Nutrition is a big part of health and probably the one that trips most of us up the most. Speaking for myself as someone who has had a complicated relationship with food I know it does for me.
So keeping things practical and simple is my best strategy.
And holy smokes if you start looking into things online or even at a book store your overwhelm and anxiety can go from 0-60. I just googled healthy diet and there are pages and pages of information, much of which will be conflictual. How the heck are you supposed to know which one is best for you.
I like to keep things very simple. When I am working with women who want to make these changes in their lives we take things slowly and make it practical. My favorite response when people say what is the best way to eat is Michael Pollan’s quote “Eat real food, not too much, mostly plant”. That’s it. Eat real food.
This is not easy in a world that not only glamorizes alcohol but is obsessed with food. And not real food but convenient food. Michael calls them food like substances. We all love our drive throughs, frozen meals and packaged snacks.
Let’s face it as a busy mom I get it. It’s easier. But…
…in the long run it is much harder to deal with health problems, endless medical appointments and prescriptions. So we have to swim upstream. We must go against our natural instinct to do the easy thing, to react based on our feelings. You know the ones, I just got home from work, the kids have activities and homework, I’m exhausted let’s order take out.
Today, I am sharing with you a practical way of doing this daily. I have mentioned making my breakfast smoothie a couple of times but haven’t shared the recipe. It takes about 5 minutes to put it all together, blend and pour in my container. And it’s portable. It can also be made ahead of time if need be, however drinking it fresh is the best option.
So here is what I do and I will include links to everything I can so you can easily check things out for yourself. I use my own homemade dairy free yogurt that I make with Ripple Milk and dairy free yogurt in my instant pot. Oh and by the way I am not a great measurer I just do it by look and feel. So you can make your best judgement.
I use Garden Of Life Meal Replacement then add berries, either fresh or frozen whatever I have. Frozen berries are totally fine to use, preferably organic I possible. I would say about a cup and a half to 2. Add two tablespoons of chia seeds, flax meal and powered peanut butter. Blend. That’s it. Add some water if you want to thin it out.
When you start your day this way it helps to break your fast with healthy very whole foods that are filled with nutrition and vitamins you need to energize your day. Give it a try and send me a picture of you enjoying your smoothie.