Keep Your New Years Resolutions

 

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It is now Mid-March and some of us might have lost a little bit of our “New Year New Me” mojo. Don’t worry it’s not too late to get it back. As if watching the models frolic around the beach in the Victoria’s Secret Swim Special airing at the end of the month isn’t motivation enough to tone up, Spring and Summer weather is just around the corner.

Here are some easy steps that you can add to your routine that will keep you looking and feeling your best all year long.

 Healthy Motivation 

It is extremely important to make sure that your goal is realistic. You shouldn’t cut out everything that you love from your diet. You should enjoy what you are putting into your body, and if you are ultimately feeling deprived you are just setting yourself up to fail.

  • Drink Water!
  • Portion Control is key.
  • Allow for 1 Cheat Day a week so that you won’t feel the need to gorge, and ruin all of your progress.
  • When you grocery shop try to stay on the outside of the store where most of the fresh food is located. When you start going down the isles, that’s where you’re going to find all of the unhealthy and highly processed foods.

 

You can do it!

 

SpringTime Smoothies

Spring is the season to feel refreshed. This goes in everything you do, from rearranging your home, to always smelling clean and pretty, to taking care of your body.

And every moment of feeling refreshed deserves the loveliest tasting refreshments: smoothies.

Make these two springtime smoothie recipes from NYC Celebrity Chef, Chef Mark Bailey, and Austin-based healthy cooking school, Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts, your daily treat.

 

Sunrise Smoothie

From Chef Mark Bailey.

Sunrise Smoothie

Ingredients:
4 large fresh strawberries, stems removed
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
2 large ripe bananas, peeled
3 tbsp honey
1 cup almond milk
2-3 ice cubes

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth (approx. 2-3 minutes) Pour into glass and serve.

 

Tropical Green Smoothie

From Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts.

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Ingredients:
1/4 – 1/2 fresh pineapple (approximately 2 cups)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango
1/2 small papaya, peeled (about 1 cup)
1 orange peeled, seeds removed
3-5 leaves of kale
1 ripe banana (frozen for creamier texture)
1 teaspoon chlorella powder (optional)
1 teaspoon spirulina powder (optional)
1/4 – 1/2 – inch fresh ginger root
2-3 sprigs fresh mint leaves
2-3 cups of water

Optional Ingredients:
1/2 –1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds
1 – 2 teaspoons super foods of your choice

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in high-powered blender and blend.

If using a standard home blender, start out by placing the greens in the blender with water first, then blend on high until liquefied.
Add the remaining ingredients, and water as needed. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Variations:
You may substitute fresh or frozen berries (strawberries or raspberries for pineapple) to make a different variation.
Add super foods like maca, mesquite, goji berries, cacao, ground flax meal, hemp seeds, etc. as desired. Begin by adding any of these in small amounts, increasing gradually as your taste adjusts.
Vary greens, using different types of kale, spinach, wild greens like lambs quarters, napa cabbage, romaine lettuce, cilantro, parsley, celery, etc. Adding extra greens to your smoothie will add minerals and help balance the sweetness of the fruit.