Happy new year! I can’t believe how fast 2014 flew by. I had such a great year and I hope you did too. I traveled — a lot. Asheville, NC, San Diego, Madison, WI/Chicago, Italy, Boston, a Midwest Thanksgiving roadtrip, Tampa, and finally Hawaii. I am so lucky that I got these opportunities to travel and I especially loved all the fantastic eating and drinking I got to try — especially in Italy!
Being in Hawaii for the holidays really reminded me of what my philosophy toward food is all about. It was so refreshing to see so many restaurants focused on high quality, local, organic, and sustainable food. For them, it is more than just a trendy bandwagon to jump on. It’s a way of life. While isolation is of course no longer a problem, and you can get everything you want (and more, if you’ve ever been on a stroll down Waikiki, home to all of the most expensive retailers in the world), it’s refreshing to see that in a literal paradise, the gifts of the Earth are not ignored.
Alright, enough of that hippie mumbo-jumbo! On to the smoothie.
It’s the new year and blah blah resolutions blah blah healthy, right? Well, this year I resolve to eat more! More healthfully. More fruits and veggies. More (responsibly sourced) fish. More quality rather than quality. And on the non-food front: More exercise. More getting outside. And so on and so forth.
Have you developed a bit of a sweet tooth after the holidays? Does that 3 o’clock cookie break feel like a necessity lately rather than an indulgence? Ugh, me too. So I’m going to wean myself off that sugar high (and inevitable crash) with fruit. More specifically, this smoothie! It’s really good. I promise. And you will feel oh-so virtuous after crushing half of your recommended fruit+veg intake for the day! Score.
I added the greens (I used a blend of baby kale, chard, and spinach) and chia seeds for an extra health punch. You won’t even know they’re there. And even better: No added sweeteners! The milk and yogurt add protein so this is a great post-workout refresher, too. Makes about two 16-oz smoothies.
- 4 ounces milk
- 4 ounces plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 medium carrots (about 6 oz.)
- 8 oz. frozen mango
- handful of mild greens
- handful of ice cubes
- Layer ingredients in blender in order listed. Blend until smooth –you may need to add a bit more water or milk to get it to blend properly. Enjoy!