Saturday, August 21, 2010

1 diet mistake

Oh dear, I made a diet boo-boo recently. Twice.

Actually, I blame it on my friend who buys my groceries (I admit it, I'm too lazy to do my grocery shopping.)

Usually she's perfect and gets me exactly what I need...but recently she's made a mistake with my peanut butter.

I knew something was "up" when I tasted the peanut butter...because it was the BEST peanut butter I had ever had...and all natural peanut butter does not taste that amazing.

So I checked the ingredient list...

The jar said "all natural", and while you think that might be healthy, I quickly discovered it was loaded with added sugar. These days you must be very careful because labels are getting very sneaky.

Always check your labels to see if there are added sugars or hydrogenated oils. If there are, AVOID those foods.

I prefer to stick to ONE-ingredient foods, and blend them all up into my morning blender drink. Check out these 3 funky recipes from last week:

Recipe #1 "Peach-Strawberry-Banana":
1 peach, 1 banana, frozen strawberries, 2 cups almond milk (no sugar), spinach, Garden of Life raw protein powder (optional/use whatever brand you prefer), walnuts, cacao nibs

Recipe #2 "The Sweetest Thing" (best for after a workout)
1 banana, frozen strawberries, raspberries, blueberries (optional), 5 dates, spinach, almond milk, flax oil, protein powder (optional), almond butter.

Recipe #3 "Banana Bread"
1-2 large bananas, blueberries, spinach, almond milk, pecans, protein powder (optional), chia seeds.

The combination of the pecans and bananas make it taste like banana bread. Delicious.

Hope you enjoyed those blender drink recipes. I'll share more of those in the future.

In the meantime, if you want more vegetarian recipes and meal plans (and even a 21-day Veggie Detox program), check out my friend Kardena Pauza's 3-day sale on her program here:


But her big sale and Detox bonus plan are only available until Wednesday night. So don't hesitate or you'll be too late.

And even if you aren't a vegetarian, it is great to have delicious meal options that don't revolve around meat.

To your health,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS


ericgdawg said...

Really love the blender drink recipes Craig. Look forward to more in the future. Do you ever add extra ice or organic plain yogurt to any of yours? Also, what do you use to blend them.

Joel said...

Hi Craig,

Thanks for the recipes and for your terrific blogs. I live in the east end of TO (a bit further east than you). Just wondering where you get your cacao nibs. Thanks again.

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS said...

Eric, no i don't add that stuff. And I just use a regular blender.

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS said...

Joel, i think any health food store will sell them. I don't do the shopping so not sure where I get them, sorry.