A confession…

I have a confession to make about an obsession that’s been creeping into my everyday life… I love smoothies! And as a part of my FebruHABITS  goals of incorporating more #Plantpower into my diet, smoothies are amazing!

I have to admit that I used to think they were a far cry from being healthy (some of the recipes out there use ice cream or frozen yogurt, tons of fruit and loads of added sugars) and I always thought who wants to drink their calories anyway?!? Not this girl!

Or so I thought! But then I saw the light (after all, all healthy things have their evil twins) and I’ve been converted by the good, plant-loving people at Thrive Forward to try to incorporate one plant-based smoothie into my diet each day…usually at breakfast. And guess what!?!

I LOVE THEM! I’ve found that if I drink it in the morning it gives me so much more energy than my usual cup of coffee (something I’m trying to cut back on). And, BONUS, you can incorporate loads of fruits and veggies into your day in just one meal….did I say meal? Yes, yes I did. That’s the catch…altho a positive one at that! You have to balance your smoothie  to make sure it has carbs, proteins, fiber, and healthy fats so it’s filling! I usually opt to drink half a recipe and make a meal out of that by eating one of my morning oat protein bars, or a buckwheat/oat waffle with some almond butter on top.

Here’s my go-to morning smoothie recipe:

Green Smoothie 101

  • 1 C unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4C aloe vera juice (this is totally optional, but I always drink some in the morning)
  • 1 C frozen strawberries (if they’re whole I usually add about 5-6)
  • 1 C fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 1/4 tsp stevia
  • 1/2 scoop NOW Sports vegan pea protein powder (optional: and you can choose any other variety of powder)
  • 1 scoop Chlorella powder (again totally optional)
  • PLUS a little water if it’s too thick

smoothie

Add it all to the blend. Whir, whir, whir. ENJOY!

I actually had one this morning that consisted of beets, strawberries, cocoa powder, stevia, & some protein powder…YUM! Red deliciousness in a glass!

Do you have any killer smoothie recipes? Want more recipes? (I have lots of faves)

So incorporating more veggies into my diet has actually been really great! And, I’ve been getting in at least a gallon of water a day! yay! And, I’ve been reading a Proverb each day as well as learning how Pip has some Great Expectations ahead of him. Woot woot for progress!

How are things going with your FebruHABITS?

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Two new adventures and the healthiest chocolate pudding you’ve ever eaten!

So Monday I got to experience Inauguration 2013 firsthand! It was COLD, but it was also an amazing experience that I will remember for a lifetime and my first new adventure of 2013! I love living in Washington, DC!

We were even closer than this during the ceremony!

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What’s adventure #2? Well, over the past few years I’ve been trying to decide what career path would make me excited to go to work each day while providing me with the opportunity to grow and help others do the same. A few months ago I had a lightbulb moment, and decided I wanted to pursue a career in the health and fitness field. Yesterday, I finally took a huge step on my journey into a new career by submitting my application for a Master’s in Health Promotion! It’s only one small step on the road to a career in the public health field, but it feels like a giant leap after years of feeling like I don’t know where I’m headed. One application down, one to go!

Fingers Crossed!

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So, to celebrate my new adventure (even tho the real celebration will be if I get into the program)…I made the best/healthiest pudding/most antithetical dish you’ve probably never made/tasted/everthoughtexisted…

Chocolate Avocado Pudding/Dip (2 servings) 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado, medium in size (about 150g)
  • 2 TBSP Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
  • 1-2 TBSP honey (depending on how sweet you like it and how much stevia you use)
  • A few drops of chocolate flavored liquid stevia (which you can leave out)

Put all ingredients in a food processor. Whir whir whir until smooth, and then put it in the fridge for about an hour (if you can wait that long).

Since I like to keep my snack/meals balanced between carbos and protein, so I took this yummy chocolatety deliciousness and put it on top of some greek yogurt, added a dollop of Straw/cran Chia Jam and some crushed walnuts…YUM-O!

My Avocado Pudding Concoction

Bonus? Avocados are rich in Potassium, B vitamins, vitamin K and E, and contain monounsaturated fats, which help reduce LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol). And… avocados are high in fiber (about 6.7g fiber per 100g avocado), which when added to the 2g of fiber you get from the cocoa powder gives this recipe a whopping dose of roughly 12g of natural fiber and 3g of protein per serving.

Do you have any new adventures going on in 2013 or a crazy combo recipe to share?