Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Vita-Mix Recipe: Tropical Strawberry

Sometimes it helps to get back to your comfort zone. Over the past few weeks I've struggled to keep up with the important things in my life. Diet and exercise fell off little by little, old habits crept up, and writing just went out the window completely. The only blog I've managed to continue is my daily photo challenge, and while I'm not treating it quite the way I wanted, at least I haven't missed a day.

The same cannot be said for this space, or my minimalist blog, and let's not even mention my new cooking blog, left out to rot when I was barely started. I've had time to write, but a lack of energy and inspiration killed my enthusiasm. Worse, I was doing everything wrong in my personal life, eating poorly, avoiding exercise, being lazy in every way imaginable, and I cannot write about health & fitness, or minimalism, when I am so disconnected from the subject.

Honestly, I'm not ready to write yet, but tonight's dinner inspired me. I have been thinking about this blog, where I am with my goals for health & fitness, so while I am trying to recover from a long run of junk food and sweets, it's time to ask the question: what now?

Where am I going with SpoonMatters?

I need a fresh start for 2013, fresh goals. I have some ideas, but I'll get to that perhaps next week. For now just know that I plan to post at least once a week for awhile, until I get my life running smooth enough to commit to a heavier writing schedule. For the rest of this year, I will focus this blog on a few things:

The 50 Plates Project - This is still going well, though I've discovered a dangerous side-effect. Before the end of March I will get caught up on our meals thus far, and explore the next level of 50 Plates.

• Home-cooked snacks - Part of 50 Plates is making sure I have enough food options at home to avoid unnecessary splurging. I plan to explore more snacks and healthy meals in this space as I find things that help me eat at home.

• Exercise, getting back to the basics - Did I mention that I ran a 5K a couple weeks ago? Yeah, I finally did it, but I've been sitting on my butt ever since, and thus don't feel great trying to talk about it. It's time to start some daily exercise again.

I probably won't bother with the weekly reports anymore, but I will at least weigh in once a month. April's weigh-in has me worried, but with another week and a half I could potentially get things under control.

Over the next few weeks I'll get caught up on this blog, but for now, I want to share tonight's dinner. I wanted something light after a long day of snacking to stay awake, so I took advantage of all the fruit we froze earlier this year and just threw something together. Thank goodness for the VitaMix!

Tropical Strawberry Smoothie
serves 1

1 cup orange juice
1 banana
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup mango
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
water and/or ice as needed

Add ingredients to VitaMix in order listed. If using frozen fruit, add a little extra water to the orange juice before adding frozen fruit. Blend on low for 30-40 seconds, then shift to high and blend until smooth.

I used banana, strawberries and mango that we froze at home, as well as fresh-squeezed orange juice made with our Citristar Citrus Juicer. This has to be one of the freshest tasting smoothies I've made in quite awhile.


  1. Two comments: first, I think you don't give yourself enough credit for doing the 5k. That is a milestone you need to hang onto, to keep in mind that it's behind you and now you could either work on improving it (running more of it with an end goal to run all of it) or doing a 10K.

    Mainly, though, I think letting yourself skip the daily report is a danger, a slippery slope to not burning enough calories. The smoothies are delicious, but the fruit in them is high in sugar, and if you blog every day about your exercise, I believe it will make you get yourself moving more. Make yourself take a brisk walk around the block (at least before hot summer comes in) before breakfast, and a loop or two on the bicycle between work and dinner, nothing too strenuous, but just enough to elevate your heart rate a bit twice a day, and you'll be glad you did later. The metabolic boost you get will affect your calorie burning, even if it is not a full-on running or gym workout. Keep up the good blog!

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