So I’ve been asked in personal life “How do you not put honey or agave into your smoothies? I just cant stand the drinks without honey/agave, they aren’t sweet enough, how do you do it?”
The secret….USING REALLY RIPE FRUIT. So often I see people (my family & friends) using pure yellow bananas. These are NOT going to be sweet. You want rather speckled (yellow/brown) bananas for proper sweetness. Also, generally most fruits should be mushy. I personally cannot stand very mushy fruits (to eat), but that is how they go best into juices/smoothies. That is when they have the most sweetness, that way you don’t need honey.
I actually used to use agave ALL the time in my drinks until I once used “over-ripe” fruit….then my drink was “too” sweet. I still had some of that overly ripe fruit the next day, without the agave, and enjoyed the most deliciously sweet drink. That’s when I realized that the natural sugar from the fruit really did taste best.
So that’s the real secret: use fruit you many have previously considered “over-ripe”
Good Luck! =]
Probably the brightest green smoothie I’ve made lol
1/4 cup water
2&1/2 cups spinach
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
I’m doing the 21day Raw Food Challenge….not fully raw though! Just including as much raw foods as I can, usually 1-2 raw meals, and the rest “normal.”
This is my raw meal….
Half cup strawberries
1cup dark sweet cherries
Today I got a recovery tattoo. The NEDA symbol is blended into the wings of a sparrow. My artist did an amazing job!! I couldn’t be happier.
Time to get serious about recovery. 2014.
……other than recovery, the answer is no…I mean I guess there are goals, but not ones that are any different because the day is January 1st.
The ever popular “lose weight”……well, I weighed in at 131.5 lbs. about what I weighed last January. Except, I’m actually getting pretty toned. Instead of losing weight, I want to “get leaner” for running. I love love love running, and it really is much easier with a lower body fat%…..so I guess that’s there, and easily accomplished with a continued highly plant based diet and my continued running.
Another thing I want to work on is emotions. 2013 was without question the toughest year of my life emotionally. I fell worse into bulimia than ever before, and nearly committed suicide towards the end of summer. I purged last night for what I really need to be the last time. i cried Because 2013 was my 8th year fighting this, and I NEED to be strong in 2014. I am getting a recovery tattoo. Also, I need to work on letting things go and bottling up all emotion until its too much.
Along with this goes safe sex. Not safe as in using condoms (that too though! I’m always careful!)….but safe as in emotionally safe. I was using sex as a coping mechanism, especially when my emotions were too much for me to handle. So this year, I want meaningful sex, not stupid drunk college party sex. And very preferably only sex in an exclusive, committed relationship. I did have that for a part of 2013, but our breakup made me more jaded than ever. So here’s to being open to possibilities!
So I guess the way I started this post wasn’t accurate….apparently I do have resolutions. Whatevs, Happy and Healthy 2014 to all!