Sunrise Shakeology

Sunrise Shakeology

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Sunrise Shakeology

Not many of us wake up craving a salad for breakfast, but how much better would your day be if you started it out with a salad instead of a donut?

With all those vitamins and minerals fueling your body instead of the unhealthy fats and empty calories many of us devour for our most important meal of the day, you’ll have the energy to accomplish so much more.

So how do you make a salad taste and feel like a breakfast treat?

*Coach is Aspen Ridge, Inc.

Shakeology!

Disclaimer: You will notice that there are links to Shakeology on this post and we are a Beachbody Coach (Coach is our corporation, Aspen Ridge, Inc.), but the point of this post is not to sell to you, but provide you with a great recipe for a quick, healthy meal. If you are interested in buying Shakeology, click a link, contact us, or talk to your coach. If not, read on and just skip the Shakeology scoops and/or use your meal replacement or protein powder of choice.

Regardless of how you make it, this recipe is a great way to get some extra greens.

Not only is it healthy and great tasting, it is super easy to blend together with very little cleanup!

When I make Sunrise Shakeology it’s for Chris and I, so the recipe below is for two servings. If you only want a single serving, cut all the ingredients in half. But remember, sharing is caring, so you should totally share and make enough for two!

Sunrise Shakeology

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Servings: 2

Ingredients

1 Mandarin Orange

3/4 Cup Blueberries

1 Large Carrot

2 Cups Mixed Greens

1/4 Cup (about 32) Almonds

1/4 Cup (4 tbsp) Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

2 Scoops Tropical Strawberry Vegan Shakeology (or Strawberry Shakeology)*

Ice (optional)

20oz Water

Equipment

Vitamix or Blender

Serving Cups

1/4 Measuring Cup

Directions

Add all ingredients to blender… AND put the lid on securely

Start blender on low, then kick it up to high until smooth (with the Vitamix, that is about 45 seconds)

Pour and serve immediately

Sip it slowly to enjoy the creamy goodness

*Again, we’re not trying to sell you on Shakeology. It’s an ingredient in our recipes because it’s a product we love and use daily. You can leave it out or use the protein/meal replacement powder of your choice.

Sunrise Shakeology

Notes and Nutritional Information

So what makes this shake so good for you? It is filled with all kinds of great ingredients that not only taste good, but have the nutrition your body needs. Read on to learn more about the ingredients in Sunrise Shakeology.

Mandarin Orange

Organic Facts Health Benefits of Clementine

Organic Facts lays out why these juicy treats are great for you. Yes it is for clementines, but the nutritional benefits of all mandarins are very similar.

Citrus (and that would include a mandarin) is a great source of vitamin C.

You probably already know this because you’re pretty smart, but my mind was just blown away by finding out tangerines and clementine oranges just a subgroup of mandarins.

So all tangerines and clementines are mandarins, but not all mandarins are tangerines or clementines. Not quite interchangeable in classification, but totally interchangeable for this recipe.

You can use any kind of orange or even orange juice, but by using the whole fruit you get more fiber and nutrients.

Don’t toss that peel! You can use orange (and other citrus) peels for all kinds of things around the house. Today, I used it as an air freshener by adding the peel, a pinch of clove, and some cinnamon to a pot of boiling water and then let it simmer on the stove until the RV was filled with it’s uplifting scent. The only thing better would have been the smell of orange blossoms!

Blueberries

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Now I see why these are called Little Blue Dynamos! Courtesy of: U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council

I firmly believe there is nothing better than fresh picked berries, but since they aren’t currently in season, I used frozen blueberries.

A bonus of using frozen blueberries is that they help keep the Sunrise Shakeology cold as it blends. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries depending on what is locally available.

Blueberries have become not only one of my favorite berries, but one of my must stock fruits. Smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt – everything is better with blueberries.

Blueberries are so awesome they have their own U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council!

Their site is full of great recipes, cooking tips, and growing information for these little balls of joy. They have tons of nutritional facts and information for your reading pleasure.

The beautiful blue (or purple, really) isn’t just window dressing, it’s phytonutrients called polyphenols. Bet those are two words you didn’t expect to see today!

Carrot

Organic Facts Health Benefits of Carrots

Organic Facts does an amazing job of listing out the nutritional benefits of foods and has some awesome infographics.

Any carrot will do as it is getting pulverized in the blender, so if you have baby, shredded, sticks, etc. toss them in. I was so excited this week to find organic rainbow carrots at the store. Steamed with a little honey, vinegar, oil, and salt glaze… yum!

No steaming is necessary for this recipe. Just remove the top, cut into one (1) inch chunks (or whatever your blender can handle) and throw it in. I don’t even peel my organic carrots. I soak all my produce in a vinegar bath and scrub them well so that I can get all the extra nutrition from the skin.

Want even more nutrition? If you buy whole carrots with the greens still attached, wash ’em up and throw ’em in. You can use it in place of the other greens or to taste. There seems to be a sweet spot when adding greens to a smoothie where it goes from “barely noticeable” to “hello salad in my drink”, so start with less and work your way up.

Greens

Organic Facts Health Benefits of Dates

Organic Facts, just like Popeye, dig their spinach.

Spinach, beet greens, dandelion, mixed greens… pick your favorite! I usually use mixed greens for the variety and extra nutrients, but like with most things in this recipe, use what you like and have on hand.

Some greens have a stronger flavor than others and, like I said before, there is a sweet spot (for us at least) between “just right” and “there’s green stuff in my perfectly good smoothie.”

Start with less and add to taste. You can always add more but once it’s in, it’s in.

During the winter I’m just not in the mood for salad as often as I was in the heat of summer. I know I still need my daily dose of green power, so this is the perfect way to stay on track.

Almonds

Organic Facts Health Benefits of Almonds

Organic Facts likes almonds too!

Almonds are a great snack all on their own and pack a pretty mean nutritional punch.

Before we eat nuts in our house, we soak or sprout them. For almonds, that means soaking them in water for six ((6) soaked) to twelve ((12) sprouted) hours and then drying them back out in our Excalibur dehydrator.

You could also use almond milk or another nut of your choice.

We don’t like the added ingredients in store bought almond milk, so we make our own in the Vitamix.

For the Sunrise Shakeology, it’s easier to throw in the almonds and water and let them become almond milk as they blend with the other ingredients than to make almond milk separately.

It’s all about saving time and cleanup!

Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

Organic Facts Health Benefits of Almonds

The Science of Eating uses a lot of coconut and for good reason!

Just like with almonds, you could use coconut milk or water, but using the dried stuff is cheaper and no extra work.

You can even add coconut oil. Just make sure to blend it well. This healthy fat likes to rise to the top, so keep blending until it is well acquainted with the other ingredients.

If you don’t have it or don’t like the taste of coconut, don’t worry about it. Just leave it out.

I love the creaminess the coconut adds to this Sunrise Shakeology while adding the extra fiber and healthy fats. I’ll let The Science of Eating tell you all about how great coconut is for you.

Shakeology

Tropical Strawberry Vegan Shakeology was the first Shakeology I tried (courtesy of my meat loving stepdad so that tells you how good it is), so it always holds a special place in my nutritional heart.

Back in the day, I only drank it plain with water. While that is still a great option for quick, on the go meals for us, we prefer our Shakeology, like many things in life, a little more sophisticated. Smoothies are a great way to dress it up.

Sometimes I go really crazy and add some Greenberry or Vanilla Shakeology in place of one of the Strawberry scoops. Can you tell we like variety in our lives? Life is too short for one flavor.

And don’t throw away the scoops when your bag of Shakeology is empty. They’re about a 1/4 cup (or 4 tbsp) and perfect for measuring your other ingredients. I keep one in our oatmeal, nut, and other dry storage containers for easy measuring.

Want to learn more about Shakeology? Click a link, contact us, or talk to your coach. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

Water

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Organic Facts lists just some of the many benefits of staying hydrated

We make all our smoothies and shakes with cold, distilled water.

We don’t have a fancy fridge with an ice maker and water dispenser, so we fill our Shakeology Shaker Cup with distilled water and keep it in the fridge. I don’t usually measure the water, I just fill the blender to the four (4) cup mark after all the other ingredients are added (which for the small Vitamix container is full).

We drink room temperature water (with lemon) as our beverage of choice all day with the occasional herbal tea, orange juice, or cranberry juice (exciting, I know). Since we don’t use a lot of ice we disconnected our ice maker (more freezer storage space), so I don’t usually put ice in our Sunrise Shakeology unless it is really hot out, but you can to give it that ice cream shake texture.

If you don’t freeze your fruit, use cold water, or add ice, your Sunrise Shakeology can get really warm while blending it, so keep tabs on the temperature. Like I said, we like ours cold but not icy cold so we skip the ice but use cold ingredients. Adjust your ingredient temperatures until it is just how you like it.

To make sure we get all the vitamin goodness of this shake, we pour a little bit of water back in the Vitamix, blend it for a few seconds, then drink our vitamin water. This way we are always drinking water after our shake and it starts the cleaning process for the blender. Most of us don’t drink enough water (and drinking enough water is super important), so this extra glass will set you on the right track.

Enjoy Your Sunrise Shakeology

Sunrise Shakeology

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do. Having this as a meal or snack option keeps us from buying or reaching for ice cream or some other unhealthy sweet treat.

This isn’t a low calorie, low fat snack and does have quite a few grams of sugar from the fruit, so drink it in moderation and make sure to compliment this meal with other healthy meals and snacks throughout the day.

If you get tempted, like we do, to have more than one Shakeology concoction in a day, cut the amount of Shakeology you use per serving.

Sometimes we’ll use one scoop for the two of us in the morning and then have another scoop split between the two of us later in the afternoon. One shake might be sweeter, like Banana Date Shakeology, while the other, like Sunrise Shakeology, has even more of that salad nutrition.

Enjoy!

Sunrise Shakeology

*Coach is Aspen Ridge, Inc.


Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the posts on this website are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, The Wandering Cs will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally and believe will add value to our readers. We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Additionally, information, including but not limited to text, graphics, images, videos, or other materials, contained on this website is for informational and entertainment purposes only. One function of this website is to help encourage wellness in your daily life. This website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified, professional health care provider with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have regarding any medical condition or treatment and before making any changes to your health care regimen. If you are experiencing any type of medical emergency, stop reading this website and dial 911 (or your country’s emergency phone system (but you can return to this website once the emergency has passed (and if this does not go against your medical provider’s advice)).

Our Favorite Dessert Meal – Banana Date Shakeology

Our Favorite Dessert Meal – Banana Date Shakeology

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Our Favorite Dessert Meal

Banana Date Shakeology

Drinking date shakes is the cool thing to do when you grow up in Southern California. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to stop at Hadley Fruit Orchards in Cabazon, California and get a Hadley’s Date Shake, you know what I’m talking about. And if you don’t, go! Dates, vanilla ice cream, and milk. Yum. There is no better way to cool off from the desert heat.

While there are a lot of nutritional benefits to eating dates, most wouldn’t consider vanilla ice cream to be a health food.

How can you have your own delicious date shake at home without the guilt?

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Here’s how…Shakeology!

Disclaimer: You will notice that there are links to Shakeology on this post and we are a Beachbody Coach (Coach is our corporation, Aspen Ridge, Inc.), but the point of this post is not to sell to you, but provide you with a great recipe for a quick, healthy meal. If you are interested in buying Shakeology, click a link, contact us, or talk to your coach. If not, read on and just skip the Shakeology scoops and/or use your meal replacement or protein powder of choice.

Regardless of how you make it, this recipe is one of our favorite desserts. Yes, I said dessert. And we eat it for breakfast. Or lunch. But it always tastes like dessert.

Not only is it healthy and great tasting, it is super easy to blend together with very little cleanup!

When I make Banana Date Shakeology it’s for Chris and I, so the recipe below is for two servings. If you only want a single serving, cut all the ingredients in half. But remember, sharing is caring, so you should totally share and make enough for two!

Banana Date Shakeology

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Servings: 2

Ingredients

1 Medium Banana

8 Deglet Noor Dates

1/4 cup (about 32) Almonds

1/4 cup (4 tbsp) Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology*

1 scoop Chocolate Vegan Shakeology (or Chocolate Shakeology)*

Ice (optional)

20oz Water

Equipment

Vitamix or Blender

Serving Cups

1/4 Measuring Cup

Directions

Add all ingredients to blender… AND put the lid on securely

Start blender on low, then kick it up to high until smooth (with the Vitamix, that is about 45 seconds)

Pour and serve immediately

Sip it slowly to enjoy the creamy goodness

*Again, we’re not trying to sell you on Shakeology. It’s an ingredient in our recipes because it’s a product we love and use daily. You can leave it out or use the protein/meal replacement powder of your choice.

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Notes and Nutritional Information

So what makes this dessert shake so good for you? It’s filled with all kinds of great ingredients that not only taste good, but have the nutrition your body needs. Read on to learn more about the ingredients in Banana Date Shakeology.

Banana

Organic Facts Health Benefits of Banana

Organic Facts does an amazing job of listing out the nutritional benefits of foods and has some awesome infographics.

The riper the banana, the sweeter your Banana Date Shakeology will be (and it will also be slightly higher in sugar).

There are different health benefits for ripe (higher in antioxidants) and unripe (more micronutrients) bananas, so in general we try to mix up eating bananas in various stages of ripeness. This doesn’t take a lot of work since we start eating bananas the day we buy them and keep eating them as they ripen until they’re gone!

A banana in any degree of ripeness will do, but we prefer ours on the ripe side for the sweetness it adds to this shake.

We also keep them in the freezer (once ripened and peeled) to use in smoothies and for our Banana Date Shakeology.

For more benefits of and ways to use bananas, check out The Science of Eating.

Dates

Organic Facts Health Benefits of Dates

Organic Facts did it again with dates. Who knew these little bites of goodness were so good for you?

I was really concerned about the amount of sugar in dates (my family has a history of diabetes and hypoglycemia, so I’m always aware of sugar).

I was glad to see that in the May 28, 2011 issue of Nutritional Journal a study was done about date consumption on diabetics and found that they are a low-glycemic index food and did not significantly raise blood sugar levels. Phew! That doesn’t mean you can gorge on these, so stick to the serving size.

There are a TON of different types of dates. I usually use Deglet Noor, but, by chance, bought Medjool this week and had to adjust the number of dates used to three (3). Basically, regardless of the type of date, I use about 3/4 serving of dates per serving of Banana Date Shakeology. Adjust the number of dates you are using by reading what the serving size is for the type of dates you are using.

AND… make sure the dates are pitted. The Deglet Noor I usually buy are always pitted and I didn’t notice that the Medjool were not until I heard the clunking in the Vitamix. We had to pick out chunks of pit. I don’t think we got them all… hopefully we won’t die.

Just like bananas, we keep dates in the freezer for our Shakeology treats.

Almonds

Organic Facts Health Benefits of Almonds

Organic Facts likes almonds too!

Almonds are a great snack all on their own and pack a pretty mean nutritional punch.

Before we eat nuts in our house, we soak or sprout them. For almonds, that means soaking them in water for six ((6) soaked) to twelve ((12) sprouted) hours and then drying them back out in our Excalibur dehydrator.

You could also use almond milk or another nut of your choice.

We don’t like the added ingredients in store bought almond milk, so we make our own in the Vitamix.

For the Banana Date Shakeology, it’s easier to throw in the almonds and water and let them become almond milk as they blend with the other ingredients than to make almond milk separately.

It’s all about saving time and cleanup!

Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

Organic Facts Health Benefits of Almonds

The Science of Eating uses a lot of coconut and for good reason!

Just like with almonds, you could use coconut milk or water, but using the dried stuff is cheaper and no extra work.

You can even add coconut oil. Just make sure to blend it well. This healthy fat likes to rise to the top, so keep blending until it is well acquainted with the other ingredients.

If you don’t have it or don’t like the taste of coconut, don’t worry about it. Just leave it out.

I love the creaminess the coconut adds to this Banana Date Shakeology while adding the extra fiber and healthy fats. I’ll let The Science of Eating tell you all about how great coconut is for you.

Shakeology

If you aren’t Shakeology crazy like we are and don’t have all the flavors, you can use just Chocolate or just Vanilla (edit: one reader even used Tropical Strawberry Vegan).

I love the additional recipes (and nutritional value) we get by combining flavors so I always keep them all on hand.

Sometimes to mix it up, I’ll just use one or the other, but we prefer a little of each.

And don’t throw away the scoops when your bag of Shakeology is empty! They’re about a 1/4 cup (or 4 tbsp) and perfect for measuring your other ingredients. I keep one in our oatmeal, nut, and other dry storage containers for easy measuring.

Want to learn more about Shakeology? Click a link, contact us, or talk to your coach. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

Water

water_infographic

Organic Facts lists just some of the many benefits of staying hydrated

We make all our smoothies and shakes with cold, distilled water.

We don’t have a fancy fridge with an ice maker and water dispenser, so we fill our Shakeology Shaker Cup with distilled water and keep it in the fridge. I don’t usually measure the water, I just fill the blender to the four (4) cup mark after all the other ingredients are added (which for the small Vitamix container is full).

We drink room temperature water (with lemon) as our beverage of choice all day with the occasional herbal tea, orange juice, or cranberry juice (exciting, I know). Since we don’t use a lot of ice we disconnected our ice maker (more freezer storage space), so I don’t usually put ice in our Banana Date Shakeology unless it is really hot out, but you can to give it that ice cream shake texture.

If you don’t freeze your fruit, use cold water, or add ice , your Banana Date Shakeology can get really warm while blending it, so keep tabs the temperature. Like I said, we like ours cold but not icy cold so we skip the ice but use cold ingredients. Adjust your ingredient temperatures until it is just how you like it.

To make sure we get all the vitamin goodness of this shake, we pour a little bit of water back in the Vitamix, blend it for a few seconds, then drink our vitamin water. This way we are always drinking water after our shake and it starts the cleaning process for the blender. Most of us don’t drink enough water (and drinking enough water is super important), so this extra glass will set you on the right track.

Enjoy Your Banana Date Shakeology

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do. Having this as an option keeps us from buying or reaching for ice cream or some other unhealthy sweet treat.

This isn’t a low calorie, low fat snack and does have quite a few grams of sugar from the fruit, so drink it in moderation and make sure to compliment this meal with other healthy meals and snacks throughout the day.

If you get tempted, like we do, to have more than one Shakeology concoction in a day, cut the amount of Shakeology you use per serving.

Sometimes we’ll use one scoop for the two of us in the morning and then have another scoop split between the two of us later in the afternoon. One shake might be sweeter, like this one, while the other has a handful of spinach and carrot in it like Sunrise Shakeology (don’t knock it ’til you try it). Some Strawberry or Greenberry Shakeology and veggies is really good.

Enjoy!

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*Coach is Aspen Ridge, Inc.


Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the posts on this website are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, The Wandering Cs will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally and believe will add value to our readers. We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Additionally, information, including but not limited to text, graphics, images, videos, or other materials, contained on this website is for informational and entertainment purposes only. One function of this website is to help encourage wellness in your daily life. This website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified, professional health care provider with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have regarding any medical condition or treatment and before making any changes to your health care regimen. If you are experiencing any type of medical emergency, stop reading this website and dial 911 (or your country’s emergency phone system (but you can return to this website once the emergency has passed (and if this does not go against your medical provider’s advice)).

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