January 1st.  A new year and a fresh start.  I have always had a love-hate relationship with New Years.  The possibilities seem endless but I have been through this same rigamarole one time too many and have become jaded by the optimism (I know, I know — I am a goal oriented person and the thought of setting lofty goals only to be forgotten in the weeks to come is disheartening to me).  So this year, it’s the year to do something manageable for you, for me, for us all.  I’m going to embark on a 30-day green smoothie challenge!  It won’t be much of stretch for me since I am a die-hard smoothie addict but throughout the holidays I have, admittedly, been off the wagon and it is time to hop back on.  I can feel the big dinners and scrumptious desserts not only taking a toll on my waistline but also on my mood, energy level, mental alertness and joints (these favourite holiday foods are the breeding grounds for inflammation in the body).

The best and easiest way to combat these feelings is to make sure that we are getting enough of those dark leafy greens – they are magical!  Yet, it is difficult to get enough, everyday, especially when our lives are so hectic.

So I vow, right now, to take the easiest step I can to boost my immune system, boost my energy levels, and fill myself with all that healthy antioxidant power that will make my whole body feel better inside and out.  I am going to drink at least 2 cups of green smoothies a day for the next month to kick start my healthy year.

I’m going to begin with my green smoothie go-to; so grab your favourite blender and get blending with me!

1 cup of bok choy or kale, raw

1 banana

1 cup of frozen pineapple

1 date

Blend the bok choy or kale with a little bit of water (try 8 oz to start) add the date, blend, add the banans, blend and finally the pineapple, blend.  This is your first easy-peasy green smoothie!  If you’d like, you can add a handful of almonds, chia seeds or flax to give you that extra boost!

Simple, right?

I’m going to follow my green smoothie with a glass of wheatgrass an hour later – what will you do?

Jump on board – let’s do this!  And tell me you are going to do this so you have someone to be accountable to!  I will provide you with recipes and shopping lists for the weeks to come — let’s do this together!

Cheers.

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