Pear Paradise Smoothie

One of my favorite things to do when making a smoothie is ‘shopping’ in my kitchen.  When looking around and trying to figure out the next fun thing to make with my Vega Sport Protein I decided to base it around the pear.  Over the past year it has become one of my favorite fruits to eat so why not make a smoothie with it?

I will jump to the results before I share anything else about it because this was one of the best smoothies I have ever made/tasted.  I can not wait to try this again or make it with a different fruit and see how delicious it comes out.
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Ingredients:

1 Packet Vega Sport Protein
1 tbsp Almond Butter (I use Barney Butter)
2 Cups of Almond Milk (I used Almond Breeze for this one)
1 Organic Pear – pealed and diced
1/4 c Organic Rolled Oats1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 cup of Ice

Place all the ingredients into your blender.  Save a little bit of the pear for garnish.
Enjoy!

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*Supply of Vega protein was given to me for free.  I was given it to try and review.  All opinions of this product are my own.

What in the world is ‘oil pulling’?

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My first guess was that I had to pull oil out of something.  Which proceeded with the thought of why would I or anyone else want to pull oil from something to use?  After doing some research and speaking with a few people I learned exactly what it was.  It would not involve the intense labor that I thought and was/is, quite frankly, pretty easy.

The process will only involve the oil of choice (I have been using Coconut Oil but you can use sunflower, olive, or sesame) and a spoon to take the oil out of the container and put into your mouth.  While most oils are already in a liquid state Coconut Oil is not so once in your mouth you have to break it down to a liquid.  You could also heat it up and put it in your mouth but then you risk the chance of burning yourself.  The process of breaking it down once you get used to it being in your mouth will take less than a minute.  It is best to do this process on an empty stomach but if you have to eat before hand something is better than nothing.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurveda method from the Indian culture dating back thousands of years.

What does oil-pulling do you ask?  It is said that it pulls the toxins and bacteria out of your teeth and gums while at the same time whitening your teeth in a healthy manner.  Oil pulling can also prevent bad breath, give you more energy, and help clear your mind.  Some other things it is said to do is clear your help your allergies, clear your sinuses and skin, and allow you to sleep better.

How long does the oil need to stay in my mouth?  I have been doing anywhere from 10-20 minutes which after reading several websites and articles is the recommended length of time.  Start off on the low end of the time spectrum and slowly increase as you get used it it.  After about 3 weeks of doing it almost every day (some days I forget or and in a rush) I am nearly at 20 minutes.

How much oil should I use?  Anywhere from 1-2 tablespoons is suggested.  Start on the low end and work your way to the 2 tablespoons.

I don’t have 10-20 spare minutes but want to try, what should I do? Might I suggest leaving your coconut oil or oil of choice in the bathroom and doing this while in the shower.  I find it the best place to do so because you do not have to talk to anyone and I am usually in there for at least 20 minutes.

What do I do with the oil after the time is up?  I would not suggest letting it go down the drain.  Oils should not as a general rule of thumb not go down the drain.  If using coconut oil it can solidify again and you will end up with a plumbing  problem.  You can either use a small plastic bag or just the garbage can to discard the used oil.

After you complete the process rinse your mouth out with warm water and then brush your teeth and go about your day as normal.

What have I noticed since doing oil pulling? First thing is my teeth are for sure whiter.  Within a few days of doing a lot of the spots that were originally there are gone.  My mouth and teeth also feel cleaner.   I don’t know if this is something in my head or it is really true.

Have you tried oil pulling?  What have you noticed? What are your thoughts on it?  Share with me!

Vega Sport Protein

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A few months ago I was fortunate enough to become a Sweat Pink Ambassador through Fit Approach.  The mission of Fit Approach is as follows:

We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick.

We sweat pink.

Not only do I get to hand out pretty pink laces to those who would want a pair for their running shoes (for FREE just ask me) but I have also been granted the opportunity to test and review Vega Sport Protein.  This campaign is all about how I fuel myself through training and exercise.  It is so important to get enough protein in your diet so that you can build those long lean muscles that you desire.  I was given a box of their Sport Protein – Recover to try out.  With 12 individual packets the possibilities are endless!  Throughout the next month I will share with you different recipes that I have used this product with.

I am always hesitant on trying out new protein’s but since this would not cost me anything I figured why not?  I am hesitant because I had a bad experience with experimenting last year and it made me say to myself “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, even if it will cost a little extra!”  So with that I would continue to use the same protein powder for all my needs.   But I digress…

Last week in the mail I received my box of protein and was excited to try it out.  The first two things I made with it were smoothies and both were DELICIOUS!  I knew right away I would not have a problem liking Vega Protein.  Today I am going to share with you one of the ‘recipes’ so that you can try it out and let me know how you like it.

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Ingredients
1 packet of Vega Sport Protein – Recover
2 cups of Almond Breeze Almond Milk
1 packet of Sambozan Acai Smoothie Pack
1 tablespoon Cinnamon (can use less or more depending on your taste)
Handful of ice cubes

Place all ingredients into your blender (I use the fantastic NutriBullet) and tada you have a delicious smoothie!

If you are scared of the color green don’t be because this smoothie is so delicious!  I am sometimes one of those but you can’t judge a book by its cover because in the end the green smoothies and juices are usually the best tasting.

To learn more about this great product please visit Fuel Your Better.  Follow them on Instagram @vega_team or on Twitter @vegateam!

 

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*All recipes and opinions of this product are my own.  I was supplied the product at no cost.