It’s fitting my first post of the new year is about health, right?!
Health is something I think we all take for granted until we or a loved one are faced with an issue. For me, it took facing such an issue to begin understanding how much of an impact the foods we eat and the products we buy impact our wellness.
This is not a post about how I lost 10 pounds in two weeks (I haven’t). This post is simply about how I’m starting the journey to becoming more health conscious. I hope the small ways I’m aiming for better health in this post and future posts turns a light on for you, too!
Eyes of the Beholder
Last spring, my son caught the dreaded pink eye from daycare. My husband and I were then the lucky ones he passed it on to. Unlike my husband, who healed quickly with a round of antibiotics, I continued to have issues and could barely sleep at night because my eyes were so dry.
The eye infection eventually cleared but it turned into a torturous dry eye saga.
Fast forward to today, I wear glasses almost everyday and am still trying to find ways to cope. Wearing contacts for nearly 20 years, stress and lack of exercise all contributed to the downturn in my eye health. While dry eye is nothing compared to other chronic issues some have to endure, I still struggle and am now taking a harder look at my lifestyle.
Which leads me to…
The first way I’m shaking things up (pun intended).
Starting with a Smoothie
I’ve probably bookmarked every green smoothie recipe out there. This smoothie is a little bit of this, little bit of that, and it’s the best darn thing I’ve ever concocted. I can say that with conviction because cooking and I are not friends so when I make anything new, it’s a big deal.
Four weeks strong on this every morning and it gives me more energy than my beloved Nespresso.
Now you might think a green smoothie is no big deal but turning something into a habit IS a big deal. Especially if it’s a healthy one.
Gwyneth Paltrow (no, I’m not recommending you buy a $3k blender) once said something years ago that has really stuck with me. She was big on the macrobiotic diet and said she only eats the kind of food that has life in it — fruits, vegetables, unprocessed. BAM. Makes complete sense! Goop was onto something and although I’m still happily eating carbs — I live in Switzerland; croissants are happening — I am taking a slightly longer pause in our meal choices.
The Good Stuff
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Be sure to include the matcha. Matcha is finely milled green tea that is packed with antioxidants and fiber. I highly recommend the Jade Leaf brand. It’s a small bag but contains 50 teaspoons which really translates into 50 smoothies. Your health is worth it!
MiM Green Smoothie
- 1 green apple sliced
- 1 handful (~1 cup) of spinach
- ½ cucumber
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp Matcha
- 1 tsp Agave syrup
- 2 ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.
- Pat self on back.