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You Can Have Your Butterfinger and Stay on Track with Your Diet

Thursday, January 19, 2017

My husband and I started drinking a smoothie for breakfast every day a couple of years ago.  It is as easy as it is delicious.  Both he and I are creatures of habit for certain.  We both have our favorite smoothie and we tend to have almost every day.

I resisted Shakeology for a really long time.  The cost was a deterrent.  And, I just couldn't justify it in my mind.  Then last year, a former co-worker encouraged me to do a Beachbody Health Bet Challenge.  I took the plunge and ordered a bag of Shakeology.  I was hooked from the first shake.

First, when you open the bag, the drink mix actually smells good.  It doesn't smell like a mysterious bag of unknown chemical powder.  And it tastes great.  I'm not a nutrition expert, so I am not going to make claims that I don't know about.  What I can say is that I am not hungry until well after lunch daily.  I don't snack when I have a Shakeolgy shake.  And, I feel great.  It is a compliment to my morning workout.
I love them so much that I travel with for work packing a blender to make my shakes in hotel rooms. This Hamilton Beach Personal Single Serve Blender with Travel Lid is perfect.  It costs less than $15.  I have taken this thing all over with me and 2 years later, it is still going strong!



The Butterfinger Shakeology Shake is the one that is my personal favorite.  It is made from:

8 to 10 ounces of Almond Coconut Blend (I use the vanilla unsweetened.)
1 scoop of chocolate Shakeology
1 tbsp of Jell-O Sugar-Free Instant Pudding and Pie Filling, Butterscotch
2 tbsp of Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter or  1 tbsp Peanut Butter
4 to 5 ice cubes

Blend and that is it!  It is just like drinking a Butterfinger.  And for someone that really struggles with sweets.  It is just what I need to keep me from wanting sweets during the day.  I wish I could be one of those people that says, "I don't like sweets."  But I'm not.  So, this is my substitute for that, and I'm okay with that.

I do order my butterscotch pudding.  The Jell-O Brand is better than the store brand.  Seriously.  Trust me on this one and just order.  I get 6 boxes at a time, and when I'm almost out reorder.  I order everything else.  What is one more thing?

My husband, on the other hand, likes  Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder, Sweet Vanilla Bean.  And I can say that it is a great shake.  There is a big price difference between the two.  About $100 to be exact.  Maybe I should be glad for that.  I received this shake mix as a sample in a VoxBox about a year ago and bought a large container with a coupon.  He was hooked.  It does smell nice, has a good taste and nice texture.  I just prefer the Shakeology.

Orgain also has has premade ready to take shakes that are really great for travel.  I can say that the Orgain Grass Fed Protein Shake, Creamy Chocolate Fudge ones are good.  I like them and enjoy having them in the car for snacks or to help me make it to a healthy meal option on long days.



The shake combo that my husband tends to stick to is a Peanut Butter Banana Shake.

8 to 10 ounces of Almond Coconut Blend
1 scoop of Sweet Vanilla Orgain
1 tbsp of peanut butter
1 banana
ice cubes
1 tbsp cocoa powder (optional)

Shakes don't replace real food.  We eat plenty of fruits and vegetables in our home.  I definitely don't think that a healthy diet consists of a steady stream of liquid shakes.  But one a day is a great option for us in our home.  Give it a try and see what you think.  And if  Shakeology is too expensive for the plunge now, try the Chocolate Orgain and make a Butterfinger Shake with it.  It is still great.  I've done that too.

And if you are interested in other smoothie options and recipes, take a look at my Smoothie Pinterest Board.  I have quite a few saved.  So get our there and get your smoothie on!

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