Silk Soymilk Tropical Yogurt Parfait

 

The first dairy alternative I ever tried was Silk soy milk. It was my go-to milk replacement for my morning cereal and in my coffee.

 

Then suddenly, the dairy case at the grocery stores were flooded with milk alternatives — almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, hemp milk, etc. — and I tried almost ALL of them. I found myself coming back to Silk soy milk for both the smooth delicious taste and the 8 grams of protein per cup. Having given up meat several years ago, I was hard-pressed to meet my daily protein requirements. Falling back in love with soy was a great plant-based way to get the protein I needed in the mornings to fuel my workout and keep me satisfied until my next meal. Silk is also low in saturated fat and has no cholesterol, two more wins!

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A boost of protein in the morning provides your body with what it needs to burn fat instead of muscle during a workout. Try this Tropical Yogurt Parfait using creamy vanilla Silk Soymilk for breakfast to wake up your taste buds and get your day started off right.

 

Silk Soymilk Tropical Yogurt Parfait
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Prep Time
6 min
Prep Time
6 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  2. 1/3 cup Vanilla Silk Soymilk
  3. 1/4 cup diced mango
  4. 1/4 cup diced banana chunks
  5. 1 tablespoon shredded coconut flakes
  6. 1/4 cup all-natural granola
  7. 2 tsp. chopped or crushed walnuts
  8. 1 tsp. honey
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, blend together Greek yogurt and Vanilla Silk Soymilk until creamy and most lumps have disappeared.
  2. In a glass or mason jar, add the diced mango.
  3. Add half of the yogurt/soymilk blend to the glass directly on top of the mango.
  4. Add the diced banana and shredded coconut.
  5. Add the remainder of the yogurt/soymilk blend.
  6. Top with honey, granola, and chopped walnuts.
  7. When ready to eat, stir together & enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you are not planning to eat right away, store the granola & nuts separately. Pour on just before stirring, add honey, and stir.
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Prioritize Relationships That Matter Most

 

 

 

Finding true balance in life doesn’t just happen because you want it to. 

There’s a lot of work to do and time to be invested. Why should you do it?

 

Because you deserve to be happy!

 

In today’s post, I’m sharing information about Relationships that is addressed in more detail in my FREE Mini “Balance Inventory” Wellness Workbook

 

In our very busy lives, our Relationships are just one component where we need to have the right balance in order to be happy.  Not only do your friends, family, and loved ones deserve time with you, they deserve to spend time with a happy, healthy, peaceful you – with your BEST you.

As our lifestyles and our environments change, this *right* balance will also change.  For instance, if you are young and dedicated to growing your career, you may be willing to sacrifice going out with your friends in order to put your best foot forward professionally.  

If you have been working hard for years to be better financially prepared to start a family, you will likely re-evaluate your work schedule once you start your family.  

It is only natural to move through these stages, but it is important to periodically run through a list of questions to make sure that you actually know what your current priorities are!  Believe it or not, some people find themselves SO busy that they run on autopilot and years can pass by in what seems like the blink of an eye.

To make sure you are prioritizing the relationships that matter most to you at all times throughout your life, write down the answers to the following questions.

 

1)  What are the most important relationships in your life?  

 

2)  How much quality time are you spending doing what is most important to you?

 

3)  Is there any stress or strain going on with anyone or anything you listed in #1?

 

4)  Are you happy with your job or chosen career path?  What would you change?

 

5)  Do work demands overly interfere with your family and personal relationships?  

 

To read more about achieving balance and get more self-assessment questions related to your Body, your Mind, and your Environment, download my FREE Workbook here.

 

Common Demotivators & Why the Excuses Aren’t Cutting It

Do you ever notice how easy it is to talk yourself OUT of doing something healthy?  So much easier than talking yourself in to doing something good for your body?

 

Today's post is all about common demotivators, excuses, and why they are doing us harm.

Last month, I started a motivation board on Pinterest chock full of great quotes and images meant to inspire myself and others to keep working towards our goals.  

Have they been helping you?  I hope so!  

My personal favorite is the girl in the bathing suit with "Are you sure you want that cookie?" splashed across her stomach.  I have a serious cookie craving every night after dinner.  In fact, I found that picture one night right after I had eaten a cookie – LOL!

I was inspired today to write about demotivators (thanks, Paige!) because, in truth, these are what keep us from achieving our goals of losing weight, getting healthy, going to the gym, etc.

 

It's Cold Outside and/or Raining.  Winter weather is a HUGE demotivator.  I don't know about you, but I'm not a fan of the cold OR the rain.  The two together … forget about it!  Winter weather can have negative effects on our mental state.  You've heard of seasonal affective disorder?  This is a condition where you have episodes of depression, usually during the winter months.  This can result in weight gain, unhappiness, social withdrawal, and other negative effects.  So it is even MORE important for us to get out & get moving during the winter months to combat these negative effects.  Remember, it is mind over matter.  Once you get to the gym and get moving, you'll be warmed up pretty fast – and you'll have that endorphin boost to propel you through the day.

 

I'm Too Busy.  Another common demotivator! Working full time, taking care of the house, kids, grocery shopping, cooking dinner and the great many other items on our plates can be overwhelming!  Who has time to work out?  You can easily talk yourself out of working out when you think about the errands you have to run.  I saw a poster the other day that read:

"There are 1,440 minutes in a day.  Use 20 of them to work out."

Hard to argue with that.  If you are like me, you have seen the latest episodes of Glee and Grey's Anatomy.  If you are willing to stay up until midnight watching TV, then "I'm too busy" is a lame excuse.  You will probably save more than 20 minutes a day by skipping the commercials thanks to TiVo.  Use them wisely and work out!!

Don't get lazy with food prep either.  Pack some healthy snacks to take to work so you don't head to the vending machine or find yourself lingering outside of conference rooms looking for cookies.  You can make a couple of days worth of servings of things like brown rice & veggies to keep on hand for the week.  Don't feel like chopping veggies?  I can't remember the last time I went to the grocery store and didn't see an array of ready-to-eat washed & cut veggies.  Just grab a few containers & roast away!

 

I was good for a month.  That's enough until next year.  WRONG!  Taking care of yourself is more than a once a year gig.  If you do nothing else, walking in your neighborhood 3 times a week for 30 minutes will do wondrous things for your body and your mental state.  If you found something else that you love (like I did with Zumba & NIA) – keep doing it!  

As far as healthy eating goes … did you give up caffeine or sugar or something that you were having way too much of?  How did you feel?  Wouldn't you like to feel good all year instead of just one month?  Remember that!

 

So next time you begin to talk yourself OUT of exercising or eating right, remember why it is the easy way out.  Stick to your new healthy eating patterns & workout routines and by next January, you won't be dieting.  You'll be adjusted to a whole new way of life, loving how you look and feel!  If you need help, don't be afraid to ask for it.  You deserve to be healthy & happy.  I'd love to work with you to meet your goals — check out my 90-day Personalized Wellness Plan.  

Leave me a comment below and tell me some of your own demotivators !