For most of us, the new year usually means resolutions for healthier eating—especially after all of our holiday indulging. Within the past few years, green smoothies have been the ‘it’ drink of choice, so here are a few recipes I’m inspired to try out this month.
1. This Banana Peach Green Smoothie is creamy and sweet thanks to avocado, peaches, banana and maple syrup!
2. Looking to reboot your system for 2015? Try this Super Detox Green Cleansing Smoothie.
3. Caitlin swears by her Good Morning Green Smoothie—she drinks it almost every day! Have fun swapping out seasonal fruit and flavored milks.
4. Not ready to dive into a fully green smoothie? Try this kid-friendly Strawberry Pomegranate Green Smoothie.
5. This Coconut Green Smoothie has us dreaming of warmer weather!
6. This antioxidant-rich Blackberry Green Smoothie is an ideal afternoon treat. And thanks to that gorgeous purple hue, you won’t even realize you’re drinking your greens!
7. If you’re getting extra serious about your diet, this Fruit-Free Green Smoothie is for you!
8.We love the addition of almond butter and ginger in My Favorite Green Smoothie.
Excuse #1: For Who?
I hear that a lot and have often been guilty of it myself. There is no one else except for YOU, you should want to be in shape and healthy for yourself and no one else. It provides a stronger self confidence, its gets your endorphins running which provide a positive boost in mood and energy. So STOP asking for WHO! The answer is YOU!
Excuse #2: My gym is too far.
Take advantage of working out outdoors. Lace up and go for a run, a hike, or even a nice long walk in your neighborhood. While the gym you belong to may not be right down the street, there is no reason to let that get in the way of you getting in shape. On those days that you can’t squeeze in driving to the gym, try following a workout DVD instead.
Excuse #3: I don’t know how to begin.
Exercising and eating healthy will prolong your life, prevent disease, and boost your mood. If you feel uncomfortable with certain workouts, ease into them. Grabbing a friend and heading to a yoga class, a spinning session, or taking a hike is also a great way to boost your cardio confidence. I promise you will be happier once you do!
Excuse #4: I don’t have time
I also find myself with this one because of my work schedule. The truth of the matter is that if something is a priority, you will make time for it. You don’t have to set aside a three-hour window just to break a sweat. A 30-minute run is a great way to get cardio in when you don’t have much time to spare. If you have an extra busy day, try doing some exercise’s in your bedroom before work or before bed. It can even be as simple as doing 50 jumping jacks, 50 sit ups, or 50 squats. Every little bit counts!
- If you workout in the morning…
You need to eat within 30 minutes of waking up so you can jump-start your metabolism. Try having a few bites of oatmeal or half a banana—having something is your system is better than nothing.
- If you workout in the afternoon…
Eat a light snack if you are hungry before your workout. Suggestion: power foods like a banana, apple slices with peanut butter.
- After your workout…
Eat within 30 minutes after your workout so your body doesn’t start burning muscle, so grab a handful or almonds or whip up a protein shake. Even If you’re not hungry, you should at least have a small snack.
- *REMEMBER to hydrate throughout the day to replace all the H20 you lost while sweating it out.
No matter how you look at it, you should be eating and working out to feel healthy and good about yourself. Health is beautiful.