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No Bones (or Bone Treats) About It: Reasons Not to Give Your Dog Bones

Bone treats are real bones that have been processed, sometimes flavored, and packaged for dogs. Giving your dog a ‘bone treat’ might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes from FIXATE

When faced with a Thanksgiving table laden a cornucopia of comfort foods, some of us throw our diets out the window, eating and drinking whatever we want – and as much as we want. We vow to get back to healthier habits and weight loss goals once the holiday is over and all that pumpkin pie is gone, but that can be a struggle with leftovers in the fridge and more holidays on the horizon. Adding a few delicious but healthy Thanksgiving recipes to our holiday menu will help!

Keeping things a little lighter on Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to enjoy the meal any less, especially with these tempting Thanksgiving recipes from 21 Day Fix-creator Autumn Calabrese and her brother, chef Bobby Calabrese. They have put together an incredible menu for their FIXATE cooking show with healthy makeovers of all the Thanksgiving classics, from Green Bean Casserole to Cranberry Sauce, to Sweet Potato Casserole – they even created a skinny holiday cocktail! The best part is, with FIXATE you can watch how everything is made, with step-by-step instructions and tip to ensure the most delicious results.

Watch these healthy Thanksgiving recipes made on FIXATE!

Whole-Grain Stuffed Turkey

Rather than fussing with an entire bird that takes hours to roast, this Whole-Grain Stuffed Turkey makes an impressive – and pretty – holiday main dish that cooks up in less than half the time. It’s made with lean turkey breast meat and filled with a whole-grain stuffing that features nutty wild rice, butternut squash, and fresh sage. It may seem fancy in the photo, but when you watch Bobby demonstrate how easy is it to prepare this perfect turkey breast roulade (a fancy name for stuffed and rolled) you’ll be ready to make your own.

Healthy Thanksgiving RECIPES from FIXATE Whole Grain Stuffed Turkey healthy turkey recipe

More healthy turkey recipes: Brined Turkey BreastCitrus Herb Roast TurkeyTurkey Waldorf Salad

Roasted Garlic Gravy

This healthier Roasted Garlic Gravy maintains that deep flavor you know and love, without the use of turkey fat, butter, or refined white flower. Slow-roasted garlic acts as an ingenious thickening agent that imparts rich umami, while aromatic shallot and fresh sage season the dish to perfection. Seriously, it tastes so good, you’ll want to eat it by the spoonful. Go ahead – this gravy has so few calories that a 3 Tbs. serving counts as a 1 tsp. Portion Fix container.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes from FIXATE healthy gravy recipe

More healthy gravy recipes: Simple GravyMushroom and Garlic Gravy

Cranberry Sauce

This fresh Cranberry Sauce recipe is a tangy replacement for rubbery canned cranberry sauce, and it’s almost as easy to make. If you’ve never tasted homemade cranberry sauce, make this the year. It’s so much better. To create a deep, flavorful sauce you’ll want to put on everything, Autumn and Bobby infuse whole cranberries with cloves, ginger, citrus, and honey for a perfectly spiced, slightly sweet finish.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes from FIXATE Cranberry Sauce

More healthy cranberry recipes: Cranberry Crumble BarsTurkey, Cranberry, and Brie Sandwich

Whole-Grain Stuffing

Change up your stuffing this year, with this gourmet (but really easy to make) Whole-Grain Stuffing with almonds and fresh herbs. Since the recipe is bread-less, you can be sure your stuffing won’t ever get mushy. Bobby creates a casserole with a distinctly fall flavor using caramelized butternut squash, orange zest, and fresh sage giving the stuffing extra layers of complexity.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes from FIXATE Whole-Grain Stuffing casserole with almonds

More healthy stuffing recipes: Apple and Chestnut StuffingBulgar Fruit StuffingZucchini Stuffing With Mushrooms and Garlic

Sweet Potato Casserole

Forget about hiding delicious sweet potatoes under a mound of marshmallow goop. If you’re looking to wow your Thanksgiving crowd, keep it simple with this Sweet Potato Casserole. Autumn and Bobby have streamlined this recipe to include only a handful of fresh ingredients topped with a decadent glaze. This will certainly be the easiest – and possibly the most delicious – sweet potato casserole you’ll ever make.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes from FIXATE Sweet Potato Casserole

More healthy potato recipes: Mashed Sweet PotatoesMashed Potatoes with KaleGlazed Yams with Cinnamon

Caramelized Pearl Onions

Served whole or pureed, this recipe for Caramelized Pearl Onions is an ideal way to boost your Thanksgiving cred. Not only are they incredibly easy to prepare, they are shockingly full of umami flavor that tastes great with a moist and juicy Thanksgiving turkey. Add a dollop of pureed pearl onions to savory soups and side dishes (try them in mashed potatoes!).

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes from FIXATE Caramelized Pearl Onions

More vegan side dish recipes: Roasted VeggiesMiso-Glazed Acorn SquashVegan Cauliflower Rice and Broccoli GratinRoasted Rainbow Carrots with Maple Glaze

Green Bean Casserole

This healthy side dish features a FIX-approved version of cream of mushroom soup, delicately caramelized onions, and tender-crisp green beans. While not a technically challenging dish to make, Chef Bobby Calabrese gives us a few tips to ensure our Green Bean Casserole maintains its bright color and stays perfectly al dente.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes from FIXATE Green Bean Casserole

More healthy casserole recipes: Cauliflower Pumpkin CasseroleThree Cheese Macaroni Casserole

Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts

For this knock-out Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts recipe, Bobby keeps the ingredients simple and uses an nifty blanching technique to create a vibrant side dish that even Brussels sprout skeptics will enjoy. Watch the video to find out how he does it.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes from FIXATE Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts

More healthy vegetable side dishes: Brussels Sprouts with Roasted GrapesCreamed KaleGreen Beans with Lemon and ThymeCaramelized Carrots with Curry Spice

Caramel Apple Cocktail

Inspired by New Orleans’ favorite mid-morning pick-me-up this Caramel Apple Cocktail tastes just like Brandy Milk Punch, without all the heavy cream and syrup. Instead, this lower-calorie libation features a delicious French apple brandy, creamy almond milk, and a decadent vegan caramel sauce (that you’ll want to put on everything).

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes from FIXATE Caramel Apple Cocktail

Healthy appetizers and starters: Roasted Grape and Goat Cheese CrostiniClassic CornbreadButternut Squash Soup with GingerRoasted Cauliflower Salad with Pomegranate and Hazelnuts

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies aren’t just for kids. Autumn Calabrese loves them! She asked her brother Bobby to create a healthier Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pie recipe and boy did he deliver. This Thanksgiving-themed dessert contains wholesome ingredients and all-natural pumpkin puree for a rich pumpkin pie-spiced filling that takes these whoopie pies over the top.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes from FIXATE Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

More healthy dessert recipes: Mini Pumpkin Pie CupsSweet Potato PieApple Crisp

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FDA Warns About Stem Cell Therapies

Stem cells have been called everything from cure-alls to miracle treatments. But don’t believe the hype. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is concerned that some patients may be vulnerable to stem cell treatments that are illegal and potentially harmful. Here’s what to know before you consider stem cell treatment.

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The FDA Warns Against Injectable Silicone for Body Contouring and Enhancement

Injectable dermal fillers are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But no injectable filler is FDA-approved for large-scale body contouring or body enhancement. Learn why injectable silicone and other unapproved products (also called ‘but’ fillers, breast fillers, or products to fill spaces between muscles) are dangerous and should be avoided.

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35 Vanilla Shakeology Recipes

Think Vanilla is basic? These Vanilla Shakeology recipes prove that it is anything but. In fact, light and creamy Vanilla Shakeology is the most versatile Shakeology flavor. Made with real organic vanilla beans from Madagascar, on it’s own it tastes like a luscious vanilla milkshake (and who doesn’t want one of those?). But, blend it with anything, from fresh fruit and nut butters to tea and spices, and it will take on and complement the flavors of the ingredients – deliciously.

Each of these Vanilla Shakeology recipes uses a few ingredients – and a little creativity – to make decadent smoothies that taste like orange creamsicles, minty candy canes, or gourmet salted caramel. And, you can make almost any of these shakes vegan by using vegan ingredients and Vanilla Vegan Shakeology. (More of chocoholic? Indulge in these tempting Chocolate Shakeology Recipes.)

Don’t have Shakeology yet? Get all of the Shakeology flavors here.

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Fruity Vanilla Shakeology Recipes

Pineapple Mango Smoothie
Tropical fruit and a hint of orange gives this Pineapple Mango smoothie a zesty fragrance and flavor that will wake you up in the morning or revive you in from an afternoon slump.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • ¼ cup cubed fresh pineapple
  • ¼ cup cubed mango
  • 1 Tbsp. orange zest
  • 1 cup ice

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes Pineapple Mango Smoothie

Peaches and Cream
Craving a taste of summer? This sunny Peaches and Cream Shakeology made with frozen peaches and creamy Vanilla Shakeology is peachy-keen.

  • ⅔ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • ½ cup sliced frozen peaches
  • 1 cup ice

Vanilla Berry Delight Shakeology
Mixed berries – we like blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries – give this Vanilla Berry Shakeology smoothie it’s vibrant violet hue and tangy zing.

  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • ½ cup fresh mixed berries or frozen
  • 1 cup ice

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes Vanilla Berry Smoothie

Piña Colada Shakeology
Daydream away to an island vacation with this tropical Piña Colada Shakeology featuring pineapple juice and pure coconut extract.

  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup 100% pineapple juice
  • ½ tsp. pure coconut extract
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 cup ice

Orange Creamsicle Shakeology
If you get nostalgic over those classic orange popsicles with a vanilla ice cream center, then you’ll love this Orange Creamsicle Shakeology.

  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup 100% orange juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes Orange Creamsicle Shakeology Smoothie Recipe

Mango Margarita Shakeology
Raise a glass of this festive, non-alcoholic Mango Margarita Shakeology and escape that foggy feeling the next morning.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Vegan Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • ½ cup chopped mango
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lime peel (lime zest)
  • 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds

Blackberry Mint Julep Smoothie
No oversized floral hats are required to enjoy this Kentucky Derby-inspired Blackberry Mint Julep Smoothie. All you’ll need is a little bourbon extract (for authentic flavor without the tipsiness), blackberries, creamy Vanilla Shakeology, and a handful of mint.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vegan Vanilla Shakeology
  • ½ cup fresh (or frozen) blackberries
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tsp. pure bourbon extract

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes Blackberry Mint Julep Smoothie

Minty Watermelon Shakeology
Beat the heat and stay cool with this refreshing Minty Watermelon Shakeology.

  • 1 cup cubed watermelon
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 6 fresh mint leaves chopped
  • 1 cup ice

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes Watermelon Smoothie with Mint

Greek Islander Shakeology
This Greek Islander smoothie’s vibrant color comes from antioxidants in the pomegranate seeds and blackberries. And, it’s loaded with extra protein!

  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup 100% pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • ½ cup reduced-fat (2%) Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup fresh (or frozen) blackberries
  • 2 fresh basil leaves

Blueberry Basil Smoothie
Vibrant and delicious, this Blueberry Basil Smoothie features a berry blast of flavor with a hint of sweet basil.

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries or frozen
  • 4 fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1 cup ice

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes Blueberry Basil Shakeology Smoothie

Dessert-Inspired Vanilla Shakeology Recipes

Peanut Butter Cookie Shakeology
If peanut butter cookies are your weakness then look to our Peanut Butter Cookie Shakeology to get your PB cookie fix. This Vanilla Shakeology recipe puts the flavor of decadent, nutty cookies into your smoothie so you can indulge without guilt.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 1 Tbsp. all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 pinch sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 1 Tbsp. graham cracker crumbs

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes Peanut Butter Cookie Shakeology

Vanilla Hazelnut Shakeology
This decadent Vanilla Hazelnut Shakeology smoothie calls for hazelnut milk (or almond milk) and chopped hazelnuts giving it a rich flavor and a velvety finish.

  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • ½ cup unsweetened hazelnut milk beverage (or unsweetened almond milk)
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped raw hazelnuts
  • 1 cup ice

Snickerdoodle Shakeology
With this Snickerdoodle-inspired Vanilla Shakeology recipe, we took everything we love about the delightful, buttery cookies rolled in cinnamon, and made a healthy smoothie that we can drink without guilt. It may not be a snickerdoodle cookie but it sure tastes like one.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes Snickerdoodle Smoothie recipe made with Vegan Vanilla Shakeology.

Peppermint Patty Shakeology
Peppermint lovers sing the praises of our protein-packed Peppermint Patty Shaekology smoothie. With 18 grams of protein, it’s a great way to start your day.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • ½ scoop Chocolate Shakeology or Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
  • ½ scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • ½ tsp. pure peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp. shaved dark chocolate
  • Fresh mint leaves

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes Peppermint Patty Shakeology

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Shakeology
Here’s another cookie inspired Vanilla Shakeology recipe for the Cookie Monsters out there. We’ve used only the healthiest ingredients from an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie to craft this tempting smoothie.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 2 Tbsp. dry old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. raisins
  • 1 cup ice

Key Lime Dream Shakeology
You can stop dreaming of eating a piece of key lime pie and drink one instead! Our Key Lime Dream Shakeology features tart and tangy lime juice and fresh lime zest to create a smoothie that actually tastes like its namesake.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lime peel (lime zest)

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes Key Lime Smoothie made with Vegan Vanilla Shakeology.

Cookies and Cream Smoothie
While this Cookies and Cream Smoothie doesn’t come double-stuffed, you can enjoy its creamy goodness without having to twist it in two.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 4 chocolate graham crackers (1 cracker sheet)

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes Cookies and Cream Smoothie
Maple Pecan Shakeology
Two of our favorite fall flavors (besides pumpkin spice) star in this Maple Pecan Shakeology smoothie. A hint of pure maple syrup imparts delicate maple flavor and a sprinkling of pecans, with their distinctive richness, adds just the right amount of nuttiness.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 2 Tbsp. raw pecans coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Smoothie
Have we mentioned that our cookie-inspired smoothies taste like the real thing? This White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Smoothie is as authentic as it gets. It’s worth it to find white chocolate extract, but vanilla extract works well too.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 1 tsp. pure white chocolate extract
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped macadamia nuts

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Smoothie

Apple Pie Shakeology
Who can resist something as wholesome as apple pie? Our Apple Pie Shakeology calls on unsweetened applesauce, a touch of cinnamon to recreate that classic flavor you know and love.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

Salted Caramel Shakeology
Transform creamy Vanilla Shakeology from basic (but delicious!) to bold with two simple ingredients. A teaspoon of caramel extract and a dash of sea salt make this simple, low-calorie smoothie taste like a gourmet Salted Caramel milkshake.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 1 tsp. pure caramel extract
  • 1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes Salted Caramel Shakeology

Lemon Bar Shakeology
This Lemon Bar Shakeology smoothie boasts real lemon juice, fragrant lemon zest, and a touch of vanilla extract resulting in a perfect balance between tart and sweet.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped lemon peel (lemon zest)

Distinctive Vanilla Shakeology Recipes

Matcha Pink Drink Smoothie
This pretty blended beverage looks a whole lot like strawberry green tea mochi ice cream. But because this Matcha Pink Drink Smoothie contains yummy Vanilla Shakeology, it also helps support healthy energy, reduce cravings, and supports healthy digestion.

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened matcha powder
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes Matcha Pink Drink Smoothie

Vanilla Chai Shakeology
To further enhance the flavor of chai tea, this Vanilla Chai Shakeology recipe adds a dash fragrant allspice and a drizzle of honey for an aromatic iced blended drink you’ll want to make again and again.

  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 1 cup brewed Chai tea, cooled
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • 1 dash ground allspice
  • 1 cup ice

Horchata Shakeology
Traditional Latin American Horchata is best when it’s served ice cold on a hot day. So naturally, it’s a delicious idea for an icy, cinnamon-y, Vanilla Shakeology recipe!

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or rice milk)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 2 Tbsp sliced raw almonds
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup ice

Matcha Latte Shakeology
Harness the benefits of matcha green tea powder with a Matcha Latte Shakeology, a chic blended beverage that tastes just like green tea ice cream without the sugar crash.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened matcha powder

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes Matcha Latte Shakeology

Margarita Shakeology
If you’re partial to the flavor the festive citrus and tequila cocktail, then you’ll love our non-alcoholic Margarita Shakeology.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 1½ tsp. finely grated lime peel (lime zest)
  • ½ tsp. finely grated orange peel (orange zest)

Fresh Start Smoothie
If you find it hard to eat your greens, this Fresh Start Smoothie will help you work in an extra serving without even noticing. You’d never know this sweet Vanilla Shakeology recipe boasts one whole cup of fresh kale.

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • ¼ large banana cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped lime peel (lime zest)
  • 1 tsp. coarsely chopped fresh ginger

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes Fresh Start Smoothie with lime, banana, ginger, and kale

Cucumber Agua Fresca Smoothie
The rejuvenating flavor of cucumber and fresh lime juice in this Cucumber Agua Fresca smoothie will make you feel like you’re relaxing at a day spa.

  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 1 cup coarsely-chopped cucumber
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

Turmeric Smoothie
Enjoy the exotic flavor of this Turmeric Smoothie before or after your workout, and get even more health benefits.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 1 tsp . ground turmeric
  • 1 cup ice

Holiday Vanilla Shakeology Recipes

The Grinch Smoothie
When we tasted this delightful, green Grinch Smoothie, our hearts grew three sizes! Enjoy yours snuggled up by the fire, or as you’re rushing out the door to steal, we mean buy, presents for all of the good boys and girls in your life.

  • 1 cup coconut water (or coconut milk beverage)
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • ¼ large banana
  • 1 Tbsp. matcha green tea powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 dash ground cloves
  • 1 cup ice

The Grinch Smoothie holiday Vanilla Shakeology recipe

Pumpkin Pie Shakeology 
With real pumpkin puree and a blend of holiday spices, this Pumpkin Pie Shakeology is an ideal morning after Thanksgiving breakfast treat (so you can keep your hands off the leftover pie!).

  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup (or raw honey)
  • 1 Tbsp. coarsely chopped raw pecans
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup ice

Creamy Candy Cane Shakeology
With only four ingredients in this Candy Cane smoothie, it doesn’t get much easier to whip up holiday cheer!

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • ½ tsp. pure peppermint extract

Vanilla Shakeology Recipes Creamy Candy Cane Smoothie

Caramel Apple Shakeology
Skip the sticky fingers, caramel cemented between your teeth, and the potential emergency trip to the dentist, and make this Caramel Apple Vanilla Shakeology recipe instead.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 1 tsp pure caramel extract
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup ice

Vanilla Nog Shakeology
Get responsibly festive with this Vanilla Nog Shakeology. Rum extract and a dash of ground nutmeg give this smoothie a holiday kick.

  • 1 cup reduced-fat (2%) milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology or Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
  • 1 tsp. pure rum extract
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

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How I Lost Weight With a Team Beachbody Coach

Truth time, people: How many times have you gotten as far as putting on workout clothes, and then thought to yourself, “Ugh. I don’t feel like working out,” — and didn’t?

We’ve all been there, and we’ve all made the same excuses: don’t feel like it, don’t want to, not in the mood, too tired, too busy, too hungry.

That’s when you probably think, “I need someone to make me work out and eat healthy.” But let’s get real: No one can really make you work out and eat healthy if you don’t want to or don’t know how to.

So what’s the solution? How can you get motivated, stay motivated, and stick to your health and fitness plan?

Enter the Team Beachbody Coach.

Your Coach is someone who can get you motivated, stay motivated, and stick to your health and fitness plan with support, one-on-one guidance, and accountability.

Another way your Coach can help you stay on track is through Challenge Groups: A group made up of of like-minded people who are all committed to getting healthy and fit.

Read on to see how having a Team Beachbody Coach helped these people “write” their own weight-loss success stories:

Beachbody Before and After Results

Erin B. Lost 83 Pounds

“Having been overweight for years, I had made the decision many times to lose it, with either little or no success. I’d ordered plans, products, kits, you name it, but didn’t stick with it.

But committing to the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack was different. It not only gave me a workable plan, it gave me the support and accountability I needed to succeed. My Coach looped me into her Challenge Group, and without that, I may have continued the pattern of procrastination and lukewarm commitment,” says Erin.

By working with her Coach, Erin was able to lose 83 pounds in 14 months with multiple Beachbody programs.

“Knowing that we were all doing the same workouts each day kept me accountable, and the group gave me the encouragement to keep going and improving as I progressed through the program!”

Beachbody Before and After Results

Sara H. Lost 107 Pounds

“Throughout my entire weight-loss journey with Beachbody, I have been in many Challenge Groups. Being in Challenge Groups not only motivated me, but held me accountable by making sure I posted my daily Shakeology and workouts.

Seeing ladies of all backgrounds, shapes, and sizes conquer their fitness goals was truly inspiring to me and made me want to keep improving myself,” says Sara.

With the encouragement of her Coach and Challenge Groups, Sara lost 107 pounds and 40 inches in two years using multiple Beachbody programs and Beachbody supplements.

“Challenge Groups are also a perfect way to communicate with other people as well as being able to post and share recipes. I definitely would not be anywhere near where I am today without my involvement in Challenge Groups.

My Coach is never pushy when it comes to promoting programs and products, and I never feel like she judges me or thinks negatively about me at all. She is always the first one to congratulate me, and she even sends me cards and gifts from states away when I hit my weight-loss milestones.”

Beachbody Before and After Results

Adrienne B. Lost 108 Pounds

“I felt encouraged by my Coach and the Challenge Groups. Some days I messed up, but I was encouraged to keep going. I was also praised and told how my story was inspiring. To me, this was huge,” says Adrienne.

She ended up losing 108 pounds and 87 inches in 14 months with multiple Beachbody programs and Beachbody supplements

“The sense of community and the friends I have made while working on my goals are priceless to me. To have a solid group of people working toward the same goal really helped me stay on track,” she says.

Beachbody Before and After Results

Julie C. Lost 60 Pounds

“My Challenge Group played a big role in my success. There were days when I was tired or sore and did not want to work out. But I knew the girls in my group were counting on me and it really pushed me forward,” says Julie.

She lost 60 pounds and 36 inches in 18 months with multiple Beachbody programs and Beachbody supplements!

“I never realized how much community and support affected your results. But these girls are like my family now. We are accomplishing so much together!

My Coach has been amazing. She has been my listening ear when I was feeling down or like I wasn’t making progress. She was there to give me tough love when I dropped the ball. She has been the very best Coach and best friend anyone can have. Hands down she is the best, and I would not be here without her.”

Beachbody Before and After Results

Hollie V. Lost 85 Pounds

“My Coach helped me better understand my meal plan and encouraged me to follow through on the program. It helped me a lot to have someone I felt accountable to!

With the help of her Coach, Hollie lost 85 pounds and 15 inches in two years with 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix EXTREME.

Beachbody On Demand made it easy to access my program from anywhere, and I didn’t have to keep track of a bunch of discs, which was a huge plus!”

Beachbody Before and After Results

Bryan H. Lost 68 Pounds

By working with his Coach, Bryan achieved amazing results: He lost 68 pounds and 36 inches in seven months with multiple Beachbody programs.

“Participating in Challenge Groups helped me set reasonable goals, and the other members would help keep me on track. I would keep in contact a few times a week, and if I took longer than normal to respond, I would get a personal message to get back on point.

“My Coach would push me when I needed it and the biggest thing was she helped me change my bad eating habits and portion control,” says Bryan.

Beachbody Before and After Results

Don M. Lost 51 Pounds

“The Challenge Group that my team is part of is incredible. The activity of so many members looking to improve their lives is motivational in itself. It was very easy to stay accountable because every day someone would check in with me to see if I was being the best I can be,” says Don.

After just one round of Body Beast and using Beachbody supplements, Don lost 51 pounds and 12 inches in 90 days.

“I can’t put into words what my Coach has done for me. She’s selflessly there every day to support me, answer questions at all times of the day and night, and lead our Challenge Group.”

Beachbody Before and After Results

Bradley W. Lost 40 Pounds

With four rounds of Body Beast, Beachbody supplements, and the support from his Coach, Bradley lost 40 pounds and 22 inches in one year.

“My Challenge Group was run by a strong Coach that kept a positive community focused of peer support. I would not have found the success that I had without my Coach. She was there for me every step of the way, pushing me to stick to the plan and listening when I needed support.”

If you don’t already have a Coach and are ready to take control of your health and fitness, join Beachbody On Demand and get your own Coach to help you on your journey.

You get a free Team Beachbody Coach with your purchase of a Beachbody Challenge Pack, which includes a full year of unlimited workouts on Beachbody On Demand.

That’s more than 30 streaming workout programs to choose from, so you can jump into any challenge group you like, and easily move on to another once you’re done. The challenge pack also includes Shakeology — a superfood protein shake — to get your healthy eating on track. Set yourself up for success and start here.

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15 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes that Practically Make Themselves

Love your slow cooker and looking for some easy slow cooker recipes to try? We’ve got you covered with 15 of them.

Slow cookers are a time-saving kitchen tool that can make even the most hectic day feel like a total success. For most slow cooker recipes, you simply pop a few ingredients into a crock pot, add liquid, push a button, and then – here’s the magic – do anything else you please for several hours! When you finally saunter back into the kitchen and lift the lid off the cooker, your house will smell like you’ve toiled in the kitchen all day and you’ll have an incredible meal that’s ready to serve.

Bonus: when you’re done, there’s just one pot to clean.

Meals cooked in slow-cookers tend to be hearty and comforting, and they render even the toughest, least expensive cuts of meat  melt-in-your-mouth tender. A single recipe can make so many servings that you’ll have meals for days and leftovers to freeze for busy weeknights in the future. Use these tips to help keep those leftovers from spoiling.

 

15 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

With a few minutes of prep in the morning or the night before, you can wake up to the sweet, sweet scent of breakfast that’s ready to eat or come home from a busy workday and sit right down to dinner. Let us know in the comments which of these you like best!

 

Slow Cooker Banana Bread Oatmeal

With this slow-cooked steel-cut oats recipe, breakfast can taste like a luscious slice of banana bread while still being a wholesome and nutritious way to fuel your day. There’s probably plenty of room in your slow cooker to double the recipe!

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow Cooker Banana Bread Oatmeal

What you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Banana Bread Oatmeal:

  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup dry steel-cut oats
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 6 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 6 Tbsp. chopped raw walnuts

 

Fruity Whole Grain Breakfast Porridge

Basic oatmeal gets a bold makeover in this sweet, spiced breakfast porridge with hearty whole grains, dried cranberries, and apricots. A slice of orange peel and a cinnamon stick make it taste, and smell, like a special breakfast treat.

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Fruity Whole Grain Breakfast Porridge

Here’s what you’ll need to make Fruity Whole Grain Breakfast Porridge:

  • ¾ cup dry steel cut oats
  • ½ cup dry wild rice
  • ¾ cup dry pearl barley (or dry farro)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 2-inch slice dry orange peel
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey (or pure maple syrup)
  • ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • ¼ cup chopped dried apricots (or dried cherries, dried apples, or raisins)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened dried cranberries
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped raw walnuts (or almonds, pecans, or cashews)
  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk

 

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

This healthy take on a favorite Mexican dish is quick to put together, and it makes enough servings to feed a family or fill up a meal prep menu. The finished dish tastes just like cheesy chicken enchiladas.

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

What you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas:

  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 medium jalapenos, seeded and deveined, finely chopped
  • 1 lb. raw ground chicken breast
  • 1½ cups dry farro, rinsed
  • 1 (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 (15-oz.) can diced fire roasted tomatoes (or diced tomatoes), no salt added
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (10-oz.) can red enchilada sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander
  • Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
  • 1 cup shredded jack (or cheddar or Mexican blend) cheese
  • 3 medium green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

 

Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Once you’ve tasted these homemade slow cooker refried beans, and see how effortless they are to make, you’ll say buh-bye those mushy canned refried beans for good.

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow Cooker Refried Beans

What you’ll need Slow Cooker Refried Beans:

  • 1 lb. dry pinto beans (about 5 cups), rinsed, sorted
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 sprig fresh espazote (or fresh oregano)
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 6 cups hot water
  • 1 tsp. olive oil

 

Slow Cooker Garlic and Herb Mushrooms

Love those buttery sautéed restaurant-style mushrooms? We found a way to make them much healthier. Ours cook slowly with garlic and herbs, giving them time to absorb tons of flavor.

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow Cooker Mushrooms with Garlic and Herbs

What you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Mushrooms with Garlic and Herbs:

  • 1 lb. whole mushrooms (like brown, button, or cremini), stems trimmed
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup low-sodium organic vegetable broth
  • Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley (for garnish; optional)

 

Slow Cooker Chicken and Quinoa with Spring Vegetables

This is one of our favorite slow cooker recipes. It uses quinoa and spring vegetables to make a light but hearty dish that pops with color and flavor. The chicken gets extremely tender and juicy as it gently cooks for hours, but it’s the quinoa that’s the real surprise in this dish.

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow Cooker Chicken and Quinoa with Spring Vegetables

What you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Chicken and Quinoa with Spring Vegetables:

  • 1½ cups dry quinoa
  • 1 lb. raw chicken breast, boneless, skinless, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 7 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. dried basil (or chives or parsley)
  • Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
  • 6 tsp. prepared pesto sauce
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups shredded (or grated) carrots
  • 1 bunch asparagus, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 2 cups)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Have a fajita fiesta with maximum flavor and minimal effort. Each bite of these chicken and vegetable fajitas is bursting with bold taste – and they have an impressive 31 grams of protein per serving.

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

What you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas:

  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes (or diced tomatoes with green chiles), no salt added
  • 1 medium onion, cut into quarters, sliced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 tsp. ground chile powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 lb. raw chicken breast, boneless, skinless, sliced
  • 8 6-inch whole wheat flour tortillas, warm
  • ½ cup fresh tomato salsa
  • 8 tsp. low-fat (1%) plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ medium avocado, sliced
  • Finely chopped cilantro

 

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

There’s nothing better than coming home to the smell of a delicious dinner that’s been slowly cooking all day, especially when it’s these tender turkey meatballs in a aromatic tomato sauce. Try them on zucchini noodles for a lean, high-protein dinner.

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

What you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs:

  • 1 lb. raw 93% lean ground turkey
  • ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup whole grain panko (Japanese-style breadcrumbs)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (28-oz.) can whole tomatoes, crushed
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves

 

Savory Slow Cooker Beans with Rice

These creamy red beans get tons of flavor from celery, garlic, and diced green chiles. Served with brown rice, they make a complete vegetarian meal. And, at about 70¢ per serving, this is a tasty dinner that fits any budget.

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Savory Slow Cooker Beans with Rice

What you’ll need to make Savory Slow Cooker Beans with Rice:

  • 1¼ cups dry red beans (or dry red kidney beans), rinsed
  • Water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. dried basil, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups low-sodium organic vegetable broth
  • 1 cups water
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (4-oz.) can diced green chiles, undrained
  • Hot sauce (like Tabasco) (to taste; optional)
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice, warm

 

Crunchy Spicy Shredded Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Sweet pineapple and crunchy radishes go perfectly with tender, slow-cooked pork loin in these mouth-watering tacos that take 10 minutes to prep. The leftover meat tastes great stirred into scrambled eggs!

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Crunchy Spicy Shredded Pork Tacos

What you’ll need to make Crunch Spicy Shredded Pork Tacos:

  • 1 lb. raw pork loin, boneless, visible fat removed, cut into 4 large pieces
  • 1 (7-oz.) can sliced jalapeños (optional)
  • 1½ cups tomatillo salsa (or salsa verde)
  • ½ cup finely cubed fresh pineapple
  • 2 medium shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • 8 corn tortillas (or 6-inch whole wheat tortillas), warm
  • ½ cup thinly sliced radishes

 

Beef Bone Broth

When you’re thinking of easy slow cooker recipes, broth might not come immediately to mind, but if you want to try the trend of sipping a mug of bone broth for its numerous health benefits for yourself or you just want a delicious base for soups and to add flavor to whole grains, this recipe is a great place to start. The result is a large quantity of marvelously flavorful broth that tastes great on it’s own and can be used in any recipe that calls for broth, like this Beef Pot Roast With Root Vegetables.

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Beef Bone Broth

What you’ll need to make Beef Bone Broth:

  • 5 lbs. beef back (or neck) bones (or chicken carcasses or lamb bones)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar (or fresh lemon juice)
  • 2 medium onions, cut into quarters (or 2 leeks, coarsely chopped)
  • 2 medium carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 4 medium celery stalk ends, coarsely chopped
  • 2 to 3 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. black peppercorns
  • Cold water

 

Slow Cooker Beef Chili

If you’re craving a hearty bowl of traditional beef chili, this easy recipe really delivers! It keeps things simple, without bells and whistles or special ingredients, but in the slow cooker, the meat becomes fall-apart tender, and develops deep and satisfying flavor.

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow Cooker Beef Chili

What you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Beef Chili:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1½ lbs. extra lean beef chuck, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 (15-oz) can diced tomatoes, no salt added
  • ¼ cup tomato paste, no sugar added
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • ¾ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-oz.) can kidney beans, drained, rinsed

 

Slow Cooker Baked Apples

Indulge in buttery baked apples with this lowfat option that’s just sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. And thanks to the apples, you’ll get a full serving of fruit.

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow Cooker Baked Apples

What you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Baked Apples:

  • 5 medium Cortland (or Honey Crisp, Macintosh or Mutsu) apples
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup dry old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 2 tbsp. organic grass-fed butter, (or extra-virgin organic coconut oil)
  • ¾ cup water

 

Slow Cooker Chai Apple Butter

It takes only a handful of ingredients to make this simple, but show-stopping slow cooker recipe for Chai Apple Butter. Chai tea, spiced with cardamom, ginger, clove, and black pepper, gives it a punch of flavor that will make you look like a culinary genius.

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow Cooker Chai Apple Butter

What you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Chai Apple Butter:

  • 5 medium cooking apples, cored, cut into quarters
  • 5 medium cooking apples, peeled, cored, cut into quarters
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 2-inch slice lemon peel
  • 10 bags chai tea

 

 15 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

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The Ultimate Guide to Fiber Supplements

Those three-minute rounds in CORE DE FORCE already feel long enough, but when you’re distracted by your digestive system, every second can feel like an eternity.

You already know that fiber is an important part of a healthy diet — it’s what helps keep things moving smoothly, among other things — but that doesn’t mean we’re getting enough of it.

More than half of Americans get less than half the recommended amount of dietary fiber. Fiber supplements can help you reach your quota, but most provide only one kind of fiber — and the most popular varieties often contain sugar or artificial flavors and sweeteners.

Here’s what you need to know before choosing a fiber supplement.

 

6 Tips for Choosing Fiber Supplements

As with any supplement or food, be sure to read the label when choosing fiber supplements. Here are some of tips to keep in mind when choosing fiber supplements:

 

1. Be sure it has both soluble and insoluble fiber

If a product calls itself a “soluble fiber supplement,” skip it — you’re only getting half of what you want. You definitely want both kinds, says Denis Faye, M.S., and Beachbody’s executive director of nutrition.

The best supplements will be those that contain both soluble and insoluble fiber — with no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives — he adds.

Soluble fiber creates a barrier in the gut, which helps you absorb nutrients and helps support healthy cholesterol.

Insoluble fiber adds bulk to your stool and helps food pass more quickly through the stomach and intestines, “sweeping everything out — it’s helping you poop, plain and simple,” Faye says.

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2. Fiber supplements shouldn’t be your only source of fiber

Of course, you shouldn’t look to supplements for all your fiber needs,” says Faye. “They should just be part of the bigger picture.” He recommends eating a healthy diet with plenty of fiber-rich foods like vegetables, fruit, and whole grains (fiber is only found in plants).

 

3. You don’t need sugar in a fiber supplement — or sweeteners, natural, or artificial

If you pick up a jar of fiber powder at the pharmacy, it’ll likely have two ingredients: psyllium husk and sugar.

“Psyllium husk is great, and sugar is not so great,” says Faye. “Why not just eliminate the sugar — eliminate the bad thing — and then all you have is the awesome thing?”

Sugar, as well as artificial sweeteners and flavors, is added to improve flavor, but those ingredients are doing nothing to boost your health.

 

4. Drink plenty of water

When taken properly, fiber keeps your digestion moving, says Faye, but ironically it can have the opposite effect if you don’t drink enough water.

If you have too much fiber in your system and you’re dehydrated, it can actually block you up,” says Faye. “It becomes a big clog in your system.”

So, whether you’re taking a fiber powder or fiber pills, you need to pair them with water — drink a glass or two after taking your fiber supplement, even if it’s in a shake.

 

5. There can be too much of a good thing

In addition to blocking you up if you have too much fiber (women need 25 grams a day between ages 19 and 50, while men should aim for 38), you may also experience some gas and bloating at first, says Faye.

Staying hydrated can help, and if you still have issues, he recommends that you “start small and work your way up. Your body will adapt.”

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6. Fiber can also support your heart health

While fiber is often touted for its ability to keep you fuller longer and aid in regularity, it can also support heart health by promoting healthy cholesterol levels within normal ranges, says Faye.

Plus, since fiber is naturally found in nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables, you get the added benefit of their antioxidant and phytonutrient support, he says.

Digestive Health is an excellent source of dietary fiber that’s designed to help keep you regular while supporting your digestive health.*

Bonus: You can get 40 percent of your daily recommended amount of fiber when you add this boost to your daily Shakeology.

On its own, Digestive Health contains a unique blend of seven grams of soluble and insoluble fiber in every scoop. This powerful boost helps maintain regularity, support digestive health, and provides omega 3 fatty acids to help support cardiovascular health — and it doesn’t contain any artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives.*

 

Digestive Health Ingredients

The Digestive Health ingredients help maintain regularity and digestive health.* Here’s why they were selected for this Shakeology Boost — and how you can add them into your healthy diet on their own.

 

Chia

Yes, this is the same plant as Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Pets!  These tiny seeds are a great source of insoluble fiber. Ancient South American cultures used chia for energy, and now they are a popular ingredients in chia puddingssmoothies, and jams.

 

Chicory

You might know the periwinkle blue flowers of chicory, or perhaps you’ve had the ground roasted root in New Orleans-style coffee. The leaves are sometimes consumed as a bitter green, too. The root supplies the prebiotic fiber inulin, which may support gut health.*

 

Flax

Delivers insoluble fiber and protein, flax is also one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids (ALA).* ALA, which is also found in chia seeds, helps support cardiovascular health.*

Pro tip: When you’re eating flaxseed, you need to grind the seeds to unlock their nutrition; otherwise, they’ll through our bodies intact, without absorbing their nutrients.

 

Pea Fiber

Supplies insoluble fiber, this wholesome source of fiber helps maintain digestive system health and regularity.*

 

Psyllium Husk

Soluble fiber from psyllium, as part of a healthy diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.

This plant is high in mucilage, meaning that when it is mixed into water it gets quite thick and sticky — which is why psyllium husk is so common in fiber supplements. You really need to drink a lot of water when taking psyllium, and never try to take the powder dry!

 

The Takeaway

Fiber supplements, when paired with a healthy diet, can help keep your digestive system moving smoothly.

An easy way to get more fiber every day is by adding Digestive Health to your Shakeology routine or another beverage. It doesn’t have a flavor, but it can make your shake nice and thick, thanks to all that fiber! Just remember to stay hydrated.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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