Hey!!! So finally got my #WorkoutWednesday post up…. I thought I would be totally different and post it on Thursday! 🤐😉😜
When I see healthy places go up, my excitement level soars. When I see a healthy place right around the corner from my house? I start jumping up and down in excitement and am convinced that place will be my new BFF.
I normally don’t eat out much because 1) I am a budget girl who can be kind of a tightwad. 2) I don’t like to eat junk food all that often.
HOWEVER- I am a normal person who gets busy and forgets to plan ahead. A girl who will be fine one second and so ravenous the next that she is contemplating whether eating her own young in the car with her would be socially accepted- you know, given the circumstances of nearly starving to death.
I also have been making my own smoothies for years because it is easy peasy to throw everything in a blender and call it a day. Need extra protein? Throw in some powder. Need more greens? Throw in some spinach or kale. Possibilities are endless. So, I can be a little bit of a smoothie snob when I go somewhere that charges $7 a smoothie when I make the same thing at home for pennies.
However, I have been a Jamba Juice girl for years. Giving in to the high priced smoothies that are bigger than my head because I fell in love the idea of a healthy smoothie on the run, received by a drive through.
So I decided to give this place a try since it is LITERALLY right next to my house.
My oldest daughter and I walked in and were immediately greeted by energetic and cheerful employees. I wanted (needed- I am a super slow order-er to the dismay of my husband every time we go out) a minute to look over the menu to get a handle on what is served. While I was looking over the menu, the employees were extremely helpful in answering any questions I had and offering suggestions based on what I was in the mood for and my likes/dislikes.
I noticed that in addition to smoothies, they also offer a full menu with bowls, wraps, soups, salads, snacks and fresh juices. Grabbagreen caters to the clean eating lifestyle and promotes that their Eat Clean menu is preservative-free and GMO free.
The Grabbagreen Difference
Healthy Food, Fast!
Welcome to Grabbagreen, where nothing comes through our doors pre-cooked. Even better, organics make up a healthy portion of our Grabba Grain + Grabba Green signature bowls. Every menu item is made-to-order, each is prepared fresh, and all your proteins are cooked in-house and primarily on the spot – without compromising your time. ~ Grabbagreen
We decided to just order smoothies which only come in one size and sadly- they are not bigger than my head. I wanted something with kale (duh! I am the QUEEN of green smoothies) and carrot juice because I am missing my juicer so much. So I ordered the IMMUNIZATION STATION which consisted of Agave, Banana, Kale, Strawberry, Carrot Juice, and Immune Powder. My daughter ordered OXIDATION ELIMINATION which consisted of Acai, Agave, Banana, Blackberry, Blueberry, Spinach, Strawberry, and Green Tea. My smoothie was delicious and everything I expected. I tried my daughter’s as well and hers was equally delicious.
Something that piqued my curiosity as well is the Detox.
Grabbadetox†: is a healthful way to reboot your body. Ten juices and four elixirs make up this nutrient-dense cleanse which floods your system with the vitamins of over 20 pounds of fruits and vegetables. ~Grabbagreen
You choose how many days you would like to detox for and from there are given a custom designed detox menu.
The verdict and final opinion of Grabbagreen? The frugal girl inside me cringes at the thought of paying $7 for a small smoothie that I totally always make myself at home. I will concede that if I were to run to McDonald’s to buy myself something I would spend that much, and I do love having the option of buying something that I know I will enjoy, is healthy for me, and I won’t walk away feeling sick later. I definitely want to try some of the other items off the menu and plan on giving reviews of that as well! So, bottom line? I think from start to finish it is a great place. From cheerful employees to delicious and healthy food, it was an enjoyable experience.
***** I did not receive compensation of any kind for my review****
When I started working out years ago, this was something I had to ask myself. I have 4 kids. When I would tell them I was heading to work out, a scene like this would typically play out.
“Do you have to, Mom?”
“No, I don’t have to. However, I want to. Exercising makes mommy healthy and feel good.”
“Can’t you just workout tomorrow?”
Sigh. How hard it is to say no to our families when they want to spend time with us. I always made sure that they were taken care of before I went to work out. I didn’t even leave for a gym-just the other room. They made it seem as if I was going to be gone for hours, instead of the 45 minutes or so that I would be in the other room.
How easy it would have been to give in to that guilt. I am so proud of myself that I didn’t waver in my convictions that I work out. As moms, we tend to care for others before ourselves. We feel that we would be “bad moms” if we take care of our own needs first.
When on a a plane, we are always given the instructions to place the oxygen masks on ourselves before our children. If we were to ignore those instructions,we might not be able to take care of our loved ones at all. We could get injured or pass out before we were able to tend to them.
The same is true in our day to day lives. Motherhood is the hardest job I will ever do. When I was overweight, I was tired all the time. Small things seemed monumental. When I got healthy, it was easier to take care of my family. So, taking care of me IS taking better care of my family. I feel so strong when I work out. I feel like an athlete in practice. I can rock playtime with my kids and keep up with my 10 year old daughter who still likes to play with me.
I know it feels selfish to have that “me” time to exercise. Especially when exercise time isn’t already a habit and a part of your daily schedule. Those pleas to wait and do it tomorrow are strong and compelling. After all, won’t we have so much time to work out when they are all grown up? However, if we wait until then- have we done them any favors? Will we be overweight? Struggling with blood pressure? Diabetes? Have we shown them how to live a healthy lifestyle? Will we be sacrificing their long term health because we taught them to find any excuse not to work out?
Maybe if this feels like it is too selfish for you to take this time for yourself you can use the following tips I wrote in this article to include your kiddos. Improve their health and become a rock star mom at the same time. It’s a win-win situation.
I am very proud of myself for not giving in to those excuses. I know that I am a better mom for it.
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Tip: *You can make fresh roasted pumpkin puree by cutting a pumpkin in half and placing it on a baking pan. Drizzle it with ½ tsp. olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 350° F. for 35 to 40 minutes. If using fresh pumpkin puree, increase vegetable broth to 4 Tbsp.
*To caramelize onion, heat 1 tsp. olive oil in medium nonstick skillet. Add 1 chopped onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes. Once onions begin to brown reduce heat to low. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until onions are brown.
Made protein pancakes this morning with a secret ingredient….. want to know what it was? Spinach! Get ready to flex those Popeye muscles and show off how healthy you are! 😉
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Words that companies use on their packaging to describe their foods can be confusing sometimes. The FDA regulates the specific descriptive wording, but it can still be confusing to us- the consumers. For example, when you see a bag of jelly beans labeled “now fat free”.
You wonder “did they change the formula?” Nope. The jelly beans are pretty much pure sugar- and always have been. The package isn’t lying. There isn’t any fat in them. However, they have NEVER contained fat. Just sugar. The change in packaging was just done to confuse us as consumers into thinking that those jelly beans are now a healthier food.
Most people looking to lose weight try to read labels and all the packaging labeled “light”, “low-fat”, “non-fat”, or “reduced calorie” all sound very appealing. So how do we know which is right for us to choose?
Here is a list of FDA regulated food descriptions with the criteria that companies are required to meet to include these descriptions on their packaging.
Where to Find The Information on the Label
We all want to be healthy. I hope this helps a little when food shopping in reading food labels, so you can make the best decisions for you in your food purchases and not be tricked by the food companies packaging.
Mmmmmm……. Lunch. I started eating lentils on a daily basis for lunch when I started weight training. I discovered that lentils really helped me to curb my appetite and control cravings. I felt more satisfied with my daily food. So why is that?
Lentils are really high in fiber. The high fiber content prevents your blood sugar levels from spiking rapidly- which is something that happens when we consume carbohydrates at meal time. However, if our carbohydrates are full of fiber, the spike is slow and gradual which enables our bodies to use them as fuel. The opposite happens without the fiber. Our bodies get a big rush of carbohydrates with nothing to slow down the absorption, so it sets our body on a roller coaster of energy. Ever felt slow and sluggish not too long after eating a meal heavy in processed carbohydrates? There was no fiber to set the brakes and your body crashed after using the fuel in a huge rush of energy.
Lentils are also high in protein, so they are perfect for trying to get some more protein into your diet without adding more meat. I have made chili, sloppy joes, and even lentil veggie patties with them.
So to share my love of lentils, I thought I would share a recipe to get you started!
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There are so many ways to prepare them, google it and try something new! Leave me a comment below sharing your favorite way to prepare lentils!