Well, it’s the end of the second week in January… and most of you are in the midst of a “New Year’s Resolution”. Personally, I don’t really come up with new year’s resolutions. I try my best to make each day a new day, trying my best to get up earlier, get the kids to school on time, go to my yoga class, help the kids with their homework, prepare a yummy, delicious homemade meal and get the kids and myself to bed on time. Wow, I am tired just thinking about it all already and it’s only 9am.
Regardless, I know many are working on eating better and exercising more. It’s a constant struggle for all of us. Our lives are so jam packed that we always put ourselves at the bottom of our “to do” list. However, it’s important to realize that we need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others. So, move yourself back up to the top of that list and do things that make you feel truly happy and all those around you will be happy too.
Well, as many of you know, I am on a “gluten free” cleanse. It’s been 10 days without gluten and I feel great!!! It was hard at first but now I have made it part of my lifestyle and it’s amazing. I have so much to share with you all but first, I want to introduce you to a new smoothie that I just discovered. It is so very delicious and so good for you. I have added it to my cooking class repertoire, The Chocolate Avocado Smoothie.
I know, it might sound a bit strange and not very appealing but I guarantee you that it is delicious. The avocado makes this smoothie extremely creamy without any added flavor and avocados are a super food! Avocados are rich in protein, iron, potassium, fiber and help protect against so many different diseases and illnesses. Everyone should be eating these daily.
This smoothie is dairy free too, for all of you that suffer from dairy allergies. Plus, you have the added benefits of pure natural cocoa, which is full of antioxidants and phytochemicals, protecting you from cancer and heart disease as well as helping to slow down the aging process. Plus, it’s chocolate and who doesn’t love chocolate?
Last night, I took this smoothie a step forward and turned it into a healthy dessert, Chocolate Avocado Pudding! All I did was change around a few ingredients giving it a little bit more sweetness, since it’s a pudding after all. You can enjoy this recipe too and not feel guilty about it!
Enjoy both of these delicious, chocolaty healthy treats.