Recipe – Mango Kale Madness Smoothie

Here is another smoothie recipe for you using 310 Nutrition shake powder! As with all my smoothie recipes, you can use any powder you would like in it including weight loss and protein powders.

I made this one for my breakfast shake today. It’s a very yummy blend! It’s another simple recipe because the last thing anyone needs is a complicated recipe to make the process harder! (^.^)

Feel free to share the pic above with the recipe on it, I like to add my recipes on my pictures to make it easier to share.

Recipe:

1/2 cup of cottage cheese
1 scoop of 310 Nutrition powder (I used Salted Caramel)
1 cup of frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup of frozen kale
2 cups of water

Blend and enjoy!

Seriously, it’s just that simple. I would recommend keeping cottage cheese or yogurt on hand for your smoothies. It adds healthy calories to them as well as thickening them up a bit. I use plain yogurt to avoid the extra sugars in the fruit filled ones. Look for organic if you can, if not it’s okay! Use what you can afford to get. (^.^)

The Salted Caramel is really good when you mix things in with it! I found it too sweet mixed with just almond milk or water. The addition of non sweet things like yogurt and the frozen veggies help mellow out the sweetness.

Please understand these products are made slightly sweeter because that is how the general population eats. We’ve become way too used to overly sweetened foods as a society! Due to that, companies who make healthy shake mixes have to make things a bit sweeter because if they didn’t, everyone would complain they are too bland….

With any shake mix, do what you can to tweak the recipes before you give up on it!

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think!

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Review – Poshbox Spring Box 2017

As though of you who follow my posts know, I like getting treats for myself occasionally. I spent so much time for many years sacrificing for others and putting my needs on the back burner. And it burnt me out and drained me! Since the end of 2016 I decided to make a lot of changes in my life. I am very happy with those decisions! One of which was to do a little bit more for ME.

We cannot give back and do a lot when we are sucked dry, drained, and burnt out. That’s just a fact. You have to take time to recharge, replenish, and rejuvenate YOU. That can come is a multitude of forms depending on each person, so find what works best for YOU and do it! Our families, friends, communities, groups, activities, organizations, commitments, etc. need us to be healthy and doing well. Why? Because when we are, we are giving our 100% because we are in a good place! When you let yourself get sucked down to the bone, you can’t give anywhere close to 100% because YOU are not anywhere near 100%.

You have to take care of you to be the best you possible. It’s not the same as being selfish or self-absorbed, it’s making sure you are doing what you need on all levels – emotional, physical, health wise, mental, spiritual. You need to put yourself as a priority and take care of you.

One of the ways I decided to pamper myself was with Poshbox. I recently started using 310 Nutrition and I kept hearing from ladies in the group how awesome their Spring Poshbox was so I decided to give it a try! Salted Caramel seems to be the favorite flavor of A LOT of people who use 310 and that was included in the Spring box, which was an extra motivator for me.

Let’s start off with the 310 products.

First off you get a bag of Salted Caramel flavor shake powder. It’s not the super big bag, which I didn’t know, but it does have at least 14 servings in it. As I said, this seems to be a preferred flavor in the 310 Facebook Community group.

Next is a 310 shaker cup. If you’ve been a 310 customer for a while, you probably have a few of these! If not, this is a handy thing for them to send with the shake mix. Nothing like getting a product to try without the necessary equipment!

They even threw in a sample of the 310 Detox tea as well! This is a great way to try it out and see if you like it.

Then there are the Kashmere products! I received a full size Kashmere Kollection Purifying Masque and a travel size Luxurious Toning Oil. I would have LOVED full size of both products, but I’m still very thankful for both! (^.^)

Also included were two Beachwood Essential Oils – apricot kernel oil and Bulgarian lavender! I was out of my lavender oil so this was perfect timing. And the Beachwood lavender smells amazing! I like lavender at night especially to help me relax for bed time. The apricot kernel oil is a carrier oil so it’s good to use with other essential oils that may irritate your skin if you put them on it directly. I sometimes have this issue with my tea tree oil.

Another item included is a small size Purely Wrinkle Free clothing spray that you just spray on clothes to remove wrinkles without ironing. This is handy for those who don’t have the time or desire to iron. The small size is also small enough to fit in a bag on the go in case you need to de-wrinkle while you’re out.

And the last item is Hydroderm Triple Effects Eye Serum. This is a very tiny bottle. I thought they skimped by giving me another travel size until I looked up the price. This 10ml bottle is $40 to $60 normally!

I’ll do a link up now where you can find all of these products at the lowest price in case you don’t want to buy the whole box or you missed out on this box. These links may take you to Amazon if I find Amazon has better prices than the company’s site.

Salted Caramel 310 Nutrition Shake Full Size

Salted Caramel 310 Nutrition Shake Smaller Size in Starter Kit (may not be available for long)

310 Nutrition Shaker Cup

310 Nutrition Detox Tea

Kashmere Kollections Purifying Masque

Kashmere Kollections Luxurious Toning Oil

Beachwood Apricot Kernel Essential Oil

Beachwood Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil

Purely Wrinkle Free Clothing Spray Large Size

Purely Wrinkle Free Clothing Spray Small Size

Hydroderm Triple Effects Eye Serum

Did you sign up for Poshbox? What did you think of the products in it?


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Recipe – Tropical Green Smoothie

This morning I went outside and at 8am it was already HOT. This week we are having a heat wave so I thought a smoothie mix would be a really nice treat!

I used my 310 Nutrition Salted Caramel shake mix but this recipe can be used with any powder! You can use a nutritional powder, a protein powder, a weight loss powder, etc. Just add one serving of your powder to the mix and enjoy! (^.^)

Recipe:

-1 cup of water
-1 can of pineapple juice 6oz
-1 organic Greek peach yogurt 3.5oz
-1/2 cup frozen spinach
-1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
-1 cup of ice
-1 scoop of Salted Caramel 310 Nutrition shake powder

I blended this all up in my Ninja Master Prep blender and it was ready to serve! This made 2 and 1/2 tall glasses full of smoothie for me! I found the taste to be even better than expected, especially since I found the Salted Caramel to be a little too sweet for my taste by itself. This mix was REALLY good and not overly sweet! On top of that, I couldn’t taste the spinach at all.

I added up the calories and it has 378 according to MyFitnessPal. Not a bad morning breakfast! I had to force myself to drink all of it because I felt very full long before I got through the whole thing. I do try to drink it all just to ensure that I get all the calories my body needs for the morning.

What is your favorite way to enjoy your drink mixes?

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Recipe – Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Shake

My 310 Nutrition Sample Starter Pack arrived yesterday! I had already had my daily shake so I patiently waited for today to try a new flavor out. This morning I tried the chocolate and boy am I in love! I like it way better than the Vanilla Chai flavor. Keep in mind, taste is subjective. I am not trying to tell you one flavor is bad and one is good, I’m just sharing my preferences. (^.^)

I mixed up a simple recipe this morning to try my chocolate shake in. I added one 8oz cup of coffee to my blender, 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of So Delicious Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl ice cream, and one scoop of chocolate 310 Nutrition powder. I blended it all up and it came out super tasty! Like my last shake recipe, this one also filled up 2 tall drinking glasses for me. They were so good that I chugged them both right away!

This recipe can be used with any powder! You can use a nutritional powder, a protein powder, a weight loss powder, etc. Just add one serving of your powder to the mix and enjoy! (^.^) I would recommend a non-fruity powder with this recipe though, as the ice cream is a chocolate peanut butter flavor that might not mix well with some fruity flavors.

What is your favorite way to enjoy your drink mixes?

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Recipe – Pineapple Banana Cream Shake

I decided to join the 310 Nutrition Community on Facebook because it’s always great to have a community with others who are trying to be healthy! One thing I’ve picked up on really quick is that making your shakes into something fun can help a lot! Recipes are shared daily and it’s been really fun to see all the combos people create. (^.^)

This recipe is one I created this morning and I’m sharing it in the group as well. I was thinking of things I could do to help make the Vanilla Chai flavor more enjoyable for me until the other flavors arrive. I knew I had a few small cans of pineapple juice in the fridge so I figured I’d add that and go from there! Low and behold, I had some Arctic Zero Banana Pudding in my freezer that needed to be used. Arctic Zero is not my favorite brand as I find their ice cream to be hard and not taste that great. I figured putting it in a smoothie would probably be the best way to get it gone.

I mixed one scoop of 310 Nutrition Vanilla Chai with 1 small can of pineapple juice, 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of Arctic Zero Banana Pudding ice cream in my Ninja blender. It made 2 tall glasses full for me, and I drank them one after the other to get really full and see how long that fullness will last me through the day.

This recipe can be used with any powder! You can use a nutritional powder, a protein powder, a weight loss powder, etc. Just add one serving of your powder to the mix and enjoy! (^.^)

What is your favorite way to enjoy your drink mixes?

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Review – 310 Nutrition Vanilla Chai Shake Mix

I’ve been on the hunt for a good nutritional shake to help me lose a couple pounds as well as staying healthy with my injury. Since my fall, I can no longer do a lot of the things I used to do – including lifting weights. I also cannot do exercises that require me to put any body weight on my hand. Talk about limitations! Over the last year I have gained a few extra pounds due to being waaaay less active after my fall.

I’m thankful it’s only a few pounds now, but I know if I don’t nip it in the butt now, the pounds will slowly keep adding on over time. It’s better to get my weight in control now.

Drink mixes are often gross. Let’s be honest here! It’s really hard to find mixes that taste GOOD. And I still think that perfect product has yet to be invented. In the mean time, we want to find something pretty darn close! Especially if you are using them as meal replacements. No one wants to drink something gross EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Over the years I’ve tried a lot of different brands and types of powders. Green powders, weight lost powders, nutritional powders, protein powders. Each has a need it’s meant to fill and does different things for your body.

This go around we are looking at 310 Nutrition’s Vanilla Chai flavor powder. I stumbled across 310 purely by accident. A friend on Facebook is following a celeb chick and apparently she uses 310. Thanks to Facebook marketing, since my friend liked this woman’s post, it showed up in my feed. The timing was very right though!

I did my homework and compared 310 to other brands. I’m not a lazy consumer so I want to make sure what I’m getting it of value to me and to make sure it’s the best bang for my buck. I compared 310 to Shakeology, Thrive, and Herbalife. I found their products to have the lowest price, even at full price, and a really good ingredient list. To top that off, 310 products are:

– Sugar Free –
– Dairy Free –
– Soy Free –
– Egg Free –
– Nut Free –
– Gluten Free –

I have food intolerances with gluten and dairy topping the list. The fact that this company excluded ALL those possible allergens from it’s products is wonderful! The other brands I looked at couldn’t say the same.

I’m a cheap frugal person. I don’t want to spend a lot on most things. I like to save as much money as possible. Even at $68 a bag, which was the lowest out of all the companies, I still didn’t feel that was a low enough cost for me. Yet again, Facebook intervened (totally creepy by the way…) and started spamming my feed with 310 ads. Apparently if you view something online, Facebook starts stalking you with ads for it.

BUT – I did see a new ad for a sample starter kit for only $9 + shipping. I liked the look of all the stuff in the sample starter pack and felt $9 was worth it to try so many of their products. I didn’t, however, want to pay shipping for it. Frugal remember? I spent a few days mulling over it and looking at 310 stuff online. Turns out they had another deal going as well – 50% off their Vanilla Chai flavor plus a FREE shaker cup. $39 for it instead of $78 was something I could approve up. I decided to combine that deal with my sample starter pack deal and give it a try.

I also found a code for free shipping!

The Vanilla Chai arrived first! I mixed it with 1 cup of cashew milk (60 calories) and 1 cup of water. The Vanilla Chai has 90 calories per scoop, which is one serving.

Survey says – it’s good! It’s a little sweet for my taste, but that’s something I can tweak to work with. I think a plan flavor like regular vanilla or chocolate might be better for me too. Chai is good, but I have to be in the mood for it. Mr. Divine is going to try it as well and he LOVES chai so we’ll see what he thinks!

I felt full after drinking it as well, which was a nice thing. I’m really focusing on stopping my body before I get full with food because if you don’t allow yourself time to digest you will end up overeating. With so may buffet styles food places, it’s no wonder we can’t stop eating!

Conclusion – 310 Nutrition has really low prices on nutritional shakes compared to other similar companies. It seems they are always running some sort of sale as well which is nice! On top of that, if you sign up on their website they give you points for each order you place and you can trade those points in for $ off your next order! The Vanilla Chai is sweet but it seems to mix pretty well and left me feeling very full.

I’ll keep you updated on my 310 journey and I will review any new 310 products I receive for you! If you use THIS LINK to sign up you will get an extra 10% off your first order! Don’t feel you have to because of me, but if you want to give it a try, please use the extra discount to help out your wallet!

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Review – Greens Plus Superfood Vanilla Chai Powder


This morning I’m at my desk drinking a big ol’ mason jar full of green stuff! No, I didn’t blend up green eggs and ham…. 😀 Today’s morning drink is Greens Plus Smart & Fit Superfood Vanilla Chai!

My last post asked a lot of questions about a couple of nutritional shake companies. I have tried a lot of different types of shakes and Greens Plus is one of them. I have to say that I’m not really a fan of the taste of this particular one. :/

I think the mix of all the greens with a vanilla chai flavor is part of the issue. My mouth just isn’t crazy about the taste combo. I usually add a little matcha powder and honey to it to make it a little better. I am just not a fan of the flavor.

Also, I don’t feel it mixes well. The instructions say to add it to water or milk, yet I cannot get it to mix into those liquids at all. The powder tends to settle on the bottom no matter how much I shake it up. That leaves me with a very gritty drink as well.

The one thing I do like is all the goodies packed inside this stuff! It’s non-GMO, soy free, dairy free and gluten free. With my food intolerances I love that it doesn’t have those things in it! It’s jam packed full of nutrients and good for you stuff as well! Just take a look at their ingredient label to see all of what’s inside!

I really wish I liked this flavor and that it mixed up better because this is a great product otherwise! Cost wise you are looking at about a month of drinks if you do them once a day for about $40 a month depending on where you buy it from. Compared to other companies I’ve looked at, this is what I have found to be about the best deal you’ll find for a good nutritional type drink mix that will last a month.

Have you tried Greens Plus Superfood Vanilla Chai before? What did you think of the product?

Glutino Favorite Sandwich Bread Review

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Image from Amazon.com

I am always on the lookout for really yummy gluten free bread because that seems to be one of the hardest things to find that taste really good. I have tried a lot of pre-made breads but I have an issue with the fact that you get half a loaf and they charge you $6 for it! I decided to try a couple of bread mixes instead and see if they were work the cost. I was really excited by the fact that I’d get a decent size loaf if I was lucky.

I tried Glutino Favorite Sandwich Bread today. The process to make it was very simple, though I did change the recipe a little. Instead of 2 eggs I used 3, and I added an extra couple tablespoons of butter, hoping that they would add more flavor. Gluten free bread is known for it’s bland and cardboard like taste. Often they are super dry as well. I added 1/4 cup of ground flaxseed to our mix as well, for extra nutritional value and digestion ease. And lastly, I let the yeast packet activate in the milk for 10 minutes before adding it to the mix. I always activate my yeast first, even when the recipe says not to. I feel I get better baked goods that way. I heated the milk for the recipe up enough for my yeast to activate in. Other than those changes I left the recipe as listed on the box.

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I let the bread sit on my warm stove for closer to an hour instead of their suggested 30 minutes, so it would have a chance to rise really well. I had to bake mine for 40 minutes, the last 10 minutes was done with foil over the top to keep it from getting super brown. It turned out very pretty!

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I made this loaf especially for making sandwiches because we had leftover chicken from last night’s dinner, and I had my appetite set on chicken sandwiches for lunch today. When I tried a piece of it plain, I found it to still be lacking in some flavor. I don’t know what exactly could be added to give it more flavor, but it is definitely something you could experiment with!

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For sandwiches it worked pretty well. My whole family enjoyed the flavor and had no hesitation with eating their sandwiches. (^.^) It also held up really well, it didn’t crumble or fall apart, and it stayed very moist which I was very surprised at. A lot of pre-made breads are very dry and fall apart, and they taste super dry. That is not appetizing.

I am excited to see how the bread holds up over the week. As with anything you make yourself, it will likely go bad quicker so you will need to eat it right away or store it in the freezer. I’m planning to try this bread toasted with jam, and possibly as french toast if there is any left by the weekend! Mr. Divine really liked it as a sandwich bread so I may treat him to sandwiches to take to work this week. Normally we do those very rarely because tasty bread is hard to find and it costs so much.

Glutino products do contain soy, which is something I don’t like. I’m not crazy about eating or drinking a bunch of soy in general, but soy also has a tendency to irritate my stomach. I was very thankful this bread did not bother my stomach much at all! I don’t enjoy getting sick from my food so it was nice to have a sandwich lunch that didn’t bother me at all. (^.^)

If you are looking for a pretty good GF bread and are okay with soy, give Glutino Favorite Sandwich Bread a try! If you do try it, please let me know what you think!

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Love Grown Super Oats Gluten Free Variety Pack Review

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When you are a gluten free family you have to do more work to find food that tastes good and won’t make you sick. Thankfully the market is drastically changing! Gluten free options are available almost everywhere now, including Walmart. This makes life for those with a gluten intolerance or Celiac’s disease much easier!

Little Divine likes breakfast kid style usually so we shop for GF cereals and oatmeal. That way she still gets to feel like she’s getting fun breakfast and not missing out too much. Cereal is an alright choice, but not super filling in my opinion. Oatmeal has been a staple breakfast food in American households for many generations, and I think a lot of that has to do with how filling it is. You want something that will stick to the ribs to keep people full until lunch. Children especially need something filling as they are constantly growing.

Most oats are not certified gluten free, which means it’s a risk to eat them. I shopped around and one brand I found that we LOVE is by Love Grown Foods! Their Super Oats Chia & Quinoa oatmeal is a hit in my house! On top of that, they sell a variety pack with similar flavors you find in regular kids oatmeal. So Little Divine gets the feel of the kids oatmeal packs in flavors while I get to feed her a healthy meal full of healthy grains. Win win! (^.^)

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Their oats are also GMO free, another plus! You get fiber, protein, and tastiness all in one place. Little Divine loves how these taste and has not once complained about them. It’s important to note that because she doesn’t always like healthy grains on their own. Love Grown found a way to make them delicious for kids and adults!

Super Oats come in several different kinds and you can buy them plain in a larger amount. We just get the Variety Pack box for Little Divine. I alternate cereal and oatmeal with GF French toast made on the weekends. It’s enough variety that it keeps Little Divine from getting tired of eating something but not too many choices to make things complicated.

I do wish they sold a pack with more than 6 in it. We use it so much that a 12 or 24 pack would be super handy for our family! That would be the only small issue I have. Definitely give it a try and let me know what you think!

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Review – Gevalia Kaffee Espresso Roast

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Mr. Divine and I are always on the lookout for yummy coffee that doesn’t cost a ton. I liked the last ones we tried but Mr. Divine thought they were just okay. We decided to give Gevalia Kaffe Espresso Roast a try because Mr. Divine used to enjoy it years ago. We knew we’d be getting weaker flavor as we are using it in a regular coffee maker, but we still wanted to give it a go.

I’ve been having stomach issues the last 2 days since we started using it. I’m not sure if it is the harshness of it or the fact that Gevalia states their coffees all have traces of gluten in them. I have no idea what “traces” quantifies, but it’s enough that they make it clear their coffee is not GF.

Last night was the worst. I had sharp stomach pains that didn’t go away until I took some apple cider vinegar. My stomach swelled and I looked a good 6 months pregnant – which I am not. I was uncomfortable most of the night. I feel a lot better this morning, but my stomach is still a little bloated and sore.

Now we head back to the store to see if we can find something that doesn’t make me sick. I would try a different type of Gevalia coffee but I’m concerned about the aftermath. I have no way of knowing what made me sick or if it’s something I’ll experience with their other coffees as well. Too bad!

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