Well, it’s that time again my friends. With all the festivities, cookies, champagne, hangovers, crazy weird uncles, and pie behind us (well, for a short while at least), many of us are looking to make some serious adjustments to our diet as we kickstart 2017. I, for one am pledging to drink a little less and exercise a lot more.
Also, drink more smoothies.
I just scored a shiny new Vitamix blender for Christmas so when Tropical Smoothie Cafe was nice enough to share a special recipe for their Detoxing Smoothie with me, I couldn’t be more delighted.
I’ll be upfront with you. When I looked at some of the ingredients for their Detoxing Smoothie, I was hesitant. Kale. Avocado. Ginger. Celery?
But you know what? It was delicious. The sweetness of the green apple, the brightness of the lemon, and the butteriness of the avocado really balance everything together. It’s so surprisingly good and was pleasurable to drink. And I felt like I nourished my body with some pretty awesome things, too.
2017 will be only as good as we make it. Let’s focus on how we can make impacts– with other people, with ourselves. Health and fitness have played an important role in my life over the past several years, much of which has granted me happiness, physical strength, and confidence, just to name a few. Making a conscious effort to feed my body nutritious food has made a huge improvement in my overall health.
So with that in mind, and working towards shaping new and positive impacts on others, I’m giving away 2 – $25 gift cards to Tropical Smoothie Cafe*.
To enter this contest, share how you will work to better your health this year in the comments below. To increase your chance of winning, tweet this post and mention me @wokinglunges. Good luck!
*Contest open to U.S. residents only. Contest dates run from January 3 – January 5, 2017 11:59 pm EST. I will announce the winner on January 6, 2017.Â
In the meantime, check out Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s newest line-up ofÂ smoothies:
Detox Island Green–Â spinach, kale, mango, pineapple, banana and fresh ginger
Chia Blueberry Max–Â roasted banana, chia seeds, blueberries, peanut butter, almonds, dates, coconut, cinnamon, whole grain oats and whey protein
Health Nut–Â blueberries, mango, banana, almonds and your choice of protein
Immune Blast–Â banana, orange, apple, and orange juice
- 1/4 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 green apple, chopped
- 1 inch piece ginger, peeled
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1/4 cup kale, ribs removed
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 cup peeled, chopped cucumber
- 1/2 avocado, chopped
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1 1/2 cups ice
- Add all ingredients into a blender and give it a whir until smooth and bright green.
// More healthy treats:Â
I will stop eating my wifes ice cream after she goes to sleep in 2017
This year I’m planning to focus more on strength training and diet. I’ve been slacking in these two areas and it’s high time I did something about it!!
i will go to the gym more often
I have always had trouble following through on good faith efforts concerning diet and exercise. I developed horrible eating habits at a very early age as a result of medication side effects that went unchecked and emotional trauma. I stopped lifting weights regularly in my early twenties and have sporadically lifted every couple years since. I’ve had a solid knowledge base on exercise and nutrition most of my life and over the years the science innovations of both have supplemented and revised that base, but my motivation and willingness to commit to changing my lifestyle has continually faltered.
This year I have hope in making the change and social media has a lot to do with the steps I’ve taken. Inspiration and access to instructionals online are kick-starting my year, but again seeing others on Twitter and Instagram are invaluable. I’ve started using kettle-bells for weight training, I’ve shied away from barbells because of certain hand injuries and the kettle-bells offer more versatility. I’m cutting soda/diet soda out again, especially after the Diet Coke Holiday Binge of 2016. Sugar is horrible and I significantly cut back in 2016, but it creeps back into the diet too easily because it is in EVERYTHING. Read the labels, stay vigilant! I love raw veggies, so incorporating them along with using more greens is ideal. I also believe that preparing more meals in advance is necessary for my personal success.
Whatever your goals are for the new year I wish you good luck and happy health. Damn good recipes on this blog, can’t wait for the cookbook!
I have already begun with aqua aerobics classes. I also plan to drink more water and walk a lot more!
I’m trying to work towards reducing my intake of processed/packaged foods by snacking less and doing more weekend meal prep in my crockpot. Another goal I have is to get better at drinking water! I downloaded a water tracking app on my phone to help me reach my goals! I’d love to win this giveaway, thanks for the chance 🙂
year I have decided to cut soda from my diet entirely. I also live close enough to work that I should walk when the weather allows it, and I plan to take advantage of that.
I tweeted at https://twitter.com/1brisket/status/816818040901869568