Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a great holiday and rang in the New Year with lots of fun!
We all know this is the time of year when people make all kinds of goals and resolutions to better themselves, and many times those goals revolve around health and fitness. Yay! I know it’s a bit cliche but I personally love the idea of “starting fresh” in the new year. I love the extra bit of motivation it brings and I really love that we get a fresh start to do whatever we want to do. I know a lot of people say “it shouldn’t take a new year or a new week to get motivated,” but I say WHY NOT?! I say use the extra little push and run with it. Anyone who wants to better themselves in any way gets a thumbs up from me.
Some of my goals for 2016 include getting back into a (consistent) workout routine with purpose, reading more books, practicing more mindfulness (including daily meditation), growing this blog in a variety of ways, aaaand, of course, watching a lot more Gilmore Girls along the way (which I’ve got a pretty good start on already 😉 ). I think it’s always good to write down your goals because 1. I think it makes you more committed when something is actually on paper and 2. You can look back next year and see what you’ve accomplished. Sometimes you even surprise yourself and surpass your original goals! (GO YOU).
After the indulgent holiday season, many people tend to make crazy food and nutrition-related goals like “go on a 7 day juice cleanse” or “never touch chocolate cupcakes again” or “eat 1000 calories a day until I lose ___ pounds.” But I’m here to tell you that you can get a fresh, healthy start in a much more pleasant way.
My advice for anyone looking to clean up their diet in the new year: Eat real foods.
That’s it. Seriously.
Choose foods that don’t come with a package.
Choose foods from the perimeter of the grocery store instead of the center aisles.
Choose foods with bright, beautiful colors.
And have fun with them! That’s what I’m here to show you today. You CAN have a chocolate smoothie for breakfast, or lunch, or dinner. And it CAN be good for you! It’s all about getting creative, you guys.
This smoothie packs a HUGE nutrient punch, because it’s packed with yummy fruit, healthy fats, a little protein, and superfoods galore. I’m actually about to make it for breakfast after I finish this post! Who’s joining me?!
Cheers to a creamy, chocolate-y, superfood-y 2016!
P.S. If you missed it yesterday, check out the recap from the Holiday Gathering dinner event I co-hosted last month! (PICS GALORE!)