Is anyone else feeling it? That heavy, run-down, “we-survived-the-holidays-but-barely” feeling?
Too many late nights, sweets in my tummy and servings of German Pancakes, Crab Cakes and Hot Fudge Sauce…but, that’s why I love that a New Year follows the holiday season. It’s a time to restart, whether it’s a mental, physical or spiritual change, each new year brings motivation and determination to try harder and be better. Exercise more, change your career, eat healthier, spend more time with old friends…whatever it is, GO AND GET IT!
We always spend New Year’s Eve at my parents’ cabin with a bunch of our family friends. We’ve had this tradition as long as I can remember, and it’s something I always look forward to. We’ve had balloon drops, dance parties (complete with a live band), limbo competitions, who-can-stand-outside-barefoot-in-the-snow-the-longest competitions…you name it, we’ve done it. This year was especially fun because my cute sister Katie got proposed to!
But, as fun as the cabin is, it’s always my “last straw.” I come home feeling SO done with the parties, rich food and late nights. I’m always ready for a fresh start on things, and the perfect way to do it is with this Green Detox Smoothie!
This recipe is great because it’s simple and you can mix it up according to what you have in your fridge. The optional ginger has that distinctively strong ginger taste, but it definitely helps to detoxify your gut after all the rich food and sweets. The lime brightens it up, so this smoothie turns into a fruity, fresh and flavorful treat. This Green Detox Smoothie is a bright, healthy and delicious breakfast or snack to start the New Year off right!
- 1 cup sliced fresh pineapple
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup apple, cubed (approximately 1 small apple)
- 1 cup packed kale or spinach
- 2 Tbsps. chia seeds
- 2 tsp. lime
- Freshly grated ginger, to taste (optional) *see notes
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla or original almond milk
- Add everything in a powerful blender and blend on high until mixed completely. Add additional liquid if needed.
- Serve immediately for best results.
*Ginger is very strong, so start with just a tiny bit and add to taste.
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