What The Situation (and You) Should Do When He (or You) Runs Out of Protein Powder

I woke up this morning to do my usual routine of Gym-Take care of my skin-Laundry; and OH NO no more protein powder!! I thought to myself “what would The Situation do?”, and opted not to go in that direction (he would probably give up the day all together, poor himself a glass of Ron Ron juice, and hit The Shore). But for those of us who aren’t so lucky to be making $100,000+ an episode, we have to think flexiand continue out our day as usual.

There is no need to opt for a different breakfast when you run out of protein powder. You can always enjoy your farm fresh eggs or warm gluten-free oatmeal during the weekends, but during the week let’s stick to smoothies shall we? They are super fast, super powered, and super easy on digestion. Drinking smoothies for breakfast gives your digestive system the time it needs to wake up and start doin’ its thang without the shock of a heavy meal first thing in the morning. Since smoothies are basically liquid, they take little energy to digest and your body can absorb the nutrients right away for instant energy to kick-start your day. Adding protein to your smoothies balances your blood sugar levels and keeps you feeling full until your next meal. Protein is a must!

Ran out of protein powder like me? Have no fear! There are so many other great super foods you can throw in there to make up for the powder. If you’ve filled up your pantry like I have, then you will have all the ingredients on hand.

The Situation’s (and yours) average protein probably contains between 20-30 grams per scoop. The smoothie I made this morning (without protein) contains 20 grams of protein. All from plants! I made it with hemp seeds (10g), flax (3g), almond butter (3g), spirulina (3g) and spinach (1g). I threw in some maca for extra stamina and hormonal balance – we all know how jacked up The Situation is on testosterone (and he will probably LOVE the fact that it improves libido as well), and a tablespoon of coconut oil for instant energy and healthy fats. I added some berries for natural sweetness instead of the highly processed sugar found in most “body building” protein shakes; and voila, a protein smoothie without the powder! Put it in a to-go cup and you’re ready to continue your GTL.

Protein Smoothie without Protein Powder

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 cup spinach

3 tbsp hemp seeds

1 tbsp ground flax

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp almond butter

1 tsp maca

1 tsp spirulina

1/2 cup almond milk

1 cup water

irish moss, optional

Directions:

– place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth, enjoy.

Juicing Without A Juicer

There has been so much interest in my Flexi Juice Cleanse Services! I just sort of started it for fun but now I think I am going to need an industrial sized juicer soon. Is it humanly possible to make 116 juices in one day? That is my goal for Monday. But until then let’s think back to when I didn’t own a juicer (or a vitamix)…

How to juice WITHOUT a juicer.

Equipment

– blender

nut sack or mesh bag or nylon sock

– large bowl

– large bowl

– straw (preferably glass)

1. Put all your veggies in a blender and add about 1 cup of water.

2. Puree that baby for about 2 minutes until it is nice and liquified.

3. Pour mixture into your nut sack over large bowl.

4. Milk that puppy dry.

Use the leftover pulp in homemade muffins, crackers, and dips!

5. Pour juice into glass and slurp it back with your glass straw.

Green Juice

Veggies: kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, parsley, aloe, apple, pear, lemon, ginger

1 cup water

If you want to do a raw juice cleanse without any of the work send me an email/tweet for more info! Stay tuned for my post next week on all the reasons why you have to do my juice cleanse. Have a great weekend everyone and remember stay flexi!

Holy Juice Monkey!

Sorry folks, but I had a busy busy day yesterday juicing my brains out. For a second I thought I was at the Jersey Shore. It left me with no time for a recipe post, but I want to share something with you that’s really, really exciting – Stay Flexi With Lexi now has a new service to offer! Juice Cleanses!

"Juice me! Juice me!" I heard them scream

Doing a juice cleanse is a great way to detox your body and give your digestive system a break. Since you are only drinking liquids, all the nutrients are readily available for absorption with little digesting required (no breaking down if fatty cheeseburgers). Also the great thing about juicing is that the benefits of fruits and vegetables are endless. Vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, fiber, protein, enzymes. Are you convinced yet?

I have my first three clients, so all I did yesterday was juice. Sun up to sun down my friends. I’m still finding veg pulp in my hair. Here is a sneak peak…

If you live in the Ottawa area and are interested in doing a Flexi Juice Cleanse let me know.

I have 1 day, 2 day, and 3 day juice cleanses available.

I’ve Got The Blues-Berry Muffins

With all the excitement going on this week with launching my blog and some new work projects to look forward to, I was still feeling a bit blue – the boyfriend is away. So what better thing to make than a big ol’ batch of muffins to cheer me up. They are (what used to be) my guilty pleasure. No need for kleenex, sappy movies, and a carton of ice cream. Make me a dozen muffins and I’m happy as can be.

Muffins are one of those foods that makes everyone smile. They are given as gifts to the new neighbours next door (usually made by Brie Vandercamp), eaten at high tea while catching up with your grandmother, and who doesn’t love watching a baby eat a muffin? Total cuteness.

But the thing about muffins is that they make us happy for a reason. That is because most muffins nowadays are one of the worst artery clogging diabetic coma inducing foods out there. They loaded with saturated fats, processed sugar, and white starches. The worst! I don’t know where the connotation came from that “muffins are healthy” because in most cases, you are probably better off just eating a doughnut. (For reals! A Tim Hortons Apple Fritter has 300cal, 11g fat, 49g carbs whereas a whole wheat carrot muffin has 408cal, 20g fat, and 51g carbs…don’t even get me started on the sodium content).

So since going flexi, I had to find a way to still indulge in my guilty-pleasure muffins without feeling guilty. No problemo my friends. All you have to do is substitute with:

plant fats: coconut oil is an amazing source of medium-chain tryglycerides, which release energy slowly and aid in digestion; almond milk doesn’t have the acidic side effects that dairy milk does.

natural sugars: raw honey is a great unprocessed sweetener, with immune boosting properties; blueberries are super high in antioxidants which aids in disease prevention and brain health.

gluten-free flours: brown rice flour is similar to taste as white flours but much easier to digest; ground flax is an excellent source of omega 6 and helps you poop.

And voila! Now we have a muffin that not only satisfies our feelings, but our bodies too. Great with a hot cup of vanilla tea and the newest episode of Desperate Housewives.

Blueberry Muffins

makes 10-12 muffins

1 cup almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk)

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

1/3 cup raw honey

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups brown rice flour

¼ cup ground flax seed

1 1.2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp sea salt

1 ½ cup fresh blueberries

Directions

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin pan with coconut oil.

– Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl.

– In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients.

– Combine wet mixture with dry mixture. Stir in the blueberries

– Scoop out mixture into muffin pan. Bake for 20 min.

* Let cool before eating. Since they are gluten free, they are a bit crumbly when hot.