Cutting down on sugar can be hard when you enjoy the sweeter things in life. But often too much refined sugar can leave us feeling sluggish, unfocused, and overall not feeling out best. But luckily for us sweet toothed friends, there are so many smoothie ideas that help quench that sugar craving without…you know…the sugar.
I’ve been trying to be more mindful of the amount of processed sugar I’ve been taking in as it has been wreaking havoc on my skin…which sucks…a lot. But I’m also most days a really, really lazy cook. But luckily I’ve discovered that smoothies are a miracle in a glass. And they keep my mindful eating habits on track.
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Food is one of my favorite tools for mindfulness. It can make us feel good (or really bad), it gives us an opportunity to check in with what our bodies need, and can bring about such strong emotions: like joy and nostalgia. Which is why I absolutely love this smoothie! It’s full of good nutrients to make your body feel good, allows you to slow down and enjoy the moment, and reminds you of hot summer’s chasing down the ice cream truck (just me?). Plus, it’s still sweet with out the refined sugar so my body (and skin!) are thanking me!
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Fresh Smoothie Ideas: The Push Pop
Makes 2-3 servings + takes less than 10 minutes!
2 cups of frozen berry mix (raspberry, blackberries, + blueberries)
2 cups of fresh spinach
2 Naval oranges (peeled)
1 plum (pitted)
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 – 1 cup of sugar free orange juice
- Put the peeled oranges, plum, and yogurt into your blender and blend it up until smooth.
- Then add the frozen berries and spinach.
- Turn it on + blend it all up adding the orange juice slowly until you reach your desired consistency.
- Pour into a cup, garnish it with an orange slice (so fancy).
- And BOOM! A healthy nostalgic dessert in a glass.
- Indulge (mindfully, of course. But enjoy)!
I know this isn’t a rule for mindful eating but I personally like to keep meals simple. We, as humans, love to over-complicate e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g…and when we do, it leaves little time to actually enjoy the simplicity of just existing in the moment.
So I think a smoothie is one of the best ideas for a small meal or snack. It’s simple, healthy, and you can get creative with what you put in it. When we think of mindful or intuitive eating we often discuss how to do it. How to listen to our body and how to eat slowly. We discuss the benefits of mindful eating. But you know what we really never discuss? Recipes for mindfulness. And I think that’s because many of us think that it is different for everyone and can vary day to day. However! I think that smoothies will always be a great recipe for anyone practicing mindful eating as they are simple, delicious, and nutritious and can be varied in a million different ways.
So blend up a good Flintstone Push Pop Smoothie, sit back, and enjoy your moment.
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