Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

Breakfast, Diet, Paleo, Recipes, Snack

Hi everyone! Since it’s finally autumn and the flavor of the season is pumpkin spice I decided to make my own version of a pumpkin spice protein smoothie. This recipe is easy as pie and extremely tasty. If you aren’t a protein shake person but need to get the extra grams in this is a great way. Here’s the medley:

Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

1/2 C pumpkin puree
1 scoop of Fitmiss Vanilla Chai protein powder
1/2 C almond milk (unsweetened)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3-4 ice cubes
1 banana (optional)

Directions: Throw everything in a magic bullet or blender and puree’. For a more filling shake add a banana. Pour into any glass you like and enjoy! Don’t forget a funky colored straw 🙂

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Mexican-style Stuffed Bell Pepper

Cooking, Dinner, Paleo, Recipes

Just created a new taco dinner alternative using a gorgeous orange bell pepper. The pepper adds a nice crunchy aspect and the meat helps you pack in the protein.

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Mexican-style Stuffed Bell Pepper

Ingredients:
1 small onion
1 medium or large tomato
1 bell pepper (your color of choice)
1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey (the less fat % the better)
1 packet of taco seasoning (your choice)

Directions: Wash the vegetables. Cut off the bell pepper top and cut out the white insides. Rinse the inside of the bell pepper quickly to get rid of any seeds and set it on your dinner plate.

Dice onion and tomato and throw into a small-medium pan.  Throw the ground beef into a large pan and turn both burners onto medium-high. Cook the meat until it’s browned (the tomatoes and onion mixture can cook for the same about of time) stirring occasionally.

Drain excess oil from meat pan and add 1/2 cup of water. Place back on stove and add the tomato and onion mixture and the taco seasoning. Cook for 5 more minutes. Using a large spoon, fill the bell pepper with your meat mixture and serve!

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(meat mixture)

6 Health benefits of Asparagus

Cooking, Dessert, Diet, Dinner, Paleo

Happy Monday everyone! I am reliving this amazing Paleo Feast from Saturday night consisting of fresh Alaskan salmon, sauteed asparagus, and my ohh so easy Cinnamon Baked Banana (for dessert). Everything was so simple to prepare and so incredibly delicious!

Now, most people would focus on the gorgeous salmon filet, but today I want to explore asparagus and why it may be a good idea to incorporate it into your diet.

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According to an article from Medical News Today, asparagus “is one of the best natural sources of folate” and with that comes some key health benefits:

 

6 Health Benefits of Asparagus

1. Decreased risk of birth defects (when consumed during pregnancy)
2. Lowered risk of depression
3. Maintaining a healthy heart
4. Osteoporosis prevention
5. Cancer prevention
6. Better Digestion

Read more about the benefits of asparagus and find ways to easily incorporate it into your cooking HERE.