So you’ve decided you want to start improving your diet and eating healthier. That’s awesome! We love to see people change their diets (and even lives) through good nutrition.
But do you start by overhauling your whole diet or by making smaller changes? Do you cut out sugar, oil, and salt right away? Or do you make salad the main course of your big meals?
If quitting processed foods and added sugars, salt, and oil seems too intimidating to you, here’s a simpler alternative to help you start building healthier habits: start your morning with a green smoothie.
Sounds easy, right?
You don’t need to worry about changing your whole diet right away (although if you want to, go for it!). By making a green smoothie every morning for breakfast you’ll start to create a foundation for healthy eating habits. You’ll build discipline and consistency.
When my smoothie habit started actually sticking (I tried and fell off the bandwagon a couple times), it’s because I made one important change: I made the same smoothie every day.
You don’t need a fancy green smoothie recipe to get started. In fact, I think it’s easier to find one recipe you like and stick with it. You’ll know you like it, you can make sure you always have the ingredients on hand, and it will soon become second nature.
How do you decide what smoothie recipe to go with? Well, you could try one of the many Healthy Food Now recipes that we’ve created to find one you like.
Or you could keep it simple (simplicity is the key to make lasting change!) and not follow a specific recipe. My daily green smoothie consists of: a handful or two of spinach, a banana, a big spoonful of ground flaxseed, and about half a blender of a frozen fruit mix (I buy a big mixed fruit bag from BJs). I fill the blender ⅓ way or so with water and then mix it all up!
As you start to perfect your morning smoothie recipe, you will get an idea of the water/fruit/greens ratio that will give you the consistency you prefer.
If you can start your mornings with a green smoothie, you’ll be well on your way to a healthier you! But it’s important to remember that just because you’ve mastered one healthy habit doesn’t mean you can ignore the rest of your diet. Once you’ve got your smoothie habit down, pick another goal to start working toward.