When it comes to making healthy New Year’s resolutions, the best ones are the resolutions that actually stick. Research shows starting small and specific is the way to make resolutions work. So, one idea to make a “smooth” transition into 2013: make it the year of the smoothie!
Smoothies are one of my favorite meals: breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner. In fact, I may be sipping on one as I type. They are so quick (three minutes flat), delicious (possibilities are endless) and a very wallet-friendly meal. Not to mention they spare you from having to turn on the oven, do much chopping or too many dishes.
It might not seem like smoothie season, but just like we winterized salads, it’s time to make the most of “smooth-ing.” Truth be told, I had a guy tell me he’d been “smoothing” for years – instant crush, and I’m borrowing the term.
Smoothies are also a great way to pack in the nutrients. I’m loving Simple Truth’s frozen fruit line – frozen is a great way to ensure it’s not going bad, and you don’t have to consider whether it’s in season. Frozen strawberries, blueberries, raspberries…or, if you can’t choose, try a berry medley. Yes please, my freezer is stocked!
For extra flavor, try adding cinnamon, loaded with warming anti-inflammatory benefits, and a little blue agave to sweeten. I’m an extract-addict, so a splash of Simple Truth’s vanilla extract is a must, as is their Greek yogurt – got to get that protein in!
Before you blend, you need a little liquid, like organic 2% milk or organic soymilk.
If you’re feeling resolute on making this a super smoothie, you can always add in mint, basil or a handful of spinach or kale for an added immune system boost; I’m not big on the sneaky chef thing but I guarantee your significant other/kiddos will never taste anything “green” in there.
Here’s to a “Smooth” 2013!
Simple Truth Smoothie Recipe:
Carolyn Brown, MS RD is a NYC based nutritionist. She works in private practice at Foodtrainers, specializing in weight management and general healthy living. Carolyn received her undergraduate degree from Tulane in New Orleans and her Masters from New York University with brief stays in Colorado and Italy in between. She is a weekly contributor to WebMD’s Real Life Nutrition blog and has been quoted and written for many websites, television programs and other publications including CNN, FOX, health.com, CBS news, Glamour, WebMD and the New York Daily News. Carolyn's favorite activities are snowboarding, running and yoga and favorite vice foods are her dad's homemade pizza, and pretty much anything with dark chocolate. Follow Carolyn on twitter for more nutrition nerdiness: @onesmartbrownie.