Staying Healthy and Fed During Party Prep

Healthy doesn't have to be boring!

I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to fit in eating healthfully and exercising when I’m in party planning mode. Sleeping? Forget about it! (Nod to my NJ roots…) During Soup Party Week, Mike grills some kind of protein and I make a spinach salad, and we sit down together for dinner. Thank God for the “Grill Guy” that I married!

During the day, I totally count on my Arbonne* protein shakes. Oh, and my morning cup o’ Joe, without which NOTHING gets done! I’ve been trying to cut dairy out of my diet, but I love the creamy texture that a Greek Yogurt provides (not to mention the extra 18 grams of protein). I sometimes substitute about 1/4 of an avocado for texture (delicious!). Here’s my favorite smoothie recipe:

1 cup frozen strawberries (preferably organic)
1/4 fresh avocado (or 1 container 0% Fat Greek Yogurt)
One container of Arbonne’s Immunity Booster (Vegan)
1 scoop of Arbonne’s Daily Fiber (Vegan)
2 scoops of Arbonne’s Vanilla Protein Shake Mix (Vegan)
About 4-6 oz. water
Extra ice if you like it thicker
Puree in a blender, and drink immediately. Be sure to drink plenty of water afterwards to stay hydrated!
*Full disclosure: I’m an Arbonne independent consultant / addict. And I’m happy to help you with making healthy Vegan choices with our superior fitness products!

How many times have you thought (or said out loud), “There’s a ton of food in the house, but not a thing to eat!” I say that all the time. Party food is different from every day food. But as I’m making various broths and soups, I put some into a small Tupperware container and add a few ingredients to make the broth heartier. Especially when I’m making soup, I have plenty of carrots, celery, onions and other veggies that I can throw into broth. And I get extra chicken breasts for Mike to grill, and then cut those into chunks. Voila! Lunch!

Once I reach the home stretch during the last 3 days before the party, I totally enjoy sampling the soups as they’re being completed. I typically don’t add dairy until the last day, only because of refrigerator space considerations. I REALLY love the Tomato Basil Bisque before I add the dairy (that would make it Tomato Basil SOUP). Beats Campbell’s, and it’s especially delicious with a grilled cheese sandwich!

Please remember to drink plenty of water all day long. Ever notice how tired you get when you’re even slightly dehydrated? “Insidertip”: Have a Tablespoon of Peanut Butter (preferably organic) or my favorite, Raw [Organic] Almond Butter when you first wake up, along with a glass of water. And spread some of your choice of nut butter on a few wedges of an apple for a quick pick-me-up in mid-afternoon. Another “insidertip”: BERRIES (any kind: Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Marionberries) will give you almost instant energy. And they’re low-glycemic, so they won’t give you that sugar rush followed by the crash.

Here’s to your Health! Stay HYDRATED!!

Lisa

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