New year, new smoothie recipe!
How is 2016 going so far? Resolutions, anyone?
I read that some 80+% of people fail when it comes to seeing their New Year’s resolutions through. And that after only two weeks! There is even a “holiday” dedicated to this phenomenon. Yes! January 17th has been dubbed “Ditch your New Year’s Resolution Day” because it is the most common date on which people abandon their New Year’s goals. 17 days, people…ouch!
But not us, mamas! Nope. We are as committed as ever to focus on our health in 2016. No juice cleanse, radical diet or lofty goals à la “I will not drink any wine this year” necessary. Instead, we are going to start small and keep it going, slowly and steadily by…oh I don’t know…incorporating a green smoothie into our daily routine. Yes, I said daily! And yes, we can absolutely make that happen, just repeat after me:
I have enough time to throw some produce in a blender.
That’s it! One little smoothie to up your daily intake of fruits and veggies. Your body and your overall health will thank you for it!
- 1 cup organic mixed greens, packed
- 2/3 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- Juice from 1/2 lime
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 cup “milk” of your choice
- Put all of the ingredients in a blender.
- Blend like madness.
- Savor and look smug while doing so because to you, January 17th will just be a day like any other this year!
- I was going to name this smoothie “Happy Hour in a Glass” because the ingredients reminded me of the fresh guacamole that Mr. Healthy Haus likes to make when it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. However, fear not – the mango and a healthy dose of lime juice will make this concoction taste more like a tropical drink and less like something you want to dip your (non GMO verified) tortilla chips in. Trust me!
- Cilantro – while it’s admittedly somewhat tedious to separate the leaves from the stems – tastes amazing and is loaded with many essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Namely, it is one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K (important for bone health and the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease) as well as vitamin A (a fat soluble vitamin and antioxidant known to promote healthy skin and vision). In addition, due to its unique antioxidant makeup, cilantro is said to have antimicrobial properties and is used to combat heavy metal toxicity.
- Why ground flaxseed? Most nutrition experts recommend ground over whole flaxseed because it is easier to digest. In fact, with its hard hulls whole flaxseed may pass right through your system undigested without offering any of its many health benefits. Flaxseed is high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids as well as phytochemicals called lignans. Flaxseed is commonly used to improve digestive health and can lower total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol which may help reduce the risk of heart disease.