I don’t know about you, but I love me some smoothies. Sometimes I have smoothies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And then I wake up the next morning and have yet another smoothie.
On Instagram, some of my favorite people to follow are ones who also have several smoothies a day and give me good ideas for new kinds, such as the beautiful FullyRaw Kristina. Gaw, she has some pretty fabulous stuff. I will often see nice cream and smoothie ideas from fellow bloggers and ‘grammers, and feel the need to whip them up immediately. Just this morning, I saw a recipe for a vegan pistachio ice cream, with the green ice cream base colored with spinach. What a fabulous idea! I will need to be trying that pretty soon.
And sometimes, I come up with a simple and delicious smoothie bowl recipe of my own to share with you all. This time it is a creamy, fruity smoothie base that is topped with various dried fruits and nuts to create a medley of earthy trail mix flavors, without the need to hike or bike. You can enjoy this trail mix in a big fat bowl while you sit in front of your tv and watch Netflix. I mean, you could do that with normal trail mix too, but with this variation you are encouraged to do so.
With the abundance of smoothie consumption in my life recently, I have also been reflecting on the health of my food as opposed to the health of my food even just a few months ago. My diet has slowly become more and more nutritious, and it has really become more and more delicious as well. With these nutritional changes, I have lost weight, I have gained confidence, and I have strongly fought depression. The idea of some foods being so addictive that I used to eat them in excess now scares me, and lately I have been reflecting specifically on the idea of food addiction.
I know that during a large portion of my childhood and early adulthood, I was addicted to food and I let it take me over. I would eat until I wanted to cry from the stomach pain. The more I ate the worse I felt, and the worse I felt the more I ate. I would try to tell myself that I was no longer hungry, and then I would tell myself how good the food was and ask how I could ever stop eating. I played a constant mental game where I would fight internally, reprimanding myself for the junk I was putting into my body, and then taking that sadness that I drowned myself in and turning it into more need for comfort foods. Any time that I did feel good about my health or my body, I would just make excuses for eating bad food by saying that I should reward myself for feeling so good. Because I was a vegetarian for most of this time, one of the hardest health barriers for me was the community of non-vegetarians automatically assuming that I ate healthfully. My family in particular would consistently tell me that I ate “so healthy!” when in reality I was eating the exact same food as they were, with the processed vegetarian replacements where needed. I was not better off nutritionally at all. But hey, at the time I figured that if they said I was healthy I was probably doing something right. So I continued with my junk food diet.
The more fruits and vegetables I add to my diet the more I realize how awful my diet was before. I assume that a lot of other people feel this way, but I don’t know how true this is.
If you are one of those people who struggles with food addiction, I assure you that with slow, small adjustments to your diet you can pull yourself out of your rut and feel a million times better. I did.
- ♥ 3 medium bananas, sliced and frozen
- ♥ 2 frozen strawberries
- ♥ Small handful of frozen blueberries
- ♥ 2-3 frozen blackberries
- ♥ 3/4 cup cold water
- ♥ 8-10 dates, chopped
- ♥ Small handful of dried raspberries, blueberries, grapes, and cherries
- ♥ Tablespoon pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
- ♥ Small handful assorted/ preferred nuts (I like cashews and almonds best)
- Combine all smoothie ingredients in high speed blender and turn on until well blended and smooth.
- Pour into a bowl and top with the dates, dried fruits, seeds, and nuts.
- Eat up!