A Resolution for Diet Success

Photo-SmoothieNew years resolutions are so hard to keep. People make all sorts of crazy commitments in January. Plans to lose weight and get fit are so abundant this time of year it’s a wonder the internet isn’t bogged down by the weight of these lofty ideas.

We all know that the sad fact is that most resolutions loose their steam within a month. Even the most well-intended diets can crash abysmally. Three weeks in, plates loaded with steamed broccoli and kale salad become about as inviting as dancing naked in front of a room filled with childhood bullies.

Vitamins be damned! Most diets simply can’t compete with poor planning, a busy schedule and temptations on every corner….but there is a way to survive… Blend up a smoothie for breakfast.

Smoothies are the easiest way to get a lot of goodness into your body without compromising taste or time. The girls and I have been doing smoothies in the morning since they were in utero and so far, this delicious blended drink has never steered us wrong. Ingredient combinations are unlimited and making a smoothie in the morning takes no longer than cooking a pot of porridge or smearing toast with surgery jam. If you add protein to your shake then in addition to nutrition, you’ll also get lasting power from your morning smoothie that should carry you to your mid morning snack sans tummy grumblies.

If you start your day out right, delivering healthy fibre and nourishing vitamins to your depleted post-Christmas body, chances are that the rest of your daily food choices will be guided by this great beginning. Smoothies are the gateway food that influence how you’ll eat for the rest of the day.

Here are two of my favourite smoothies. Simply pour all the ingredients into a blender, whiz them up and enjoy. Smoothies are a simple, nutritious resolution that have true staying power.

Tropical fruit medley
1 c. frozen pineapple chunks
1 c. frozen mango chunks
2 kale leaves, stems removed
1/2 c. plain yogurt or kefir
1 orange
1 carrot
1 banana
1 c. water (add more if you like a runnier smoothie)

Blueberry blast
1 c. frozen blueberries
1 banana
1/4 c. cashews
1/4 c. hemp hearts
1/2 c. plain yogurt of kefir
1 Tbsp orange juice concentrate

* If your smoothies have a little too much pulp for your liking (which can happen with certain blenders), simply pour your mixture through a sieve and stir the liquid through.

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