So, we’ve made it through the first month of 2018.
How are your New Year’s Resolutions going?
If you just expelled a huge sigh of exhaustion, you are not alone. Many people become frustrated with the drudgery of working out consistently.
Many think about quitting a new eating pattern due to feelings of deprivation. And with Amazon algorithms pushing purchasing recommendations your way, eyeing that new overpriced gadget you cannot afford is a lot easier than it used to be.
This next month is when things tend to fall apart if you fail to reflect on your resolutions. Remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing, and come up with a healthy, cost-effective reward to treat yourself for making it through the second month of the year. Planning ahead, getting in front of your oppressive frame of mind, and allowing yourself to accomplish short-term goals is essential for your long-term success. You just need to continue your resolutions long enough for them to become lifestyle habits. Don’t quit now!
I wasn’t simply assuming you all had resolutions related to exercise, nutrition and saving money. That would be wrong of me. Rather, I did some research and found out that the most popular New Year's resolutions in the USA for 2018 are to eat healthier, get more exercise, and save more money, according to a YouGov poll. Assuming you Sound Dietitian blog post readers find yourselves working on these resolutions, I have a new recipe to share with you that will ensure you kill these three birds with one stone. To be clear, that’s a figure of speech. Please don’t think I’m actually encouraging the killing of any birds :)
To eat healthier, eating more fruits and veggies is a good place to start. To fuel yourself before a workout and/or help repair muscle after a workout, protein and carbohydrates are essential. To save some green ($), purchasing low-cost ingredients and making food at home is your best bet. So what recipe can help you do all that? A SMOOTHIE of course! If you are feeling up for it, try making this cost-saving, nutrient-packed smoothie for breakfast, a snack, or as an accompaniment to a meal (depending on how many calories you expend during the day). It will cost you approximately $0.87 per 16-oz per serving, or $1.31 per 24-oz serving. That is because the recipe uses a combination of fresh, frozen and canned ingredients. Check out the recipe below.
I went shopping at Safeway in Queen Anne to purchase all the ingredients. See shopping list below.
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