What I love about this smoothie: the perfect color and texture. And most importantly, the taste. The taste of this smoothie alone will have you feeling cleansed and rejuvenated. Maybe it’ll even have you wanting to make healthier choices for the rest of the day. I call this the spa effect. You are doing something wonderful for that beautiful body of yours, and your skin, muscles and your gut are thanking you, telling you “We want more of this!” Because eating healthy, moving daily and doing other actions that involve taking care of YOU are acts of self love, self respect and self responsibility. Yes, responsibility, does that sound odd? You’ve probably heard the saying, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
As a woman, even though I don’t have children, at times I’ve become victim to taking care of everyone and everything but me. When I’m consumed with pleasing and caring for others, I have a habit of letting my workouts, healthy eating preferences and my self care practices get overlooked and shifted to the bottom of the priority pile. Then for days I’m left feeling down and out because I’ve been logging time for everything except for what makes me feel great. When I take time to cook healthy food I like, exercise and set aside a couple hours one night for a face mask and a foot soak, I feel amazing and I’m better able to tend to others’ needs, too.
Don’t ever feel guilty for taking care of numero uno! Here are my tried and true tips for sticking to your personal commitments and making time in your schedule for you.
Step one, wake up and set your intention for the day. When I’m going through a stressful time I say, Just breathe. When I’m having a hard time finding the best in people I remind myself to love and accept all. Intentions are so powerful when you give them meaning and hold onto them, reciting them to yourself throughout the day as needed. It is amazing just how much of a difference you can make when you act and speak with intention, an open mind and a full heart.
Step two, set your objectives for the day. What is going to make you feel best? It could be one thing, it could be a few small tasks. For me, it’s usually having nutritious food come meal time, hitting my lunchtime workout and setting time aside at night to decompress. If I happen to go a day or two without sticking to these main things, I tend to go a little haywire. So, to combat said craziness, I’m very dedicated to my routine and I treat these 3 things as if they are an item on my schedule that I committed to a friend or a colleague.
Step three, do the thing. No excuses, no holding back. Make time for the thing and then do the thing. Need motivation? Try this kickass smoothie that is energizing, refreshing and packed with so much goodness to power you through your day!
Cleansing Lemon Cucumber Smoothie
- 1 scoop vanilla protein
- 1 TB ground flax
- 1 TB MCT oil
- 1/2 fresh lemon, juiced
- 1-inch peeled and diced ginger
- 1/2 cup diced cucumber, skin on
- 1/4 cup cauliflower
- 1/3 cup frozen spinach, or 1 cup fresh
- 1 cup coconut water
- Optional Toppings: Sprinkle 1 teaspoon bee pollen, dash of cayenne pepper, sprinkle chia seeds
Mix all in a blender. If smoothie appears too thick, add a tablespoon of water at a time.