Posted in Nutrition, Smoothie, Weight Loss, Wellness

Strawberry Lemon Italian Ice Smoothie

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This dazzlingly mixed fruit puree from Superfood Smoothies by Julie Morris is a mighty refreshing summer treat. In the book it is named Strawberry Chamomile. I had to try it just because it had two of my favorite flavors in the title. However, my taste buds, say it reminds them of younger days when I scooped up frozen strawberry lemon Italian Ice into my mouth with that small wooden shaped spoon thing that came with the package.
I will be making this many times. Not just because it is delicious, but my picky friend and his not so picky teen children favorited it. Love it when I can pack nutrition in like this.

I made a cup of Chamomile tea the night before I planned to make this smoothie and made enough to store in the fridge to add to this Strawberry concoction. Morris writes, “The slightly sweet and floral flavor of chamomile is a gorgeous match for bright, juicy strawberries.”

MAKE 2 – 16 OUNCE SERVINGS

2 CUPS Frozen Strawberries  – excellent source of vitamin C and manganese, and also contain decent amounts of folate (B9) and potassium. Very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, and may have benefits for heart health and blood sugar control)

1/2 CUP Dried White Mulberries – They provide unusually high levels of protein and iron for a fruit, and are also a rich source of vitamin C, fiber, calcium, and antioxidants

1 3/4 CUPS Brewed Chamomile Tea (Chilled) – small amounts of calcium, magnesium, potassium, fluoride, folate and vitamin A

2 TABLESPOONS Freshly squeezed lemon juice – Lemons are very rich in vitamin C, and are also a decent source of potassium and vitamin B6.

2 TABLESPOONS Chia Seeds – loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients and antioxidants.

Sweetener, to taste (optional)

SUPERFOOD BOOST – For a vitamin C boost. Add 1/2 teaspoon of camu berry powder

Blend the strawberries, mulberries, tea, and lemon juice together until smooth. Stop the blender, taste, and add desired sweetener if needed. Add chia seeds, and give the blender a second quick whirl, just to mis the ingredients. (Incorporating the chia seeds at the end allows the smoothie to retain a smoother texture.)

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What Am I Really Hungry For?

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The first step to reaching our ideal weight is to find out WHY we eat when we’re not hungry. Being MINDFUL will do this. I know this is going to sound weird, but besides shedding pounds, we will learn so much about what is going on inside our heads and hearts. Next time you are headed to the refrigerator and realize that you are not hungry but really, really  want to gorge on those last six brownies topped with dark chocolate chips (my fav), HALT and ask yourself, what is going on with me? Why do I want to eat?

Much of the time what leads to overeating is not dealing with what bothers us. It could be stress at work, or the cute guy from the coffee shop who didn’t call or perhaps your  children’s rebellious behavior. Maybe the reason for eating is as simple as boredom, and reaching for tasty treats offers an exciting solution (at least for our taste buds).

However, at best it is a temporary high to fill a void. Shortly after, the same feelings pop up, with the addition of a  bloated pang of guilt. If you are hungry, eat, but make it special. Put it on a pretty dish, then really pay attention to what you are putting into your mouth. Eat without distractions around you — no cell phone, no TV, no computer, no books, no newspaper. MINDFUL eating is learning to use all your senses to get the most out food. Smell the food. Look at the colors of food. Think of where it came from. Think about how it feels on your lips and in your mouth. Savor the food’s taste, and chew deliberately.

Our lives are all super busy, but how about starting to PRACTICE mindful eating a little each day? Starting today, let’s listen to our bodies’ wisdom, instead of ignoring what we really need and stuffing our not-so-good feelings in that old ragged Gucci purse far back in the closet. Sometimes, things may get blown out of proportion, but being in tuned with our eating habits and what is going on with our hearts helps both our well-being and our waistline. Instead, Journal it out, give yourself a manicure, ring a old friend, go for a walk, work on that neglected project, pray, etc. Simply say: I am not going to let this baloney bother me! Most of all do not stuff it. When we face our troubling situations, we become stronger and satisfied.

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Challenge Monday


Portion Control Challenge:
Portion control is one of the BIGGEST contributing factors when it comes to reaching your goals. Too much of anything is not a good thing.

Watching your portion size can absolutely mean the difference between success and failure in any weight loss or fitness journey.

It’s a lot easier than you think! A lot of it comes down to what’s right in front of you when you sit down to eat!

Researchers in Australia studied 100 adults in a portion control study. After educating the participants on “eating slowly” and eating only until they were full, the researchers gave one group a 600-gram portion of macaroni and tomato sauce and the other group 350 grams of the exact same meal. “Overall, the large-portion participants ate 34 percent more food than those given the smaller helping.” This goes to show that even if you’re educated and know how to eat slowly, most people will eat what’s right in front of them! So the key here is to be mindful of what you put on your plate.

Check out these tips for portion control…

  • Be mindful of what the actual serving sizes are for what you’re eating
  • Measure and weigh your food until you have a solid idea of what a true portion looks like
  • Use a smaller plate for your food or put less on a larger plate!
  • Practice eating slowly and listening to your body
  • Eat until you’re about 80% full

Follow this link for help with the portion control and size guide:

www.webmd.com/diet/printable/portion-control-size-guide

Your challenge this week is to pay close attention to your portion sizes and to focus on eating a little bit slower!

Are you up for the challenge this week!? Let me know in a comment below with your commitment!

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