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Work it Off Wednesdays: Vanilla Berry Smoothy

Smoothies are really easy to make. Really easy….this one took me about 10 minutes tops and that was because I was writing down calorie info. What makes it even quicker is if you have frozen berries like in the picture. Frozen berries are just as healthy as fresh berries yet they are often cheaper and they last quite a long time in your freezer.
It’s also really easy to mix up the flavours of your smoothie. Through in some fresh bananas, or pineapple. For a great post-workout smoothie you can also add peanut butter or you can even add whey protein powder which you can get at health or bulk food stores. The possibilities huge but you of course always want to keep in mind that the more you add, the more calories you add and if you want to make a healthy smoothie you should always just add healthy ingredients. This smoothie is only 100 calories per serving!
For today’s WOW topic I’d like to take a step back and talk about how is it you actually lose weight. In the end it’s all about calorie in, calorie out. You have to burn more calories than you consume in order to lose weight.
So lets do the math. 1 lb of fat consists of 3500 calories. So if you would like to lose 1 lb of fat per week you would have to have a caloric deficit of 500 calories per day.
For a more detailed description of this process you can view this article here.

Vanilla Berry Smoothies

Makes enough for 2
1 cup skim milk
1 cup frozen berries
1 cup 0% plain yogurt
seeds from half a vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp honey
Place all of the above ingredients in a blender. Pulse until the desired consistency is achieved, being careful not to over blend.  Enjoy (yes, that’s really it!).

MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, A COCKTAIL

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So as you might remember, I recently switched hosts to something cheaper that also has excellent support. Let me tell you, it was a pain in my behind. If you ever have to do this by yourself, don’t leave it until nearly the last minute. It is always a bad idea. For some reason the mobile service providers (eg. Rogers and Telus here in Canada) decided to update their DNS entries (eg. if my blog was a person, it would be it’s address) much slower than than the regular ISPs and so my blog didn’t show up on mobile devices for several days. Now, if I had planned ahead, I could have redirected to my new host (eg. forwarded the mail in the address example) but I didn’t. Lesson learned. At any rate, we are back up and running now and I can finally share with you some new recipes! Huzzah!

So THIS. I recently tried a cocktail similar to this at a bar with a friend and the first thing I did was take a picture so I could recreate it at home. Do you ever want to drink with friends but are kind of pooped and need a pick-me-up but want to get your drinkin’ on? Well then the Midnight Express is for you. My aunt (love you!) would argue that the caffeine cancels out the booze but they both pack quite the punch when combined in this manner. Espresso, Bailey’s and Kahlua make a fantastic combination. What’s that? You want to see a picture of Mr. Ketchup drinking this?

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Sorry he’s a little shy. This is as good as it’s going to get right now. I was tempted to turn his whole head into a tomato like he really is a Mr. Ketchup but I decided that that would be weird. Also, I still suck at photoshop.