole grain oats and fiber.
  2. Be sure to check the sugar contents included in the cereal; many cereals are just candy in disguise.  Look for low sugar cereals.  Kashi and Quaker Oats have some great ones.
  3. Use low-fat original soy milk instead of the typical dairy milk.  If you must use cow’s milk, use skim milk.
  4. Add some fruit.  This is the best part!  Bananas, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries work well.

Enjoy!