Let’s make “new year, new you” a bit easier, shall we?
The start of a new year usually marks the start of millions of people trying out cleanse diets, new workout plans and setting weight loss goals that eventually die out by time the Valentines candy starts rolling in.
I’m not a “resolutions” type gal but I do love the idea of the clean slate and fresh start a new year brings. I feel for many, 2021 will be about reanalyzing what we consider “healthy”; with a strong focus on strengthening out mental health and stability.
SO – In honor of supporting the idea of a better mental and physical health this year, January is dedicated to healthy-ish recipes!
For me personally, I’m focusing on how things effect my energy. Not just my physical energy, but also my mental energy. Is it tempting to sit inside for 3 days straight and eat mac and cheese every night? Sure.
But does that actually make you feel good? Meh.
It’s hard for me to push myself to get outside. I live on the 5th floor of an apartment building and it feels like a whole adventure just to make it outside. I used the excuse of not having a backyard to walk out into as the excuse for not getting outside much. Whenever I did force myself to get out there, I always felt slightly revived. I made it a small goal of mine to try and get outside every day, even just to sit on a bench for a few moments and I’ve been loving it. Even when it’s raining, I open my window super wide and stick my head out like a 5 year old to get a few breaths of fresh air.
We’ve been cooped up in our houses and apartments for nearly a year. It’s time to start shaking the dust off.
The first recipe this month is my all time favorite smoothie recipe! I’m not a huge breakfast person but I know it’s an important part of fueling our bodies for the day so I try to find things that work.
I usually stick to basic, berry focused smoothies. Everything else I’ve tried either tastes like a weird fruit combo or like straight grass (green smoothies were the enemy) but I truly found the perfect combo of fruit and veggies that literally makes me excited every morning. (Yes, I get excited by my smoothie. I think that puts my riveting life into perspective for you).
But it doesn’t just have to be for breakfast!
This smoothie recipe (and pretty much every other one in existence) can easily be popped into an ice pop mold or sleeve and made into a perfect frozen treat for after a work out or a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth at night!
Power Smoothie Ice Pops
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 1/2 tbsp pineapple juice
- 1 peach greek yogurt drinkable, chobani – add 2 tbsp water if using regular greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup kale
- 1/4 cup pineapple fresh or frozen
- 1/8 cup frozen avocado about 1/4 fresh avocado
- Combine chia seeds, pineapple juice and peach yogurt and let sit in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes up to overnight. This hydrates the chia seeds.
- Add in the kale, pineapple chunks, avocado and additional water if needed and blend for 2 minutes or until completely smooth.
- Enjoy smoothie as is or pour into desired mold and place in freezer overnight for a frozen treat!