Being it is the holiday season I figured I would find a solid protein smoothie to help curb that sweet tooth for this time of year. Check it out!
Gingerbread Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 scoops vanilla Whey Revolution
- ½ cup cottage cheese (optional, for extra creaminess)
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. ground ginger, to taste
- ½ tsp. butter extract
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 1-2 packets Stevia, or to taste
Just add in the almond milk first, followed by all the powdered ingredients. Lastly top off with a few ice cubes, maybe four total and you are done! Enjoy!
Time to Get a Plan Together
Instead of waiting until January 1st to put some half assed plan together, get something ready now that will have you in the best position to get rid of that extra body fat. As I have always told my clients if you do not have a plan you plan to fail, especially if your goal is fat loss. Having a clear vision of what your goal is and knowing exactly what you need to do ahead of time takes out all the guess work and only relies on one thing….Your effort. So here are three of my favorites to include to help you with your fat loss goals for the new year.
Walking– Yes I said it. The most boring but simple thing you can add to any training routine to help get those extra pounds off. Walking can also have many variables to it as well which I like. For example, depending on your fitness level you can add extra 30 minute walking sessions at the end of workouts like an extended cool down, or put up the incline on the tredmill, throw a weighted vest on, and simulate a hike through the woods.
Weighted Carries– This exercise is a total body blaster without a doubt. After a solid weight training session add 5-7 sets of weighted carries. You can do 60 seconds on and 60 seconds rest as one set. If you have never done these before either load up a hex bar or just grab some dumbells and walk from one side of the gym to the other, going back and forth until your 60 seconds expire. Doing this will not only do wonders for dropping body fat but it will also help increase you strength over time as well.
Active Rest Between Sets– What “active rest” is considered between sets is almost like a super set for those that may be familiar. Active rest would be anything done in between your main working sets to keep your heart rate up and the pace of your workout. For example, on a leg day you could throw in hanging leg raises or some type of abdominal exercise in between each set. Or on a shoulder day do light weight lateral raises in between all main sets.
This list is clearly not the end all be all of exercises you can perform to cut fat, I just find these easiest to incorporate into a routine, and also love the walking for keeping it lower impact on the hips and knees. If you have any questions regarding workout routines feel free to contact us below.
As we all try to reach our desired fitness goals it is usually good to be practical in your approach. With work, family, business and other daily activities sometimes it is just impractical to get all of your nutrition through whole foods, even thou this is the most optimal choice. That being said here are a few nutritious protein smoothie recipes you can use to get your day started on the right foot.
1.Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie-
1.5 Scoops Slim Whey Smoothie Mix
2 Tablespoons Natural Peanut Butter
4 ice cubes
8oz unsweetened almond milk or water
2. Banana Oatmeal Protein Smoothie-
1.5 scoops Slim Whey Vanilla or Chocolate, depending on base flavor preference
1 whole banana
2 Tablespoons classic Quaker Oats
8oz unsweetened almond milk
1-2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
4 ice cubes
3. Berry Mango Protein Smoothie
1.5 Scoops Slim Whey Vanilla
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup frozen or fresh mango
1/2 banana (optional)
8oz unsweetened almond milk
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
2-3 ice cubes
Every year I get a lot of discussion on the subject of weight loss, and with us quickly approaching this holiday season it is getting even more exposure, so I thought I would write a quick post to help those that struggle this time of year. A lot of folks will turn to the markets’ next latest and greatest fat burner to attempt to keep their weight in check, but their are other means to doing so. The combination of CLA, or Conjugated Lineolic Acid and the amino acid L-Carnitine have been used for years as a 1-2 punch to help lose weight. This way you can avoid some of the side effects like the jitters that the fat burners can cause, and still get the results you want. L- Carnitine is an amino acid we naturally store in the body. When we supplement with additional Carnitine our bodies use it as a means of taking stored fat and using it up first as an energy source. So when dieting Carnitine can be one of the best products to use to mobilize that stored body fat. Also CLA, is a healthy fat found in dairy products that is great for keeping our blood sugar stable. By keeping our blood sugar stable we are able to reduce cravings for food and also keep our metabolism in a more steady state throughout the day, leading to better weight loss results. An easy way to get both of these products together is in a smoothie formula created by musclesport called Slim Whey. This meal replacement shake has not only been designed to help provide you with the protein and nutrition you need, but also has the CLA and Carnitine both already added to the product. So Slim Whey in essence is providing you with a low calorie meal replacement, CLA, and Carnitine all together conveniently versus having to buy the separate items. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking to clean up their diet and kick start that metabolism to reach your weight loss goals!