It was a “berry” good day for me. How about you?
The warm weather has arrived so I decided to get a little creative and put together a refreshing smoothie drink for this week’s Walk Lightly Smile Often experience. I am not really one to create a recipe. Usually I follow a recipe exactly, or add a little twist. Today, I will create!
I’ve been wanting to incorporate more healthy fruits and vegetables into my diet and drinking homemade smoothies has been a main avenue for me to do just that.
I hopped into my car and went to the grocery store to gather the necessary ingredients. I must pause here and say this first, sometimes when I shop for smoothie ingredients I am taken back at the cost of some of the items. In the past I may decide to not buy an item if I felt it wasn’t in my budget that week. However, in more recent times, I’ve questioned myself about how I don’t blink an eyelash at spending $3.99 on chips (well maybe a small blink), but when I see that same cost attached to a basket of berries I hesitate. Now that I am aware of the irony of my thinking I am welcoming the expense more freely. After all, what is better for my body, chips or berries? Yes, you are right . . . chips, opps, I mean berries.
Okay, back to shopping. In my basket I placed some blueberries, raspberries, dates, and almond milk. Have you ever tasted almond milk before? I hadn’t. I cautiously tasted it at home and was pleasantly surprised. I really liked it. Maybe you want to give it a try? I know it’s going to become a regular item in my refrigerator (it’s great on healthy cereal).
Once at home, I set up my Vitamix. Do you see it? It is an older Vitamix. When going through my mom’s things after she passed away, I found it. It was in the original box, brand new. So even though it looks old, it’s actually very new and works beautifully. Thanks mom!!
Ready, it’s time for my smoothie recipe. Maybe I’ll call it Irene’s Berry Blast Smoothie. Into the Vitamix I placed the following: 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup frozen raspberries, 1 cup almond milk, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, 3 dates with the pits taken out, and 7 ice cubes. I processed it until it was nice and smooth.
I was pleasantly surprised at its refreshing taste. It was just the right thickness (I like my smoothies a bit thick and cold – thus the seven ice cubes). I also enjoyed the splash of vanilla flavor that came through. Yummy! Mission accomplished . . . a new smoothie recipe.
As I think about my experience this week, I realize it’s a simple one, creating a beverage. I believe our lives are molded and changed by small things just as much as by big things.
In the area of food and my life, I’ve wanted to keep my focus on “adding” good things to my diet, instead of “taking” bad things out. My idea is to be positive about the change. Instead of thinking I can’t have a cookie today, I want to think about getting to have an Irene’s Berry Blast Smoothie. Does that make sense? Have you ever approached food in this way?
By increasing my consumption of good foods that I enjoy, I hope they will take the place of less healthy foods. Thus my diet will take on a healthy, more naturally occurring shift. It’s my hope that the more and more I do this, there will be less unhealthy foods that I’m eating.
Would you like to try Irene’s Berry Blast Smoothie? Or maybe you would like to create a recipe of your own? You could create one and share it with me. I’d love to give it a try.
Maybe you would rather go to the grocery store and purchase one of the already made healthy smoothies or juices? If you go to a place that makes smoothies, stretch yourself and try a new one, something you have never had before.
Remember small steps, create small change, and lead us on our journey of moving forward in life. Have a “berry” good day!