Herbalife Healthy Meal Shake #4 – Neapolitan

We’re back! Another wonderful recipe, which I had the idea come about this morning, is in the books.

When I was a child, every time my mother would by neapolitan ice cream, I would literally just eat the strawberry and vanilla portions of it.  I was never a big fan of chocolate ice cream or chocolate milk until I grew older.

I was hesitant to buy the Herbalife Formula Healthy Meal 4 years ago here in Bangkok because again…I’ve never been a fan of chocolate outside of candy and cake.

However, this trio of flavors tastes exactly like the ice cream, but BETTER!

One scoop of each into a blender with some cubes of ice + milk is probably making you want to try it yourself.

Of course, for those of you who has never tried herbalife before, I would recommend only vanilla (since it’s the basis).  On the other hand, you can start adding in other flavors and bananas or whatnot (I would recommend almonds) to give it that added punch.

  • One scoop of each Formula 1
  • Milk (2%)
  • Ice cubes

This is excellent for a morning shake.

Herbalife Shake Recipe #3 – Chocolate + Peanut Cookie PDM (Protein Drink Mix)

OH. MY. GOODNESS!  I completely understand why they invented chocolate chip cookies….and here’s why I just HAD to write another blog about a recipe I desperately needed to share with my followers.

Chocolate flavor and the added protein drink mix is a blessing to humanity.  Here’s the breakdown and I highly recommend a blender.  Those who put scoops of powder into water and shake it should be ashamed of themselves.

  • 3 Ice cubes (depending on if you want it runny or thick)
  • Milk (this is an eye test because too much could take away the taste).
  • One scoop of PDM Peanut Cookie
  • Two scoops of Chocolate Formula 1

Additives: cinnamon, banana, peanut butter.

You can experiment with what you have.  If it’s not too sweet, you can put vanilla extract or a whole banana in it to boost the sweetness.

 

 

Herbalife24 – Rebuild Strength – My Absolute Favorite!

Out of all the Herbalife products on the market, when I tasted this two years ago after my Tough Mudder event, I was in absolute heaven.  The distinct taste of the chocolate behind the Rebuild Strength Chocolate flavor is by far, one of the most impactful post-workout proteins on the market.

This protein-rich supplement is formulated to support lean muscle mass.  With one scoop, you get 24g of dairy protein that’s not only good for weightlifters, but people who are looking to tone their body, too.

Tri Core proprietary blend that features your glutamine and amino acids; quickly blending some metabolised whey protein to create a rapid muscle rebuilding state 30 minutes after your workout.

In my opinion, this could be used for the endurance junkies, too.  When I finish a long-run in the morning, I throw a scoop of this and vanilla in with a whole banana and cinnamon; along with some ice and low-fat milk into a blender and blend away to heaven.

Although the price tag might seem like a bit much compared to the other supplements on the market, but knowing this is FDA approved (compared to 90% of the other products not being approved), this bad boy was made my favorite a long time ago.  Here are the tables and ingredients to it for more information.

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As you can see in the above table, the unbelievable amount of B vitamins is what gives you the energy back that you would have exerted through a strenuous workout.

Herbalife Banana Muffins Recipe

My absolute favorite! The thing that makes this so delicious is not only that I have an unspoken infatuation for banana bread, but the fact that the Herbalife 24 Strength “Chocolate” flavor is added in this, making it unbelievably delicious!  Here’s a simple and quick recipe for you guys so you can have these read in case you’re doing heavy cycling or cardio in general.  By the way, I’ll have to make a separate blog about the Herbalife 24 Strength.  By far the best protein on Herbalife’s market.

Banana Chocolate Muffins 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor, add the following….

2 cups oats

2 cups Herbalife24 RebuildStrength

1/2 tsp salt (optional and totally not essential)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

Pulse until finely grounded and pour into a large bowl

Add the following to the food processor

1 cup peanut butter

3 bananas

1 1/2 cups milk

Process it until it’s smooth

In a large bowl, whip 12 egg whites until stiff peaks form.

In turns, slowly mix one cup of the dry mixture and one cup of the wet mixture into the beaten egg whites until fully mixed.

Pour into greased muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes..

This might take some practice in the beginning, and you might think it’s a lot of ingredients.  Again, some of them are optional, and 12 egg whites might even be excessive.  Again, these are for my cardio junkies or even just a healthy snack during the day.  I still love my banana pancakes, so stay tuned for more of that!

 

Dark Chocolate: Probiotic, Heart Benefits, Antioxidants, Good Fat = Love

The first time I ate dark chocolate I spat it out and said, “THIS STUFF ISN’T REAL!”

My mom smacked me in the mouth a few times and said, “boy, if you do that again, I’ma whip you.”

I’ve always been a kit-kat, twix, and butterfingers kind of guy.  Milk chocolate, however, is not as good as a dark chocolate.  Actually, milk chocolate has nowhere near the unbelievable amount of benefits dark chocolate has (and I’m not talking about the processed junk that most American factories saturate stores with). I’m talking about the dark chocolate from Belgium and Switzerland.

Without further ado, let’s go over some of the unbelievable benefits it has.

Where Does Dark Chocolate Come From?

Cacao trees.  This tree produces a fruit about the size of a coconut and inside this fruit is the tree’s seed – the cacao bean. Once gathered, cacao beans are typically fermented for up to a week then thoroughly dried in the sun.

Packed With Antioxidants

Dark chocolate contains numerous natural antioxidants. Raw, dark chocolate not only tastes rich, it is rich in cell-protecting antioxidants containing eight times the number of antioxidants found in strawberries. Some people would claim that a diet with a lot of antioxidants can actually hurt you, which can possibly be true, but antioxidants inhibit oxidation and delay different types of cell damage.

Polyphenols are a particular type of antioxidant found in dark chocolate, [1]and are also abundant in berries and oranges.

Raw Organic Cacao and dark chocolate rank high in goodness because the antioxidants are incredibly concentrated.

Great Fat!

Oleic acid is a healthy monounsaturated fat that is also found in olive oil and coconut oil. Stearic acid is a saturated fat that has a neutral effect on cholesterol. I talked about good fats in my last couple of blogs, so be sure to check those out, too.

No matter which way you choose to look at it, chocolate is a high calorie food that contains a small amount of “bad” fat. Many studies state that no more than 100 grams of chocolate a day should be consumed and you’ll still get all the health benefits. Don’t get too carried away though because 100 grams of delicious dark chocolate contains about 400 calories. Yeah, that’s a heck of a lot of calories for those who are counting, but it all depends how many calories go in compared to going out.  If you’re in a mass surplus, that’s how you gain weight.  If you’re burning as much as you’re eating, you’re perfectly fine.

If you want the full health benefits of chocolate, I recommend eating only organic raw cacao dark chocolate. As delicious as they may be, milk or white chocolate cannot make the health claims that dark chocolate can because anything added into that chocolate is fat, sugar and additional calories.  So, the twix, butterfingers and other delicious bars of chocolate will have to be weeded out.

Heart Health

According to a study published on Science Daily, eating 6.7 grams of chocolate per day represents the protective effect for cardiovascular health. Flavonoids contained in dark chocolate help to promote normal blood pressure. What a surprise!

Depression

It’s unbelievable to know how something as pure as the cacao bean acts as an anti-depressant.  How is that?! The world of medicine puts people on anti-depressants when they can very well just point them in the direction of dark chocolate?  Cacao beans also contain the amino acid tryptophan and monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors. MAO inhibitors allow the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine to circulate in the bloodstream longer and it is this effect that may help alleviate depression and promote feelings of wellbeing.

One of my students recently had a lack of serotonin for whatever reason (as the doctor said) so she was given pills to help elevate the levels.  Hmmm….the world of medicine, ey? It’s astonishing how the most natural foods, fruits and vegetables that have been on this planet for hundreds of years can help us.