Monday, March 9, 2015

Coach Val's Herba Healthy Meal Pancake Recipe






Several of my clients and Herba members on my team have requested how to include your Healthy Meal powder in a meal form rather than a shake. Here's a Breakfast meal sample of what I had this morning.  Instead of a shake, I transformed my breakfast into light and thin healthy pancakes.

My healthy Herbalife Pancake Recipe:
-- Formula1 - Healthy Meal in your favorite flavor (2 scoops)
-- 2 egg whites
-- 1/4 cup of water
-- Coconut oil spray
-- 1 cup of frozen mixed berries

 
Directions:
1) Mix the 2 scoops of the healthy meal powder, the egg whites, and the water in a mixing bowl.
2) set your stove top to medium heat and Spray your pan with coconut oil spray.
3) Add half of your mix onto the pan to cook. Flip to cook both sides. Add the remainder of the mix and repeat until cooked. They cook rather fast; therefore, never leave unattended or they will burn.
4) Optional: Warm up your mixed berries on the stove top (or) microwave for a little until they become a little tender and create a little sauce on the bottom. Add this to the top of your pancakes for a natural and sweet taste.

Enjoy!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Green Smoothie Protein Shake Recipe

A Natural Green Smoothie Shake with Protein 


Green smoothies are one of the most healthiest intakes that our body can get, but did you know that many recipes don't contain enough protein?  Here's a natural way to create a delicious green smoothie with extra fruit and vegetables that add up to the perfect protein amount that your body needs, using actual protein from Greek Yogurt (NO protein powders or isolate in this shake).  




INGREDIENTS

  • - 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (30 calories)
  • - 1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • - 1 cup baby spinach (or) kale
  • - 1 cup frozen banana slices (about 1 medium banana)
  • - 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • - 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • - 1-2 teaspoons agave (or) raw honey (optional, may be added as a natural sweetner)



PREPARATION

  1. Add almond milk and yogurt to a blender, then add spinach, banana, pineapple, chia and sweetener (if using); blend until smooth.






Many of us don't get enough fruits and vegetables in our diet, and the ones that are really good for us -- such as leafy greens -- aren't something most of us eat on a regular basis.  Therefore, you may want to consider substituting a meal for this natural super food protein smoothie.  Your body will definitely thank you later. :) 




NUTRITION


Per serving: 297 calories; 6 g fat (1 g sat, 0 g mono); 4 mg cholesterol; 54 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 13 g protein; 10 g fiber; 145 mg sodium; 1038 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (102% daily value), Vitamin A (64% dv), Magnesium (31% dv), Calcium & Potassium (30% dv), Folate (28% dv)
Carbohydrate Servings: 3
Exchanges: 3 fruit, 1 lowfat milk, 1/2 fat
Recipe Source: http://www.eatingwell.com




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

How Much Protein Do We Need for Weight Loss?

Recently I came upon an interesting article which I listed below via Women's Health, that emphasized a new study suggesting we need more protein than we think to maximize weight loss. 


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Should You Double Up On Protein to Lose Weight?

A new study suggests you need more protein than you think to maximize fat loss


Source: Women's Health

NOTE: Make sure to also stick to an appropriate diet plan that meets your needs and will help you achieve your goals.  Everyone's goal is different, while some people are overweight and looking to loose fat and get healthy, others are skinny and looking to achieve lean muscles.  In the end we all have a goal that requires a specific diet and exercise plan to help us get there.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Proud to have Partnered with ADIDAS.COM! Preview our First Fitness Fashion Board

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Throughout the months to come, I'll be showcasing fun fitness fashion boards and deals to all my followers. Today, I would like to feature these coordinating finds that can be mixed and matched.  Search each product name through the search bar via the ADIDAS links below. Some of these featured product finds are available in other colors as well. 

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Slim down your calves and thighs! {Leg Workout}


If you are looking to slim down your calves and thighs to create a leaner and longer look, look no further!  If you're like me and have thick legs, then you need to be careful when selecting your leg workouts.  Lately, I have been finding that many leg workouts, rather than helping slim down calf thickness, it only creates more muscles, bulking the area making them look thick even during weight loss. 

After researching and trying several workouts myself, I have discovered this great workout video online that I recommend you do at least 3x a week, that will help reshape your legs.



Best of luck! :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Daily Exercise that will help you burn fat fast! {Exercise Workouts}

If you are looking to loose weight fast, the formula to weight loss is 80% Nutrition and 20% Exercise for positive results. It's YOUR dedication and determination that can get you the body you want.  Therefore, BURN that excess unwanted fat with that 20% of exercise. 



Don't have time for the gym?  No worries, don't feel bad, most people do not....but that's not an excuse anymore. Here, below I have posted 2 of Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred Exercise videos (only 25 minutes, both level 1), that have helped me burn fat.  Try this exercise out with the proper nutrition and it can help you too.  (Extra Tip to boost fat burn while you exercise: Wake up extra earlier in the morning and do this exercise after drinking a warm tea that consists Guarana.  After 15 to 30 minutes of your 25 minute workout, drink a green protein shake and your ready to start your day).

 Choose one of the below videos to do everyday for 30 days straight. One workout contains light weights (soup cans work in place of weights if you do not have any at hand) and the second workout includes kettleball and strength resistance cardio (using 5 lb to 8 lb weights). If you miss 1 or 2 days, DON'T GIVE UP! Just keep going the following day, some progress is better than none and gets you another step closer to burning fat and reaching your goal (always keep that in mind). :) 

 Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred Video (light weights or soup cans)  

 Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred Video (with a kettleball or 5 to 8 lb weight)

Don't forget to download your free weekly meal planner to guide you in meal prepping.

Keep your lunch meals clean and pertain to healthy snacks in between.  If you are looking for clean recipe ideas, until you adapt to eatting clean, one of my favorite food sites are www.skinnytaste.com, "Clean Eating" category.

Best of luck to you on your weight loss journey.  Trust yourself that you can do it!  :)


Monday, March 17, 2014

SNACK TIME {LIST OF SNACKS SUGGESTIONS}


While on any healthy Nutrition Plan, it's essential to stay full throughout the day by eatting in small portions every few hours.  This is achieved by making sure you snack in-between your main meals by including an AM Snack (between breakfast and lunch) and a PM Snack (between lunch and dinner).  

Many people like to snack light with a fruit and cup of warm herbal tea.  However, if you do not feel a fruit fills the spot, then below you will find a few other snacking suggestions for "snack time."


Protein Snack List:


You may want to also check out the below list of

"31 Healthy and Portable High-Protein Snacks,"

posted by Kate Morin on www.greatist.com




1. Cottage-Style Fruit: Top ½ cup cottage cheese with ½ cup of your favorite fruit. Why not try some superfoodsBananasmixed berries, and melon are some Greatist favorites!
2. Beef or Turkey Jerky: Be careful to avoid sodium- and sugar-filled brands, but low-sodium, natural, or lightly-flavored options are a great source of protein. And this chewy snack is super-portable and keeps fresh for months when packed properly. A one-ounce serving (the size of most single-serve packs) contains about 9 grams of protein!
3. Mixed Nuts or Trail Mix: This is a favorite in the Greatist office. Mixed nuts are an easy way to get a delicious dose of protein in a convenient, shelf-stable package. Try a mixed bunch for variety and a combo with dried fruit for some added sweetness. The best bang for your protein buck? Almonds and Pistachiosare high up there in protein while comparably lower in saturated fat than their nutty peers.
4. Pumpkin Seeds: Those orange gourds aren’t just for Halloween. The pumpkin insides, scooped out to make room for spooky faces, can actually make a healthy little snack once they’re washed, dried, and nicely roasted! Just ½ cup of pumpkin seeds has about 14 grams of protein — the perfect pre-workout snack!
5. Hard-Boiled Egg: Inexpensive and loaded with nutrients, eggs are one of the best ways to get a healthy dose of protein. Try hard boiling and pre-peeling a dozen at the start of the week and throw one in a small Tupperware container each day for an easy on-the-go snack. (Feeling extra famished? Slice the egg and place it on a piece of whole-wheat bread.)
6. Deli Rollup: Top 2 slices of low-sodium deli meat (turkey, chicken, or roast beef work great!) with 1 slice of lowfat cheese and a shake of pepper. Add a slice of tomato or some lettuce for extra veggie points!

Photo by Caitlin Covington









7. Nut Butter Boat: Any vehicle for nut butter (almond, peanut, or cashew, perhaps?) is perfection in our book. Try loading a few celery sticks with 1 tablespoon of any nut butter topped with a few whole almonds or raisins (oh yeah, we went there). If you’re not a fan of celery, try scooping out the middle of an apple and fill it with a nut buttery surprise!
8. Mini Bean-and-Cheese Quesadilla: It might take an extra minute to prep, but combining these two high-protein treats is worth it! Fold ½ cup black beans, 1 tablespoon salsa, and 1 slice cheddar cheese in a small soft tortilla. Cook in a dry nonstick pan until cheese is melted and tortilla is lightly browned. Wrap in foil and stick in a plastic baggie for easy transport.
9. Shake It Up: The combinations are endless with protein shakes. And one scoop can go a long way! Our favorites? The "Protein Creamsicle" — 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder, 1 cup orange juice, and 1 cup ice blended until smooth — (thanks @JCDFitness!), and the "Star-buffs Shake" — 1 cup iced coffee (with ice) and 1 scoop chocolate whey protein, blended — a caffeine-filled creation from Greatist's fitness editor, Jordan Shakeshaft. (NOTE: 2 Scoops of the Herbalife Drink Mix with 8 oz water, makes a great snack option!)
10. KIND Bar: We're not huge supporters of prepackaged bars, smoothies, and the like, but we make an exception for KIND bars. Their classic varieties are a great source of protein from the all-nut base (coming in at around 5 grams per bar), but for an even higher dose of the good stuff, try Kind Plus varieties with added protein. (An office favorite is Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein — one bar has 7 grams!)
11. Easy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie: Flash back to elementary school snack time with this sweet (but still healthy!) treat. In a microwave-safe bowl (or mug), mix ¼ cup oats, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour (of your choice), 1 egg white, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon raisins. Flatten mixture into bottom of bowl and microwave on high for 45 seconds. Cool, pop it out of the bowl, and enjoy!
12. Tofu Sticks: This soybean-based protein bomb isn’t just for stir-fry and Asian takeout menus! When sliced into sticks and baked, firm (and smoked!) tofu can make a great snack food, especially if it’s served with a side of homemade tomato or teriyaki dipping sauce — just don’t overdo it!

Photo by Lisa Goulet









13. Chunky Monkey Shake: It’s time to get funky, monkey! Blend 1 medium banana, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, and 1 cup of low-fat chocolate milk with 1 cup of ice for a protein-packed pick-me-up.
14. Edamame Poppers: The only thing more fun than how much protein you can get from a serving of edamame is getting to eat these little beans out of their bright green pods! One cup of the pods offers about 17 grams of protein. Buy them fresh and steam for about 6 minutes, or use the pre-cooked frozen variety and briefly microwave to defrost (about 2 minutes) before chowing down.
15. Hummus Dippers: How’s this for an unconventional use of a travel coffee mug: Put 2 tablespoons of a favorite hummus in the bottom of the container. Stick a handful of vegetable sticks (carrots, celery, and snow peas are a great mix!) vertically in the hummus, screw on the top, and throw in a purse or gym bag for an easy, on-the-go, super-healthy snack.
16. Soy Milk Smoothie: Time to take a break from the moo-juice! While cow’s milk does have it’s nutritional benefits (calcium and vitamin A, to name a few), soy milk wins in a few categories (vitamin D and iron), and they’re nearly comparable in terms of protein. Try blending 1 cup of your favorite flavor of soy milk (vanilla and chocolate are Greatist favorites) with 1 cup of frozen blueberries or raspberries (for added fiber and antioxidants).
17. Portable Cheese Platter: Everyone wants to feel classy every once in a while, right? Make yourself a mini cheese plate with a reduced-fat cheese stick (or 2 slices of cheese), two whole-grain crackers, and a few roasted almonds.
18. Banana Nutter: Few pairings are more comforting than a classic peanut butter and banana combo. Top a rice cake (brown rice for extra fiber points!) with 2 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter and half a banana, sliced. Sprinkle with cinnamon for some extra healthy benefits!

Photo by Caitlin Covington
19. Silver Dollar Protein Pancakes: Props to Greatist contributor Laura Skladzinski for this killer recipe. Mix 4 egg whites, ½ cup of rolled oats, ½ cup of low-fat cottage cheese, ⅛ teaspoon of baking powder, and ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Cook on a preheated griddle (medium low heat) until mixtures bubbles, flip and cook for another 60 seconds. Top with fresh berries or sliced banana.
20. Chocolate Milk: No, we're not going back to preschool. Low-fat chocolate milk is actually a great source of high-quality protein (especially post-workout)! Try keeping a single-serving, shelf-stable box in your gym bag (or purse) for snack attack emergencies — just try to find one that’s also low in sugar! (I’m a huge fan of Horizon Dairy's single-serve, low-fat chocolate milk boxes.)
21. “Get Greek” Berry Parfait: Just imagine sitting on a Greek isle with this snack in hand. Top ½ cup plain Greek yogurt with ½ cup fresh berries and 1 tablespoon sliced roasted almonds.
22. Grape-and-Cheese Sticks: This is my childhood favorite! Dice a half-inch thick slice of cheddar cheese into squares (you should end up with about 6 small pieces, equaling about 1 ounce) and rinse 6 grapes. On 6 toothpicks, stack the grape and cheese, and enjoy! Just 1 ounce of reduced-fat sharp cheddar offers 8 grams of protein, and the contrast with sweet grapes is super sophisticated (and delicious).
23. Almond Butter Toast Sticks: Here’s another one to fit in that travel mug or mason jar. Toast (or bake) 2 slices of whole-grain bread, and cut into ½-inch strips. Place 2 tablespoons of almond butter (or another nut butter) in the bottom of a container with a top, stick the toast sticks in vertically, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Screw on the top and head out the door!
24. A Little Lentil: We know what you’re thinking: “Lentils? As a snack?!” Yes! Don’t worry, we’re not talking about a bowl of the bland ol’ green things. Lentils are great protein-packed legumes that are easy to turn into super, shelf-stable salads. One cup has a whopping 22 grams of protein in just 300 calories! Not sure where to start? Try this lentil tabbouleh or this simple veggie and lentil mix.

Photo by Lisa Goulet









25. Perfect Little Parfait: Top ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt with a handful of fruit (fresh or frozen) and a drizzle of honey. Add 2 tablespoons of toasted oats for a protein-packed crunch!
26. Mini Black-Bean Mash Taco: When it’s time to get spicy, try this easy snack fix. Heat ½ cup of black beans in the microwave with 1 tablespoon of salsa. Mash with a fork and fold it inside a small (4 to 6-inch) soft tortilla. Store in a small Tupperware container for easy transport.
27. Gobble, Gobble: Re-visit Thanksgiving with this festive favorite. Slice one piece of whole-grain bread in half, lengthwise, and top with 2 slices of roasted turkey, 1 slice of Swiss cheese, 1 lettuce leaf, 1 slice of tomato, 1 teaspoon of mustard, and 1 teaspoon of dried cranberries. This comforting combination packs about 14 grams of protein!
28. Protein Bar: This one might sound obvious, but hear us out: It’s all about finding the right bar. That means one that’s not weighed down with not-so-good extras like sugar, fat, and calories (some options can even be as bad as candy bars!). Do some research to figure which type is right for you: There are high-protein andlow-carb bars; meal replacement and energy bars; or female-friendly options!
29. Overnight Choco-Oats: This is the ultimate personally pre-packaged snack. In a container with a secure lid, mix ½ cup oats, 1 cup non-dairy milk, 3 tablespoons chocolate protein powder, and a handful of walnuts until well combined. Let sit in fridge overnight (or up to a few days). Need some extra sweetness? Add ½ a banana, mashed!
30. Recovery Rice Crispies: News Flash: Protein powder ain’t just for shakes! Try these super-sweet protein-packed treats — Recovery Rice Crispies — from trainerRog Law.
31. Blueberry Flax Microwave Muffins: Making muffins from scratch each morning is easier than you might think. Mix ¼ cup quick-cooking oats, 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 2 tablespoons ground flax, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 2 egg whites, and a sprinkle of sugar (or other natural sweetener) in a microwave-safe Tupperware container. Cook on high for 50 to 60 seconds. Let it cool, throw a top on it, and enjoy whenever the hunger pangs hit.