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3 Delicious Healthy Smoothie Recipes to Make for Breakfast This Summer

Smoothies are my favorite thing to have for breakfast in the spring and summer. They’re so easy to make and they taste SO good. My favorite thing to do is to prep them quickly the night before work & leave them in the fridge overnight. Then I can just walk straight out the door in the AM with smoothie in hand! If you need some more tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle with a 9-5 job, you can listen to this episode of my podcast where I chat all about it HERE! Here’s 3 recipes that I absolutely love: (P.S. if you want to add a protein powder to any of these, go for it! I have made them both ways, but I haven’t used protein powder in a while.) 1. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie 3/4 cup Frozen Strawberries 1/3 cup Unsweetened Coconut Yogurt 1 tbsp Cacao Powder 2 Ice Cubes Optional: 2 tbsp Plain Greek Yogurt (I do this for added protein to keep me full) Fill the rest of the blender …

Protein, Protein Requirements, Macros, Macronutrients, Protein Deficiency, Weight Loss, Dieting, Hunger Management, Cravings, Decrease Appetite

2 Obvious Signs That Show You’re Not Consuming Enough Protein to Transform Your Body

Is protein really that important? Here’s the short answer: Yes. But is it also over hyped sometimes? Yes again! There are tons of benefits to getting adequate protein in our diet. Protein blunts hunger, prevents weight gain, helps prevent extreme swings in energy levels & mood, improves body composition (when paired with weight lifting), and more! I won’t explain all of the benefits in depth (because we’ll be here forever & start to get bored), but I will explain 2 benefits that I think are super important. If you’re a newbie to macros or just want to learn some healthy macronutrient recommendations from me, listen to the podcast episode where I chat all about that HERE! My Experience With Low Protein Last spring/summer I significantly decreased my protein intake while I was testing out a plant based diet. This took a serious toll on my body. I really wanted it to work for me but unfortunately it just didn’t. (I can do a post dedicated to plant based protein vs. animal based protein if anyone …

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These 14 Unhealthy Ingredients Are Hiding In Your Nutrition Labels

I’ve chatted a lot on my podcast about the different approaches to “living a healthy lifestyle” I’ve tested out. There are so many different diets and mindsets I’ve felt like I needed to adopt in order to truly be healthy! (which is bogus btw, there is no one way). Listen to the podcast where I explain my experience with counting calories & tracking macros HERE, or the podcast where I chat through what happened to me when I tried intermittent fasting HERE! The most recent fad I got sucked into was “clean eating.” I’ll own it, I was a total label snob for a hot sec. If the label on a package of food had 1g of an ingredient that I didn’t consider “clean” I’d cringe and put it back on the shelf. In my defense, I was trying to do everything I could to fix my skin (see my hormonal acne podcast episode HERE). BUT, also not in my defense, I took it way too overboard & became too obsessed with it. This is …

macronutrients, macros, counting calories, tracking macros, healthy fats, carbs, protein, weight loss, dieting, paleo, keto, intermittent fasting

A Quick Beginner’s Guide to Macronutrients (Carbs, Fats & Protein)

I recently posted a podcast where I discussed all things macro nutrients: what carbs, fats, and protein even are, why they’re important, how much of each macronutrient you should be eating, my experience with counting calories and tracking macros, and more! If you haven’t listened to that yet- catch up quickly HERE! For those of you who have already listened to it, I thought it would be helpful to list out some more examples of macros & give you guys a visual of calculating macros so you can always refer back to it if you forget. First, let’s start by listing out some healthy examples of each macro (I have an extended list in the food guide of The Healthy Lifestyle Project): Carbohydrates: Fruits- Berries, Apples, Oranges, Grapefruit, Bananas Vegetables- Asparagus, Broccoli, Kale, Leafy Greens, Green Beans, Zucchini, Squash Grains- Brown Rice, Quinoa, Farro, Chickpea Pasta, Ezekiel Bread, Oats Fats: Avocado Nuts & Seeds- Almonds, Walnuts, Macadamia Nuts, Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds Oils & Spreads- Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Nut Butters, Hummus Proteins: Organic, Cage-Free …

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5 Insanely Tasty & Healthy Date Bite Recipes

Are you one of those people that finishes dinner and immediately opens the cupboard for “just a bite of something sweet”? SAME. This is the perfect recipe for us. Date bites are easy to make, tasty af and the best part: they’re dairy free, gluten free & refined sugar free! Yes, yes and yes. This isn’t one of those blogs that’s going to make you read a 12 paragraph novel before I actually give you the recipes, so let’s just get straight to it. How to Make Date Bites All you do is throw the ingredients for each recipe into a food processor or blender & pulse/blend for a few seconds. The consistency will be a little bit different for each recipe (some will be wetter than others if they have fresh fruit in them bc water). After you blend, take the mixture from the blender and roll it into bite sized balls. Easy as that! Each of these recipes makes 6-8 date bites. Chocolate Peanut Butter Hazelnut 1/2 cup Dates 1/2 cup Chopped Hazelnuts …

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The 6 Healthy Ingredient Swaps You Should Be Making!

One of my favorite things to do is to create healthy version of my favorite unhealthy meals and treats. The goal is to make it taste so close to the real thing that I don’t even feel like I’m missing out! I have a full list of substitutes for both sweet & savory foods in my E-Book, but I’ll give you a sneak peak of some of my absolute favorite ones here! And if you want to see a video of all the healthy substitutes in my pantry, check that video out here: Sweet & Baking Cacao Powder- I’m obsessed with this stuff to add chocolate flavor to so many different things. I throw it into smoothies, mix it into oatmeal, and make chocolate desserts with it! No sugar, just pure chocolatey goodness. Almond Flour- This is a great swap for white flour when you’re baking because It’s literally just blanched almonds. No guilt needed! Coconut Sugar- If you need sugar in a recipe, this is a better option than highly refined, processed table sugar. …

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5 Easy Ways to Save Extra Calories

You guys know by now that I am not a fan of counting calories. This takes all the fun out of healthy eating / living a healthy lifestyle for me. But, if I can save some unnecessary calories here & there so that I feel better about eating an extra piece of pizza (or two) on the weekend with my friends, I’m all for it. I also know some of you are interested in losing weight or improving your body composition, so this is a special post for you! If you want to know more about changes you can make to help you reach those goals, listen to the Ask Abbey Podcast Epsiode #5 where I chat about why you’re not seeing your body transform. 1. When you’re cooking Ditch the oils when you can! I rarely use oils when I’m cooking food. 1 tbsp of Coconut Oil or Olive Oil is around 120 calories. And that’s if you just stick to exactly 1 tbsp, which is rare for me. I use zero calorie, nonstick …

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Say Bye to Added Sugar! 5 Deliciously Healthy Dessert Recipes to Try ASAP

We are officially on the last post of “what I eat during the work week” series and I saved the best for last. Dessert!!!!!! I’m already hungry so we’re off to a great start. It’s a rare night for me if I’m not having some sort of dessert after dinner. I love coming up with healthy recipes for some of my favorite unhealthy treats. Get a list of my 6 favorite healthy ingredient swaps from this blog post! And peak into my pantry if you really want to know all the healthy foods I eat: Here are my absolute faves: 1. Frozen Fruit Cereal I loveee cereal (literally ate cereal and toast for dinner for 2 year straight in high school I think). Most cereals are loaded with sugar & other BS, so finding a healthy substitute that I actually liked better was a miracle. Frozen Fruit of choice (Mixed Berries and Wild Blueberries are my current faves) Unsweetened Almond Milk Healthy Granola of choice (Purely Elizabeth Original is my go to- no refined sugars!) …

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5 Healthy Snack Recipes That You Will LOVE

Aaaand I’m back with another “what I eat during the work week” post. This time: Snack Edition. Having a tasty, filling snack ready to go at work is an absolute must for me. Even if I’m not super hungry (lol this never really happens), I still like to eat something after lunch, because chances are high that I’ll end up feeling hungry during my workout and nobody has time for that. A snack filled with a source of protein, fats and carbohydrates is going to help give you the energy you need to fuel your workout after a long day of work! If you’re expecting a lettuce + balsamic salad that you had for lunch to get you off your ass, you’re about to be seriously disappointed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with this whole “healthy eating” thing & want some more tips, listen to the Ask Abbey Podcast Episode #3 Here are some of my faves! 1. RX Bar I love these. They have tons of flavors to choose from, they actually taste good, they …

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5 Healthy Lunch & Dinner Recipes That You Will LOVE

If you listened to the Ask Abbey Podcast Episode where I discuss living a healthy lifestyle with a 9-5 job, you know that I make two servings of whatever I’m eating for dinner so that I can automatically have lunch ready for work the next day! (If you didn’t, click here to listen in!) Then I don’t have to spend 2 hours in the kitchen after work because that’s NOT an option for me (Netflix is waiting!!!). Every Sunday I usually buy ingredients for two different lunch/dinner recipes, and then I rotate between the two recipes throughout the week! I have tonssss of recipes that I love, but here are the 5 that have been most consistent for me lately. Portions for these recipes are honestly just up to personal preference, so there’s no exact measurements listed (except for one) here! 1. Green + Grain Bowl I get comments about how big my “salads” are at work all the time (LOL told you a girl can eat). But that’s because it’s not your traditional salad. …