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Getting My Chocolate Fix #Foodie

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Check out Getting my Chocolate Fix

by Sheila Cooper Thomas at Foodie.com

Ok, I know what you are going to say.   I am a health/fitness writer and shouldn’t love my sweets.   Well if you follow my blog you know I have a sweet tooth.. or a couple!  I can’t help it as chocolate is a huge weakness of mine.   I have to indulge myself sometimes and after putting this collection together I have to say… dang I want some chocolate!!

I love anything chocolate!  Cake, brownies, cookies, drinks, dips, spreads, fudge, etc.  If it has the word chocolate in it, I will try it.

What is your favorite chocolate fix ?

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Gluten Free Banana Bread

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My husband and I totally love banana bread!!  But, with me trying to eat more gluten free, and him trying to steer clear of lots of carbs, I decided to try my hand at a gluten free, low carb banana bread.   This is as close as I could come.  I don’t know what the carbs per slice are, but the flour I used is almond meal flour so it has low low carbs.   Regardless, it is healthier than any banana bread I have ever made, and tastes just as good, if not better.  This bread is great, and really a good one for those staying away from gluten.   I have included some affiliate links in this recipe if you want to shop at Amazon for the items I used.

Ingredients~

4 medium bananas – mashed
3 eggs
1 T. vanilla
1/4 C. honey
1/4 C. melted coconut oil
2 C. Almond flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 C. sour cream (low fat)
1 T. cinnamon

Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl and set aside.   Mix wet ingredients in another bowl.  Add wet ingredient to dry ingredients and blend well.   Pour into large bread pan.  Bake at 350 degrees, middle rack, for 40-50 min or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

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Healthy Juices and Smoothies #Foodie

Check out Healthy Juices and Smoothies

by Sheila Cooper Thomas at Foodie.com

Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl is bringing you this great sponsored post in collaboration with #Foodie @foodie @foodiebyglam

It’s no secret that I love smoothies and juices.  I have a juicer on my list of things to buy this year.

I have compiled a great selection of juice and smoothie recipes so anyone who might not be sure what to make can now see, and pick up the ingredients and try your hand at them.  Smoothies are like a fun treat in a glass, as well as a healthy one.  While juices can hold some great health benefits and also be used for detoxing.

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There are so many juice and smoothie recipes and so many different ways to make things one can get overwhelmed.  I hope this collection helps you some, and you find ones you really like and can’t live without.

What is your favorite recipe?   Tell me, I love to hear all about what my readers like.

A Healthy Twist with Blueberries

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Disclosure ~ “I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”   #LittleChanges #IC #ad

No matter the time of year, one can always find ways to incorporate healthy foods into our daily diets.   When I say “diet” I am not talking about an actual diet but talking about a way of life.  No person should actually “diet”, but yet make the choice to live healthy, eat healthy and groove their body.  With so many healthy choices we have to choose from it really isn’t as hard as one would think.

One of my favorite “food hacks” as I would call it, is to take something I eat most every day and change it up with a twist.  Like, adding blueberries to things.  I am an oatmeal girl.  Almost every single day you will see me eating oatmeal. Even on vacation, when there is free breakfast, I am eating oatmeal.  Strange, maybe, but I love oatmeal.  And, I love blueberries on my oatmeal.  I add them to my hot oatmeal,with a bit of almond milk and cinnamon.  I love to make overnight oats, and will add in blueberries when I have them on hand to give my overnight oats a twist.  Blueberries are such fun little berries and have many fun facts to boot.

We all know how delicious blueberries are, but they are also beautiful, versatile and simple to use.  You can rekindle your pleasure for eating when you add some blueberries to your food.   Use them when snacking, to help with your healthy eating, and while cooking for fun twists on foods.   What makes them even more great is that they came to use from the bush, just the way we like them… delicious!   Full of sweet flavor for fun snacking, by the each or by the handfuls. Me, I like by the handfuls.

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If you keep up with me here and FB you will know I am not one to set new years resolutions.   I don’t believe in them, because I don’t believe in waiting for a certain date or time of year to do what I should be doing every day which is living a healthy life.  Setting easier goals in my life work for me.  Things like drinking more water, adding things like blueberries to my eating plan.  And don’t just think that blueberries are a summer fruit.  No, they are an anytime, year round yummy little goodness.   The domestic blueberry season actually runs from April to September (my birthday month) and then when that is done they come from Chili, Peru and Argentina.   That means you can always find these nutrition blue jewels.   What do these little blueberries hold for us?  Well they are not only fun to eat but also are packed with goodness.  Only 80 calories per one cup, 3.6 grams of fiber per cup too.   They have vitamin C, K and manganese which make them a good choice to help us meet our nutritional needs.   You can find many more reasons to love these little berries on the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council website, and some recipes to.

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Overnight Oats

1/2 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
3/4 Cup Almond Milk (or any milk)
1/4 Cup Blueberries
1 Tablespoon  Chia Seed
1 Tablespoon Flax Seed

Mix together and refrigerate overnight.   Enjoy in the morning either cold, or heat in microwave for 2 min for hot oatmeal.

For all you blueberry lovers out there you will want to make sure an enter the U.S Highbush Blueberry Council Sweepstakes that ends on February 16th, 2015.    Grand prize is a trip for 2 to LA for the Little Changes Kitchen Challenge alongside actress, author and TV host Alison Sweeny.  Oh how I would love to win and meet her!    Runners up may win one of four $500 Whole Foods or Luluemon gift cards for a refreshed pantry or workout wardrobe.   Choose little, win BIG

Find then on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

100 Body By Vi Shake Recipes!

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These recipes were found all over the web from users of ViSalus (Body by Vi).  I compiled a list to share with my readers.   I do not use or recommend ViSalus.   It contains a fake sugar which is very bad for a person’s health (in my opinion).  If you are looking to use a meal replacement shake make it one with all healthy ingredients.  A safe sugar substitute is Stevia.  Look for shakes with that in it.   But, make sure you know what all the ingredients in a shake are, and do, before consuming.

Most of these recipes will work with any kind of vanilla shake on the market.   One of my favorites is Sunwarrior.   You can also use any kind of milk you like for these.  You can blend in a blender bottle for some, and others need to be in a powered blender like a Nutri Bullet.  Enjoy.. and shake wisely 😉

If you have shake recipes you like, leave them in a comment and I will add them to the list.   Check out some of the savings at Best Buy on blenders.

 

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After Glow Smoothie: 4 oz. (1/2 cup) pomegranate juice, 4 oz. (1/2 cup orange juice), 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen pineapple & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

All Berry Delight: 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape Vishake mix, 1/4 cup frozen raspberries, 1/4 cup frozen blackberries, 1/4 cup frozen strawberries, ¼ cup frozen dark cherries & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Almond Joy: 8 oz. Silk Pure Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1/2 tsp coconut extract, 1 chocolate flavor packet (or 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder) & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Amaretto: 8 oz. Silk Pure Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape Vi-Shake mix, 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Ambrosia: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, ½ tsp. coconut extract, ¼ cup pear slices, ¼ apple slices, ¼ cup frozen strawberries, ¼ cup frozen pineapple chunks, 1 peach flavor packet & 3 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Angel Food Cake: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape Body By Vi Shake mix, ½ tsp. coconut extract, ½ tsp. vanilla extract & 3 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Apple Cider Smoothie: 6 oz. unsweetened apple juice (or cider), 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 orange flavor packet, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Apple Mango Freeze: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 3 Tbsp. unsweetened apple sauce, 1 cup frozen mango chunks & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Apple Pie: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape bodybyvi shake mix, 3 Tbsp. unsweetened apple sauce, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Banana Coconut Breeze: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1/2 small frozen banana, 1 banana flavor packet, ½ tsp. coconut extract, & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Banana Kiwi Cooler: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1/2 small frozen banana, 1 banana flavor packet, ½ cup fresh kiwi slices (peeled), & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Banana Cream: 8 oz. water, ¾ cup vanilla low fat yogurt, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 small banana (6” inches), 1 tsp. vanilla extract, & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Banana Nut Bread: 8 oz. Silk Pure Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 tsp. butter extract flavoring, 1 banana flavor packet, 1 tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. vanilla extract & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Banana Spice: 8 oz. Silk Light Vanilla Soy Milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape body by vi shake mix, 1 small frozen banana (6” inches), 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds, pinch of cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Banana Split: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 small banana (6” inches), 1 Chocolate flavor packet, 1 Tbsp. reduced fat peanut butter, & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Berry Blast: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, ½ cup frozen blackberries, ½ cup frozen strawberries & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Berry Peachy: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape bodybyvi shake mix, ½ cup frozen peach slices, ½ cup frozen strawberries, 1 peach flavor packet & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Berries & Cream: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, ½ cup frozen raspberries, ½ cup frozen strawberries, 1 strawberry flavor packet, ½ tsp. vanilla extract & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Birthday Cake: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 chocolate flavor packet, ½ tsp. butter flavoring (or butter buds), ½ tsp. vanilla extract & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Blackberry Apple Slush: 6 oz. unsweetened apple juice, 2 scoops Vi-Shape vi-shake mix, 30 frozen blackberries & 7 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Blackberry Freeze: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 30 frozen blackberries & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Blackberry Pie: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen blackberries, 1 Tbsp. Graham Cracker Crumbs, 1 tsp. vanilla extract & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Black Raspberry Vanilla Cooler: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 15 frozen blackberries, 15 frozen raspberries, 1 tsp. vanilla extract & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Blended Coffee: 8 oz. (1 cup) coffee-instant, regular, prepared with water, 1 ½ cup skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 chocolate flavor packet & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Blueberry Blaster: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 30 frozen blueberries & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Blueberry Cheesecake: 6 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape vishake mix, 20 frozen blueberries, 1 tsp. graham cracker crumbs, 2 oz. fat-free cream cheese & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Blueberry Lemon Freeze: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 Tbsp. sugar-free instant lemon pudding mix, & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Blueberry Mango Smoothie: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen blueberries, ½ cup frozen mango chunks, & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Blueberry Peach Cobbler: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 15 frozen blueberries, 1 cup frozen peach slices, 1 tsp. vanilla extract & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Blueberry Pie: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 2 Tbsp. Graham Cracker Crumbs, 1 tsp. vanilla extract & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Blueberry Pomegranate: 6 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen blueberries, ½ cup pomegranate juice & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Blueberry Vanilla Pear: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, ½ cup frozen blueberries, ½ pear (chopped) & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Blue Banana: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 15 frozen blueberries, 1 banana flavor packet (or 1/2 frozen banana), & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Butterfinger: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 2 Tbsp. sugar free butterscotch pudding mix, 1 Tbsp. reduced-fat peanut butter & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Butterscotch Mousse: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 2 Tbsp. sugar free butterscotch pudding mix & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Café Latte: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 tsp. dry instant coffee powder & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Candy Cane: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, ½ cup frozen strawberries, ½ tsp. peppermint extract, 1 strawberry flavor pack & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Caramello: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 2 tsp. sugar free caramel flavoring & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Cherry Almond Chill: 8 oz. Silk Pure Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Cherry Banana Breeze: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries, 1 banana flavor packet & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Cherry Cheesecake: 6 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen dark unsweetened cherries, 2 oz. fat-free cream cheese, 2 dashes ground cinnamon & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Cherry Lemonade: 6 oz. crystal light lemonade, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries & 8 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Cherry Orange Delight: 4 oz. orange juice, 4 oz. water, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries & 8 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Cherry Pineapple Slush: 6 oz. water, 2 oz. pineapple juice drained from can, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1/2 cup pineapple, ½ cup frozen cherries & 8 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Cherry Limeade: 8 oz. vanilla soy milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 Tbsp. frozen limeade concentrate, 4 maraschino cherries & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Cherry Pineapple Chill: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1/2 cup frozen dark sweet cherries, ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks, & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Cherry Spice: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries, 2 tsp. cinnamon & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Chocolate Almond Delight: 12 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 15 raw almonds, ½ tsp. coconut extract, 1 chocolate flavor packet (or 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder), & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Chocolate Cheesecake: 6 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 chocolate flavor packet (or 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder), 2 oz. fat-free cream cheese & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Chocolate Covered Cherries: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 10 frozen dark sweet cherries, 1 chocolate flavor packet (or 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder), & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 5 frozen strawberries, 1 chocolate flavor packet (or 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder), & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 Tbsp. reduced fat peanut butter, 1 chocolate flavor packet (or 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder), & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Chocolate Peppermint: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract, 2 chocolate flavor packets (or 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder), & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender. For a hot chocolate treat, heat in microwave.

Chocolate Razzleberry: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1/3 cup frozen raspberries, 1 chocolate flavor packet (or 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder), & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Cinnaberry: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 5 frozen strawberries, 1 strawberry flavor packet, 3 tsp. cinnamon & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Cinnamon Almond Cream: 8 oz. Silk Pure Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 3 tsp. cinnamon & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Cinnamon Bun: 8 oz. vanilla soy milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 2 Tbsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tsp. butter buds (or butter flavoring) & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Citrus Berry: 4 oz. Almond milk, 4 oz. orange juice, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 strawberry flavor packet, ½ cup frozen strawberries, 1 tsp. lemon juice & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Citrus Spice: 6 oz. orange juice, 2 oz. water, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice , 3 tsp. cinnamon & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Citrus Splash: 6 oz. sprite zero or diet sprite, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 orange flavor packet, 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice, ½ Tbsp. lime juice, & 7 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Citrus Delight: 4 oz. water, 2 oz. orange juice, 2 oz. grapefruit juice, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 orange flavor packet, 1 tsp. lemon juice & 7 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Coco Mango: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 6 chunks frozen mango (1 cup), ½ tsp. coconut extract & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Coconut Lime Spritzer: 6 oz. sprite zero or diet sprite, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 2 Tbsp. lime juice, ½ tsp. coconut extract & 7 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Cranberry Crush: 8 oz. (1 cup) cranberry juice (no sugar added), 2 scoops shake mix, 4 frozen strawberries, 2 Tbsp. plain nonfat yogurt & 6 ice cubes.

Cranberry Citrus Splash: 4 oz. (1/2 cup) cranberry juice (no sugar added), 4 oz. orange juice (1/2 cup), 2 scoops shake mix, 1 orange flavor packet, 2 Tbsp. plain nonfat yogurt & 6 ice cubes.

Cran-Blueberry: 4 oz. (1/2 cup) cranberry juice (no sugar added), 4 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops shake mix, 1 cup frozen blueberries & 5 ice cubes.

Dreamsicle: 8 oz. Vanilla Almond milk, 2 scoops shake mix, 1 Tbsp. orange juice concentrate or 3 Tbsp. orange juice, & 6 ice cubes.

Elvis:  8 oz Almond Milk (30 Calorie), 1 frozen banana, 1 Tblsp Almond Butter, 5 ice cubes, Vanilla protein powder (any kind, scoop according to directions on product).

Frozen Banana: 8 oz. Vanilla Almond milk, 2 scoops shake mix, 1 small frozen banana, 1 chocolate flavor packet & 6 ice cubes.

Fruit Bar: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops shake mix, 1 strawberry flavor packet, 1 cup frozen raspberries, ½ tsp. coconut extract & 5 ice cubes.

Fruit Loop: 8 oz. water, 4 scoops shake mix, 1 strawberry flavor packet, 1 orange flavor packet & 5 ice cubes.

Fruit Smoothie: 4 oz. water, 2 scoops shake mix, ½ small banana 6”, 6 frozen strawberries, ½ cup frozen pineapple & 5 ice cubes.

Fuzzy Navel: 4 oz. skim milk, 4 oz. reduced calorie orange juice, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup peach slices (frozen or canned) & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

German Chocolate Cake: 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 chocolate flavor packet, 1 tsp. coconut extract, & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Hawaiian Apple: 2 oz. unsweetened apple juice, 4 oz. water, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, ½ cup unsweetened apple juice, 1/2 tsp. coconut extract & 8 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Holiday Shake: 4 oz. skim milk, 4 oz. egg nog, ½ tsp. rum extract (optional), 1/8 tsp. cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. nutmeg, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Honeydew Melon Dream: 4 oz. water, ¼ cup non-fat vanilla yogurt, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup (5 large chunks) honeydew melon & 4 ice cubes. Blend ice & water in blender first, then add shake mix & honeydew melon & blend.

Key Lime Pie: 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 3 tsp. limeade concentrate, 3 tsp. graham cracker crumbs, & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Kiwi Melon Freeze: 4 oz. water, ¼ cup non-fat vanilla yogurt, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1/2 cup (3 large chunks) honeydew melon, 1 kiwi (peeled & cut-up) & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Lemon Fizz: 6 oz. water, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 30 frozen raspberries, 1 Neuro lemon packet & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Lemon Mango: 4 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen mango, 1 6 oz. fat free lemon yogurt, & 3 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Lemon Meringue: 8 oz. skim milk, ¼ cup Simply Natural limeade, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 tsp. sugar free lemon pudding mix & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Limeade: 8 oz. vanilla soy milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 Tbsp. frozen limeade concentrate & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Mango Peach: 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 6 chunks frozen mango, 3 slices frozen peaches, 1 peach flavor packet (or 3 additional frozen peaches), & 3 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Monkey Shake: 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 small banana (6” inches), 1 Chocolate flavor packet, & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Neapolitan: 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 chocolate flavor packet (or 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder), 1 strawberry flavor packet (or 4 frozen strawberries), 1 tsp. vanilla extract & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Orange Pomegranate: 8 oz. orange juice, 4 oz. pomegranate juice, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Papaya Mango Chiller: 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 2 slices papaya, 1 cup frozen mango & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Peach Cooler: 8 oz. Diet 7-up, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup peach slices (frozen), 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Peach Melon Slush: 6 oz. water, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 4 large chunks frozen watermelon, 1 peach flavor packet & 8 ice cubes. Blend ice & water in blender first, then add shake mix & watermelon & blend.

Peach Dream: 8 oz. water, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, ¾ cup low fat vanilla yogurt, 1 cup peach slices (frozen or canned), 1 tsp. vanilla extract & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Peach Raspberry Blast: 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen raspberries, 1 peach flavor packet & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Peanut Butter & Jelly: 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 Tbsp. reduced fat peanut butter, 1 Tbsp. sugar free preserves/jelly & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Pear Berry Blizzard: 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup sliced pears, 1 strawberry flavor packet & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Pear Glace Cooler: 6 oz. water, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup sliced pears, 3 chunks frozen watermelon, 1 peach flavor packet & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Pina Colada: 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 5 large chunks frozen pineapple, 1/2 tsp. coconut extract, & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Pineapple Crush: 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 6 chunks frozen pineapple (1/2 cup) & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Pineapple Mango Tango: 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, ½ cup frozen pineapple, ½ cup frozen mango chunks & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake: 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, ½ tsp. butter flavoring (or butter buds), ½ tsp. vanilla extract, ½ cup frozen pineapple, ¼ cup frozen dark sweet cherries & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Plum Cooler: 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 plum (pitted), juice of 1 lemon & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Pumpkin Spice: 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1/3 cup canned pumpkin (without salt), 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/8 tsp. cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. nutmeg & 2 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Purple Cow: 8 oz. Almond milk, 1 Tbsp. frozen grape juice concentrate, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 banana flavor packet (or 1/2 banana) & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Raspberry Freeze: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 30 frozen raspberries & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Raspberry Fizz: 6 oz. water, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 30 frozen raspberries, 1 Neuro raspberry flavor packet & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Raspberry Mint Chocolate: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 30 frozen raspberries, ½ tsp. peppermint extract, 1 chocolate flavor pack (or 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder) & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Red, White & Blue: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 strawberry flavor packet. Blend well in blender.

Root Beer Float: 4 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix…mix together in blender first. Add ½ cup ice. Add ½ can diet mug root beer (to taste) and pulse a few time to mix in.

Sex on the Beach: 4 oz. cranberry juice (no sugar added), 4 oz. reduced calorie orange juice, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup pineapple (frozen or canned) & 8 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Snickerdoodle: 8 oz. light vanilla soy milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 Tbsp. Honey & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Spiced Cranberry: 8 oz. cranberry juice (no sugar added), 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 tsp. cinnamon & 8 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Spiced Peaches: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 peach flavor packet, ½ cup frozen peaches, 1 tsp. cinnamon & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Silky Latte: 4 oz. mocha soy milk (Silk Brand), 4 oz. water, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix & 3 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Strawberry Almond: 8 oz. Silk Pure Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 strawberry flavor packet, ½ cup frozen strawberries & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Strawberry Banana: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 2/3 cup frozen strawberries, 1 banana flavor packet & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Strawberry Blast: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen strawberries & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Strawberry Coco: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen strawberries (or 1 strawberry flavor packet), ½ tsp. coconut extract & 3 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Strawberry Cheesecake: 6 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 strawberry flavor packet (or 4 frozen strawberries), 2 oz. fat-free cream cheese & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Strawberry Mango Dream: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, ½ cup frozen mango, ½ cup frozen strawberries & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Strawberry Melon Slush: 6 oz. water, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 5 large chunks frozen watermelon, 1 strawberry flavor packet. Blend well in blender.

Strawberry Pina Colada: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 4 large chunks frozen pineapple, 4 frozen strawberries, 1/2 tsp. coconut extract, & 3 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Strawberry Shortcake: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 strawberry flavor packet, ½ tsp. butter flavoring (or butter buds), ½ tsp. vanilla extract & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Summer Slim: 8 oz. water, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, ½ peach or 6 frozen peach slices, 6 fresh or frozen strawberries & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Thai Coconut Chiller: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, ½ tsp. coconut extract & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Triple Chocolate Smash: 8 oz. Silk Light Chocolate Soy Milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 chocolate flavor packet (or 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder), 1 Tbsp. fat-free sugar-free chocolate pudding mix & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Tropical Delight: 4 oz. Almond milk, ½ cup reduced calorie orange juice (or 1 Tbsp. orange juice concentrate), 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen mango chunks, ½ tsp. coconut extract & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Tropical Dream: 8 oz. Vanilla Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 cup frozen pineapple, 1 chocolate flavor packet (or 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder) & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Tropical Teaser: 8 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup sliced mango, ½ cup frozen pineapple & 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Turtle Cheesecake: 6 oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 tsp. sugar free caramel flavoring, 2 oz. fat-free cream cheese, 3 pecans & 5 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Very Berry: 8 oz. sparkling water, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 10 frozen raspberries, 6 frozen strawberries, & 2 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

Watermelon Slush: 6 oz. water, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 5 large chunks fresh watermelon & 8 ice cubes. Blend ice & water in blender first, then add shake mix & watermelon & blend.

Wild Berry Blast:8 oz. water, 2 scoops Vi-Shape shake mix, 8 frozen raspberries, 4 frozen strawberries, 15 frozen blueberries & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

HOT DRINKS ~

Creamy Vi-Chai: 8 oz skim milk, 1 scoop Vi-Shape shake mix, 1 TB Chai Mix (any kind).  Heat milk on stove, pour into blender with the powder and blend for a few seconds. Pour into coffee mugs.  I only used one scoop of Vi-Shape Shake Mix as this is just a nice warm morning drink.

Coffee Cooler:  4 oz milk, 4 oz cold coffee, protein powder, 6 ice cubes.   Put in blender and blend till smooth.

Chocolate Coffee Cooler:  4 oz milk, 4 oz cold coffee, protein powder, 6 ice cubes, 1 TBLS instant chocolate pudding mix.  Add all into blender, blend till smooth.

 

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Disclaimer ~ Living Smart Girl does not promote or suggest that anyone use ViSalus.  This page is us sharing recipes for ViSalus shakes that we compiled all over the web and from our own experience when we used the product.

Living Smart Girl does not use ViSalus or recommend the product.  We are just sharing recipes for those who choose to use the product.  All the recipes will work with any kind of vanilla protein powder.

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23 Tea and Coffee Healthy Alternatives

23 tea and coffee healthy alternatives

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Paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free… whether you have strict dietary restrictions or are trying to improve your eating habits, it isn’t always easy to completely exclude food and beverages that you truly enjoy savoring.  Many of us need that energy boost provided by caffeine and have tried to find better options to the usual coffee with sugar and creamer.  Lucky for you, I have found 23 tea and coffee healthy alternatives and I am sharing them with you today!  Which one are you going to try first?

Dirty Chai

Flu survival tea

The cold buster

Cleansing ginger lemon tea

Orange clove tea

Love your liver herbal coffee

Easy rooibos latte

Paleo pumpkin latte

Pumpkin spice coconut latte

Coconut latte

Peppermint Mocha Latte

Skinny vanilla latte

Skinny caramel mocha

Peanut butter cup caramel latte

Clean eating peppermint mocha

Hot buttered toffee “coffee”

Cinnamon coconut coffee

Clean eating blender coffee

Protein coffee

Pumpkin spice protein shake

Paleo Mocha Frappe Coffee Drink

Coconut water iced coffee

Skinny Vanilla Iced Coffee

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Best Recipes of 2014 #Foodie

Check out Best of 2014

by Sheila Cooper Thomas at Foodie.com

Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl is bringing you this great sponsored post in collaboration with #Foodie @foodie  @foodiebyglam

Wow, it’s hard to believe that another year has come and is just about gone.  I just can’t believe how fast the days go by.  It seems the older I get, the faster the years fly by.  I remember being young, and just wishing the days would fly by, but now, I wish they would just slow down a bit.  I want to have special moments last forever, but alas I know they won’t.  One way I can keep days alive and in my memory is by taking pictures, or blogging about things.  I also love to do up collections of recipes so I can look back at what our favorite dishes of the year were.  I wanted to share with you some of our favorite’s of 2014.  A nice collection of healthy, sweet, paleo, gluten free and fun.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did, and will continue to enjoy them thru 2015.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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SNOWY CHOCOLATE PINE CONES

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SNOWY CHOCOLATE PINE CONES

A fun recipe to make with the kids.   This is so good, and so cute!  One might not want to eat them, they are so cute!

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Yields: 6 servings

Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

3 cups Chocolate Fiber One Cereal (can also use Chex Chocolate Cereal)

6 pretzel rods

1⁄2 cup peanut butter

1⁄4 cup Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread

3 tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup powdered sugar (+ 1⁄4 cup for dusting on top)

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Directions:

1. Mix the peanut butter, Nutella, butter and powdered sugar in a bowl

2. Take a pretzel rod and mold some of the mixture around it, forming a slight cone shape

3. Hold it steady by using the tip of the pretzel as a handle, and start inserting pieces of cereal into the mixture in a

symmetrical pattern around the stick. Add more cereal pieces, staggering them as you move upward until you get
near the top.

4. If the pine cone is getting too tall, cut off the top of the pretzel and add more of the mixture to mold over the top so
none of the broken pretzel is showing.

5. Break apart cereal pieces to create smaller scales near the top.

6. For a “snowy” effect, dust each pine cone with powdered sugar.

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Reindeer Cupcakes


		
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Reindeer Cupcakes
It’s that time of year again.   The Holidays are upon us and we are all doing that fun holiday baking.  I love these cute cupcakes and so does everyone who see’s or eats them.  Not only are they adorable, but they tickle your taste buds to boot!!  
I would love to see your pictures of your Reindeer Cupcakes when you make them. Make sure to follow me on all my social networks and share your pictures with me on Facebook.


Ingredients For the Cupcakes

1/2 Cup butter, softened to room temperature
2 eggs
1 Cup milk
1 tsp. white vinegar
1  1/2  Cup flour
1 Cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/3 Cup cocoa powder

For the Peanut Butter Frosting

1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, Softened
1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
2 Cups Powdered Sugar, Sifted
1/2 Tsp Vanilla
4 TBsp Milk

For the Reindeer

Red Wilton Decorating Icing
Wilton Black Decorating Gel
Mini Marshmallows
Small Pretzel Twists

Directions For the Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line 12ct. cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl combine the ? cup of softened butter, 2 eggs, milk, sugar and vinegar. Beat until smooth.
In a separate bowl combine the flour,baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. Mix well and slowly fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients stirring until smooth and all lumps are gone.
Pour the batter evenly into the cupcake liners and bake 19-21 minutes. Around 19 minutes insert a clean toothpick into the cupcakes and if it comes out clean they are done.
Allow the cupcakes to cool completely prior to decorating.

For the Frosting

Mix Butter and Peanut Butter in a medium sized bowl until smooth. (If using an electric mixer set to medium speed.)
Slowly add Powdered Sugar until blended and then add Vanilla.
Add Milk and mix until smooth (about 2 minutes).

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To Assemble

Place a drop of the decorating icing about 2/3 of the way down the cupcake for the nose.
Cut the Marshmallows in hald and then press into the icing above the nose.
Use the Black decorating Gel to draw eyes onto the marshmallow halves.
Carefully press the pretzels into the frosting for antlers.
Enjoy!

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Spiced Pumpkin & Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

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Spiced Pumpkin & Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

(Makes approx. 1.5 dozen cookies)

One of my favorite cookies to make is a no bake cookie, and I think one of my hubby’s favorite to eat also.  I say that because when I make them they disappear as fast as I am making them.  😉

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Ingredients:

1 c. pumpkin puree

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/8 tsp. clove

1/4 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. granulated sugar

1/2 c. caramel

4 TB. butter

1/2 c. milk

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. sea salt (plus extra to sprinkle on tops of cookies)

3 c. oats

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Directions:

1. Combine pumpkin puree and spices in saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a slow boil then reduce to low.

2. Add sugars, caramel, butter and milk and cook until mixture comes to a boil, bring to low heat. Stir until
smooth, making sure sugar is fully dissolved. Add vanilla extract and sea salt, mix until combined.

3. Stir in oats, one cup at a time until completely coated in pumpkin mixture.

4. Place tablespoon-sized balls onto parchment paper and sprinkle with sea salt. Let come to room
temperature for about an hour before serving or place in refrigerator or freezer until cool.

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