If you’ve ever reached for a bag of cheese puffs or a candy bar when you were feeling stressed out or down in the dumps, you’re not alone. According to a recent study, 40% of the very healthiest eaters—people who eat organic and self-identify as health food lovers—have too. That chunk of health nuts agreed with the statement, “When I’m feeling down, I eat something indulgent to make me feel better.”[i] Chances are the number is higher for people who aren’t in the habit of scrutinizing food labels or scanning the news for new nutritional studies.Know who’s stressed out in May and June? High school students, college students, and their parents! The strain of AP exams, finals, graduations, and preparing for family visitors can easily lead to less-than-healthy eating.My solution to stress-induced food cravings is to indulge them — healthily! And Complete by Juice Plus+ is the perfect vehicle for doing that. With the mild, creamy flavor that Complete by Juice Plus+ imparts to food, you can make treats for your teens that feel indulgent but are nutritious at the same time. (Hot tip: Since you can’t cook for kids who are away at school, try sending them some Complete by Juice Plus+ in the mail!)
Full of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, this smoothie is perfect fuel for late-night study sessions. The melatonin in the tart cherry juice may help your scholar relax and get to sleep once it’s time to put the books away.[i]
Ingredients (one serving):
- 1 scoop (or 1/4 cup) Complete by Juice Plus+ French Vanilla shake mix
- 1 cup tart cherry juice
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- 1 banana
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
Chocolate Protein Pudding
How about a quick, healthy dessert that’s a snap to make in a dorm room? This protein-packed pudding fits the bill. Since the fiber in Complete by Juice Plus+ thickens the pudding, you don’t need cornstarch or eggs. You don’t even need to cook it! This recipe makes a thick pudding; add more milk for a thinner pudding.
Instructions (one serving):
- 1 scoop (or 1/4 cup) Complete by Juice Plus+ Dutch Chocolate shake mix
- ¼ cup milk, almond milk, or coconut milk
Mix ingredients together with a fork and let sit for five minutes to gel.
French Vanilla-Almond Waffles with Fresh Berries
Do you need to feed overnight guests the morning before graduation? Everyone loves waffles, and if anyone in the crowd is gluten-free, no worries! There’s no gluten or even flour in this protein powder waffle recipe that I’ve tweaked to feature Complete by Juice Plus+: http://www.claresmith.me/recipe-vanilla-almond-protein-waffles/
Ingredients (one serving/one large waffle):
- 2 eggs
- 1 banana
- 1/3 cup blanched almonds
- ¼ French Vanilla Complete by Juice Plus+ shake mix
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Pre-heat and grease waffle iron. Blend all ingredients. Pour into waffle iron and cook. Top with sliced strawberries and blueberries.
Do you have any comfort food recipes using Complete to share?
 New research reveals indulgence has reached America’s healthiest eaters. PR Newswire. 2018 Feb 14. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-research-reveals-indulgence-has-reached-americas-healthiest-eaters-300597130.html
 Effect of tart cherry juice (Prunus cerasus) on melatonin levels and enhanced sleep quality. Eur J Nutr. 2012 Dec;51(8):909-16. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22038497