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Blueberry and Almond Shakeology Cover Picture

Today’s Shakeology® was delicious as I blended together Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, Vanilla Shakeology®, cinnamon, and frozen blueberries! The only warning about this shake – other than it is fabulous – be careful with frozen blueberries. They can be a bit runny when opening the frozen bag. Since the blueberries were frozen I did not add any additional ice – but if you want a thicker shake then add ice.

As the date to start the 21-day fix (July 13, 2015) comes closer, new recipes are being tested to help determine my food menu. Also I am working on an Excel spreadsheet that will help me plan my meals calculating how many containers I have left. A new Facebook page is being developed to share my story, fitness and healthy eating tips. I will let everyone know when it is up and running!

I will be providing my own review on Beachbody’s products and vitamins. As a full disclaimer I am a Beachbody coach – I signed up as a Discount Coach which means there is no obligation to sale – but to enjoy the 25% discount on everything I purchase. (A good deal!) My reviews will be honest since my goal as a coach is to encourage other people to embrace healthier lifestyles – not necessarily monetary gain (I do have a full-time job for that purpose).

Blueberry and Almond Shakeology Ingredients
Blueberry and Almond Shakeology Ninja

On to today’s Shakeology® recipe!

Ingredients
8 ounces Vanilla Almond Milk, Unsweetened
1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology®
½ cup Blueberries, Frozen
1 tsp. Cinnamon

Preparation
Add all ingredients to a blender that can chop frozen fruit. Pour in your Shakeology Shaker Cup that you can take on the run to enjoy a healthy breakfast or replacement meal!

BEACHBODY 21 Day Fix®


1 Red 1/2 Purple ½ Yellow

Note: Container measurements are approximate and may change based upon how you prepare this recipe.

Banana and Almond Shakeology in Shakeology Shaker

In mid-July I am starting Beachbody® 21 Day Challenge with a group of people who are dedicated to taking their lifestyle to the next level! As such I will be going through older recipes and converting them to the container system for anyone who might be following their program. Their Shakeology® formula is wonderful and is much better than the protein shakes I was using to start my days. Over the upcoming weeks and months I will be sharing my journey as I continue to transition to whole foods and an overall healthier lifestyle.

I am a Beachbody coach and you can find more information through my Beachbody webpage. On the left-hand side, you will find a link to my profile, how to purchase any products, and additional information about the company and success stories.

Today I am sharing a delicious recipe for a Chocolate, Banana and Almond Shakeology! It is a great way to start your day or enjoy after a workout. Shakeology comes in different flavors and I used Vanilla for this recipe. All I needed to do was add a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa to transform it into a chocolate shake! For a thicker shake use 8 ounces of Vanilla Almond Milk. Another option is 8 ounces Vanilla Almond Milk and 4 ounces spring water. (Be sure to use unsweetened ingredients as you do not want to add sugar to a healthy recipe.)

Banana and Almond Shakeology With Ingredients

Healthy Tip: Start your day with a big glass of water to stay hydrated!

Ingredients
8 to 12 ounces Vanilla Almond Milk, Unsweetened
1 Scoop Vanilla Shakeology
1 tsp. Cocoa, Unsweetened
1 Small Banana
Ice Cubes

Preparation
Add the ingredients to a blender that can chop ice cubes. Pour in your Shakeology Shaker Cup that you can take on the run to enjoy a healthy breakfast or replacement meal!

BEACHBODY 21 Day Fix®


1 Red 1 Purple ½ to ¾ Yellow 1 Teaspoon

Note: Container measurements are approximate and may change based upon how you prepare this recipe.

Banana and Almond Shakeology in Ninja

Bruchetta Balsamic Topped Baked Tilapia Fish plated cover

Summer is a great time of year to start reducing calories and those heavy comfort meals that get us through a cold, harsh winter. This is one of my favorite recipes for baked Tilapia as it includes healthy ingredients and is just delicious! The ingredients are approximate and lean heavily on a lot of fresh chopped vine-ripe tomatoes per serving. Hopefully you will have a few tomatoes and basil out of your garden for this dish. Plus it is quick to put together and does not take long to bake in the oven. One serving option is to leave the fish in its baking dish.

Bruchetta Balsamic Topped Baked Tilapia Fish out of oven

For this dish I serve Basmati Vegetable Rice with Raw Pumpkin Seeds. The rice takes about an hour to make and warms over nicely. It is a healthy way to enjoy a side dish with this lean dinner.

basmati-vegetable-rice-with-pumpkin-seeds-closeup

The cooking time will depend upon if the fish is frozen, which will add more time to baking. Do not overbake as it needs to be flaky!

Bruchetta Balsamic Topped Baked Tilapia Fish plated closeup

The balsamic adds a really nice flavor to this dish! My preference is to plate the fish to really get all that wonderful balsamic flavor!!
Bruchetta Balsamic Topped Baked Tilapia Fish plated at a high view

More tomatoes the better! A nice bite contains fish, balsamic, tomatoes, Parmesan Cheese, and a bit of basil!
Bruchetta Balsamic Topped Baked Tilapia Fish plated closeup 2

Tilapia Ingredients:
Olive Oil
Tilapia Fillets, thawed

Bruschetta Topping Ingredients Per Tilapia Fillet:
1 Vine-ripe tomato, diced or sliced
4 Basil Leaves, whole or torn
1/2 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbsp. Parmesan Cheese

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 400. Prepare the bruschetta topping. Lightly brush tilapia with olive oil and place in a baking dish. Layer the bruschetta topping in desired order. Bake the Tilapia for about 15-25 minutes or until fish is flaky and tender.

BEACHBODY 21 Day Fix®


1 Red ½ Green 1/3 Blue 1 Teaspoon

Note: Container measurements are approximate and may change based upon how you prepare this recipe.
I am a Beachbody coach and you can find more information through my Beachbody webpage. On the left-hand side, you will find a link to my profile, how to purchase any products, and additional information about the company and success stories.

Bruchetta Balsamic Topped Baked Tilapia Fish before going into the oven

Sonnenberg Gardens 4

Today I am sharing more pictures from my bench series with pictures from: Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion; Hamburg Town Village; Genesee Country Village and Museum; and East Aurora. For prior postings of benches… click here and here. The cover photo is one of my favorites as it is part of Sonnenberg Gardens Rose Garden! It is so relaxing to sit and read a book in a rose garden! I started this series of taking benches during our hikes and then started to see benches every where we go. This series is now about benches in general! Enjoy today’s walk through different gardens and settings for a bench!

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion
Sonnenberg Gardens

Sonnenberg Gardens 8

Sonnenberg Gardens 7

Sonnenberg Gardens 6

Sonnenberg Gardens 3

Sonnenberg Gardens 2

Hamburg Village Hall
hamburg benches village hall

Genesee Country Village and Museum
I will be posting more pictures from this beautiful, historic area. The first bench is on the porch of one of the Victorian home. I don’t think it is meant for anyone to sit on but it is beautiful! The second picture sets a nice view for the entrance and the third is the trolley stop.
Ornate Bench Genesee Country Village

Genesse Country Village benches

Genesee Country Village and Museum Trolley Stop

East Aurora, New York
I love this little park like setting that is part of a roundabout in East Aurora. It is a busy area but the little park setting is so quaint and adds a nice touch to the village setting.
Benches in the village of East Aurora NY

Sonnenberg Gardens Door to the garden house

Today’s Thursday Door is a beautiful, ornate door from a garden house at Sonnenberg Gardens. I believe it was the house that Mary kept her birds as they had a special house. In reviewing a post I did last year on Mary’s Aviary it looks like a decent match. In this photo you can see a bit of the building that matches the pictures taken of the Aviary.

In general Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is just a beautiful way to spend a day. So much to view from gorgeous gardens to a beautiful mansion! This door has a rustic look that is worn over the years. The greenery around the door frames it beautifully and is a great accent for the leaves that are part of the door. Plus I like how you can see through the building to the other door. One can imagine a warm summer breeze flowing through the door as it is both ornate and functional.

The door handle has a lock so I would imagine at one time there was a glass panel. I hope you enjoyed today’s door! And be sure to check out Norm’s Thursday Door of a beautiful, old Montreal church!

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