Healthy Everyday Smoothie Ingredients 

 Minimalism, the word that brings images of simplicity, so when it comes to the smoothie scheme of things minimal ingredients can sure surprise you.  

Since we all love smoothies it is quite fine to babble a bit about something smoothie related, right?  

 What do you remember most about the last smoothie that you had? I am sure it must be the flavor, yup! No one can forget a great flavor when they taste one for sure.  

It’s no different here, putting together ingredients to achieve maximum flavor is the aim of any smoothie recipe. It need not be an endless list of ingredients from the top of the Himalayas to the roots of the Savannah. Just three items can get you there. 

 Really? 

 Yes, you can get a surprisingly crisp, creamy and satisfying smoothie with just 3 ingredients that you come across every day. 

 Three ingredients that are quite healthy, but when put together taste like your dream dessert. What a way to kick-start your day! 

 1. Strawberries

Strawberries are the fruits from ancient times. Valued by the ancient Romans for their medicinal value, an ideal ingredient for your nutritious, low fat, low calorie all day snack. 

For your smoothies, always use the strawberries in a frozen state. Frozen strawberries will act as a thickener for your smoothie. Keep a decent stash of them in your freezer ready for your next smoothie attack.  

 2 .Milk

Milk is the base for any fantastic smoothie. Since milk for smoothies comes in many forms, the one you choose can be the source of sweet flavor, nutritional lift, or unmatched creaminess. 

From Soy, coconut, hemp, dairy to almond, your choice of milk depends on your preference. It shouldn’t be much of a fuss though, as long as it is fresh, enjoy making your incredible smoothie. 

 3. Bananas

For the love of bananas! Bananas are not just delicious, they are easy to get. A trip to your local market or green store and bananas you have.  

 At the top of my grocery list sits the bananas, they have a variety of health benefits to offer. No wonder bananas are a favorite ingredient in many recipes for green smoothies.  

Wait there is more! 

 Bananas make a perfect smoothie base; the creaminess that results when they are blended is unique to them. Their flavor also is complementary mixing well with other fruits like pineapples, strawberries, apples, pears the list includes any other fruit out there really! 

Bananas will be my pick for you should you be making a green smoothie for the first time. Since bananas can mask the bitter flavors of bitter greens such as kale, you will definitely end up with a deliciously flavored smoothie. 

 Lastly!  

Should you be making smoothies your friends, family, or other special guests remember quite a number of people are have food allergies. For most of these allergic food reactions, soy, and milk are the main culprits sending several people for emergency medical attention. 

Take an extra caution and ask about any allergies before preparing that awesome fruit flavored smoothie for your guest. 

 

How to Stay Mentally Healthy In The Winter

Let’s face it; it is hard to stay mentally healthy throughout the long winter months. The days, weeks, and months of dreary weather wreak havoc on our body and spirit, I longed for winter when I was a child growing up in the Midwest.  A Midwestern winter meant sledding, ice skating, hot cocoa, and snowball fights.   Now, as an adult, the winter means lots of inconveniences during my morning commute and, more seriously, a battle against a nagging moodiness  that deepens with the snow.  Fortunately, there are ways to stay mentally healthy in the winter.  Here are some of my best tips.

Stay Active

There is a lot of truth to the adage that a healthy mind relies on a healthy body.  It is too easy to slack off on a fitness routine during the winter.  The tendency to slack off is especially true if you don’t enjoy winter sports.  However, I’ve found that I feel better on the days that I bundle up and take a walk outside.  A winter stroll calms those moody feelings!  Of course, make sure to dress appropriately and do not exercise outdoors if there are any cold weather warnings in your area.

In addition to walking, many people find relief through exercise at the gym.  This is the perfect time to try a new exercise class.  I have a cyclist friend who uses the winter to take indoor cycling classes.  She also cares for her inner spirit through a bi-weekly yoga class.

Eat Well

Resist the temptation to indulge in too many sweets and fattening foods.  Believe me; you’ll be tempted!  For some reason, bulky sweaters are often employed to hide the extra weight around our middle that many of us pack on in the cold weather.  Over time, I’ve realized that my mood improves if I make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.  These are the months to make a big pot of homemade vegetable stew and enjoy a bowl for lunch all week. I also savor a hot mug of peppermint tea each afternoon.  The act of holding a steaming cup in my hands soothes my spirit.

Read

The older I get, the more I appreciate the solitude of the season.  I try and take a weekly trip to my local library to find a good book.  I’ve spent countless hours escaping into books as winter storms rage outside my window.  You will, due to the forces of nature, spend more time indoors during these months.  Why not enrich your mind through a few good books?

In essence, I think that the best way to make it through the winter is to be kind to yourself.  Make sure that you get outside and enjoy nature as much as possible.  Your physical health will benefit from the exercise, and your spirit will soar.  Try and eat healthy foods that nourish without adding too many extra pounds.  Lastly, embrace the quiet time and read good books.

(This post was contributed by our friend Mike over at Mirror Image Teleprompters)