The man who earns a million but destroys his health in the process is not really a success. Zig Ziglar
I think all of us lately have been experiencing some level of anxiety. The pandemic has forced us to sit down and reflect on things, specifically focusing on our physical health, mental health, life purpose and more.
Many start the year off with resolutions or changes they would like to make in the upcoming year and you may begin to feel discouraged when you’re not meeting goals or not seeing progress initially. That’s a normal reaction. Well, this is the beginning of the month, third month of the year, and it’s the perfect time to gain a renewed focus on what you want to finish and accomplish by year’s end. My goal this year is to focus more on holistic well-being which encompasses obviously physical health, but also mental, emotional, spiritual and social health.
To have the energy to complete what we set out to do, we must detox our body regularly. I have been researching foods that promote calmness, mental clarity and overall health. We know that there’s a connection between our mind and body. I put together three smoothies that are bursting in antioxidants including properties to help blast away energy fluctuation and drop kick toxins right out of your body. Down below I break down briefly some of the ingredients that are not commonly used and their benefits.
The Anxiety Busting Smoothie contains foods that are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which is great for brain health. Parsley and blueberries are plentiful in flavonoids. Flavonoids have many benefits such as reducing the risk of some cancers. Remember to add any base of your choice. Choose from Greek yogurt, almond milk/coconut milk or water and then add a cup of ice. You can also add 2 tablespoons of your favorite protein powder to any of these three smoothies.
Have you been indulging in alcoholic beverages lately to cope with today’s conditions? Well, the Liver Detoxing Smoothie is excellent for liver detoxing. Beets are good for stimulating liver function, keeping your body alkaline and can aid in blood pressure stabilization. In the above photograph, I am using steamed beets. Feel free to substitute with raw beets. Chia seeds contain soluble and insoluble fiber to help regulate blood sugar thus equaling more energy. The cleaner we are, the better we can move and more motivated we feel. Add one whole lemon for flavor (optional).
Last but not least, the Immune Boosting Smoothie is great for adding a little extra punch to your immune system. Acai is high in vitamin C. You can find acai powder or acai frozen packets readily at any health food store. Pineapple also high in vitamin C and exceptional for promoting digestion. I used power greens because that is what I had on hand. You can switch out the power greens with either arugula, spinach, kale or any leafy green of your choice.
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Health and happiness. . .
- 1/4 cup acai powder
- 2/3 cup pineapple
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 small chopped cucumber
- 1 small chopped banana
- 1 cup power greens
- Water (as needed)
- agave (optional)
- Add ice and almond milk in the blender pitcher Then add the cucumber, pineapple, banana, power greens, and acai powder.
- Next, squeeze lemon juice from the lemon into the blender pitcher.
- Start to blend on low setting and increase to medium setting and allow to blend for 2 to 3 minutes until smoothie is well blended with no large chunks remaining. You may need to add more liquid to get the consistency you desire.
- Add a small amount of agave for sweetness, if desired. (optional) Blend again another 20 seconds.
- Serve in a large cup using a straw. Enjoy!