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English Toffee Anytime Smoothie

I am all about sweets! The hardest thing about dieting is not having sugar and chocolate! So, I try to create as many ways as possible to get my sweet tooth satisfied but stay the course. The recipe below uses Stevia. I used to absolutely HATE stevia, but after a few days it grew on me.

This is a guilt-free dessert you can drink as a meal. It’s actually a super healthy meal!

1 scoop ON Natural Chocolate Protein Powder (has no sweetenters and tastes great!)
1/2 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder sweetened with Stevia (NOW brand) (Watch out- ON Protein Powder Natural Vanilla has sugar in it- totally sucks!)
1 Tbsp almond butter
1 dopper full Stevia English Toffee liquid
a few shakes of Cinnamon
1/2 cups cold water

In your blender, combine all ingredients. Easy and delicious. Meets your protein and fats for one meal. Have it with a couple rice cakes if you need carbs.

Option: You can also add instant coffee to this!

My Cardio Drink

People ask me all the time how my skin stays so nice. I do tan and am not a spring chicken anymore. For me, keeping nice, tight, smooth skin is really important. Especially when you are losing fat. If your weight goes up and down, you can think about your skin like a balloon that you blow up and let air out over and over. The balloon stops going back to it’s old size and gets kind of saggy.  To combat this, here is a drink I use ever morning when I do my cardio. You can mix it to your own taste.

Hope’s Cardio Drink

1/2 scoop Collagen Peptide powder (it’s flavorless)
32 oz. water (or average sports water bottle)
pure lemon juice (I use Italian Volcano Organic from Costco)
Pure stevia liquid
1 tsp Glutamine

I don’t like mine too tart so I go easy on the lemon juice. Because I drink this on an empty stomach doing my cardio, too much acid from the lemon can give you a yucky stomach. You can also drink this all day (without the collagen). The amount of Collagen powder I use is one full scoop a day, so I have the other 1/2 scoop later in a coffee smoothy.

The Collagen Peptide I use is Dr. Bernd Friedlander. Iti s Hydrolyzed collagen 15g per scoop. It has 54 calories and 13.5g of protein. In this picture I am just about 42 and you can see how tight my skin is.


Chicken Tortilla Soup

Another Vitamix recipe and so easy! All our kids will eat this one. There are a lot of ingredients but it’s no mess or prep!


2 carrots
2 celery stalks
2 tomatoes
1 garlic clove
1/8 cup or 2 large sun dried tomatoes
2 chicken broth cubes
1/2 packet taco seasoning (I use one with no sugar)
4 oz. black beans
1 cup hot water
8 oz. chopped cooked chicken
organic tortilla chips
light sour cream (optional if not doing dairy)
cheese (optional if not doing dairy)

1. Put in Vitamix- carrots, celery, tomatoes, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, chicken broth, taco seasoning, black beans, hot water. Blend on super high. It is not necessary to cut anything up, out it in whole.
2. Once blended sufficiently, add a couple spoonfulls sour cream and blend on low to make creamy.
3. Add in chopped chicken and tortilla chips and blend lightly to stir in. Or, you can just serve with chips instead.
4. Top with a dollop sour cream, cheese and avocado.