This year, I desire….
- to feel empowered in my body.
- to speak my truth.
- to feel vibrantly alive.
- to trust my intuition.
- to be madly in love.
- to feel creative and inspired.
- to eat green things and nourish my body.
Instead of starting the year with body hate/guilt/remorse, let’s start the year feeling strong and showing our bodies compassion and love.
Instead of starting the year on a diet and thinking about restricting, start the year feeling nourished and enjoying an abundance of real food.
Instead of starting the year thinking about what you want to change, focus on what you love about yourself.
This year if you’re desiring to take better care of yourself, have more energy, and feel comfortable in your body, start by choosing high-quality real food.
I know a lot of folks struggle with where to start when it comes to eating real food. They feel overwhelmed by the choices and decisions to make:
Should I go vegan? Should I try a paleo diet? I’ve heard bad things about gluten! My friend just went raw – what does that even mean?! Should I hire a nutritionist? Help!
So let’s just keep it simple:
- Eat more dark leafy greens (e.g. spinach, kale, collard greens, etc)
- Eat lots of seasonal veggies and aim for variety
- Eat protein from quality sources (either plant-based or through sustainable animal products)
- Cut back on the sugar and processed foods
It’s all about keeping it simple and making better choices each day.
And, if you need some real food recipe inspiration, be sure to check out my eCookbook, The Seasonal Comfort Food Cookbook, which contains over 55 recipes made from real food which are 100% free of grains, gluten, dairy, soy, and sugar. I specifically created these recipes using a variety of seasonal vegetables to create the creamiest and dreamiest dishes you can imagine – and they’re actually good for you.
I really love what this reader said about the cookbook:
“I love, love, love the cookbook! The Seasonal Comfort Cookbook is perfect for those of us who dream of macaroni and cheese and pot pie regardless of the season, but are trying to be more conscious about the food that we put in our bodies. The recipes in this cookbook are similar to those in the author’s blog, they take the fear and anxiety out of cooking for the novice and leave you wanting more… My mind is blown.” – Sam W.
And now, let’s talk green smoothies… A lot of folks struggle to get enough greens into their diet and if you fall into this category, blending your greens up in a smoothie might just do the trick for you. Plus, with this recipe, you’ll get all the fiber and nutrients from the greens with the added bonus of less sugar since there’s no fruit!
I’ve made a lot of green smoothies in my time (you can see a full list over on my recipes page), but all of them have included fruit. Until now.
Most smoothies use banana and other fruits for the base, but a lot of folks don’t like the taste of banana or, for a variety of reasons, need to avoid fruit and added sugar. For this reason I’ve been on a mission to create a fruit-free green smoothie that is alkalizing, cleansing, and loaded with nutrients from fresh greens. I promise you’ll thank me later.
- ½ organic cucumber, chopped
- ¼ cup parsley
- ½ lemon, peeled
- ½ avocado, pitted and peeled
- 2 cups organic, raw spinach
- 1 cup coconut water
- 6 ice cubes
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.