Happy Sunday, y’all! Hope your weekend has been lovely so far. Today’s Sunday Style Essentials post is a little bit different from the usual fashion and beauty routine. A wise friend once told me that health and wellness was an essential part of staying so fresh and so chic. How right he was!
I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t always been a clean eater or a particularly healthy one. It’s not that I eat lots of junk, it’s just that I haven’t actively sought out very healthy options either. Over Christmas, Mr. Tall decided enough was enough and he needed to do something to snap us out of our eating funk. Enter the Nutribullet. I’ve never tried the Vitamix (mainly because it costs more than I would ever want to spend on a blender) but I can tell you the Nutribullet is amazing. It’s completely changed the way we eat. Once we realized how easy it was to drink part of your nutrition disguised as a delicious shake, we actually started to pay attention to what we would bring home from the supermarket to put in the smoothies, which led to thinking about what we were eating the rest of the time which in turn led to better meal planning, and so on and so forth.
My biggest motivation to finding new ways of eating better, personally, has been making sure the Boy has healthy lunches to take to school and healthy dinners to come home to. (Breakfast is always Cheerios, but know what, you can’t win every fight with a toddler. They’re smarter than you. True story.) And on that note, I want to share my three current favourite smoothie recipes with you. These are all great ways to get some fruits, veggies and dairy into you and they’re delicious. As for the recipes themselves, I can’t claim ownership- these are ones I’ve tried along the way and modified to my taste. They might not be the skinniest smoothies but everything is relative, right? And you gotta start somewhere!
#2: Good Morning, Sunshine!: Fresh Oranges or Organic Orange Juice or Water, Fresh or Frozen Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries (add Blackberries too if you like), plus a generous handful of Spinach and a squeeze of Trader Joe’s Turkish Honey or Agave Nectar
#3: The Dessert Smoothie: Vanilla or Plain Soy Milk, Plain Greek Yogurt, Fresh or Frozen Mango Chunks, A Dash of Vanilla Extract (shown: Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
A few other notes: The Trader Joe’s sipping chocolate in #1 sounds purely indulgent, I know and it is, BUT I usually only add a half teaspoon and that satisfies any cravings I might have for chocolate (hello, PMS). You can also add in half chocolate soy/almond milk and half regular milk, or go crazy and use all chocolate soy/almond milk- whatever your preference. #2 doesn’t absolutely need fresh berries although those would be great. Costco sells an amazing blend of all three berries in one handy frozen super-sized bag. We use those at home but a bag of frozen berries is not pretty in a blog post. Similarly, feel free to use frozen mango chunks for #3, or if you’re feeling extra tropical, use frozen pineapple or maybe a mix of both. It’s all delicious.
See what I mean? Smoothies are the best because you can improvise, use what you have, and use what is easy. All you really need is a blender and some crushed ice. Enjoy!