How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was filled with family, friends and lots of yummy food. Thanksgiving always feels good to the soul; a holiday centered around giving thanks. Well, at least that’s how we interpret it these days.
I’ve been re-reading Daring Greatly (💓) and am recharged in my desire to practice more gratitude. Almost everything Brene Brown writes gives me all the feels so when she tells me that to know joy we must practice gratitude, I believe her.
Grateful feels like the emotion of the year for me. I’m grateful for being able to get pregnant, for having a healthy pregnancy, for welcoming my beautiful son into this world and having a supportive and loving husband by my side through it all. I’m grateful for my family, my friends and for you. I’m grateful that I enjoy going to work, that I’m both challenged and fulfilled. I’m grateful that I get to show up here a few times a week and share my story, my struggles and my food. Thanks for showing up with me.
How are we feeling today? I know that many of us tend to get wrapped up in the excess of the big FOOD holiday, but I don’t stress over it. I hope yesterday was filled with overindulgence and excess. I roll my eyes at all of the stories that come out in the weeks before Thanksgiving that remind us of the calorie counts of favorite foods and tips and tricks for not ‘blowing it’ on the big day.
Gimme a break. One day doesn’t define us. (That’s true for just about everything.) As I say over and over again, it’s habits that make the difference. I don’t stress over an incredibly gluttonous meal (or two) because this isn’t my normal eating pattern. While I love stuffing my face at Thanksgiving, I don’t exactly feel awesome a few hours later. It’s that feeling that reminds me that as much fun as it is to overeat, I rarely do it. Not because I fear any weight gain or guilt, but because I feel better when I don’t.
It’s also why I didn’t wake up today with any guilt. I’m not stressed over eating way too much food yesterday. Why? Because my feelings are now pushing me towards nourishing foods. It’s this swing that keeps us in the balance; not any guilt over foods already eaten.
So, if you’re looking for something packed with nutrients, may I suggest this smoothie? It’s perfectly spiced with fresh ginger and loaded with sweet pair and hearty greens. It’s thick and creamy and delicious.
Giving you a great big virtual hug from my grateful heart to yours. xo
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Ginger Pear Smoothie
Yield 4 servings
Ginger Pear Smoothie! You've gotta try this healthy green smoothie option with pear, ginger, spinach and cinnamon. Vegan and gluten-free.
- 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 4 medium pears, roughly chopped
- 1" piece fresh ginger, grated
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup ice
- Place all ingredients in a blender (preferably high-powered to fully blend the spinach) and puree until creamy and smooth.
- Divide into glasses and serve.
Courses breakfast, snack
Cuisine healthy, gluten-free, vegan