Okay! So here we are in the New Year, whew! We have made it through all of the parties and celebrations and hopefully have come out relatively unscathed ;)! I will say, I don't know what normal, regular human being didn't indulge in some sweet and sugary treats during the holidays. Not to even mention the alcohol and eggnog, goodness gracious! I hope it was an awesome season for you! It was a good one for me and mine though it was very busy. I feel like finally now after the first week of the kids being back in school has happened I am starting to catch up with my life and hopefully will be able to be still and appreciate all that has happened over the past few weeks.
One of the things I have noticed without really having to think about it is that I am definitely out of sorts digestively speaking. Lots of yummy food but being the only semi-vegetarian in the family my choices of sustenance have been ummmm, lets just say fairly unhealthy. Lots of carbs, sugar and butter. Seriously it was awesome and all the food was delicious but thank goodness this only happens a couple times a year!
So this is why, today, I'm giving you some delicious recipes and tips to get you back on track to a healthy New Year and New You. I hope you enjoy them and they help you get back to feeling a bit less bloated!
CHOCOLATE AND KALE SMOOTHIE
1 cup coconut, hemp, or almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 cup of kale
3 tablespoons of cacao nibs
1 tablespoon of raw cacao
5 to 6 ice cubes
Blend all items in a blender and serve.
MISO SOUP WITH SEA VEGETABLES
5 cups water
1 strip kombu, hijiki or another sea vegetable (available at natural food
stores and Japanese groceries)
1 cup Swiss chard, kale, or other greens, chopped
½ cup sliced carrots
5 teaspoons miso of your choice
Rinse the sea vegetables. Rinse the sea vegetables in cold water for 10 minutes (if using arame, do not soak). Wipe with a towel to remove excess sodium. Fill a pot with water. Cut the sea vegetable into small strips and add to the pot. Bring the water to a boil. Add the carrots, cover and turn the heat to medium-low. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
Mix in the miso. Remove a few tablespoons of broth from the pot to mix with the miso in a separate container to form a puree. Place the miso puree in the soup pot and simmer for 2 or 3 minutes (miso
should not be boiled because it will kill the beneficial bacteria!). Add the greens and simmer for 2 more minutes.
Another thing that I guarantee helps to beat the holiday bloat is warm lemon water. I have shared this before and you can do this with different ingredients but to make it super simple i added this in. First thing in the morning, when you wake up, pour yourself a warm cup of water with fresh lemon juice squeezed in – a dash of cayenne is optional. This will warm up your body, aid your digestion, and boost your metabolism!
This year, I also made the commitment to journal daily. This daily reprieve helps me to reflect on my day and get clarity on what I need - both body and mind - to make 2017 my best year yet. This also helps me stay consistent with whatever goals I have set for myself. I hope you will join me in journaling this year! As an extra incentive I am giving you a journal that you can use and you don't even have to go buy!
Click on the Healthy Journey Journal above to get your FREE Journal!
Let's make this year your best year yet!
I am a wife and a mother of two, one boy one girl . They are the loves of my life! And also the reason I do what I do. I have to be able to keep up!