This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Van’s International Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.
The beginning of a new year is a great time to reevaluate one’s goals, and to kick start (or maintain) your health. I for one dusted off the treadmill this week and got back on it. I have a tendency to hit it too hard when getting back to workouts and end up sore. When I’ve overdone it, I’m leery to get back on the treadmill the next week, thus ending the achievement of my fitness goals. It’s happened a time or two. I’m taking it slow this time, and hoping it’ll stick! Slow and steady wins the race! As my body gets used to moving again, I will gradually increase speeds and time.
In addition to my fitness goals for the year, I have some clean eating goals as well. 2016 was filled with surgeries and health issues that I don’t care to repeat in 2017. In years past, I’ve found it beneficial to eliminate high inflammatory foods, at least for a time. I’m not one who is good at extreme diets for long periods of time, so I’ve committed myself to at least improving my clean eating, which will in turn help cut down the inflammatory foods. Breakfast is the first meal I’m tackling by eating a more wholesome meal such as my Tropical Mango Smoothie Bowl.
If you’re looking for nutrient-dense foods to add to your diet, consider Van’s Foods. You can really count on getting honestly nutritious foods with simple, clean ingredients. The best part is they taste great and it won’t be a challenge to get the kids on board with your healthier eating initiative. I’ve been eating Van’s Foods gluten free cereal and granola for a while, but I just learned they also make Strawberry & Peanut Butter Gluten Free Sandwich Bars and Fire Roasted Veggie Gluten Free Crackers, in addition to their Gluten Free Waffles. I’m going to have to check out some of these other products – especially those sandwich bars and I’ve got my eye on their Blueberry Walnut Gluten Free Granola. I could eat that up with some almond milk or just by the handful, as a wholesome snack.
If you’ve only recently started a gluten free journey and you’re looking for brands and products you can trust to taste good, know that you can rely on Van’s Foods. I for one don’t bother eating foods I don’t think taste good, just for the benefits. I have to have the taste with the quality, and I feel I get that with Van’s Foods. I love their Cinnamon Heaven Gluten Free Cereal, and it tops my smoothie bowls just great, for a truly nutrient-dense meal.
Smoothie Bowls are all the craze right now, and with good reason. They taste amazing, but it is also an excellent way to get in a lot of food groups. I personally love the different textures and tastes you get with a smoothie bowl, which you wouldn’t get if everything was blended up together. You can opt to add protein powder if needed, but I love going with straight fruit, a little honey or agave nectar and coconut milk. You can let your imagination run wild with toppings, but the Van’s Cinnamon Heaven Gluten Free Cereal is nice and petite and gives a delicious crunch. Use whatever fruit you like and then those pumpkin seeds give an added texture that I simply love!
Whether you’re making smoothie bowls or just wanting to boost your eating for the better, you can find all of the mentioned Van’s Foods products at your nearest Meijer. Before you head to the store, be sure to download a coupon for $1.00 off one Van’s product: multiple varieties.
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 cup frozen guava
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup fresh mango, chopped
- 1 Tbs pumpkin seeds
- 6 or 7 large blackberries
- 2 Tbs Van's Heavenly Cinnamon Cereal
- Combine frozen fruit and coconut milk in a blender. Pulse until smooth, then pour into a large single serving bowl.
- Top smoothie with remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.