Creamy Chocolate Mango Smoothie

This great smoothie came to be the way most of my smoothies do: I was in a week-long process of clearing out the freezer and decided to use what had been left over.  But let me tell you, this one is a winner.  I had it for dessert or a snack every single day for an entire week.

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Ingredients
serves 2

1 cup water
1 cup frozen mango
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup coconut cream
3-4 Tbs cocoa powder
1 serving protein powder (consult the label for how many scoops!)
1/4 Tbs vanilla extract
Optional: ice cubes, matcha, maca, spirulina, bee pollen, cinnamon, turmeric

Method

Blend until smooth and top with your favorite toppings (chopped fruit, chia seeds, hemp seeds, any of the optional ingredients above, unsweetened shredded coconut).  Serve in a glass or a bowl with a spoon, breathe, take a sip, and smile.

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I hope you enjoy this as much as me and my family do! Remember, your health is worth it!

Love,
Lucy

As Difficult Changes Approach

Spring is both the best and worst time, depending on where you are in life.  As a “would-be” college senior  taking an extra year, watching most of my best friends around me about graduate is one of the most difficult parts of the year.  And it’s not just me. This is a hard time for those graduating too! Don’t get me wrong, in the cocktail of emotions everyone is feeling there is excitiemt for the future, relief for the hard work to be over, and pride for graduating. But these hard goodbyes to people and places, the fear of change, or other tough feels seem impossible to deal with at times. 

This doesn’t apply to just graduation and spring–it happens with any big change happening in life. Can you relate? Maybe you’re going through a breakup, accepting a new job, moving to a new state, or facing any change in your life–good or bad. 
SO WHAT DO YOU DO?  

First, listen to yourself! Feel the sadness or fear, anxiety, and sit with it for a second.  Why are you feeling this way? What may be triggering it? Is it logical? The more you deny your feelings, the harder they will try to rise to the surface.  Once you acknowledge your feelings, moving forward on is easier and faster than denial. 

Second, tell yourself it’s okay to feel this way! If you are feeling it, it is a valid emotion. 

Third, ask yourself 

What opportunities can come from this change?

 This question is a great way to reframe your situation. You can control how you look at your life, starting with how you perceive the little joys along with great challenges. 

So ask yourself where the opportunities for growth can come from in this change. Then get excited about them! Maybe you will have time to pick up that hobby that you’ve been wanting to do. Maybe you’ll have more time to devote to that group of people you wish you spent more time with. Maybe you have the opportunity to meet a ton of new people! 

Life is made up of a cycle of changes, and the more you are able to flow with and accept them, the happier you can be in your everyday life! 

Hang in there, 

Love, Lucy 

Messy Grain Bowl 

During the throws of a semester, an everyday sort of lunch that I pack for myself is one of my favorite all-time meals: MESSY GRAIN BOWLS. This usually looks like a quinoa or other complex carb oh top of kale with zucchini and/or mushrooms, with beans and/or tofu, avocado, and my favorite dressing. It is super simple, super fast, super easy, and you can prep it early in the week.

The most important part of this bowl is the first word: messy.  It is supposed to be tossed together, not look perfect, and definitely should be made with anything in your fridge. This is particularly great for any veg that you have small or awkward amounts left over after the weekend or even week.  This bowl is health and delicious, so there’s no need to stress about your lunch.

Here’s how to do it.



Messy Grain Bowl
:

2 handfuls of greens
(try kale, spinach, spring mix, romaine…)

1/2 cup grain of choice
(quinoa is my fav, but brown rice is always a close second)

1/2 cup veggies
(try zucchini and onion, bell peppers, cucumber, tomato, asparagus, mushrooms…)

1/2 -1 cup beans of choice
(garbanzo, black, kidney…) or protein source (tempeh, tofu, or other sustainable meat source)

healthy fat source
(1/2 avocado, a handful of sunflower seeds, 1-2 Tbsps chia seeds…)

Other toppings/seasonings:

  • Nutritional yeast (if you haven’t put this on salad, TRY IT. You will thank me)
  • Oregano, thyme, cilantro, basil
  • Spirulina, Chlorella, wheatgrass powder (though if you are new to these, try a tiny spring at first because these flavors are very strong!)

Dressing: 1-2 Tbsp of your favorite dressing, lemon juice, simple apple cider vinegar and olive oil, or even try a mix of salsa and hummus (which can take the place of beans!)

Empty out your fridge and give it a try! And remember, it is especially important to take care of yourself when you are facing more stress and less time in your day.  Show yourself that you love you by planning ahead to pack a great lunch you’ll appreciate when you are feeling overwhelmed.

Loving yourself is a practice!

Love, as always,
Lucy