Make This Smoothie Your Best Friend

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good smoothie that’s packed with a lot of nutrients.

Smoothies are great because they’re easy to make, they’re super healthy if you’re using the right foods in them, and they allow you to get your necessary nutrients you need for your day. Also, you can add basically any sort of powder into them.

You’re probably wondering what I mean when I’m referring to powder. Well, what I’m referring to is vegan protein powder, maca powder, hemp powder, ginger powder, turmeric powder, spirit dust, pearl powder, just to name a few.

I know, it seems like a lot, and you’re probably wondering what each of these powders do.

& this is why we are here today- I am going to share my go-to smoothie as of lately!

 Fruits » 1-2 bananas, handful of berries

Veggies » Spinach (if I have it)

It’s always a great idea to incorporate greens into your smoothie because a lot of people don’t eat them enough throughout their day, especially me. 

Powders » Vegan protein powder, maca powder, pearl powder, spirit dust, & ginger powder

Liquids » Water

Water is the best to use because it doesn’t have any of the unnecessary sugars, carbs, or calories. I used to use unsweetened almond milk, but switched to water and loved it. I really stay away from apple juice, orange juice, and yogurt in my smoothies, because again, of the unnecessary sugar that’s in those. 

If I’m being completely transparent with you, it’s not the best tasting thing, like it’s not an Orange Julius or a Maui Wowi. But I can promise you that it’s incredibly healthy for you! & if I can get Zach to drink one of these, then it can’t be that bad because he has a diet of a 13 year old boy.

Now onto those mysterious powders:

» The vegan protein powder is obvious, it’s how I get a portion of my protein in for the day. I just always make sure the ingredients in the protein powder are good, because companies like to sneak some nasty crap in protein powers that are not needed!

» Maca powder is high in protein, fiber, vitamin b & c, calcium, potassium, iron, copper, & manganese.

» Pearl powder helps heal acne and scars, is a good source of calcium, stimulates collagen production, & has anti-aging properties.

» Spirit dust is from Moon Juice. Moon Juice carries all sorts of different types of dusts. They have beauty dust, sex dust, power, dust, spirit dust, dream dust, & brain dust. Each dust has specific ingredients in them to provide the best outcome. For example, “Power Dust® is an adaptogenic blend of elite superherbs and supermushrooms that help combat the effects of stress to fuel your physical and entrepreneurial feats.*

Contains ingredients with proven benefits:

Boosts energy and reduces fatigue*

Helps restore and sustain energy levels*

Supports healthy cardiovascular function*” – Moon Juice website

» Ginger powder contains anti-inflammatory compounds, boosts your immune system, has germ-fighting abilities, and can alleviate menstrual cramps, nausea, exhaustion, & fatigue.

If you have any questions regarding any of these powders, just let me know!

xx, Aubrianna

Banana & Mango Smoothie That is too Bomb

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Happy Wednesday!!

Half way through the week already. Time sure does fly by as you get older. I literally start my fall semester in a month. Like, HOW!? Didn’t I just finish my spring semester? Guess not.

Some time last week I asked my followers on Instagram what they’d like to see more of. Certain people responded saying they’d like to see more of heathy recipes and fashion posts. What you ask, you may receive, because I decided to feature my fav smoothie as today’s post! A fashion post will come soon, promise! Also, to the people who actually told me what they’d like to see more of – THANK YOU. Getting people to give me feedback on my blog is like trying to pull teeth out. So I seriously appreciate when people are willing to answer a few questions and give suggestions. It means so much when people on social media support my blog, and when they support me. The gesture of sharing or liking my posts on any of my social media platforms, or giving suggestions does not go unseen! The people who do this, you are truly the best. XO

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Ingredients Needed:

+ A couple bananas

+ Handful of frozen mango chunks

+ Half cup of Almond Milk

+ Spoonful of  all natural Peanut Butter – it thickens the smoothie (optional)

+ Chia and/or Hemp Seeds (optional)

+ Cacao Nibs (optional)

Directions:

Put everything in a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth. So quick, so easy, so healthy, and soooo good!

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I’ll have this smoothie for really any meal. I usually have the smoothie in the morning to kickstart my metabolism, along with a bowl of fruit or toast with avocado spread on it. If I double the smoothie, so I use three of four bananas and extra mango chunks, then the smoothie will really, really fill me up. Regardless, the smoothie seems to be more filling than you’d expect. The measurements I use are what work for me. I’ve been making this exact smoothie for like two years now, so I know what I like as far as how much of everything. Do what works for you. If you don’t like mango, then try pineapple or blueberries, just experiment!

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Thank you for reading, everyone!! Let me know how you like this smoothie, because I literally just made this smoothie up one day. Yes, I’m sure there are hundreds of “banana/mango smoothies” out there, but I created this one in my own kitchen without having to search online. I think it’s delicious but I’m curious as to what you think!

Talk soon!

XX, Aubrianna

What’s in my Lunch-bag

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Happy Monday, loves!!

How was your weekend? I hope it was as great as drinking Iced Coffee with Almond Milk every morning!

Seriously LOVE Iced Coffee with Almond Milk or Coconut Milk. Speaking of Iced Coffee, Friday morning the babes and I hit up Snooze, which is the best and I mean the BEST A.M. Eatery I’ve ever had. I had an Iced Coffee with Almond Milk and Hazelnut Syrup, and their Coffee and Donuts Pancakes with a side of egg. Again, seriously so good. Also, the weather was seriously so nice this weekend, we even grilled out yesterday. I do hate the fact that the weather is so nice due to Global Climate Change. That’s a post for another day though.

Now, let’s get on with this blog post!

You probably read the title and thought how strange of me to carry a lunch-bag, or maybe you thought of how you carry a lunch-bag as well!

I carry my lunch-bag at least five times a week. I bring my lunch-bag on the two days I have class during the weeks, and I have my lunch-bag on me every time I go to work.

Bringing my own lunch allows me to 1) save money & 2) eat healthy. I save myself at least $20 a week by bringing my own lunch to school and work. Not to mention, I always pack a super healthy lunch, which you can’t find at gas stations or fast food restaurants.

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My handy little lunch-bag I found at Tj Maxx.

My lunch-bag holds the following items:

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Berries.
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Carrots with Hummus.
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Red Grapes.
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KIND bar & Larabar.
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Peanut Butter Sandwich.

It’s as simple as that!

If you’re interested in packing your own lunch, here’s what you’ll need:

  • At least two servings of Fruit:
    • Berries
    • Grapes
    • Bananas
    • Chopped Mango
    • Chopped Cantaloupe
    • Chopped Watermelon

♥ Fruits are filled with antioxidants, which are great for your skin. & fruits are all around vital for your health and body, and maintenance for your body. Yes, there is sugar in fruit but fruits are packed with fibre, which balances out the amount of sugar in the fruit. Fibre releases sugar into the bloodstream at a reduced rate,  fibre removes toxins from the body, and allows food to move effectively through the digestive tract. Fruits are filled with nutrients and they’re completely natural.

  • Try for two servings of vegetables as well – the more you have the better
    • Carrots
    • Salads
    • Asparagus
    • Celery with PB
    • Sliced Peppers (Fruit or Veggie)
    • Sliced Cucumbers (Fruit or Veggie)

♥ Veggies are also very vital for your health and body. Eating vegetables helps you maintain healthy blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels, and they help with weight loss/maintaining your weight.

  • A carb (Carbs are also in Fruits and Veggies)
    • PB Sandwich
    • Cooked Beans
    • Cooked Quinoa
    • Cooked Whole Grain Rice
    • Cooked Whole Wheat Pasta

♥ Carbs fuel the body and the mind. They’re what keeps us energized.

  • A couple snacks to eat between breakfast & lunch, & then lunch & dinner (the KIND bars & Larabars are my go to snacks)
    • More fruit or veggies
    • HEALTHY granola bars (read ingredients label – you should be able to pronounce everything and know what everything is)
    • All natural Plain or Vanilla Bean Yogurt (read ingredients label. Don’t buy yogurt that already has fruit in it, the fruit is highly processed)

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See how easy, healthy, and cheap it is to pack your own lunch! It’s almost too easy. It’s definitely something you’ll grow to enjoy doing.

Let me know what you think, and if my lunch tips helped you out at all! Have a great week, and go & totally crush it!!

Talk soon, Aubrianna

XOXO