Shaking Out the Post-Holiday Bloat

Sunday, Christmas Eve, I spent hours at my Grandparents’ house doing our traditional Italian Christmas (which myself and my stomach) look forward to every year. Italian Christmas Eve, for us, is filled with hours of eating endlessly, pasta, bread, soups, the traditional dishes to include the 7 fishes. It also includes wine and dessert and a stack of to-go containers filled with more family favorites. Christmas morning, hubby and I heavily rolled out of bed to another Christmas brunch with the in-laws then loaded ourselves up in the car to go to my parents for Christmas dinner. Our fam obvi has every celebration and holiday centered around a full menu. Then we woke up on the 26th with round bellies, swollen hands, and feet, and could only fit into our stretchy pants.

If your family is like mine, you tend to end the year bloated and ready to refresh. I did a shake-based refresh after Thanksgiving and I am doing it again after the Christmas holiday. The great thing about a shake refresh is that you can do it whenever they are also great when you have a sensitive stomach, especially during breast cancer treatment. Shakes can also provide vital vitamins and nutrients for breast cancer prevention and overall healthy living. A shake refresh is where you replace most meals with a protein-based shake or smoothie and literally CHUG THAT WATER! The shakes will provide you with vital nutrients without filling you up with solid foods and the water will release all that extra water and bloat your body has been holding onto. Below are 3 of my favorite combos for my shakes. I use Shakeology as my go-to “protein” base, but any low carb high protein (15-25 grams/serving) protein powder will work! I use a Nutri bullet to mix up my shakes and go, but any blender will work great.

Very Berry Smoothie:

  • ½ a cup frozen mixed berries (I love strawberry/blueberry mix)
  • ½ banana
  • 8 oz. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • Splash of water

Blend it all together and enjoy!


Carmel Frappucino

  • ½ frozen banana
  • 4 oz. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 4 oz. cold black coffee
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 dashes caramel extract

Whip it up and enjoy with a dollop of sugar-free cool whip!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

  • ½ cup ice
  • 8 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp PB2 powder

Suck down that peanut-buttery goodness!

Be sure when you do your refresh you drink 3 smoothies a day, including 1 healthy meal, and drink half of your weight in ounces of water plus 10 more ounces. For example, someone who weighs 200 lbs should drink 110 ounces of water! You’ll feel refreshed, full of nutrients, and rid of that bloat and upset belly.

By | 2017-12-20T16:14:51+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Recipes|Comments Off on Shaking Out the Post-Holiday Bloat

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Howdy I'm Alix, the Programs Director at iGoPink. iGoPink has provided me the amazing opportunity to turn my passion into my career. I am a loud and proud newlywed to a beyond perfect husband. My free time is spent trying to become a fitness guru, fixing up our new home, and eating. I'm completely obsessed with our Australian Shepherds - Von Miller & Denver, exploring new places, and spicy foods.