One of the most common justifications for not taking care of ourselves, or not acting on our own personal improvement goals, is that we don't have time for it. If your days are super busy, that's awesome. Hopefully it means you have a lot of work to do, that you're taking care of others, and that you're spending time on things that are important to you. There's nothing wrong with having a lot going on in your life. But if you're reading this, chances are really good that there is SOME personal goal you've been wanting to work towards, or something in your life you know can change for the better... and the way to SHOW yourself that you care is by carving out time for yourself every single day. Here's your reminder that making time for your personal improvement goals will only enhance every other aspect of your life. Eating healthier foods, working out, taking time to relax and think about what you're grateful for, meditating, stretching... all of these positive behavioral changes enhance your quality of life, allowing you to thrive when it comes to everything else. The harsh truth is that we make time for the things we value most, so if we don't make time for our own health and wellness, our own goals, it means we don't value them enough to prioritize our resources towards them. Valuing your own wellness and goals properly is essential to actually to making changes that produce results. The way you spend your time tells you what you value. What you do is what you are. If you're honest with yourself, you can probably carve out time somewhere in the day that's just for you. Your wellness is critical. Your goals are important. Show yourself that you believe it by making time for YOU.
Value your nourishment by making balanced smoothies! Try this delicious version packed with antioxidants and healthy fats.
ALMOND CHERRY SMOOTHIE
1 ripe banana, preferably frozen
1 cup frozen cherries (or a cherry and berry mix is great!)
2 cups organic spinach (note that this will change the color of the smoothie, but not the flavor)
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup almond milk (or dairy free milk of choice)
1 scoop your favorite protein powder
1 tablespoon cocoa or cacao powder
Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more milk if necessary. Serves 1. Feel free to double the recipe to serve 2!
Have fun with some delicious add-ins to really make this cherry smoothie your own! Here are some suggestions:
Flaxseed meal: this is one of my favorite ingredients to add to shakes and smoothies for a little boost of healthy fat, fiber and minerals. Usually a tablespoon is plenty!
Chia or hemp seeds: add in a tablespoon of chia seeds or hemp seeds for a boost of healthy fats, fiber, protein & omega-3s.
Greek yogurt: add a boost of protein with a scoop of Greek yogurt (or your favorite dairy free yogurt). You may have to reduce the almond milk to 1/4 cup in this recipe when adding yogurt.
Protein powder or collagen peptides: another great way to add some protein. A plain, vanilla or even chocolate flavored protein powder in this recipe.
Cocoa or cacao powder: turn this into an amazing chocolate cherry smoothie while adding a great source of antioxidants. I recommend 1 tablespoon of cocoa or cacao powder.