How I Lost My “Baby Weight”

How I Lost My “Baby Weight”I have been using various Beachbody products since I became a coach (rep) in 2010. I have never been overweight but have fluctuated between 140-160 throughout most of my adult life. In 2017, I changed my diet and got down to my lowest weight since middle school. I was in the best shape of my life, competing at a high level in ironman distance triathlons.

In November 2017 I found out I was pregnant. I was 45 years old so this was a bit of a shock, but a miraculous blessing! In June I had my perfect baby girl and was surprised that instead of losing weight immediately after I had her, I actually gained weight.

None of my maternity clothes fit because I was bigger everywhere (except my belly of course). I was frustrated and depressed and already sleep deprived and overwhelmed having a newborn. I have a background of depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, which didn’t help at all!

During my pregnancy, I knew I would have some struggles with my weight gain and new bod, so I immediately started the 2B Mindset program as soon as it was released in May 2018. 2B Mindset was the newest program from Beachbody (a health/fitness company) which focused on simple healthy nutrition habits and changing your mindset about food, eating, and your body.

As soon as I could mentally wrap my head around starting to take care of myself again, I started back up on the program that I had spent 6 weeks practicing before I had Coura. It was easier because I had been working on it for 6 weeks already and I understood and believed in the concepts and practices it taught.

Between the 2B Mindset, drinking Shakeology several times daily (typically 3-4), PiYo, and Energize, 7 months later I am back to my pre-preg weight.

The main principles of the 2B Mindset program are: weigh daily, water first, veggies most, and track everything.

I have always weighed myself daily with mixed emotions. This program taught me how to do this as “data collection” only and not to be so attached to the number! I love that the 2B Mindset program encourages this!

It also focuses on drinking water first thing in the morning and before each meal/snack throughout the day. This has helped with the dehydration of breastfeeding and lack of sleep as well!!
And eating more veggies is one of the main principles of the program, so I am eating twice as many veggies as I was before. I love veggies but I am lazy and tend to grab a shake or bar instead.

When I am tired or cranky or only have one hand to make a meal (due to baby holding/feeding), I still opt for a shake since Shakeology is easy to make and drink!

The other thing that helped is after 6 weeks of not being able to work out, I was able to start. Exercise has never helped me lose weight, but when I exercise, I feel less stress and anxiety so it’s easier to want to eat healthier and take care of myself and my body.

I am super grateful for the tools and products that Beachbody has given me! I am still following the principles of the 2B Mindset and will forever. It is a lifestyle change, not a short-term diet/nutrition plan.

I am getting my 2B Mindset Coaching Certification so I can help others who are struggling like I was. I am also running monthly success groups to help teach others these basic principles.

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Running 105 Laps on a Track was Surprisingly Easy

Running 105 Laps on a Track was Surprisingly EasyMy friend Wendy and I like to do crazy stuff! Last year we started a tradition of running a marathon around a track to celebrate the 4th of July. So 105 laps!! I like to say it’s to celebrate the freedom of choice and we are choosing to run around a track for 4+ hours.

I also like to tell people it’s celebrating that I have the mental and physical capacity to do such a challenge. Both are true, but of course there is more to it.

If you know me, you know I like to challenge my body and mind, I like to inspire others to go big, and I like the attention of doing crazy things. It helps my confidence, gives me something to talk about, and grows my businesses. After all, I can’t expect others to attempt hard things if I’m not willing to do hard things myself. And this year it didn’t hurt that I have my “A” race, the Boulder Ironman, in 5 weeks, which for me is a perfect time to run 26.2 miles.

Last year Wendy and I ran together on the CSU track in Fort Collins, CO. We didn’t know what to expect since it was our first year, so we walked, jogged, ran, and mixed it up. Sometimes together, sometimes not. We had a track team training for about 2 hours there as well, so that was a good distraction watching them do drills, sprints, intervals, etc. I also was living in the RV at the time, so I had my dog, Joey, with me and I needed to take him out a couple times, so he even did a couple laps with me. All in all, we finished under 5 hours and it never felt hard or long.

This year I was a little more nervous. Wendy moved to Georgia so we were doing our track marathon at the same time but in different states. I decided to run on the track close to home at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, CO which is pretty quiet and lonely. I didn’t know how it would be doing it by myself, but was of course up for the challenge.

I left my house at 7:00am to go to the store to get Gatorade. I also had a cooler with me with Beachbody Performance Endurance, watermelon, and almond milk to mix with my Shakeology in case I got hungry. I was all set up at the track with sunscreen and silicon lube to prevent chaffing covering my body and ready to start at 7:30. I grabbed my phone to start my timer and lap counter and was off and running.

As soon as I started, I FaceTimed Wendy to see how she was doing. It’s 2 hours later in Georgia so she was already over halfway done. We chatted for about 45 minutes which got me through my first 5 miles.

I was taking my splits of each lap as a way of counting and keeping track of my time. I wasn’t running for time, but I like to see numbers. I’m a geek like that!!

I felt great! I was running at an easy pace and the only thing that felt a little sore was my lower back, but it was manageable.

After my 45 minute chat with Wendy, I switched directions and started my first set of intervals. 5x (400 easy, 400 moderate, 400 fast, 400 walk).This made the next 5 miles go by pretty quickly and even with the walking, I was still averaging a 10:00/mile pace which would put me at 4:22 total time for the marathon.

I then switched directions, grabbed a bottle of Beachbody Endurance, and walked 2 laps while I drank it.

I finished up the “half-marathon” with a comfortable jog putting me at 2:15 for the half. I then decided to make my goal to finish under 4:30. At this point, I was also getting a lot of sun so I put on my arm/back covers, drank a bottle of Gatorade, and headed out for the second half. My knees and hip joints were a little sore, as was my back, but nothing I haven’t dealt with before, so I jogged the next 2 miles at a consistent pace.

At mile 15 I switched directions again and started back with the same intervals I did before. I only got through 4 repeats when I decided to walk a couple laps, drink another bottle of Beachbody Endurance, and check my texts and facebook messages. Luckily I had convos going on with Wendy and a couple other super supportive friends that reminded me to keep going!! I also decided to look at my GPS which reminded me I was already at mile 20. With only a 10K to go!!! I was an hour away from my time goal and I knew I could do a 10K in an hour, even on tired legs. YAY!!

I switched directions and changed up my intervals to 2 easy run, 1 as fast as I can, 1 walk. Each lap was significantly slower than my early intervals, and my “fast” laps started creeping over the 2 minute mark, but I was watching my lap count go up and before I knew it, I had 7 laps to go…then 4…then 1!!! I decided to walk/skip my last lap to celebrate my victory. I took lots of pics and shared my success with my friends who support and love me.

I couldn’t believe it. I was done! 4:27 and I didn’t feel bad at all!! Of course my joints and muscles were tired, but I never once felt like I was struggling or miserable or any other feelings you would assume would go along with running around a track for 4 ½ hours.

So why did this feel easy? I think I have done enough “hard” things in my life at this point that something seemingly hard isn’t hard anymore. Some of my biggest challenges have been 7 marathons in 7 days in 7 states, double century ride (yes 200 miles in one day), Kona ironman, living in an RV for 2 ½ years, being married for 20 years, working full-time while taking 20 credits in college, working full time while building my first business, getting out of debt, working 4-5 jobs at a time in my 20s, giving up dairy, recovering from an eating disorder, making peace with money, watching 2 dogs die, and the hardest journey of all…loving myself.

Compared to all that, running 105 laps around a deserted track in the middle of the summer is easy!

I am grateful for every hard experience in my life. It has made me who I am and has helped me become the person I am proud to love today. Embrace your challenges, love the hard parts of your life, look your fears in the face and tell them you are afraid but that won’t stop you.

I know it’s cliché to say “go outside your comfort zone” but it’s such great advice. The more you push your boundaries, the bigger they become, and next thing you know, you are running a marathon like it’s a walk around the block. A very LONG walk around the block!

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93 Ways to Drink Our New Café Latte Shakeology

93 Ways to Drink Our New Café Latte ShakeologyLast month I ran a “taste test” group for my clients to try out our new flavor of Shakeology, Café Latte.

The new flavor is made with a whey protein, and since I am vegan, I didn’t want to try it, so I relied on my peeps to try it for me and report back on their findings. I had each member of the panel drink it every day for a month, post their recipes, and then let me know at the end how they liked the taste, etc.

Since I am vegan and don’t like coffee, I wouldn’t drink Café Latte Shakeology. But if I did, I would probably mix it with vanilla almond milk. That’s what I mix my Vegan Chocolate Shakeology with almost every day for breakfast, and LOVE IT!

So when I started seeing these people’s recipes, I was surprised to say the least. I could only imagine Café Latte to be mixed with flavors like chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and coffee. These people were mixing in all sorts of fruits and other crazy things…and they were raving about the resulting flavors.

I didn’t want their creativity and experimentation to go to waste, so I decided to write a post containing some of the recipes that were shared in our group.

There were several that ended up “not so good” after mixing them, so I obviously didn’t include those.

Here are some of the successes…

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 4oz unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 3 oz water
  • 60ish chopped Lily’s Dark Stevia Sweetened chocolate chips

1/2 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 scoop Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
  • Shakeology Boost Power Greens
  • 1/6 cup applesauce
  • 20 oz water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 scoop chocolate amazing grass green superfood powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 10 grapes
  • 1 tsp pre-soaked chia seeds
  • 4 oz unsweetened almond milk
  • 12 oz water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 tbsp pecans
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • Ice and water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/4 cup pineapple
  • 4 oz unsweetened almond milk
  • 14 oz water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 scoop cafe latte
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ice

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 Sambazon Acai Superfruit Pack
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 1 cup mixed greens
  • 14 oz water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1 scoop cafe latte
  • 1/2 cup water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 2 tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1 cup blueberries

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 14 oz water
  • 1/8 medium banana
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 5 grapes
  • 1 cup spinach

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/4 cup frozen peaches
  • 3/4 cup romaine lettuce
  • 12 oz water
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate almond

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 2 figs
  • 2 oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 18 oz water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • Ice and water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 cara cara orange
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 scoop cafe latte
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 Tablespoon chia
  • 1/2 cup cherries
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate
  • 1/2 scoop cafe latte
  • 1 cup coconut milk beverage
  • 1/2 cup ice

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 3/4 scoop Cafe Latte Shakeology
  • 1/4 scoop Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 heaping tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 18 oz water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 orange
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • Ice and water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp pecans
  • Caramel extract
  • Ice and water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 scoop Cafe Latte Shakeology
  • 1/2 scoop Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 12 oz water
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 tbsp avacado
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 12 oz water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 cup cherries
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 Tablespoon amazing grass green superfood berry flavored powder
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 clementine orange
  • 4 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 14 oz water
  • 6 almonds

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 cup cherries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

2 tablespoons chocolate Shakeology

  • 1 cup coconut milk beverage
  • 1/2 cup water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk beverage
  • 1 cup water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla Shakeology
  • 2 tbsp pecans
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • Hazelnut extract

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

3/4 scoop cafe latte Shakeology

  • 1 cup cherries
  • 1/4 scoop strawberry Shakeology
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 3oz tofu
  • 1/2 clementine orange
  • 3oz unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 12 oz water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chocolate almond milk

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 c. Water
  • 1 tsp. Cocoa powder
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Honey
  • Ice

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 2 tbsp oats
  • 1/4 medium banana
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 3/4 cup water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 4 tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 3/4 cup water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/4 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 3/4 cup dark cherries
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk beverage
  • 1 cup water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 12 oz water
  • Ice

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 scoop cafe latte
  • 12 oz hot coffee
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 tbsp hazelnuts
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • Dash of hazelnut extract

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 3 tbsp butternut squash
  • 3oz unsweetened almond milk
  • 12oz water
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup spinach

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons pecans
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 ice

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 2 tbsp pecans
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • Dash of caramel extract
  • Ice and water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 cup cherries
  • 1 tsp chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp pecans
  • Water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 c blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla Shakeology
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon raw greens powder berry flavored
  • 1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/4 medium avocado
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds- added after blended and soaked overnight
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 16 oz water
  • 3 oz unsweetened chocolate almond milk

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 c. Unsweetened almond/coconut milk
  • 1/2 c. Water
  • 2 T. PB
  • 1/2 c. Raspberries

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 Tablespoon organic peanut butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage
  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries
  • 1 Tablespoon amazing grass green superfood berry flavored powder

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1.5 c. unsweetened almond/coconut blend
  • 1 tsp. Cocoa powder
  • 2 T. Peanut butter
  • 3/4 c. Frozen strawberries

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla Shakeology
  • Ice and water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon pecan pieces
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1 cup cherries

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 12 oz water
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • About 1- 1/2 tablespoons avocado

3/4 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/4 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 5 drops toffee flavored stevia
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk beverage
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 cup cold coffee
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1 tbsp caramel flavoring
  • Ice

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 12oz water
  • 55 chopped unsweetened carob chips
  • 1/4 small banana

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/4 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 cup frozen dark cherries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage
  • 1 cup water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 2.5 tbsp. Low fat cottage cheese
  • 16 oz Water
  • 5 Unsalted cashews

½ scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ scoop Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 tsp. pure caramel extract
  • 1 dash salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 1 cup ice

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1.5 c. water
  • 2 T. coconut milk
  • 1 c. frozen strawberries

1/2 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1.5 c. Water
  • 2 T. Coconut milk
  • 1 c. frozen cherries
  • 1/2 scoop strawberry Shakeo

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • Two cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1 packet unsweetened dark cocoa (I use CocoaVia)
  • Ice

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 tbsp pecans
  • Ice and water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 c. Coconut milk
  • 1 c. Water
  • 1 tsp. Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 banana
  • 6 ice cubes

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1.5 c. Water
  • 1 c. Frozen cherries
  • 1 tsp. Cocoa powder
  • 1 T. Hazelnut liqueur (i didn’t have any extract)

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 2 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 tbsp unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp hazelnuts
  • Ice and water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1.5 c. Water
  • 1/2 c. Frozen cherries
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla Shakeology
  • Ice and water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 c. Water
  • 1/4 c. Raw Cashews
  • 1 tsp. Cocoa powder
  • 1 banana

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 2 tbs pecans
  • Ice and water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 c. Water
  • 1 tsp. Cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Peanut butter
  • 1 cup frozen cherries

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Banana
  • 1 tsp. Cocoa powder
  • Water
  • Ice

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp hazelnuts
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Water and ice

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 2 tbs hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • Ice and water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 c. coffee
  • 1/2 c. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Ice

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 tbs hazelnuts
  • Ice and water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • Water
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 c. frozen cherries

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tbsp hazel nuts
  • Ice and water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 c. Coffee
  • 1 c. Ice ( I don’t pre-cool the coffee)
  • 1/2 c. Almond milk

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • ¼ scoop Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 c. Coffee
  • 1 c. Ice
  • 2 Tbsp PB2
  • 1/4 c. Raisins

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 c. Almond Milk
  • 1/2 c. Water
  • 1/2 c. Ice
  • 2 T. PB2
  • Cinnamon

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 c. frozen blueberries
  • 1T. peanut butter
  • 1 c. water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 c. Water
  • 1 banana
  • 6 ice cubes

1/2 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla Shakeology
  • 1/2 banana
  • Ice and water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 tbsp pecans
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • Ice and water

1/2 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 scoop chocolate
  • 1 c. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 T. Hazelnuts
  • Dash cinnamon
  • Ice & water

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 tbs pecans
  • Splash of vanilla

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 2 tbsp pecans
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1.5 c. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 c. Frozen cherries

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1/4 cup lite coconut milk
  • 1 tsp fresh orange zest
  • 1.5 tbsp unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • Water
  • Ice

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 c. cold coffee
  • 1/4 c. raw cashews
  • Dash cinnamon

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • Water and ice

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 cup lite coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Ice

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 1 tbsp unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • Water and ice

1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology

  • 4oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 16 oz water
  • 1/4 shredded carrot

I also asked the testers to rate the Café Latte flavor on a scale from 1-10, here are the responses…

Karen: 9. It is very versatile, I am torn between chocolate, cafe latte, and the two together. I am leaning towards chocolate and cafe late together. I am not as big of fan of the strawberry. I like vanilla but it doesn’t do as well alone as chocolate or cafe late

Linda: 9. I like it much better than the chocolate flavors and as much as the vegan tropical strawberry, my other favorite. Cafe latte is much more of a drink or snack for me. I add very little to it. Whereas with the strawberry it’s a base for a meal smoothie with lots of fruit, yogurt, etc.

Shane: 9. It’s my favorite flavor by far.

Stacey: 9 or 10. I feel like I can live off of the vanilla, chocolate and greenberry, altering them with endless combinations of veggies, fruits, nuts, and grains. The coffee flavor is pretty prominent and stands well on its own. It has a smoother texture than their chocolate. As an athlete, I feel stronger, more flexible, and have better endurance when I am drinking Shakeology regularly.

I hope this is helpful to you and hope you LOVE the new Café Latte Shakeology flavor as much as my test group did!

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5 Vegan Breakfasts in 5 Minutes or Less

5-vegan-breakfasts-in-5-minutes-or-lessI have subscriptions to several vegan recipe newsletters that come daily, weekly, and monthly. I always marvel at the pictures of French toast, pancakes, omelets, skillets, quiches, etc. And if I had a personal chef, I may even have him make me some of those jewels every once in a while.

But the reality is, I don’t like to cook or prep or mix or stir or flip or clean or anything where I am spending more than 5 minutes in the kitchen. And if I’m like that, there has to be 1 or 2 others out there like that too.

Which is how I came up with my title “throw-together vegan”. This basically means I take foods and toss them together to make an easy, simple, quick meal.

Over the years I have gotten pretty good at this, so I wanted to share 5 super easy vegan breakfasts with you since most of my clients tell me they skip breakfast because they don’t have the time or energy to make it in the mornings.

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Here are 5 easy vegan breakfasts…

1. Fruit. This is the easiest because it requires no prep time (unless you consider peeling a banana prep time), cook time, and you can do it on the run. Plus fruit is super nutritious and low in calories so you could eat 7 servings and still be under the calories in a Mocha Latte from Starbucks. Any fruit will work. And eat it until you are satisfied. Chew your fruit though, don’t just drink fruit juice. You want the fiber which will balance the sugar content of the fruit.

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2. Protein or Meal Replacement Shake. These are also super easy because you mix your protein powder with water or another liquid like almond milk in a shaker cup or mini bullet. You can even drink out of the cup/blender to save clean up time. I recommend a plant-based shake mix like Shakeology, Vega, or Aloha.

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3. Smoothie. This is a little more complicated and it’s easier when you have a high powered blender like a Vitamix, but basically you mix fruits, veggies, supplements, and protein powder in a high speed blender, blend, and drink. You do have to clean the blender which takes 2 minutes and it’s slower to drink a smoothie, but you can drink it in the car on the way to work or dropping the kids off at school, so still super convenient.

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4. Juice. No, not a glass of OJ, I’m talking a GREEN JUICE which requires a juicer, so a little less feasible for the average person, but if you DO have a juicer, this is a great way to get in a TON of nutrients quickly and efficiently. Pick 5 random veggies and 2 fruits and feed them into your juicer. Out comes a big glass of energy and power! The juicer does take longer to clean than the blender or mini-bullet, but it’s still not too time consuming. And again, you can drink your juice on the road. Juicing is the most expensive of the 5, but is super packed with nutrients so it’s worth it.

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5. Oatmeal. If you just HAVE to have something hot and heavy in the mornings, oatmeal or another hot grain (rice, quinoa, barley, buckwheat, etc) is an easy (and cheap) fix. You can microwave a bowl for yourself in 2 minutes, top with ANYTHING you desire (makes it good for the whole family…choose your own toppings) and then eat. This is definitely harder to eat while in transit, but is still possible if necessary.

So there you have it! 5 super duper easy (and healthy) vegan breakfasts that you can prep, clean, and eat in 5 minutes or less.

No more excuses!! Make yourself and your health a priority!

Here is why you want to eat breakfast…

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Here is the blender I use…

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Here is the juicer I use…

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Link to order Shakeology Protein Powder…

http://www.FoodFitnessFinanceFun.com/Shakeology

Link to order Vega Protein Powder…

http://amzn.to/1Rw3Db1

Link to order Aloha Protein Powder…

https://aloha.com/shop/protein-free-month?ref=1fd7326b

Hope this helps!!

YUM! See you soon!