Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thin Through Thanksgiving

Most people are prepping for Thanksgiving. That means lots of high cal dishes on the table. If you want to indulge..do it with no regrets. But, if you want to fit into that slim cocktail dress for the first Christmas party of the year, a little pre-planning is necessary. That means cutting back before the holiday (you know those leftovers will be calling your name). My entire way of eating has changed in the last 6 months, but I'm still aware of the temptation ahead. My defense is to really watch it over the next week so that I won't worry about extra wine or dessert when I'm with my family.

My strategy is to work out as hard and as often as possible. Four days a week (tough) training at Takes 2 Fitness keeps me in check. Yours might be an extra run or more time doing chores. Whatever works is good.. the point is to be more active. Of course, there's the whole food thing. I'm replacing at least one meal a day with a protein drink... but not one of those awful pre-mixed versions. To avoid feeling deprived, I want it to be delicious. If you didn't see my post on the Pumpkin Pie Shake, try the recipe. So good for you and zero guilt.

My new creation really stems not only from trying to keep things in balance, but from a yearning for sunnier, warmer climates. I played with ingredients on my 'allowed' list to create my version of a Pina Colada. Of course, rum would be a nice touch, but when I have one of these for lunch, I don't even miss it.


1.5 cups light coconut milk
1 heaping scoop gluten-free vanilla protein powder
1 Tbsp flax seeds
1 Tbsp coconut oil
4 chunks each organic frozen pineapple and mango chunks
3 ice cubes.

Put all into a power blender and give it a whirl. The coconut oil helps with dry skin (bonus) and provides silkiness to the drink. Add a handful of spinach, hemp, chia or even kale for a bigger boost. Tons of protein, vitamins and fiber. I honestly would choose this over a slice of pie for the flavor. If you're shaking your head, make one and you will understand.

Try it and let me know what you think? I would love the feedback and any suggestions on what you would add to make it even better. 


  1. That sounds delicious! Is there a sub for flax seeds for those of us who can't tolerate seeds?

  2. The seeds are optional, just something I throw in. You can just eliminate them all together!