Sweater: Halogen (runs super large! Size down at least 1 size! I’m wearing xs! It’s hands-down my favorite cardigan, I wear it everywhere. It’s also the same one I posted on insta yesterday!) This one is also similar and 35% off! Camisole: Abercrombie (Comes in lot’s of colors! You can also see it styled in this post for date night!) Sezane (a French brand I’m obsessed with that recently launched in the US) also has really pretty versions with lace, and I love Everlane’s classic silk cami’s (no lace, so more work-appropriate and great for layering under blazers as well as sweaters!) Jeans: Abercrombie Skinny Jeans
How’s your week going so far?
Mine is going great! We’re loving spending the week in Dallas–we celebrated Valentine’s Day last night at Sprezza–it was so much fun and the CUTEST restaurant! I’m so glad I could travel with Neal this week so we could be together on Valentine’s Day. It sounds so cheesy, but I can’t imagine ever spending the day apart!
The change of scenery (and warmer [albeit only slightly warmer, haha!] temps!) have definitely been good for my to-do list. It’s amazing what a little switch-up can do every now and then, you know? This tends to be the hardest time of the year for me because all the holiday cheer is long over. The bleak, cold days seem to stretch on well into April. So, needless to say, the sunshine and absence of freezing sleet and wind biting my face has been good for the soul 😂
In other news, I’m excited to be back today with another health/wellness post. (I’m so flattered you guys have been requesting these! A little departure from clothing now and then has been fun–you know, speaking of switch-ups!)
Plant-based diets are definitely becoming a hot topic right now, and judging from all the questions I’ve received from you guys from my personal post sharing my experience with it, it sounds like this is definitely a big area of interest for you guys too!
In short, I’ve been trying to focus on eating a lot more fruits, veggies, and whole grains, and cut out animal products as much as I can whenever I cook at home (don’t worry, this does not mean I no longer eat pizza or cheeseburgers on the weekends. 😂 BALANCE.)
The hardest part of this, to be honest, has been cutting out eggs. I used to eat eggs every morning for breakfast–I really have to be in the right mood to have something sweet for breakfast, so oatmeal, overnight oats, pancakes, etc do not have huge appeal to me as everyday meals. I’m one of those people who would rather just skip breakfast altogether then go to the trouble of trying to make myself eat something I’m not excited about, so I’m glad I found a solution–smoothies!
A smoothie is one of the easiest ways to sneak in a lot of fruits and veggies into your diet. Especially if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t jump for joy at the thought of salad as a meal. Or, if you’re one of those people who is never hungry in the morning. A smoothie is a really good option because it’s easier to get down than other traditional breakfast options. Drinking a smoothie first thing in the morning (before your coffee!) also helps to stabilize your blood sugar, and rev up your metabolism.
This sounds strange to admit, because I am really not a creature of habit–but I make pretty much the same smoothie every day 😂 I think it’s the ONLY thing that I eat (drink?) on the regular that I actually don’t get sick of. I call it my “detox smoothie” because it’s packed with ALL the good and healthy things to make you feel great! (Especially after a weekend [or like, ahem, week…month…? We’ve all been there] where you’ve fallen off the wagon and you’re like I GOTTA GET IT TOGETHER.) This detox smoothie is always a good jump-start.
This could also be just a personal thing, but I find that on mornings that I start off with my smoothie, I’m much more inclined to make healthier decisions throughout the rest of the day. I just feel SO much better in general, and I think it’s also like a gold-star dopamine rush, like, I’m doing so well I don’t want to derail my progress. (Salad for lunch?! OrangeTheory at 4?! GREAT IDEAS!) But on the mornings where I’m bad and I skip breakfast in lieu of an extra cup of coffee? Everything can spiral downhill pretty quickly. (Pizza for lunch! [Just this once? 😳] Wine at 4! I can work out next week!)
Anyone else this way?
Detoxification Benefits of Smoothies:
Okay, so, I’ll tell you why I love smoothies so much and touch a bit on their health benefits for a second.
First, let me first say that SMOOTHIES in and of themselves are not detox powerhouses–it really depends on what is in the smoothie. Like, a Carribean Passion from Jamba Juice? NATT so much. (But DAMN those are delicious.)
I like to focus on filling my smoothies with ingredients that are full of antioxidants–like lot’s of leafy greens and berries–which help rid the body–from your digestive system to your liver–of toxic substances that you can absorb from lot’s of different stuff–from your diet, air pollution, even some crazy stuff in your beauty products.
What are antioxidants anyway? Put simply, they’re compounds naturally found in fruits and vegetables that are believed to stop or delay cell damage. They’re known for preventing everything from signs of aging in the skin, to diseases like Cancer. You can never have too many of them, which is why starting your day off with a detox smoothie is such a great idea!
The Best Detox Smoothie Ever:
There are so many different recipes out there it’s hard to pick just one. However starting with a base of spinach and berries is my favorite!
First, I choose spinach because it’s one of the best possible foods you can put into your body. It has tons of nutrients, like vitamin K, E. What you probably didn’t know is that it’s a natural source of iron and calcium, too! (Two things that you should be cognizant of getting enough of if you’re eating less meat and dairy, like I am!) Regular consumption is known to have anti-inflammatory benefits, and helps promote healthy bones, skin, and hair, too! Any kind of greens can really be used here, but I think spinach tends to be milder in taste than kale, and it’s less course, so it blends better in smoothies. (This is just a personal preference!)
Second, I use two kinds of berries–blueberries and acai. Which are packed with tons of antioxidants–anthocyanin, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B complex, zinc, potassium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese, just to name a few. They’re a good source of fiber, and also rich in polyphenols. Which are compounds that are extremely effective in fighting and preventing disease as well as aging.
Additionally, even if I weren’t interested in the health benefits, I think the blueberries and acai berries do a really great job of disguising the taste of the spinach (which I don’t particularly care for if we’re being honest. Who wants to drink salad!?) 😂
Last, I like to throw in chia seeds (more antioxidants! Ton’s of ’em! They’re also a good source of calcium, Omega-3’s, have lot’s of fiber and are a good source of protein, too!) because they have virtually no taste but they really up the nutritional value of the smoothie.
More details on how to throw together my berry detox smoothie below:
1 handful leafy greens–I prefer spinach because I think it blends the best! I buy a couple bags of it at one time and throw them in the freezer!
1 cup coconut water (you could also use almond milk or coconut milk–feel free to add more depending on how you prefer the thickness of your smoothie). I like coconut water for the extra hydration benefits (and honestly, because I think almond milk tastes like dirty socks).
1 handful frozen, organic, wild blueberries
1 package acai puree (I buy mine at Trader Joe’s but many grocery stores carry them in the smoothie section!)
1-2 TBS Chia Seeds (a full serving is technically 2 TBS but sometimes I find that this can make it gritty so if you’re a weird texture person you might want to start with less and gradually add more until you hit your personal chia preference.)
1 TBS your favorite nut butter (this makes it more of a PB & J flavor, but you can also hold the nut butter if you’d prefer. I add it if I’ve worked out and want the extra protein!)
Pour in coconut water first (I don’t know why, but it seems to all blend together easier this way!) followed by the nut butter, if you’re using! I prefer the taste of peanut butter to other nut butters, but you can use almond, sunflower seed butter–whatever you’d like!) Then followed by the spinach, frozen berries, and chia seeds. Blend it all up and enjoy! We have a Blendtec blender and it’s probably one of my favorite things we got for our wedding. (Thank you Aunt Julie and Uncle Dean!!!) It’s comparable to the Vitamix but shorter, so it actually fits under your kitchen cabinets! We registered for ours at Bed Bath & Beyond! (See our wedding registry video here. It’s pretty hilarious!)
To make it thicker, you can add half of a banana! For a creamier texture, I like using coconut milk instead of coconut water, or to make it more filling, add a bit of raw oats! For post-workout recovery, add a scoop of your favorite protein powder. (Admittedly, I haven’t found a plant-based protein powder I love. Vega’s Protein & Greens Vanilla flavored powder has been the least offensive I’ve found but I still find it too chalky and I can’t use anywhere near the recommended serving–I don’t know if that’s exactly an endorsement, but…yeah. 😂)
Do you have any favorite detox smoothie recipes? Or any favorite plant-based breakfasts for that matter? I would loveee to hear your suggestions! (And I’m sure other readers would, too!)
Photos by Hannah