|You thought:||I don't need to eat today; I had enough calories yesterday.|
|That's like:||I don't need to breathe today; I had enough oxygen yesterday.|
Mocha Banana Smoothie
This is my last week home before heading back to school! It’s a pretty exciting time, and busy too—my family took a trip to visit my mom’s side over the weekend, my little brother starts seventh grade today, and my older brother goes to law school this Thursday up North. Not to mention me packing up all my belongings…of which there are many *sigh*. So I knew this morning I needed something quick with a caffeine boost and chocolate (because, chocolate is always a good thing). A smoothie sounded good, but so many chocolately smoothies have SO much sugar and SO many empty calories.
Enter this smoothie! I typed banana coffee smoothie in on Pinterest and found this one. Fun fact, I’ve never actually had a chocolate banana vivanno smoothie from Starbucks, so I can’t vouch it tastes like that. I can vouch, though, that with my adaptations (namely more coffee and more cocoa), this smoothie tastes AWESOME. And, just as awesome, this bundle of chocolaty-coffee goodness comes just shy of 300 calories, packs natural protein, fiber, and nutrients like calcium and iron (which women in particular seem to have a hard time getting)!
Note: 15 grams of the sugar occurring in this smoothie are from the banana, but if you feel that it has too much added sugar, feel free to cut back a teaspoon or two or use a nonsugar sweetener.
1 medium banana
1/2 packet Starbucks Via Iced Coffee, or 1 teaspoon instant coffee + 2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons sweetener (I used raw sugar)
2 tablespoons yogurt (I had honey banana Greek on hand!)
2/3 cup milk or milk alternative (I used soy)
1/2 tablespoon chia or flax seeds (optional but a nice nutritional boost)
6-9 ice cubes, depending on how thick you like smoothies
Place all ingredients in your blender and blend away! If you’re feeling fancy, top with a banana slice and sprinkle with some more cocoa powder!
Per serving (whole recipe, about 2 cups, made with soy milk, raw sugar, and chia seeds): 299 calories; 5 grams fat (1 gram saturated fat), 1 milligram cholesterol, 101 milligrams sodium, 60 grams carbs (8 grams fiber, 40 grams sugar—15 naturally occurring), 11 grams protein. Vitamin A: 9% Vitamin C: 17% Calcium: 29% Iron:16%
|Myth no.1 - When I am skinny, I will like my body:||When you accept your body for all its wonderful quirks and imperfections, you will like your body.|
|Myth no.2 - Losing weight will make me happy:||Following your dreams, surrounding yourself with people you love and appreciate and forgiving yourself and others will make you happy.|
|Myth no.3 - A healthy lifestyle means working out every day and never eating bad food:||No food is bad, and a healthy lifestyle is doing what's good for your heart as well as what's good for your body. Even if that means lying in bed all day and eating chocolate sometimes.|
|Myth no.4 - All thin girls love their bodies:||Every person, no matter what they look like, has their insecurities. Embrace your own, and know that you are not alone.|
|Myth no.5 If I eat x, y or z and follow x, y or z celebrity's workout regime I will look like them:||No. No matter how you eat or how long you spend in the gym, you will look like you at whatever weight you are at. You can't replicate another human being's body in your own.|
|Myth no.6 - It's always unhealthy to have a bmi above 25:||BMI scales were invented for the convenience of insurance companies, not as an accurate measure of health. Your healthy weight is determined by your body type, composition, lifestyle and diet, not by a made up chart.|
|Myth no.7 - If I was smaller, I could wear a bikini and short shorts and strapless dresses:||You can wear whatever you like, whether you wear it in a size 0 or a size 14. Your beauty is not defined by the clothes you wear.|
|Myth no.9 - I can solve my problems using my body:||You have to look deeper - your problems do not stem from the circumference of your thighs or the amount of fat on your stomach. They are deeper than that, and the solution lies deeper than that as well.|
I haven’t posted a picture of me on here in awhile! Well, here I am. Happy, healthy, Hannah. :)