Breakfast shakes, the perfect solution to a morning starting late

This summer, I feel like I have been doing nothing but waking up late. Usually, I am up at 6:30, get my workouts in, clean my house, dishes, get some laundry in and I’m out the door by 9:35 heading to work.
But it seems like no amount of my much needed java can break me from my tired zombie state.

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So on days like these (which have been coming more often than not..)
I need something quick in the mining that will fill me without weighing me down. My go to is a perfect breakfast smoothie!!!
Today’s concoction included a few of my favorite’s:

0% Greek yogurt– fat free, thick, adds richness to your shakes, and is an awesome base.
Flax milk– I just recently discovered this stuff and love it. I thought it would be quite a bit like rice milk, which I do not like, but it’s FAR from it! Balanced taste, not a significant flavor, but earthy all to its own. Plus, fibre galore!
Raspberries– these little sweeties are not only fat burners, vitamin c (amongst other vitamins), antioxidants as flavonoids, their also super tasty (Im sure you knew that though!)
Spinach– Popeyes was right on this one, spinach is an anti inflammatory, protects your eyes, promotes healthy skin, and is low calorie! About 7 calories per cup.
Blueberry greens– this is my go to, all time favorite smoothie add!! (Besides nut butter!) High in more antioxidants, this powder increases energy and vitality, improves your over all cardiovascular wellness, protective nutrients for all sorts of good things (younger healthy skin, vision, fights toxins in your body) and the flavor is phenomenal. It makes anything taste like dessert!
Almond-Cashew butter– Almonds are a fabulous source of calcium for vegetarians/vegans and everyone! They also lower cholesterol, provide healthy fats (aid in weight loss), nourish the nervous system and lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after a meal- while cashews hold heart protective healthy fats, are high in magnesium and copper.

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My recipe:
*3/4 cup 0% strawberry Greek yogurt
*1 cup raspberries
*3 rounded teaspoons Blueberry Greens
*1/2 cup flax milk
*Handful of spinach
*1 tablespoon nut butter
Top it off with water, and add a few drops of stevia I used Valencia orange from SweetLeaf.
Blend and enjoy! Ohhh the benefits of a Magic Bullet ✨

Have a good morning everyone ☺
Xo Caity

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The morning after : a cheat day.

You know those days. The magical ‘calories don’t count today’, blinded by ice cream, shoving everything into your mouth faster than the speed of light days, after having been oh so good and keeping to your workout regime, getting to your goal weight, or just plain and simple: the day that keeps every human sane.
My cheat day was yesterday ( as you could see with the sushi galore post!) but I also decided ‘Hey. I deserve a little somethin somethin..’

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Oh yea. That is a cookies&cream matcha milkshake. Now, I am on the brink of lactose-intolerancy, and decided it would be just fine if I got almond milk in replacement of regular milk, assuming in my cheeky little cheater head ‘Ohhhh it will balance everything out!‘ Wrong. Bloat, cramps, and much more to come. Followed by a few more spoonfuls of ice cream. And then a few more.
BUT- to say the least. I do not feel guilty. Because honestly, I haven’t done something like that in a LONG time.. And it was damn good. Matcha anything is good. And I may not have ‘deserved’ it, but I accomplished something, somehow.

Now, the point of this post.
There are 4 main ‘types‘ of cheat.. Which I’m sure we have all been guilty of all 4 at least once.

1– Satisfied Cheat: eating till that one cheat meal is done. Full, happy, and blissful.

2-Belt loosening Cheat: couldn’t eat another bite. But damn, those last few bites I really probably shouldn’t have tried to stuff in we’re good. No regrets though yolo (Yea I said it. It fits.)

3-Binging Cheat: Eating even though you are FULL, stuffed, and you sub consciously keep going. You want that last piece of pizza. The chip bag isn’t empty, so you keep going.

4-Gorging Cheat: Bingers gone WILD. You can’t stop, and you won’t stop, and you continue till that cheesecake has been annihilated. Then have a bowl full of ice cream, and a spoonful of peanut butter (you get the picture)

Now hey. It happens to us all. And I have been all of those cheats.. And I have had, and struggled with awful binging tendencies. But, it’s hard to say and do sometimes: move on. Don’t beat yourself up for it. Your only keeping yourself SANE.
By all means, yea, if your cheat meals turn into a daily occurrence- slooooowwwww down big rig. Your tummy, and your morals won’t be happy.
But hey, it happens to the best of us. Remember that!!

Points to remember-
After a cheat, drink LOTTTTTS of water. During, after, the next day.. Drink it all. This will help to flush out toxins, keep you full if you think ‘one more’ and settle your tummy. Have some tea if you would rather something warm to ease that bubbly, bloated tummy.
A lot of people say to fast after one of said cheat days.. I disagree to a point. I think fasting only leads to more terrible eating tendencies, which I have also fought with. Eat light the next day, and stay away from hefty carbs, refined sugars, and ANYTHING that will bring on the impulse to binge (say no to those protein pancakes you think you need to get you through your day!)
Get some exercise in! Especially cardio. It will make you feel 100x better, burn off some of that regret (and calories!) and get you back into your routine.

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This morning, I woke up bloated.. But drank 2 huge glasses of water, had a bowl of raspberries (sweet little fat burners!), apple, a tablespoon of Greek yogurt on top, and two egg whites with spinach. I am FULL, and happy. I don’t need anymore, and I probably won’t need anything for the rest of my day!
Except my coffee.. No day is a good day before coffee 😳

End rant! So just remember loves, enjoy your cheat meal. Don’t let it take over you. And don’t let YOU get you!

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