Fall for Holiday Smoothies at Red Mango

This post is sponsored by Red Mango, however the opinions about my experience are totally my own.

When I searched directions to Red Mango, a yogurt and smoothie franchise I’d been hearing great things about, the “popular times” chart next to the Google map indicated that a surprising amount of people are there around 6pm. Yay, I knew smoothies and/or frozen yogurt before (or in lieu of) dinner was a legit thing!  Red Mango austin

Hey, I’m always starving post workout, so I don’t care who knows I’m that girl who likes to be first in line to get her food. The way I see it is that I earned my smoothie with sweat equity and, in fact, if I don’t refuel with some healthy carbs and protein pronto, I’m going to lose my hard-earned investment. Finding out Red Mango was offering fall-flavored smoothies for the holiday season was the pumpkin-spiced cherry on top of the day – read on to find out: Continue reading

Blueberry Snap Pea Salad & Blueberries for Dessert

blueberry chicken salad on mixed greens

You can’t beat a big salad for a beautiful, easy-breezy summer meal — and one topped with blueberries and sugar snap peas adds just the right sprinkling of sweetness along with a saturation of whole body wholesomeness.  My Mixed Greens Salad with Chicken, Blueberries & Snap Peas was inspired by the recipe for Creamy Blueberry Chicken Salad in the August 214 edition of Cooking Light magazine. Of course, I had to do my own spin based on the fresh ingredients in my fridge!

So, what’s so special about these salad toppings? Well, grilled chicken breast offers a great source of lean protein, I always try to get about 25 – 30 grams of protein per meal. Blueberries are loaded with a wide rand of antioxidants that help me stay healthy on the inside and out and, as with most berries, are relatively low on the glycemic scale compared to many fruits. If I’m not careful, I can eat the whole pint – I guess there are worse things that could happen. Now, sugar snap peas are a childhood favorite, my mom used to grown them in the garden. So crisp, refreshing and surprising low in calories (only 26 calories per cup!),  sugar snap pea are a great source of fiber, vitamin C and vitamin A.

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Mixed Greens Salad with Chicken, Blueberries & Snap Peas Recipe

  • 6 ounces baby spring lettuce mix
  • 1/2 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, halved lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh basil
  • 12 ounces shredded skinless, boneless poached or grilled chicken breast
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup favorite balsamic vinaigrette or Litehouse Food’s Huckleberry Vinaigrette

 To prepare, divide lettuce evenly among four plates. Top each plate with equal portion of onion, snap peas, basil, chicken breast and blueberries. Drizzle with salad dressing. Serves 4.

violet beauregarde Now, if you’re wondering what to eat for a dessert that won’t leave you feeling like Violet Beauregarde from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, check out my delicious recipe for Blueberry Frozen Yothefitfork blueberry frozen yogurt 700!

 

 

For even more inspiration on how to make a healthy sweet treat from a batch of these popular summer berries (second choice only to strawberries), check out Cooking Light’s collection of Blueberry Desserts – you’ll find everything from blueberry cobbler to blueberry popsicles.

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Blueberry Froyo + More Frozen Desserts for Fit Girls

This post is sponsored by Foodie.com, but the featured recipe and opinions are all my own!

Check out Frozen Desserts for Fit Girls

by The Fit Fork at Foodie.com

Cool off with a scoop, slice or slurp of sweet, creamy goodness without any regrets – in fact, these healthy dessert recipes are GOOD for you, filled with wholesome ingredients including fresh fruits, Greek yogurt and hydrating coconut water. I’ve put together a collection of frozen summertime treats for Foodie.com that will satisfy cravings for sweet flavor and frosty refreshment without making you slow on your feet. A fit girl needs to fuel up right to tackle all her favorite warm weather recreation, many of these recipes feature extra protein to help with muscle-making after an intense outdoor workout.

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Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe

  • 3 cups milk of choice (I used cow milk, but almond, soy, coconut milks are other options)
  • 12 ounce plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ – 1 teaspoons liquid Stevia, to taste

Add all ingredients to a blender; blend until smooth. Place in electric ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions (typically about 20 minutes).  Serves 4.

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Yeah, that's right -- Dean still can't believe I got these abs from healthy desserts -- that and a zillion 'floor sweepers" and crunches.

Yeah, that’s right — Dean still can’t believe I got these abs from healthy desserts — that and a zillion ‘floor sweepers” and crunches.

I love snorkeling at the beach, paddle boating on the lake, and trail running under the shady trees. I’d also never say “no” to a river tubing trip,kayaking, water skiing, or hiking the canyon. How about you, what are your favorite fun ways to stay fit in the summer? Please share in the comments below!