HEALTHIER CHOICES WITH HOOD CALORIE COUNTDOWN

This post was sponsored by Hood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own

Now that we’ve found a few smoothies we love, we decided to kick it up a notch, adding fresh fruit and other fun toppings.  Smoothie bowls, where have you been all my life? Andrew and I can’t get enough of them! Since we are incorporating less dairy and more plants this year, we are making smarter choices when it comes to ingredients.  It’s just one of the reasons that we love Hood Calorie Countdown. Hood Calorie Countdown helps us to cut down on dairy while enjoying the recipes we love and helps us make healthier choices.

The benefits of Hood Calorie Countdown.

Health is hard, but feeling healthier doesn’t have to be. Hood Calorie Countdown fights the notion that “extreme” is the only path to being healthier, small victories are still victories. The dairy product fits perfectly with our journey, proving that you don’t have to cut all of your favorite foods out at the same time, but rather, slowly, making the transition to a healthier lifestyle easier to adapt to.

Andrew and I cut out soda and pasta in January. This month we are cutting down on cheese and sugary desserts so finding healthier replacements has been at the top of our priority list.  We love that Hood Calorie Countdown is a milky smooth dairy beverage that has 75% less sugar, 42% fewer calories, and 67% fewer carbohydrates than regular milk! Andrew and I either enjoy Hood Calorie Countdown Whole or Reduced Fat dairy beverage! Not only is Hood Calorie Countdown creamy and delicious but it has so many nutritional benefits and perfect for those looking to live a healthier lifestyle!

The Recipe

The reason we love smoothie bowls so much is that it's easy to switch them up and change the ingredients however you’d like to!   The flavor of the smoothie, the toppings… it’s all totally up to you.   There are million-and-one recipes and methods for making overnight oats out there, but I am sharing my favorite smoothie bowl recipe. This is the recipe that I keep coming back to use over and over again. It’s seriously so easy and delicious! It’s an easy-to-make, good for you breakfast, snack or even dessert.  You can use any type of dairy product, but we prefer Hood Calorie Countdown! It has a 25% of your Daily Value for calcium and 15% of your Daily Value for Vitamin D per cup(based on a 2,000-calorie diet). It’s available now at your local Walmart!

We top our smoothie bowl with fresh strawberries, fresh banana slices, unsweetened coconut flakes, chia seeds and granola. It’s delicious! The secret ingredient is Hood Calorie Countdown because they are a leader in high-quality dairy products! There made with milk from farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormones. Make sure to check out the full recipe below and share it with your friends!  If you make it, let me know! I’d love to hear how you are making healthier choices this year. You can learn more Hood Calorie Countdown here on their website!

The Best Smoothie Bowl Ever {feat. Hood Calorie Countdown}

Ingredients

Smoothie:

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 cup Hood Calorie Countdown
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cashew or almond butter
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds

Toppings Options:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Granola
  • Chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Add all of the smoothie ingredients to your blender
  2. Blend on smoothie setting (or medium-high) for 1 minute or until well blended
  3. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings

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