Best Smoothie Making Tips

smoothieTop Tips For Making A Delicious Smoothie  (Island Smoothie Recipe Below)

Now that the season of overeating all those tasty, but typically not-so-healthy treats is over, it’s time to re-energize our body with tasty and healthy treats….a yummy, energy and nutrient dense smoothie.

How to create a truly delicious smoothie:

1.  Throwing a bit of this and some of that into a blender may make a smoothie, but taste is really important, so make sure that to every cup of greens you’re going to use, add 1 ½ cups of fruit.

Greens to choose from: Spinach, Kale, Collards, Romaine (use 1 cup (tightly packed) greens for each serving)

Liquids to choose from: Water, Milk, Almond Milk, Rice Milk, Coconut Milk (use 1 cup of liquid for each serving)

Fruits to choose from: Berries, Mangos, Bananas, Peaches, Pears, Apples, Avocados, Grapes, Pineapple (use 1 ½ cups of fruit for each serving)

Additions (optional, and to taste): Spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg), Protein Powder, Nut Butter  Continue reading

2.  The order in which you blend things will determine whether you end up with something lumpy-bumpy or smooth and yummy. Follow these steps and you’ll be a smoothie-master in no time:

  • Step 1: Blend Greens with Liquid until smooth
  • Step 2: Add Fruit & optional Additions, and blend again til smooth

Note: Some of the Fruit or Greens can be frozen to make a chilled smoothie. (No need to defrost them…just toss into your blender straight from the freezer following the Steps above)

Also, using frozen fruit instead of ice will enhance the thickness and pleasant mouth-feel of the finished smoothie, not to mention better taste.

3.  Instead of using sweeteners, try using sweet fruits, such as bananas, dates (pitted), figs or mango to kick up the sweet factor in your smoothie.

4.  If you’re really pressed for time in the mornings, make your smoothies the night before and store, with a well-fitting cover, in the fridge. In the morning, pour your smoothie into your travel mug, and you’re on your way!

Island Smoothie Recipe (one of my fave’s!):

Serves 1

  • 1 cup fresh Spinach leaves
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • ½ cup Mango chunks
  • ½ cup Pineapple chunks
  • 1 banana
  • pinch of cinnamon

Blend following the Steps above.

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe?  Post in the comments, and Thanks for reading.

 

 

Staying On Track With Your Goals

GoalsAs we’re moving into the 3rd month of the year, this is a great time to take stock of where you are in relation to your New Year’s Resolutions and your Goals. Here are some tips, which I hope will help you stay on track and persevere:

1) REVISIT your plan. What did you decide to do? If you are on track, GREAT! If not, where have you fallen short?

2) RE-CONFIGURE your plan. Take a hard look in the mirror. Ask yourself the HARD questions. Make a renewed commitment to getting yourself on track towards your goals.

3) RE-ENERGIZE: Forgive yourself if Continue reading

you have fallen short. Get out your day-timer / planner. Time-block those important activities that move you closer to your goals. Then, take ACTION!

4) RESOURCES: Examine your current resources, and seek out those new ones which bring you closer to your goals. Books, Blogs, websites, friends and your professional network are all GREAT resources to move you forward.

5) REVIEW: Keep a daily journal. Monitor your accomplishments and setbacks regularly. Strive for MORE accomplishments and FEWER setbacks.

Staying the course requires fortitude and courage. Take small steps, one at a time, move through the uncertainties, and before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to meeting your goals and resolutions.

Live Life Fully,

Sandy

3 Happy and Easy New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's1> Laugh more to raise your spirits, reduce stress, and increase your energy levels.

2> Socialize with good friends more to build strong, supportive relationships.

3> Give and get Hugs every day for lower blood pressure and a better mood.

Just doing more of these 3 simple things is a great way to start your New Year off on the right foot!

Live Life Fully,

Sandy