I think that smoothies and shakes have the potential for so much health and nutrition. Why not use it as a way to get in a meal replacement? If you are like me, and you are still trying to get baby weight off, protein smoothies and shakes are the perfect way!
Unlike juicing, straight blender smoothies are so much healthier for you! You see, when you juice, you take the pulp and fiber out of the vegetables and the fruit. The pulp and the fiber in fruits and veggies are the most healthy part! They help to transform the “sugars” that fruits and veggies have in them, so that you are able to not only metabolize them better, but also keep your insulin from spiking in the process.
I love smoothies and shakes for that reason alone, but I also love the ease of them! What’s not to love about throwing everything in your blender (or personal blender cup) and blending a meal together in 30 seconds!
Look at all those beautiful berries and that spinach!
I usually use a unsweetened vanilla ALMOND milk for my smoothies, but I tried unsweetened vanilla CASHEW milk in its place, and was very pleasantly surprised! There is just something so creamy and delicious about cashew milk!
Now that your mouth is watering for a delicious and nutritious snack or meal, maybe you should make one! 😉
I have to admit that I have had this delicious amazingness for breakfast a time or two!
I mean, come on! Who WOULDN’T eat this for breakfast? The amazing part is, it is sugar-free, chock full of berries and actually has flax meal in the crust…so yea…healthy cheesecake for the win!
There are no carbs in this sucker (hence, the THM-S and Keto label), so you know that when you eat this beautiful dessert, you are only burning one fuel (fat). And, because of the lack of processed sugar, your insulin levels will not be spiked. Perfect for diabetics!
Hello breakfast, lunch or dinner!
It really is almost too pretty to eat! ALMOST.
My husband actually treats this dessert like gold! He will savor it for a couple days (which is a long time for him to keep his favorite foods without eating them), hiding it away from the kids, and sneaking a slice whenever he can. I think my cheesecakes are one of his favorite things I make.
Did you know that berries are actually really good for you? Heck yea! Here are stat on some of my favorite berries:
One cup of strawberries (about 8 berries) has 50 calories, 3 grams of fiber and more vitamin Cthan a medium orange. They’re also an excellent source of fiber, folate and potassium. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition ranked strawberries third out of more than 1,000 antioxidant-rich foods. Strawberries also contain anthocyanins, which may help protect the nervous system and blood vessels.
Studies have shown that strawberries can help protect against several types of cancer, including breast, colon and leukemia. Research has also found that strawberries help decrease inflammation and control type 2 diabetes. In addition, one study found that eating 8 strawberries a day for 8 weeks helped lower homocysteine levels, a leading risk factor for heart disease.
One cup of these fruits has 84 calories and close to 4 grams of fiber. Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidant vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Research has found that blueberries may help prevent prostate cancer and protect against heart disease. Animal research has also found that blueberry extract may help improve memory, balance and coordination—potentially promising for those with Alzheimer’s disease.
One cup of raspberries has 70 calories and is an excellent source of vitamin C. The serving is also a good source of fiber, phosphorus and selenium. Raspberries contain anthocyanins (mentioned above) and another phytochemical called quercetin, found to help slow cancer growth.
As with the other berries, studies have shown that raspberries may be useful in preventing esophageal and liver cancer. Raspberries have also been shown to help control blood sugar in diabetics and help prevent liver damage.
One cup of blackberries has 62 calories, 8 grams of fiber and is an excellent source of vitamins C and K and manganese. Blackberries have been found to have the highest amount of antioxidants – higher than the other 3 berries mentioned above! They’re also bursting with all types of phytochemicals, which have been shown to help fight or prevent cancers like liver, colon, lung and esophogeal. Blackberries also contain quercetin, an antioxidant that may help decrease the risk of heart disease.https://www.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/healthy-tips/2013/07/the-health-benefits-of-berries
Neeedless to say..this cheesecake is not only nutritious for you, but it is absolutely delicious! It is a favorite around here, and I would love to share the “love” with y’all!
So, pull up a chair and a good napkin, and let me share this beauty with you! Hope you enjoy it as much as my husband does! 😉
Thank you so much for reading my blog and trying my recipes! I love hearing from you and getting feedback!
Next week will be full of exciting posts! I will also be sharing the story of my miscarriage. That post will be very tough for me to write, but I feel that it is time. I know that other women have experienced this tragic experience, and I want to encourage and bring hope to those who may need it.
Hello, and welcome to my Sunday Devotional post! I take the day off of blogging on Sundays so that I can concentrate on worshipping God and spending time with my family. I pre-schedule these posts for Sundays. Please join me in this short devotional/book review!
Perfection Is Not What It’s About
I recently bought the book “Steve McQueen-The Salvation of an American Icon”. It is written by Greg Laurie. I am a total “nerd” and love biographies and autobiographies! It is so exciting to me to be able to learn someones story. To see where they came from, where they went, what they did in life. I don’t know why, but I have always been fascinated to look into a person’s life.
I guess you can call me Observant. I may not seem like it, but behind all of my many roles and especially “public” roles as worship leader etc, I usually sit back and observe. Like I said before, I find it fascinating to watch and see what people do, how they act, what they say etc. A lot of times, I am very disappointed, but a lot of times, I am in awe. There are so many strong, independent and awe-inspiring people in this world!
Although I didn’t get to actually “watch” Steve McQueen, I was very inspired by his story!
He was not perfect, in-fact he was far from it!In essence, he was just an ordinary guy who had a hard life. But, he was a guy who persevered and pushed through his circumstances. He spent most his life pursuing vanity, money, fame and a bunch of other things that were less than “desirable”. At the end of his life though, he was empty.
“All is Vanity and Grasping at the wind…”
Have you ever heard of a dude names Solomon?
Solomon was a pretty wise guy. If you have never heard about King Solomon, here is a little snippet of who he was: He was the son of King David, who was king over Judah. I’m talking about way back in the day…before Jesus was born. He was a super successful king who not only prospered individually, but also for the nation of Israel.
It was said that Solomon was the “wisest man who ever lived”. He even wrote a couple of books in the Bible (song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes). He built up wealth, stature and above all….Wisdom.
Although there are a lot of good things about this guy…He was also very foolish. He squandered a lot of things because he started to pursue vanity, money, fame and a bunch of other things that were less than “desirable”.
Steve McQueen reminds me of Solomon.
You know what King Solomon ended up saying about all the “success” he acquired?
“I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.” -Ecc 1:14
All this to say, Steve McQueen finally did find Jesus. He found God at a time in his life where nothing else could quench his need. His heart need.
You see, we all have that need. We all have that “hole” inside of us. We need Jesus. Just like Steve McQueen, who had everything he could have ever wanted. Nothing really did satisfy him like Jesus Finally did.
Steve McQueen realized this important truth, just like Solomon, who finally concluded:
“He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.”
I loved this book! I would highly suggest reading it if you are able to! It is so great to see what God does in other people’s lives. THAT is the most satisfying form of observing a person’s life!
***If you do not know who Jesus is, please feel free to email me! I would love to talk to you about what Jesus has done in my life! Below is a contact form you can fill out. It’s completely confidential!
Hey y’all! This weekend was a very busy weekend for me. I had three sick kids last week, and I got a smaller version of their cold. It was a very sleepless week, and a busy weekend of nursing kids back to health and trying to stay healthy through it all! I feel all of that sleeplessness and busy-ness catching up to me.
I feel like I am in a “season” of “being in the trenches”. The “trenches” being…having 4 kids under the age of 8 years-old, homeschooling, taking care of my husband and side jobs etc. All that, coupled with eating right, trying to get enough exercise, planning meals, budgeting and overall, trying to stay sane.
It can be daunting at times, but I promise that in the long run…it’s SO WORTH IT! I always say that “consistency pays off”, and I believe that with all my heart!
Although we all have those crazy kind of weeks from time to time, I just want to encourage you to never settle for less!
When we get stressed or exhausted, sometimes it is easy to “settle” and just “let yourself go”. What I mean by that is, letting ourselves become “ok” with being less-than healthy. Less-than energetic. Less-than motivated to do the important things in life.
Eating right, exercising and getting rest is crucial for these seasons of being “in the trenches”. Without them, it is easy and almost inevitable to become lethargic, depressed and worst of all…unhealthy in every way!
I’ve been there!
It is easy to lose the motivation to be consistent, and to become distracted with things that really don’t matter (I.e. the latest greatest show on tv, the newest fad diet, Etc).
Here are some simple tricks…
Pick a healthy lifestyle, be more active and try to see the blessings all around you. Those are the keys to succeeding in consistency!
So, this is my “short and sweet” Monday Motivation. Here it is in a “nutshell”…
Know that you are not alone in this season of “being in the trenches”.
Be consistent in a healthy lifestyle (however that looks like for you).
Never settle! Even when you feel like giving up…Keep at it!
You can do it! You got this!
Maybe I am weird, but I am my biggest motivational speaker! I always think to myself, “I’ve got this! This season is only a few years long! There is a light at the end of the tunnel!”
There really is only few years where we have the full attention of our kids. That is sometimes hard for me to remember. I get frustrated very easily, and lose patience. But, when it all comes down to it…this season is short! Our kids are only kids for a short while. They are only under our influence for a little bit of time!
Let this be an encouragement to you, if you are in the “trenches”. Be motivated! Keep at it! Never Settle!
I received so many accolades from people all over the country, who were appreciative that I wrote about christian married sex (check out my page on “Let’s talk about Sex”)! Thank you so much for your support! It truly means a lot.
Sex-Talk is Inappropriate?
Unfortunately, there were a few that had issues with my last post about sex. Some argued that their teenagers were reading it, and that it was inappropriate for me to discuss sex in a public forum. I would argue that it is the most appropriate thing a teenager can read (if thats what they really want to read about).
Why? Because I would rather a teenager stumble upon a post about christian married sex and be educated on what a godly marriage and sex-life looks like, then to peruse Teen Magazines (look at this one! It’s for teens!), Pinterest, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook (not to mention the internet!!!) and read about all sorts of INNAPROPRIATE talk about un-married sex and teenage promiscuity.
Is your teenager on Pinterest? Think it’s an innocent and safe place for home decor and recipes??? THINK AGAIN! Yes, it can be a great resource, but just type in “sex”, and you will find out what “inappropriate” is. There is stuff on there and many other forums that is so dangerous! The fact of the matter is, teenagers are curious.
But, that’s a whole different subject.
People WANT to talk about Sex!
What these facts on both sides made me realize was…people (and teenagers) WANT to talk about sex. People (and teenagers) want to know that it is ok to talk about sex.
People also want to know that other people struggle with all sorts of sex related issues.
Marriage is hard sometimes. But marriage can be amazing too. If we educate our young kids to what a godly, healthy and awesome marriage looks like (including a healthy sex-life), I think we would have so much less curiosity going on with our young people.
There are so many facets to a married sex-life, and unfortunately, not enough people talk about it. ESPECIALLY in the church. As christians, we have the privilege to be able to tell the world that we can have the best sex ever! Why? Because we understand that sex, in it’s truest form, is a picture of intimacy with our God! It is not only a fun and exciting thing between a man and women, but it is truly beautiful.
These guys say it perfectly:
“Sex. For some, the topic is taboo. Others find it repulsive. Those willing to market and exploit it make millions. Did you know that most couples have as much trouble talking about their funeral as they do talking about sex? That could be why the Christian Church has largely gone silent on the issue.
Some have bought into the myth that sex is only to be discussed between a husband and a wife, yet while sex is sacred and the marriage bed should be guarded, the topic of sex must be discussed if it’s going to truly be honored and protected. God is not afraid of the topic of sex. Did you know that God has given us more instructions about sex than He has about parenting? The Bible provides more instruction and guidance for how to make a baby than for how to take care of one! God has given us sex as a gift and it’s one to be thoroughly treasured, celebrated, and enjoyed.” -Ted Cunningham (Pastor at Woodland Hills church in Branson, Mo) and Dr. Gary Smalley (Bestselling author and Dr.)
Why the “Hush, hush”?
Why is it then that this topic has become so “hush, hush”? Is it because of our culture? Is it because it’s portrayed as “ugly” and not to be discussed in public? Is it because it’s “wrong” to “air your dirty laundry”?
There are so many “why’s”.
I’ll tell you what, I sure wish I was able to discuss sex in an open way as a young person! As a teenager, I was curious. Aren’t we all? I wanted to know about sex, but I didn’t know how to bring it up. I had heard that it was a “taboo topic”. That I wasn’t allowed to discuss it or ask questions about it, and God-forbid, bring it up in a church setting!
Luckily, my mom gave me a book about married sex later on in high school. I was able to read it, and try to understand it (in my finite pea-brain of a mind, at that age). Unfortunately, I still didn’t understand, and I wasn’t able to discuss it with anyone. Later on, when I went to public school (I was homeschooled for 10 years), I heard “talk” that I had no idea what it was about. I was so naive (looking back now…it was a good thing), that I could not understand half of the vulgar things that were being said. Trust me….vulgarity is totally a common thing in our high schools! To think otherwise is just being ignorant.
Maybe some of this is what some of our young people are experiencing?
I can’t even imagine the things that are put right in front of children these days! When I was a kid, we didn’t have technology like we do now. We were not able to literally have any kind of content at our fingertips at any given time!
Sex sells in popular teen movies, magazines and books. Not to mention the amount of pornography and disgusting stuff that is available at a touch of a screen!
I can assure you in the this current millennial culture…the topic of sex is NOT taboo! Our young people are more familiar with sex than you think! The only problem is their understanding of sex is often not the kind of sex God intended!
“With the advent of the Internet, parents are finding it increasingly difficult to shield their children from pornography. Now, in addition to the exposure kids might encounter from classmates who borrowed one of their father’s magazines, most school-age children and adolescents are spending large amounts of time online for homework or entertainment reasons. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft has estimated that nine in ten teens have been exposed to pornography. Unfortunately, many of these teens are susceptible to developing addictions or compulsions to these images.”
Why wouldn’t we want to make sex a topic that is a good thing? A thing that is modeled to younger people. A right way to have sex…within the constitution of marriage.
We can no longer be ignorant. Sex is a topic that needs NOT be taboo!
Let’s talk about sex!
With all these facts in mind, I think it is important we as christians find a way to talk about sex! We NEED to make it a subject that is both honoring and enlightening to the next generation! But, how do we do this?
This subject is a passionate subject for me (no pun intended). However, I wish I had more understanding about married sex, BEFORE I was married. Even after I was married, I wish I had people to discuss sex and intimacy (two different subjects) with.
I’ve thought a lot about what I would do differently in the church, and how I would help marriages to thrive. Here is a list of things I think need to be made more of a priority in our churches…
Couples bible studies on marriage. One of my favorites is Love and Respect.
Women’s and men’s groups on specific topics about sex and intimacy.
Discipleship from older couples in the church who have experience at being married.
These are just a few.
Am I saying that all y’all need to go tell the world how you and your husband “make-love” on any given day? NO! We don’t need to know details. But I would say that we do need relevant discussion. ESPECIALLY in the church! There is nothing wrong with having a conversation (in the right setting) about sex, sex issues, marriage and intimacy.
Let’s be real…we all have sex (if we’re married). It’s a common occurrence. It’s normal!
Why wouldn’t we talk about SEX; in all of it’s forms and all of it’s glory?
I would love to hear from you and get feedback on what you think about this? Shoot me an email or go to my Contact Me page.
I hope this post will be one of the many posts on this specific topic! Stay tuned for more!