Kick-start your new year with this quick and delicious healthy smoothie!
Happy 2016! Hope the holidays have given you a chance to slow down and spend some time to spend with your friends and family. Life has been very hectic for me the last month so I was thrilled to go home to Georgia and spend some much needed time with my family. I got back to Kansas City a few days ago and I’ve really been enjoying having the chance to slow down a little bit. I thrive off of running around and checking things off my to-do list as much as the next type A person, but sometimes it’s nice to have a chance to reflect and spend time with the ones you love.
During this slow-down time I’ve had some time to think about my blog and what direction I want it to take. I have been focusing on inventing exciting and different recipes to make each week. It’s been fun, but after talking to my family at Christmas and really thinking it through, I don’t think it’s been practical. It would be awesome if everyone had time and energy to go buy ingredients to make mini vegan, paleo pumpkin pies; but the reality is you probably don’t (although if you do have extra time you definitely should go make them because they are delicious!). That’s okay, I’m not offended, I certainly don’t have the time or ingredients to make them every week. I really believe that you can make healthy, delicious, and easy recipes on a schedule and budget…but I really haven’t been focusing on writing about what I actually eat on a day-to-day basis.
So let’s get real. Kevin and I are both very busy working multiple jobs, and I don’t think we’re alone in this. I’m sure there’s lots of you balancing work, relationships, kids, school, and maybe a little sleep here and there. So where does food fit in to all of this? After a long day, it’s so hard to try and be creative and come up with something to make for dinner, especially something healthy. For the new year, Kevin and I are going to make dinner together twice a week. We plan to make extras of whatever delicious dinner we create and then keep the leftovers for the other nights when we work late. Maybe that doesn’t seem like very much to you, or maybe it seems like a lot. For us, it’s more than we were doing, and it’s sustainable. I think finding what’s healthy and sustainable for you is always the best policy when it comes to food. We’re going to come up with fun, exciting, practical, healthy recipes and then I’m going to share them on the blog. Don’t worry, I’ll still make sinfully delicious baked goods, breads, and the occasional raw vegan, paleo dessert–but I’m going to try and focus my writing on what a broke, busy, trying to be healthy 22-year-old’s kitchen actually looks like. It’s my hope that this will help me to be more creative in the kitchen and that it will help you to discover how to make new, healthy recipes with ingredients you already have in your kitchen.
Who’s with me?
I feel like that was a lot of talking. So let’s cut to the chase shall we? A detox smoothie to balance out all those Christmas cookies. Like most smoothie recipes, blend and serve! This recipe contains almond milk, yogurt, mixed berries, spinach, lime, and ground ginger. Just the tart, refreshing, healthy fix you need this time of year!
Enjoy and cheers to a new year! Oh and p.s.–Aspen is starting his new diet today too!
- 1 and ¾ cup almond milk
- ⅓ cup yogurt
- 1 and ½ frozen mixed berries
- 1 and ½ cup fresh spinach
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- juice of ½ lime
- Blend all ingredients until smooth!
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