Candy Corn Smoothie #Boo

Candy corn may be the most popular Halloween candy in the U.S. (it’s the preferred choice in five states), but we’re hoping that’s because it is also one of the scariest. The waxy yellow, orange, and white kernels are made up of mostly sugar and corn syrup (not to mention the artificial colors and flavors), earning it a spot on our list of the scariest ingredients in Halloween candy.

Whether you love it or run screaming from it, candy corn is symbolic of Halloween. But, there are plenty of healthier ways to celebrate this spooky holiday than loading up on candy. This year, how about whipping up a festive Candy Corn Shakeology Smoothie instead? It’s like a costume for your smoothie! The three layers get their colors from wholesome ingredients such as carrot juice, pineapple, and turmeric, which taste surprisingly good when mixed with Vanilla Shakeology and coconut milk.

The novelty of this multi-layered shake does require a bit of extra effort and freezer time. If Halloween is your favorite holiday, then you’ll agree that every step is worth it. If you want to skip straight to the enjoyment part, you can blend all of the ingredients together at once.

Related: Abs are made in the kitchen! Watch FIXATE for fit-friendly recipes, only on BOD.

Candy Corn Smoothie

Prep time

45 mins

Total time

45 mins

 Author: Beachbody

Recipe type: Drinks

Serves: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

Bottom Layer: ½ cup fresh carrot juice

Bottom Layer: ¼ cup reduced fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt

Bottom Layer: ½ cup ice

Middle Layer: ½ cup water

Middle Layer: ½ cup ice

Middle Layer: ½ scoop Vanilla Shakeology

Middle Layer: ¼ cup canned pineapple, in juice, drained

Middle Layer: ½ tsp. ground turmeric

Top Layer: ½ cup coconut milk beverage

Top Layer: ½ cup ice

Top Layer: ½ scoop Vanilla Shakeology

Instructions

For Bottom Layer: Place carrot juice, yogurt, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Pour into large serving glass. Place glass in freezer for 15 minutes.

For Middle Layer: Place water, ice, Shakeology, pineapple, and turmeric in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Slowly pour into serving glass over bottom layer. Place glass in freezer for 15 minutes.

For Top Layer: Place coconut milk, ice, and Shakeology in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Slowly pour into serving glass over middle layer; serve immediately.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 255

Total Fat: 5 g

Saturated Fat: 3 g

Cholesterol: 8 mg

Sodium: 333 mg

Carbohydrates: 29 g

Fiber: 4 g

Sugars: 20 g

Protein: 23 g

P90X/P90X2 Portions

1 Protein

½ Fruit

1 Single Serving Snack
P90X3 Portions

1½ Carb

1½ Protein
Body Beast Portions

2½ Proteins

1 Protein Liquid

1 Balanced Liquid
Containers

½ Purple

1 Red

1 Yellow
Blog taken from Beachbody.com Beachbody Blog

Photographs by Kirsten Morningstar

30 Day Transformation? Yes, Please!

core-de-forceI CANNOT WAIT UNTIL THIS PROGRAM LAUNCH!!!!! I used to LOVE Tae Bo and this program is bringing back some very good memories for me. What is it?  Continue reading “30 Day Transformation? Yes, Please!”

Let Them Eat Chocolate Cake!

Yas!!!! Listen, you have to try this recipe when you have a craving for chocolate cake BUT you’re trying to stick to your healthy diet.  Enjoy ✌🏼️xo

Recipe:

  • 1 scoop of chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 T Almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1T dark chocolate chips (I used Lily’s sugar free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 Tbs Natural almond or peanut butter (optional)
  1. Spray a coffee mug with cooking spray. 
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a cute coffee mug. 
  3. Microwave for 90 sec. 
  4. Remove and add almond or peanut butter (optional). 
  5. Thank @phattlife for this chocolatey awesomeness 😜

The Big Booty Workout

A big butt is all the rage! All the hype is still funny to me because, growing up, almost everyone in my family & neighborhood had a big butt & celebrities who looked like me had a big butt & it wasn’t desired😂 But after JLo played Selena, almost every female wants a bigger, rounder butt. If you look at Instagram, 90% of the pics women post are pics of their butt 🙄 Here’s a great routine that I found on Pinterest that you can take with you to the gym or use in your home gym. Remember that you have to eat properly AND lift heavy to build your butt. Another great workout for reshaping your butt is this. Ok ladies! Enough talk! Let’s work it out and make sure we leave a lasting impression when we leave a room… 😂

Blueberry Tart Smoothie! YUM!

Blueberry-Tart-ShakeologySometimes the simplest things are the best. For this Blueberry Tart Shakeology, all you need are blueberries, a scoop of Chocolate Shakeology, and a splash of cranberry juice for tartness, well, because chocolate. Throw in some water and ice — done and done. Continue reading “Blueberry Tart Smoothie! YUM!”

This Dad Lost 32 Pounds!

Matt Won $500

Mat Eilerts lost 32 lbs. with Body Beast and Shakeology. He entered his results into the Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for July 18th!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I felt self-conscious, tired, slow, and very stressed. I had an endless cycle of fads, self-promises, etc., but could never stick with it to get in shape. Continue reading “This Dad Lost 32 Pounds!”

Very Hot Drinks Probably Cause Cancer? Not So Fast.


A review released today by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) determined that drinking very hot beverages is probably carcinogenic to humans.

Here’s the scoop: In 1991, the IARC looked at hot yerba maté, an infusion made from the dried leaves of a South American shrub that is traditionally drunk very hot through a metal straw. At the time, it was not deemed cancerous.
Continue reading “Very Hot Drinks Probably Cause Cancer? Not So Fast.”

Crossfit!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, if you know me you know I LOVE to watch the Crossfit games and I ‘stalk’ Crossfit athletes’ IG pages 😂 I’ve been saying FOR YEARS I’m going to join a Crossfit box (gym) and I’ve never have. Today I finally took the first step and went inside of one and I am going to try a session this week (yikes!). I’m excited and nervous!! I’ve mentioned my hormone issues and I know weightlifting helps a lot. I’ll let you guys know how my first session is & let me know if you do Crossfit 😊 

Here’s my future ‘gym’ 👇🏼💪🏽 

Hormones Suck!

So, I’ve been MIA for several reasons: 1. I deal with a health condition called POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) 2. HORMONES!!! I’ve been really struggling and have been for about 8 months now. I was told a year ago that I was premenopausal and the doc suggested BHRT and I didn’t want to take them. Now, I kinda wish I had. I’m MISERABLE and have gained weight despite what I do. It’s been very depressing too. But before I agree to BHRT, I’m going to try one more method and this time I plan on blogging or vlogging too. I’ll keep you guys posted but let me know how you’ve dealt with perimenopause or even menopause….. xo

10 Reasons Women Should Lift Weights

Woman Lifting Weights

Many women believe that the only way to lose weight is to do cardiovascular (aerobic exercise). So they jog or take aerobics classes five times a week. Eventually, though, they notice that while their bodies are a little smaller, there are still a lot of flabby and jiggly bits. Sound familiar? Aerobic exercise is important for good health, but it’s only half of the equation. Keep reading for the other half.

For optimal fitness, longevity, and a lean body, weight training is essential. If you avoid pumping iron because you’re afraid of getting “bulky,” then you’re missing out on one of the best fat-burning methods around.

When you’re weight training, you shouldn’t rely exclusively on the scale to gauge your progress. You can use a body fat tester or a tape measure to track how many inches you’re losing. The size of your body will shrink as you shed fat and build muscle, but your weight may not change as dramatically as you expect. Besides, what’s more important, the number on the scale or how you look in your skinny jeans?

If you’re still not convinced that you need to lift weights, here are 10 reasons you should reconsider.

1. Burn more fat. Researchers at Tufts University found that when overweight women lifted heavy weights twice a week, they lost an average of 14.6 pounds of fat and gained 1.4 pounds of muscle. The control group, women who dieted but didn’t lift weights, lost only 9.2 pounds of fat and gained no muscle. When you do an intense weight-training program such as ChaLEAN Extreme, your metabolism stays elevated and you continue to burn fat for several hours afterward. During regular cardio exercise, you stop burning fat shortly after the workout.

2. Change your body shape. You may think your genes determine how you look. That’s not necessarily true. Weight training can slim you down, create new curves, and help avoid the “middle-age spread.” Just look at the amazing body transformations of the women who’ve completed P90X. Dropping only 3 percent of your body fat could translate into a total loss of 3 inches off your hips and thighs. And no, you won’t bulk up—women don’t have enough muscle-building hormones to gain a lot of mass like men do. If you keep your diet clean and create a calorie deficit, you’ll burn fat.

3. Boost your metabolism. The less muscle you have, the slower your metabolism will be. As women age, they lose muscle at increasing rates, especially after the age of 40. When you diet without doing resistance training, up to 25 percent of the weight loss may be muscle loss. Weight training while dieting can help you preserve and even rebuild muscle fibers. The more lean mass you have, the higher your metabolism will be and the more calories you’ll burn all day long.

4. Get stronger and more confident. Lifting weights increases functional fitness, which makes everyday tasks such as carrying children, lifting grocery bags, and picking up heavy suitcases much easier. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular weight training can make you 50 percent stronger in 6 months. Being strong is also empowering. Not only does it improve your physical activities, it builds emotional strength by boosting self-esteem and confidence.

5. Build strong bones. It’s been well documented that women need to do weight-bearing exercise to build and maintain bone mass, and to prevent osteoporosis. Just as muscles get stronger and bigger with use, so do bones when they’re made to bear weight. Stronger bones and increased muscle mass also lead to better flexibility and balance, which is especially important for women as they age.

6. Fight depression. You’ve probably heard that cardio and low-impact exercises such as yoga help alleviate depression, and weight lifting has the same effect. The endorphins that are released during aerobic activities are also present during resistance training. Many women find that regular strength training, in conjunction with psychological treatment, helps lessen their depression symptoms substantially.

7. Improve sports fitness. You don’t have to be an athlete to get the sports benefit of weight training. Improved muscle mass and strength will help you in all physical activities, whether it’s bicycling with the family, swimming, golfing, or skiing…whatever sport you enjoy.

8. Reduce injuries and arthritis. Weight lifting improves joint stability and builds stronger ligaments and tendons. Training safely and with proper form can help decrease the likelihood of injuries in your daily life. It can also improve physical function in people with arthritis. A study conducted at the University of Wales in Bangor, United Kingdom, found that mildly disabled participants who lifted weights for 12 weeks increased the frequency and intensity at which they could work, with less pain and increased range of movement.

9. Get heart healthy. More than 480,000 women die from cardiovascular disease each year, making it the number-one killer of women over the age of 25. Most people don’t realize that pumping iron can also keep your heart pumping. Lifting weights increases your “good” (HDL) cholesterol and decreases your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. It also lowers your blood pressure. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that people who do 30 minutes of weight lifting each week have a 23 percent reduced risk of developing heart disease compared to those who don’t lift weights.

10. Defend against diabetes. In addition to keeping your ticker strong, weight training can improve glucose utilization (the way your body processes sugar) by as much as 23 percent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 weeks of strength training can improve glucose metabolism in a way that is comparable to taking diabetes medication. The more lean mass you have, the more efficient your body is at removing glucose from the blood, which can reduce complications from diabetes or even help prevent type 2 diabetes in the first place.~Taken from teambeachbody.