In November and December, there are numerous parties with delicious desserts and heavy meals (particularly at Thanksgiving gatherings).
I want to offer a tip this week to maintain a healthy balance even when faced with family meals, potlucks, office parties and other gatherings with menus over which you may have little control.
One great trick relies on the very old advice of eating before you go, but with a delicious twist.
A superfood smoothie can be a great way to give your body a healthy boost and make it a little easier to turn down a huge slice of pumpkin pie (or at least opt for a smaller slice).
I find that a smoothie boost in the morning can be a great way to make healthier choices as you go through your day. But this smoothie is just as helpful right before you run out the door to a party.
I particularly like this one because most of the ingredients are fruits and vegetables that are fairly easy to find this time of year, particularly kale, a super superfood that seems to take over the farmer’s market in the fall and winter! For the best health boost, try to get organic versions of these ingredients.
- kale leaves (remove the stem)
- chia seeds
- apple (remove the seeds, but leave the skin on)
- pomegranate seeds
Throw these in your blender along with some water and ice, and you’re set! Remember, kale can have a strong flavor, so if you’re not used to it, try adding a leaf or two the first time to see how you like the taste. The blueberries and pomegranate can help to mask the kale’s taste, while the banana and apple will add some sweetness.
I particularly like freezing some of the fruit, such as the blueberries and pomegranate seeds, before adding them to the smoothie. Feel free to add some yogurt, avocado or coconut cream for creaminess and adjust your water level with more or less depending on how thick you like your smoothies.
If you need some help with getting the right ratio of everything, check out this post from The Holy Kale.
You can also check out my Supermodel Smoothie recipe for another great-tasting treat.