The cold weather has finally come and with it, all of the tempting foods that show up every holiday season. This fall, I’m giving a big recommendation to Ancient Nutrition Chocolate Bone Broth as a way to kill those cravings and add some powerful nutrients to your diet.
I am a fan of this particular bone broth for its simplicity. Six ingredients make up this dairy free, gluten free, soy free treat that adds only 100 calories while giving 20 grams of protein per serving. Those numbers work when you use water - I primarily use almond milk. Both ways are delicious.
I’ve tried it both hot and cold, and I prefer it hot. When I make it hot, I put the powder in a blender with some almond milk, and let it get completely mixed. The also gives it a nice froth, and a "chocolate mousse” kind of texture. I then pour it out of the blender into my microwave safe mug (with room at the top - the heat makes it expand) and just a few seconds later, its ready. Additionally I’ve found that for some reason, making it hot brings out a deeper dark chocolate flavor that is really, really good.
If you are drinking it cold, use the blender or a shaker cup to ensure all the lumps get broken down. It just makes it better.
I know there are lots of brands out there that you can try, but Ancient is my go-to. The nutrition is balanced, the flavor is excellent, and my sweet tooth is completely satisfied.
I dont know about you, but when I crave chocolate, only chocolate will do. Now that I've placed Ancient Nutrition Chocolate Bone Broth in the rotation of my nutritional arsenal, those cravings can be eliminated with no straying from my diet.
I confess I am a pusher. “Drink more water", I say to all my clients. “Your body needs to stay hydrated.” “It helps with a clear complexion.” But to be completely honest I have to force myself, or at least make a conscious effort everyday, to drink enough water. So I have come up with a couple of strategies and alternatives to ensure I get enough fluids while still leaving enough calories to eat all the food I want.
My favorite way to drink water is from my VIA Crystal Water Decanter. You can select your own crystals. I chose fitness energy crystals. There are also wellness, vitality, purity and focus crystals to name a few. I have yet to establish why it works for me but the company states that the gem vibrations create:
Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Drink in Apple Cinnamon flavor. I seriously love this stuff and it only has 32 calories. It tastes like apple pie and I like the ingredients. Pure Distilled Water, Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Apple Juice, Organic Cinnamon and Stevia Extract
Celsius is my go to appetite-curbing thermogenic drink when I need a bit of a boost. I like the sparkling options but they have non sparkling selections as well. The new lime flavor is not sweet at all which is great. Their claim to fame is
Next challenge for me was to find a grab and go style protein shake. I don't always digest milk based products very well and my son is gluten free. I found Evolve plant based protein shakes. They come in chocolate, vanilla, almond and mocha. They are delicious and lack the grittiness you often find in plant proteins.
In one 12oz bottle
Ingredients: Water, Pea Protein, Soluble Vegetable Fiber, Organic Cane Sugar, Less than 1% of: Natural Flavors, Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Organic Stevia Extract, Gellan Gum.
Drink Up! If you have a favorite you'd like to share let me know. I love to hear about any great finds.
Infused waters are a great replacement for sugary drinks and sodas but they can become costly, especially if you drink as much as we do. These simple to make spa waters are a refreshing change from plain water and so good for your skin and body. Make and keep a pitcher in the refrigerator and use to refill your water bottles. It's better for the environment too.
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