Typically, I HATE New Year's Resolutions. The media creates all this trivial hype around the new year and it seems like every company is trying to make money off of people's resolutions. As a result, no one keeps their resolutions. Buuuut this year I happened to have a lot of goals around New Year, so I'm calling them resolutions even though resolutions are dumb.
One of those goals is to adopt a healthier lifestyle. With all the cooking and baking I do, I don't always have the best diet and with my crazy work schedule I definitely haven't made the time for exercise. THUS! My adventures into creating a healthful life that actually fits into my life begins!
First--- Looking at my diet, I need easy breakfasts and lunches that can be assembled and made in less than 15 minutes in the morning before I run out the door. The breakfast that is working best for me so far is a Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie. The following is my recipe...
- Frozen fruit medley --blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries, frozen makes this an easy year-round endeavor as well as negating the need for ice
- 2%-full fat greek yogurt --more fat means the smoothie is more likely to stick with you through the morning and you feel more satisfied by the meal
- Small banana --optional, I like the creamy-ness it adds
- Green juice --my roommate and I make our own, but you can buy this as well, I like the version made by Naked Juice
- Flax oil --adds protein
I use a Magic Bullet myself, but any blender will do! You might also want a measuring cup or scoop and a small spatula or spoon
Scoop a little more than 1/2c of frozen fruit into blender. Magic Bullet cups are separate from the blades so I microwave the fruit in the cup for 30 seconds or so to make it easier to blend. If your blender has more horses than mine, you can skip this.
With the spatula or spoon, add 1/4 to 1/3c of yogurt
Pour 1/2 to 1c of green juice to taste
Break up small banana and put on top
Add up to 2tbs of flax oil (or serving size based on the brand)
The great thing about the smoothies is that I don't get tired of them (yet) and depending on what is in season or what you can find in your frozen fruit section, you can change up the flavors however you want. It's also perfect for me since I tend to eat while driving or on the bus. Apparently eating a bowl of cereal on the bus is frowned upon. Whatever.
Of course, having a smoothie for breakfast does not a healthy life make... so this is merely one of many changes I'm implementing in pursuit of nutrition.
One of my other goals for the year is learning how to make bread, so stay tuned for updates (with pictures!) on my adventures in bread-making!