While everyone was joining the gym, revamping their eating habits, and kicking up their supplements on January first, I was still stuck in my old ways.
Now that it’s almost February, I’m finally on the bandwagon. I haven’t joined a gym, but I’ve been using workout videos at home.
I’ve cut down my sugar intake quite a bit, and upped my fruits and vegetables.
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And, we’ve stocked up on smoothie/protein shake supplies and I have been loving them!
I have protein powder, which is obvious. But then there’s the chia seeds, flax seeds, turmeric, and fish oil (not for the smoothies).
I know they all supposedly have amazing, incredible healthy qualities…but what exactly are they?
And, it’s probably a mental thing, but I feel like now that I know what they’re for, they’ll be more effective.
A few things I’ve learned about smoothies or supplements-
- Always have some sort of a protein.
Peanut butter is a great addition, but as far as protein, it won’t completely cover it.
I love “Pure Protein” powder. I get the chocolate flavor. It’s only 3 grams of sugar, and it has 23 grams of protein.
If you don’t add a protein to your smoothie in the morning, it will not carry you through much of your day and you will inevitably have a sugar crash.
- Make sure you use ground flax seeds.
If you decide to use flax seeds, anyway. You can buy pre ground, or you can grind them yourself if you have a coffee grinder. If you use whole seeds, your body won’t get any benefits from them because they may just pass right through.
- Add Chia Seeds last.
If you like using Chia seeds (yes, the same seeds from the Chia Pet), add them after you pour your smoothie into your glass. The main reason I say this is the little seeds get stuck in every tiny crevice of the blender. Since they expand after they get wet, they REALLY get stuck in those crevices and it’s a pain to get them out.
- Freeze your fish oil gels.
If you take fish oil, some say you should freeze them. The reason for this is so you won’t have any gross aftertaste from them. I, personally, have never experienced a bad aftertaste, but if you have, consider putting them in the freezer!
I’m sure we’ll be adding to our repertoire if necessary. Either way, we have become much more mindful about what we have been eating.
What types of supplements do you take, and why?
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