Beet by Beet

Yep, I did just do that. I’m a sucker for puns.

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We’re 22 days into the new year, and thank goodness. 2016 was so full. Maybe too full for me. A lot of travel, graduating college, and personal milestones. But also a lot of shit swirling in the world at large. Oh man.

I feel refreshed, as new beginnings tend to inspire. Everyone seems to make really wonderful resolutions at the start of the year, go strong for a few months, and then abandon them entirely, often by accident. What was your resolution last year? Do you remember? I don’t. So screw resolutions, I’m trying something different for myself this year. And so far, so good. Inspired by that minimalism documentary on Netflix, I am aiming to live a more deliberate life in every way possible. On a daily basis, I ask myself what is adding value to my life, and then I shed what doesn’t. It’s more than just stuff. I have a ton of bad habits. But I’m making a genuine effort to change that. Because if not now, then when?

I’ve stuck to doing yoga every single day (even if it’s just one sun salutation) and have committed to making a smoothie for breakfast at least 5 days out of the week. And I’m proud. Because consistency is hard for me (note the multiple month gap in posts).

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Smoothies are SUCH a great start to the mornings, and I’ve actually started looking forward to each one. I get to be creative (although I tend to put peanut butter in almost every one, sue me), and they’ve helped to normalize my appetite.

Plus, I get to share them with anyone who happens to be nearby, which is a win on both ends. Everything tastes better shared. I wish the newest addition to our family, Genevieve, could agree.

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At least she likes being around plants. If anything, we’re kindred spirits in that way.

In addition to my usual breakfast smoothie this morning, I had this fabulous beet smoothie for lunch! It was originally going to be a beet juice, but I opted not to strain it and instead drink it in its thick, wholesome entirety.

Ingredients:

2 beets, peeled

1 apple, cored

2 carrots, peeled

1 thumb-sized piece of ginger

juice of 1/2 lemon

2 ice cubes

12 oz coconut water

+as much water as you want to thin it out!

I Vitamixed (can that be a word?) all of that up and drank it down. So nourishing + detoxifying!

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I intend to continue on with these healthy habits, and to make 2017 a year of continued growth…. and plentiful smoothies.

I hope that 2017 is so, so good to you.

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