Greetings from a freezing Nashville (how is that even possible!)
As we head to the final weeks of the year, (please don't act surprised) I started thinking about which New Year resolutions did I stick to (None) and what am I going to add to my list next year (is 20 a good number?) Of course, thinking of resolutions always begins with feelings of excitement and hope, followed by self-doubt, eventually leading up to major guilt and disappointment. Add to this the winter blues that most of us suffer this time of the year, leaving you feeling moody and irritable! I am sure most normal folks are in the same boat, unless you are one of those freakishly happy people no matter the weather, or if you live in California.
Simple solution: The Year End Resolution! Instead of making these big promises at the beginning of the year, I decided to just make one resolution for the end of the year: Tackling my winter blues.
I decided to start with just one element to set myself up for a higher rate of success: Having a green smoothie twice a week. THAT'S IT. Easy enough to make with things in the refrigerator, and easy enough to stick with. Baby Steps! Plus, it's super nourishing and you feel lighter. I do believe that the wrong foods can make you very lethargic this time of the year.
First step: Have the best smoothie you can find in your area and duplicate that recipe. For me it was the awesome Mango-Avocado-Kale smoothie I had at The Jam Coffee House. Trust me, it is AMAZING! Even my 4-year old son loved it. And it is easy enough to replicate, here is Step 2:
- Frozen chunks of mango (I hate ice so this is the best way to get that consistency)
- One avocado
- 3-4 Kale leaves
- One glass Coconut Milk Beverage (not the can)
- Agave Nectar
- Flax seed, chia seeds. (You can add any boost but I prefer the natural seeds)
Blend it all together and voila! Hit two birds with one stone: goodbye resolution and winter blues!
Step 3: Once you get addicted to this (I know you will) you can experiment with other ingredients. I added some walnuts one time, celery another time, basically, add anything that you would not eat otherwise because you will not be able to taste it: the mango and coconut milk combo give the majority of the flavor so no need to cringe!
So far, I have stuck to this the past two weeks: making this either a breakfast or lunch substitute, and I feel more energetic and less crappy. I was even motivated to add another day of brisk walking in my routine. And I have only another 7 weeks to go! I can totally nail this :)
The experts always say to bring about change in small chunks, then why in the world do we all set up these New Year resolutions in January, when we have the entire year looming like a giant, ugly head above us! I say, screw that and start your own Year End resolution...you will be so happy with yourself, like I am. See, I am not even feeling guilty about the 5-inch Dutch caramel waffle I ate while writing this post :)
What resolution are you going to stick to for the next 7 weeks? Make it a good one!
p.s. For more smoothie ideas, try Simple Green Smoothies and http://www.incrediblesmoothies.com/green-smoothie-recipes/