My Favorite Smoothie These Days (+ A Giveway!)

***GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!!!***

Let it be known that it is HOT, HOT, HOT in the good ol’ AZ these days. No denying that one. We’re talking 115* (F) temps with lows in the 90s. Yup, I’m pretty much over it. Sadly, we still have a couple more months of it left. To survive, I rely on my A/C, fans, swimming, cooking on the grill (or not at all), ice cream, and lots and lots of SMOOTHIES!

To be honest, I don’t get too terribly creative with smoothies. I go through smoothie phases. Nothing new there. I’m known for my food phases. I’ll enjoy the same exact smoothie combo day in and day out for several weeks, and then switch it up and enjoy that one for another several weeks, and so on and so forth. It’s just what I do.

So! Since I’m smoothie obsessed lately (as is Hunter), I decided to share my most recent favorite smoothie!

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Let’s break this down a bit.

  • Skoop B-STRONG: This is a newer plant based protein powder that I am absolutely LOVING! It truly is one of the better tasting protein powders I’ve tried, and I love that it’s entirely plant based. It packs in 16 grams of protein per serving, including essential and non-essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals, prebiotic fibers, and Omega-3, 6, & 9 fatty acids.
  • Spinach: I add about 2 large handfuls of spinach to my smoothie to get in some extra greens. I know the green color and/or idea of veggies in your smoothie can weird some people out, but I swear you can’t taste if you disguise it with sweeter fruits (i.e. banana, mangos, etc.) and/or protein powder.
  • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk: I’m not too picky about the brand of almond milk, but I do prefer the unsweetened vanilla variety. The regular sweetened is TOO sweet for my smoothies since I already have the sweetness from fruit and protein powder.
  • Matcha Powder: This is something new that I recently discovered. It doesn’t exactly taste great, so I love disguising it in my smoothies. Even though it isn’t the best tasting, it has amazing benefits that help give you all day energy, metabolism boost, increased focus, improved skin health, and lots and lots of antioxidants.
  • Frozen fruit: I always add in a frozen banana and frozen berries (usually strawberries or blueberries).

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It’s super tasty and PACKED with nutrients!

Now for the fun part – a giveaway! Yep, two giveaways in one week! Lucky you!

The giveaway is for a bag (approximately 30 servings) of Skoop B-STRONG protein powder. I initially discovered Skoop at Blend Retreat, and as I continue to try more of their products, I fall more and more in love with the company. You won’t be disappointed with this stuff.

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In addition to the facts above, here’s a few more fun facts about the Skoop B-STRONG:

  • It’s free of soy, dairy, and gluten
  • No artificial flavors, sweeteners, or colors
  • It’s designed to help your body absorb nutrients, build muscle, AND recover quickly
  • The fatty acids in it aid in hormone function, healthy skin, and cellular repair, as well as help your gut absorb macro and phytonutrients.
  • Prebiotics fibers are included to help protect our gut and make our bellies happy
  • Plant-based antioxidant rich foods are added to help your cells recover faster from workouts

Basically, it’s a protein powder powerhouse! You really can’t go wrong with this stuff.

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To enter this giveaway, tell me your favorite smoothie combo lately in the comments below!

For an extra entry, post this to Facebook or Twitter: I want to win some @HealthySkoop B-STRONG from @FoodNFitDiaries! Enter here: http://wp.me/p1R0eQ-3GD  Don’t forget to comment below with your link to your Facebook or Twitter post!

Only open to U.S. residents. Giveaway will be closed at midnight on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email.

Disclosure: I was provided a bag of Skoop B-STRONG in exchange for this post. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own. Thanks for your support!

Swanson’s 45th Anniversary + A Giveaway!

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!!***

And just like that, we’re back to the Monday grind!

Hopefully you all had a wonderful weekend. Ours was fairly low-key, but productive and fun all at the same time. A few things that happened around here: we wrapped up Scandal on Netflix (sad!), I subbed BODYPUMP on Saturday morning, got my hair trimmed and highlighted, did some chores around the house, had a family night that consisted of Chick-Fil-A…

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…splash pad fun…

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…and a Nothing Bundt Cake lemon bundtlet with extra frosting for moi! Yum, yum, yum.

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And we began Sunday with a little donut stop, church, and a relaxing afternoon with no obligations. It was pretty glorious!

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Now that we’ve covered the weekend stuff, I wanted to give a big shout out to Swanson Health Products as they celebrate their 45th anniversary this summer! Swanson’s is a family-owned company that sells vitamins, health foods, and beauty products all for very reasonable prices.

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I’ve used Swanson’s several times to order various health foods and supplements that are more difficult to find in the store. I just recently ordered some of my favorite Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and Plant Fusion vanilla protein powder from Swanson’s. There’s a bazillion other products they sell online as well.

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I also wanted to fill you in on Swanson’s 45 Healthy Foods Sweepstakes that they are hosting in honor of their 45th anniversary. Check it out for a chance to win 45 healthy foods and $500!

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Swanson is also offering one My Food ‘N’ Fitness Diaries’ reader a chance to win a $45 Swanson gift certificate!

To be entered into the giveaway, comment below telling me one thing YOU would order from Swanson Health Products.

For an extra entry, tweet or Facebook this message: Happy 45th Anniversary @SwansonVitamins! I want to win a $45 gift card from @FoodNFitDiaries. Enter here: http://wp.me/p1R0eQ-3G8 Leave an extra comment with the link to your Facebook post or tweet.

Giveaway will close at midnight on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Winner will be randomly chosen and will be notified via email.

Even if you don’t win, new customers can save $5 off your order by signing up HERE (<–affiliate link).

Check out Swanson Health Products on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Disclosure: I received a $45 Swanson gift certificate in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. Thanks for your support!

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