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Hey all.. happy-almost-weekend. Are they weeks just flying by or what? Zumba® Master Class Tomorrow Evening…..You obviously can’t tell how excited I am 🙂

Today I wanted to share my favorite foods this week. I get asked a lot by co-workers and Zumba students what I am eating. So what better day than to show some of them on the good ole’ blog. Maybe this should be a weekly thing.. hmmm.. but that may bore you all to tears since I often eat the same things from week to week, ha. So let’s list ’em, shall we?

1. Blueberries. Since they are in season, I am loving fresh blueberries on top of my oat bran concoction for breakfast. It adds the perfect touch of sweetness to balance out the tartness of the greek yogurt. I don’t mind frozen at all, but there is something better about a fresh blueberry, IMO. They are obviously also really good for you, too. A few health benefits are:

  • Highest antioxidant of all fresh fruit
  • Neutralizes free radical objects in the body
  • Aid in reducing belly fat
  • High in Fiber which helps to dissolve the “bad cholesterol”, which also aids in reducing heart disease Source

Ohhh yeahhhh.. the big guy container

2. Chia Seeds. I love how big and plentiful these little seeds make my breakfast (see #1). Health benefits here. To name a few: high in omega 3’s, full of fiber, and good for digestion, PLUS they absorb 10x their weight in water, so you feel like you are eating more than you are. Of course I love that! Volumetric’s is a great way to eat (you can do this with vegetables, too. “Adding in more veggies crowds out the junk”) I add one tablespoon every morning to my oat bran. Notice the measuring spoon in the container 🙂 With teaching so much Zumba, I try to keep my in-take of Omega 3’s high. I am definitely not as sore increasing them – I don’t think, at least.

3. Almond Milk. I drink probably 2-3 servings of this on any given day. Hence why I need to buy 2-3 half gallons weekly. I am obsessed, and only buy the regular unsweetened. I used to get the Vanilla unsweetened, but I like how the regular really has more of that almond taste I am after. I love how it blends in my morning shake before I head to work (I mix 1 cup almond milk with who-knows-how much cocoa powder, Truvia, and some vanilla whey protein), and I love how it tastes with my cereal concoctions (found here). At 30 calories per cup, you won’t get off track with calorie goals {The only calories I really like to drink come in the form of alcohol..oops}. This “milk” is loaded with calcium, too. Can’t beat that fo’ sho’.

4. Cocoa Powder. I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Who doesn’t love chocolate? It makes my smoothie’s and greek yogurt mixes taste amaaazing and full of flavor. Not to mention there also some health benefits:

  • 2 tablespoons have only approximately 20 to 25 calories
  • Contains antioxidants
  • May lower LDL cholesterol, reduce the risk of blood clots, increase blood flow to the arteries, lower high blood pressure, boost cognitive performance and provide essential minerals such as calcium and potassium. Source

I also made chocolate “frosting” the other day using this. I combined approximately 2 tablespoons of cocoa, and then enough SF Maply Syrup to swirl it all around and make it thick like actual frosting. OH MY GOD, this was so good!

5. Vanilla Extract. Just a tiny drop of this adds tremendous flavor to anything, especially baked goods and smoothies, and a little bit goes a long way. I usually add it to my morning shake for a hint of sweetness. What have I been doing for so long without this?!

6. Sriracha. I am obsessed with anything and everything spicy. I add this spicy-goodness to all my salads and whatever meat I am eating. I can’t get enough. And it is said that anything spicy raises your metabolism since your body has to work harder to cool its temperature, or something like that.. sounds good to me!

7. My usual Arugula and Basil. I have brought a small container of this to eat with my salads everyday at work. I just can’t get enough of the flavors. It makes me really enjoy my salad-with-chicken-lunches day after day.

So that is my Thursday, friends! I do truly enjoy everything I eat, or else I wouldn’t eat it. Some who are new to my blog may find some of this “weird”, but I promise it is all so good. The possibilities with these health foods are truly endless. 

Question of the evening: What are all of your favorite foods this week? I love new food finds, so tell me 🙂

Here is to a happy and healthy up-coming weekend. Slow down, take it all in, and most importantly, enjoy life. Until next time!

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