Sunday, May 20, 2018

Vegan Smart Nutritional Shake Sponsored Post

*This post was created in partnership with Moms Meet. All opinions are 100% my own.

When Moms Meet contacted me about trying the Vegan Smart shake mixes, I was at first a little like, hmmm shakes, we've already got our shake routine set in the Propah household but then thought again, because I am always looking for new ways to get some extra vitamins into my kids. Over here, we do afternoon smoothies, full of fruits and veggies (shhh don't tell the kids) because #1 they are fun to make together and #2 again, I need to get nutrition into my kids.


We were lucky enough to try to Vegan Smart All in One Nutrition shake in Chocolate and Vanilla and let's just say that all the health elements aside, the shakes are delicious. Of course, you can find delish shake mixes just about anywhere but since we got that out of the way, let's talk about the health benefits of adding a scoop of Vegan Smart to a shake or smoothie:
  • Complete Protein Blend – Contains 5 different non-GMO plant based proteins providing all the essential amino acids in precise proportions, readily usable by the body, for building and repairing tissue and muscle.*
  • Whole Food Complex – Includes 9 different healthy colorful fruits and vegetables offering naturally occurring polyphenols, antioxidants and flavonoids to support overall wellness.*
  • 22 Vitamins & Minerals – Act as catalysts in thousands of biochemical reactions every day to support normal and healthy cell function.*
  • Fiber & Omega Blend – Provides 6 grams of dietary fiber to help keep you regular. Also contains over 200 mg of Omega-3 to support a healthy brain, heart and circulatory system.*
  • Prebiotics – Contains 150 mg ActivAloe® bioactive polysaccharides that stimulate the growth and maintenance of beneficial intestinal flora.*
  • Digestive Enzymes Blend – Assists in digesting foods more completely for greater absorption of nutrients and the good health that goes with them.*
  • NO ACESULFAME K, NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, COLORS, OR PRESERVATIVES, NO MSG, NO SOY, GLUTEN FREE, NO EGG, NO DAIRY, NO YEAST, NUT FREE.


We've used the Vegan Smart for the past couple of weeks and I have taken the adult serving and brought it down a bit because I do share the smoothies with my kids. I am always very careful when introducing new foods to my kids and so far, we haven't encountered any allergies (for which I am thankful!)... but when I am making myself a shake, I use an adult serving and have to say that this is the perfect breakfast before hitting the gym as I have energy and enough to burn after (when I pick my kids up from the childcare lol)

The Vegan Smart mixes are now a part of my routine moving forward because they are easy and add such value to my nutritional values on any given day. I am lucky to have been able to try them and encourage you to as well if you are looking for a non dairy, vegan option for your family. If you've tried them, I would love to hear your thoughts!

Visit Vegan Smart online!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Owning Your Body

It's #OwnYourBodBabe day, y'all (follow the hashtag on social) and in addition to shouting from the rooftops about what we love about ourselves, I have asked a couple of the ladies taking part to impart some of their self love wisdom on us. It's not easy to look in the mirror, see what you perceive as flaws and then be like "but I love it!" and really, every day can't be a love-fest but if we are really committed to loving our bodies for the amazing things they do for us, we can see positive changes in ourselves as well as in the people in our circles!


As someone who has always "struggled" with her weight, it's up to me to change my own mind about how I look. It really isn't about how others view me, it's about how I view myself. I will be the first to tell you how wonderful you look but I won't offer myself the same love. That has started to change as I have been committed to finding positives even when I'm not feeling it. I look in the mirror and I find something that I am happy about, then build on it. Amanda, your hair looks great today or Amanda, your skin is so clear and bright... giving myself compliments, helps me to be more confident in what I have got going on. It's just about consistency!



"My road to body positivity was akin to pretty much any other trek I've taken in life- bumpy and filled with twists and turns, but with a heck of lot of scenic views and beauty to be appreciated along the way, too. And it's a journey I'm still on. There are days I feel like I could carry the weight of the world on my shoulders, and there are days where I feel like I fall short. But the most important thing I try to remember is that it's a journey- a day at a time, step at a time experience that my body, in all its perfections and flaws and beauty and strength, is carrying me on. I am the decisive element on how successful this adventure will be. My body and my mind and my spirit are the vessels that are going to carry me there. And that's a positive, beautiful thing." - Natalie of Wear You are Now



"For me, practicing what I preach is so important. I am a registered nurse that works in a residential treatment center for women with eating disorders. Every day, I educate my patients on gratitude and daily practices to implement that can help one to love and embrace their body. The more I practice this, the better I get at it and the easier it becomes. Yes, I still have body-negative moments. Yes, I still look at pictures and think "Ugh, if only I had ___" BUT, there are plenty of things I really like about myself so when I start to feel upset about my body I bring myself back to all the lessons I teach others and practice them for myself." - Olivia of Style by Liv



"I’ve recently made a promise to myself to spend more time celebrating my body than trying to “fix” it. I really believe our bodies hear everything we say, and feel everything we do. Our positive thoughts, words and action hold so much power." - Elizabeth of On Tap for Today


Do you have any advice on remaining body positive? I'd love to hear it!