Jamba Juice: How to Make Your Order Healthier

Hi there, friends! I'm back after a little blogging hiatus. If you're still following and reading my posts - thank you! Balancing work, working out, family and friends, studying for my personal training cert, managing Lola's diabetes, amongst other things has been kind of like a puzzle, and I haven't quite figured out how to fit everything it yet. I'm getting there, slowly but surely. 


I'm back today with a post about Jamba Juice. Do you guys have a Jamba Juice near you? One just opened up by my house, which is pretty exciting since we don't have any smoothie or juice places near us! I had been to Jamba Juice before when traveling to visit my grandmother in Florida, so I'm pretty familiar with the menu and I thought I would share some tips with you. These tips can be used at any smoothie chain, even if it's not Jamba Juice. Let's get right into them!

1. Ask for water as your base.

This is my NUMBER ONE and MOST important tip! Jamba Juice uses juice from concentrate as the base of all of their smoothies, which means you're already starting out with a decent amount of sugar in that smoothie you're thinking is a healthy choice. So, my tip? Ask to have your smoothie base to be water, or even soy milk. I promise your smoothie will still be just as tasty, and you'll cut down on the sugar A LOT. 

2. Take advantage of the protein and chia seed boosts. 

When ordering your smoothie, take advantage of the boosts that Jamba Juice offers. The two that I would choose are the protein boost and the chia seed boost. Each serving of the whey or soy protein boost has 10g of protein, so I suggest asking for two boosts of whichever one you'd prefer (especially after a workout). I also would add a chia seed boost for an extra dose of fiber and omega-3s. Yay for boosts!

3. Take that wheatgrass shot.

Yes, the scary and very green wheatgrass shot. Take it! That small shot is extremely mighty and will help you quickly meet all of your vitamin needs for the day AND give you a quick burst of energy. 

4. Stay away from the not-so-healthy smoothies.

If a smoothie has the word chocolate in its' name, it's probably not so healthy. Their Chocolate Moo'd smoothie comes in at 570 calories and 103 grams of sugar in the original size! For your comparison, Berry UpBEET clocks in at 230 calories with 38 grams of sugar - a huge difference! My point - if it seems not-so-healthy, you're probably right. 

Alright, pals! I hope that these tips will help you the next time you find yourself in a place like Jamba Juice. Do you have any guidelines that you like to follow when ordering at Jamba Juice? Let's chat in the comments below!




5 Quotes To Start Your Week Off Right

Who else is totally guilty of being obsessed with quotes in middle school/high school? Does QuotexWhore ring a bell for anyone? I know if my sister is reading this she'll definitely remember that website! We used to scroll through looking at quotes and copying and pasting them into a word document (or our AIM profiles LOL) for hours. 

Although that website isn't around anymore (...it's not right?) I still love looking through quotes from time to time, and I'll use them to motivate me, inspire me, and just to remind me of things I value. So, I figured I'd share my top five favorite quotes of the moment to help you start your week off on the right foot! Fun fact: The first one sits framed on my nightstand - I love the reminder that things will happen when they're meant to and to not sit and wonder why they haven't yet, or when they will.


I hope that at least one of these quotes resonated with you, inspired you, or motivated you for the upcoming week! Do you have a favorite quote that you like to keep in mind? Let me know in the comments!



7 Things You Can Always Find in My Fridge

Hey there, friends! How's it going? I hope you're having a relaxing and fun weekend. I've been playing catch up this weekend on a lot of things on my to-do list that I've been putting off (oops) so it's been a productive one! Later today my sister, my mom, and I are heading to a local winery that's having a sampling event AKA all of the wine and cheese so the weekend will definitely be ending on a high note!

I wanted to stop by today and share with you all five things that you can almost always find in my fridge. So, let's just jump right into it!


1. Spinach or Spring Mix

I almost always have a bag of spinach or a bag of spring mix in the fridge. Spinach can be thrown into a side salad for dinner, the base of my salad for work lunches, or it can be thrown into a smoothie! A lot of times I'll buy a bag of frozen chopped spinach to keep for smoothies and then get a bag of spring mix for salads! Such an easy way to add some greens into your daily eats :) 

2. Vanilla Soy Milk 

A splash of vanilla soy milk is the perfect addition to my morning coffee! I love the creaminess it adds to my cup, and it adds the perfect amount of sweetness. I always have at least a small carton of this in the fridge!

3. Lemons

You can almost always find a lemon rolling around the produce drawer in the fridge at our house! I love adding lemon slices to my water, especially in the summer. It makes water a little less boring to drink ;P Lemons are also great to add to chicken or fish - just a little bit of lemon juice, salt, pepper, and EEVO and you're good to go!

4. Eggs 

I always keep some eggs on hand each week in the fridge - they're an easy and quick week night dinner, a great snack when hard boiled, and of course nice to use for breakfast on the weekend! Try making a simple egg scramble one night this week. Just throw in some spinach, tomatoes, onions (and whatever else you have on hand) and you'll have a quick and nutritious dinner in no time!

5. Tessemae's Dressing

I talked about Tessemae's dressing last week, but I absolutely love having a bottle of this on hand at all times. I not only use it as a salad dressing for lunches during the week, but I'll also use it for dinners too! I'll get some chicken breasts and throw them into a large ziploc baggie, pour some Tessemae dressing over them, and let them sit in the fridge for the day. Voila! Easy and tasty chicken, whether you want to grill or bake it :) 

6. Carrots

Carrots are a great snack to throw into your lunch or munch on throughout the day at home with some hummus AND easy and delicious for roasting in the oven as a side dish. If you haven't tried roasting carrots yet, do yourself a favor this week and give it a go!

7. Bread

I usually stick my bread into the freezer to ensure it won't go bad, and I try to always have a loaf waiting in there for me. Sometimes if I run out of salad mix during the week, a quick sandwich will do the trick for my work lunch the next day! I'll also sometimes quickly fry an egg to top a slice of toast with - easy, healthy, and filling lunch. 

Alright, friends, that's it - seven things you can almost always find in my fridge! What ingredients/foods do you always have on hand? Let me know in the comments below! 



My Favorite Store-Bought Salad Dressing

Happy Sunday, friends! Doesn't the weekend just seem to pass by in a flash? I feel like it was just Friday about five minutes ago! Even though it seemed to go by quickly, I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was a good mix of having plans and relaxing - Friday night I headed out with a few of my friend's to celebrate one of my best galpal's birthdays, Saturday I went over to my sister's house for a bit, and today I just did some laundry and headed back over to my sister and brother-in-law's house to have them help me study for my personal training cert! 

Anyways, the main event of this post is to tell you guys about my absolute FAVORITE store bought salad dressing. As I was eating my salad at work this week I realized I hadn't shared this salad dressing with you all and immediately put it on my list for the post this week! Drum roll please ;P


My all-time favorite salad dressing is this homemade recipe I blogged about HERE, but when a gal's busy a store bought version is much easier, and that's where Tessamae's dressings come in. 

The story of how Tessamae's dressing came about goes something like this...

"As the mother of three athletic boys, Tesse had to figure out a way to get them to eat their veggies while staying healthy. Because serving a dressing full of artificial ingredients was not an option, she created and perfected her own all-natural recipe. When her oldest son, Greg, realized how great it was, he said, “Mom, let’s go into business together and make this for the world!” As Tessemae's All Natural grows its product line around the globe, the commitment to healthy eating and healthy living remains the core of the company's mission."

Pretty crazy, huh? Just a mom that was making salad dressing for her family's dinners and now it's their family's business, and a dang good one, too! So, what do I like about these dressings? First of all, they're all tasty, honestly I haven't had one that I don't like. Second of all, there's NO artificial ingredients or any of the typical junk in other salad dressings you'd buy. For example, her Caesar dressing has the following ingredients: 
Organic EEVO, organic lemon juice, organic apple cider vinegar, organic mustard, organic spices, organic coconut aminos, sea salt, organic balsamic vinegar, organic ginger, organic dates, organic onion powder, and organic garlic powder. 

I mean, compare those ingredients to a typical Caesar dressing you get off the shelf at the grocery store... you can't beat Tessamae's. The ingredients in Tessamae's dressings are REAL ingredients that we can recognize and pronounce, AND they're DELICIOUS! 

My favorite dressings are the Lemon Garlic, Balsamic, and the Caesar! All of Tessamae's dressings are also awesome to use as a marinade for chicken or other meats and fish. So, if you're looking for a healthy salad dressing to spice up your lunch or dinner, grab a bottle of Tessamae's the next time you're at the grocery store! I find mine at Whole Foods, but I'm sure they're in other stores as well.

Have you tried Tessamae's dressing before? Let me know in the comments below! 



Lightened Up Lasagna Recipe

To be honest, I'm not usually a huge fan of lasagna. It always just seems too heavy and I end up feeling way too full afterwards. So, a few weeks ago when I found myself craving it I knew I didn't want to make the traditional recipe. What I made instead is a lightened up version of lasagna that has amazing flavor and will leave you wanting more! This recipe is easy to make and the perfect dinner to make on a Sunday night to have leftovers throughout the week. Keep on reading to get the recipe!



6 lasagna noodles
1 tbsp EEVO
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 chopped red pepper
1 pound ground turkey breast
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp chopped garlic
2 1/2 cups marinara sauce
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
16 oz part skim ricotta cheese
1, 6oz bag of spinach
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 egg whites
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic salt

The Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
2. In a pot, bring several quarts of salted water to a boil. Add the lasagna noodles and cook until al dente, about 7 or 8 minutes. Remove from the water and place on a towel lined baking sheet (do not use paper towels - the paper will adhere to the noodles).
3. In a large saute pan, add EEVO, onion, and red pepper over medium-high heat. Saute until the onion and pepper begin to sweat. Next, add your ground turkey and garlic.
4. Continue to stir the turkey until it's cooked through, this should take about 10 minutes. Add your marinara sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes. Lastly, add your bag of spinach and allow to cook until wilted. Remove pan from heat.
5. In a large mixing bowl, add ONE cup of the mozzarella cheese and remaining ingredients. 
6. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange a layer of noodles on the bottom of the dish and then spread 3/4 of the turkey mixture on top. Next, spread half of the cheese mixture over the turkey mixture. Repeat the layers ending with lasagna noodles - make sure to spread some sauce on top of noodles to ensure they don't burn/dry out in the oven.
7. Cover and bake for 45 minutes. At that time, take the lasagna out of the oven and sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella cheese on top. Place back into the oven for 20 minutes, uncovered. 

Pair a slice of this with a big ol' bowl of greens and you've got yourself a tasty and (pretty) healthy dinner! 

Bon Apetit!

Recipe adapted from RootandBlossom.com