Greens & Apple Smoothie or Coconut Heaven? More #SkinnyGutShake Recipes

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Hello, hello!  As you know, I’ve been doing the Renew Life Skinny Gut Ultimate Shakes to help me with my health and weight loss goals.  As time goes by, I keep experimenting with new recipes.  While, I still love my Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake, this time, I tried two of the recipes provided on the packaging on the Skinny Gut Shake mix.


The first one was the Greens & Apple Smoothie.  I’m a big fan of drinking your greens, as you often can’t even tell that there’s spinach (or kale) in your smoothie, but you still get the health benefits from it.


Greens & Apple Smoothie

  • 1 Serving of Renew Life Skinny Gut Vanilla Shake 
  • 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 Granny Smith apple, cut in chunks
  • 2 ounces plain yogurt (or kefir)
  • Small handful of spinach (or kale)

I mixed all of the ingredients into a blender, poured it into my glass and enjoyed the great taste!



Did I like it?  Yes.  Next time, I will add ice, as I tend to prefer my smoothies pretty cold, but I stuck it in the fridge to cool it down for a little while and it was perfect.  Isn’t it a pretty shade of green?


The next smoothie I tried was the Coconut Heaven smoothie, also listed in the brochure that is attached to the lid of the Skinny Gut Shake Mix.



Coconut Heaven Smoothie


Mix all ingredients in blender until nice and smooth.  Pour in a glass and enjoy!



This one, I liked even more than the first one.  I really love a coconut taste!  I made mine with vanilla, but I think having it with the chocolate flavor would be perfect, too.  The original recipe called for coconut butter, but our little town doesn’t have coconut butter, so I used the coconut oil I have in the house already.  I have been wanting to add more coconut oil to my diet, so this is the perfect way to do that!


I love how easy it is to grab a Skinny Gut Shake for breakfast or lunch and keep on moving.  I’ve been known to quickly throw it all into the blender and take it in the car with me to sip on my way to appointments.  When I’m in a hurry, it’s still very possible to get a nourishing meal in!


Have you tried Skinny Gut Shakes yet?  If so, have you tried either of these recipes yet?  How’d you like them?


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2 of My Favorite Skinny Gut Shake Recipes

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Favorite Skinny Gut Shake Recipes


I’m having a great time using Renew Life Skinny Gut Ultimate Shakes!  It has become an easy habit to get up and go straight to my blender to begin making my morning shake.  Because I’m trying to stay away from sugar most of the time, sometimes I prefer to indulge in more chocolatey type shakes, to give me my chocolate fix.  Sometimes, I like it extra chocolatey and add a tablespoon of cocoa powder and a little NuStevia to sweeten the shake a bit more.  But other times, the nice pink shade of a Strawberry Vanilla shake gets me excited and makes me feel like I’m having my favorite Strawberry Shake from Sonic….well, almost anyway.  LOL.  They do, however, make me feel like I’m having dessert for breakfast!


When preparing my shakes, I’ve learned to add my powder while the blender is already blending some liquid.  That way, the powder doesn’t stick to the side of the blender jar and it gets mixed in nice and smooth.  I’ve also learned that I prefer my shakes extra cold, so I always blend ice or frozen strawberries as part of my recipe.  Sometimes, I even stick it in the freezer for a while for an extra frosty treat.

Strawberry Vanilla Shake

Strawberry Skinny Gut Shake Recipe


10 oz of almond milk
6-8 Frozen Strawberries
1 scoop of Renew Life Skinny Gut Vanilla Shake Mix




Place almond milk and frozen strawberries in blender and blend on high for 30 seconds to a minute.  After it is nicely mixed, add your scoop of Skinny Gut Shake Mix while the blender is still running.  Let it mix together well for another 30 seconds or so.  Pour into your glass and enjoy!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Skinny Gut Shake Recipe10 oz almond milk
4-5 frozen strawberries or a handful of ice
1 Tbsp of Cocoa Powder
1 Tbsp of Powdered Peanut Butter
1 pinch of NuStevia
1 scoop of Renew Life Skinny Gut Chocolate Shake Mix



Place almond milk and frozen strawberries or ice in blender and blend on high for 30 seconds to a minute.  After it is nicely mixed, add your scoop of Skinny Gut Shake Mix, cocoa and peanut butter while the blender is still running.  Let it mix together well for another 30 seconds or so.  Taste.  If you’re a dark chocolate lover, this may be plenty sweet for you, but if you prefer your chocolate sweeter, you may need to add a little bit of NuStevia to make it just sweet enough.  Pour into your glass and enjoy!   That’s it!


These shakes are super easy and so delicious.  Next week, I’ll share just how I’m doing on this program and if I’ve noticed any changes in my health…so stay tuned!  And as always, if you have a little weight to lose and would like to join me on my weight loss journey, please do in our Facebook group called Sidetracked by Weight Loss!  You can also follow the Skinny Gut conversation by following hashtag #SkinnyGutShake on Facebook and Twitter.  


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How to Save Big Money on Fresh Produce

How to Save Big Money on Fresh Produce


We have a large family with 7 awesome and ornery kids.  They eat A LOT!  Because of this, we always like to keep fresh produce in the house.  Of course, with me trying to lose weight, this is a good thing for me, too.


In our town, we have one mostly overpriced, small grocery store and we have Walmart.  I do a lot of my daily shopping needs at Walmart, but we try to stock up at Aldi and Sam’s once a month in a larger city.  One of my favorite reasons to go to Aldi is because of the amazing prices on fresh produce that they have.  Their sales alternate from week to week, but we eat oranges like crazy in the winter months, thanks to Aldi sales.


I had heard that you could price match Aldi prices at Walmart, but I never realized that applied to me, since I didn’t have an Aldi in my town.  I learned though, that your Aldi can be as many as 45 miles away and Walmart will still price match (some stores may vary from this).  It took me a while to get up the guts to do it, but finally, I brought in my phone with the Aldi ad loaded onto it and showed them my ad, and they quickly changed the prices for me as they rung me up.


The first week, I tried this, I bought some mushrooms for 99 cents, and 10 avocados for 29 cents a piece!  What’s nice about this is that Aldi avocados tend to be really small, but these from Walmart were really big!


This week, I was able to buy the following:


Walmart Produce - 2


5 – 4 lb bags of navel oranges – $1.88 per bag  (normally $3.88 at Walmart)
4 – 1 lb bags of baby carrots – $.69 per bag  (normally $1.78 at Walmart)
2 – containers of grape tomatoes – $0.99 each (normally $2 at Walmart)


I spent around $14 for a little more than 25 pounds of fresh produce!  Now that’s a steal!


If you have an Aldi in your town, I’d be sure to shop there first if I can, since they are so kind to offer such amazing deals, but….if you don’t, and know you wouldn’t make it otherwise, this is an awesome option!  The sales change every Wednesday, so be sure to get to the store each week by Tuesday evening.


I love not stressing about the amount of money I’m spending on fresh produce.  I also love getting a great deal.


What about you?  Have you tried this before?  How do you save money on fresh produce?


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Save Money on Produce