New Year Resolutions, No-Sugar Breakfasts and Diets in general
I absolutely hate the New Year - New You trend. There is nothing wrong with the old me! Sure, I put on both the COVID 19 and the CEO 20 combined pounds in the last year, but I'm still my beautiful, authentic, spunky self...
Buuuuut, the good old body temple is creaking, and protesting and demanding more maintenance. The knees and ankles are hurting and the blood pressure and sugar levels are too high.
So, I've been frequenting the gym more often and I've been contemplating cleaner food habits.
"Contemplating" is the key word here. I've done all sorts of diets - Weightwatchers, intermittent fasting, Noom (that one actually worked for a while!), calorie counting, nutritionist advice, even FODMAP. Never again. None of these things are sustainable. The only option is to consistently choose delicious meals that agree with your body constitution.
For me, that means no bread and no sugar.
Sweets are my kryptonite! Everything beautiful and lovely in the world can be found in Plum Market's bakery isles. Plus, I got the English Roses with the strawberry cream filling for Christmas... And I'm still working on my chocolate orange. And what about all the beautiful drink mixes that I hand-make? I hadn't invented my own Not-So-Simple Syrup for nothing! My Moscow mules and old fashioned are a party staple!
Anyway, I think you can see my point. I'm not quite ready to admit that I have a problem, but I may be willing to concede that I could make healthier choices.
So it's back to self control and moderation.
With that terrible thought in mind I was shopping at Whole Foods.
...this Clean Eating magazine with its shameless promises of "Healthy and Strong in 2021" jumped out at me in the check out isle and insisted that"Your 7-Day Meal Plan to Ditch Sugar" is worth paying $6.00 for.
As far as splurge purchases go, it has been earning its worth so far...
Firstly, I discovered that I already had every single ingredient on the provided SHOPPING LIST:
- Proteins and Dairy - check
- Nuts, seeds and oils - check
- Veggies and Fruits - check
- Pantry staples and extras - check
- Feeling smug and awesome - YEP! check and check!
Then I tried out a recipe... I'll be honest with you. It has potential. But it was such a stark reminder of why I started this brand, I couldn't resist a rant. I'll give you three guesses what it tasted like...
You are right!!!!! Cardboard!
Did I add some Lady Liberty to it?
Did it taste 100% better.
Umm, yes. Yes it did.
I very rarely add spices to uncooked food. I prefer the taste when its cooked, but I need SOME taste in my food. And when you combine avocado, spinach, heavy yogurt and protein together, I'm sorry but lime and pineapple combo is not enough to blend the tastes together well.
In short, one green cardboard smoothie was created, dumped back into the blender after one sip and reblended with Lady Liberty. I present to you a new and improved Clean Eating Mag's Pineapple Lime Smoothie:
- 1 green apple, cored and chopped
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/2 cup full fat greek yogurt
- 1/2 small avocado, peeled and pitted
- 1 lime, zested and juiced
- 1 tbsp fresh cilantro
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1 Gala apple, I didn't have a green one
- 1 scoop of soft tofu - I hate protein powder
- 1 tsp of Lady Liberty Spice Mix
- 1/4 cup of oat milk (to account for the thicker consistency of tofu)
Enjoy! And let me know if you come up with your own unique additions or substitutions, too.