I get so incredibly blue after Christmas, and then once New Year’s hits, I feel an even deeper sadness. The rush of the holiday season, the music, the wrapping paper, homemade cookies, and house all adorned with twinkling lights… fades into the coldness of winter. It is so depressing. Then the time comes when my husband starts nudging me, “When are you taking down the Christmas tree?”
I am a sucker for smoothies. They are just so easy and with the right ingredients, very healthy for you. Eat Well, Clean Eating – you may have heard such phrases? While some may argue that these are just trends… I would disagree. Wellness and taking care of our bodies is important and has to be seen as a lifestyle if we want to succeed.
If you read my past post – Belly And Food – Love/Hate Relationship, you learned why I have decided, with baby steps, to reevaluate the food I put it my body and incorporate clean eating into my lifestyle. It is a challenge because I feel like I am always racing the clock. Time is not on my side. I am sure others will agree and are in the same boat with me. Rowing against the current. When this is the case, it is easy to slip. The holidays did not help my cause either. Between the doughnut at Sunrise Easter Service and the amazing goodness of desserts on display at my Grandmother’s, I felt bloated and blah the last few days.
So, just like most relationships have their ups and downs… my Belly and Food needed to mend things and get back on the saddle as one happy couple. I, of course am always the mediator. It is exhausting!
My immediate go-to are Smoothies. Since I blame time a lot, they are easy – so no excuses! Biggest thing with smoothies is to be smart about what you blend. Juices and flavored yogurts have sugars and can increase the calorie count making what you thought was a healthy choice, actually a sugary sweet dessert. Oh, and adding ice cream, while yummy… makes a milkshake!!
Smoothies are always a fun experiment for me and this one turned out great! It was the ideal blend of tart and sweet. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Enjoy!
RASPBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE:
- 1 Cup of Frozen Raspberries
- 2 Bananas
- 1 Cup of Almond Milk – Original
- 1 Tbsp of Honey (If you can choose Local or Organic)
Combine the the raspberries, bananas, almond milk and honey in a blender and mix until well blended. Serve up!