- Left over sweet potato (from previous night's dinner) or pumpkin puree (about 1/3 cup)
- Coconut water/Almond milk - adjust ratios as necessary, depending on what you need the smoothie for
- Coconut or Almond yogurt (you could use other yogurt of choice)
- 3/4 scoop vanilla protein powder
- Vanilla extract (about 1/4-1/2 tsp)
- Epicure's Pumpkin Pie spice (about 1/4-1/2 tsp)
- Stevia (about 1/4-1/2 tsp)
Depending on what I'm doing I will also add coconut oil (about 1 TBSP, melted) &/or chia seeds (1 scoop)
Blend away in the ol' Vitamix & I am good to go in about 5 minutes! It is delicious!
So then the Apple pie is actually a detox drink that has Apple Cider vinegar in it. I originally found out about it from Powercakes blog here. There's a link to the orinial recipe in that post... But here's the break down:
In a mason jar I put *1 TB ACV, with 1 tsp cinnamon & 10-20 drops of stevia, some lemon juice & some vanilla extract. (Just waiting for my liquid vanilla stevia to arrive from iherb.com)
Now...onto what I said I would discuss a couple of posts ago... why I think I tried & failed so many times.
A few factors played a part. I wanted to lose weight, but not really enough to be completely motivated. I felt uncomfortable in my body, but not enough to really commit to doing anything about it. I struggled with self esteem, but not enough to be driven to fix it.
Also... I was & a little bit of me still is, very fickle. I find the next greatest thing & be all over it... for like 2 weeks. And whatever progress I made in that time was undone in a seemingly less amount of time. And... I never felt satisfied with whatever diet plan I was doing at the time. It never felt like enough food, or I was depriving myself too much & would end up caving in & eating crap. Because let's face it people...that's what binge food is.
Additionally, whenever I would lose a few pounds, I would feel entitled to take a mini-break...which usually meant a medium DQ Blizzard with Skor & Cookie Dough & extra hot fudge. Then I would usually continue on with bad eating habits until I'd gained back everything I'd lost & sometimes even more. Then I would get frustrated with myself & depressed about it & not be able to gain back my focus & dedication for weeks or months at a time.
So this time around...the way I'm eating, I don't feel deprived. The food is good... & I'm getting used to not having sugar. We'll have to see how it goes. So far so good....fingers & toes crossed :)