Here’s to 2014 – My NEW Go-To Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

“New Year, New You” …

Sound familiar? I feel like everywhere I go lately (online or in the real world) people are talking about all the changes they are going to make this year. I even posted my NY Resolutions in the hopes that I can make some slight changes to keep me on track this year.

But I don’t think these changes will make a ‘new me’. Maybe a healthier and happier version of me – but not a NEW me. I think a lot of people get caught up in the hype of the New Year and use NY Resolutions in both good and bad ways.


  • We make workout schedules and healthy meal plans.
  • We create budgets to track our spending and be cautious of our money.
  • We make travel plans to visit friends and family.
  • We have drive to accomplish, well, anything.


  • We restrict ourselves from going out with friends, because we don’t want to drink or overeat (and drinking water at the bar isn’t cool).
  • We get bummed when after a week of hard work, the number on the scale has gone up and not down.
  • We quit when we see no progress.. and go back to our old ways.
  • We feel like we let people down.
  • We miss out on things for the sole purpose of staying true to resolutions.

We don’t need to completely change our routines or our lives just because it is a New Year. I hope the resolutions you made for yourself this year (if you made any) are attainable and that you don’t give them a time limit. Don’t get trapped in them either.. it’s ok to miss a workout or have a slice of pizza. Work on these resolutions throughout the year and let yourself enjoy the year ahead.

Change doesn't happen overnight

Like I said in my previous post (here), I have never actually written down my NY resolutions so this is kind of new to me. In years before, I would just think of one to myself  and just try to go with it. I tried to eat clean, workout, and be more patient, but I wasn’t tearing myself down if I let myself slip a bit.

So here’s to 2014! I look forward to what the year has in store for me…

If you are looking for a green smoothie recipe to kick start your healthy eating plan, look no further. I recently started making this green smoothie and I have quickly become addicted to it. Before I go any further.. is it still a smoothie if I use water instead of milk? Does milk make a smoothie a smoothie??

Anywho, I make one of these every couple of days (which is odd for me because I usually like to switch up my smoothie recipes). It doesn’t have protein powder in it but it is still a power smoothie that I know you will love! Feel free to play with the recipe to suite your taste buds.

Green Smoothie

My NEW Go-To Green Smoothie

Makes 1-2 servings

  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 3 ice cubes
  • Handful of kale (about 1 cup)
  • Handful of spinach (about 1 cup)
  • 1 pear, cut into slices (leave skin on)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 date, pit removed

1) Add all ingredients to a high powered blender.

2) Blend for 30 seconds. Add more or less water for desired consistency.

Makes one large serving or two small servings.

What are your thoughts on NY resolutions?

Do you prefer milk (any kind) or water in your smoothies?

10 responses to “Here’s to 2014 – My NEW Go-To Green Smoothie

  1. yes to all of this! i used to feel so much guilt if i had a ‘bad meal’ but then i remembered “one bad meal won’t make me gain weight, just like one healthy meal won’t make me skinny”.

  2. I usually use a half cup of almond milk, and the rest water. I think it’s definitely still a smoothie! I completely agree with your balanced approach – while I like the opportunity to make goals and have people be newly inspired, if it leads to beating yourself up or too intense a focus on your goals, it’s probably detrimental overall.

  3. I love NYRs but you make a good point of how they can be restrictive!

  4. Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures

    I don’t make resolutions at all… I sort of feel like life goals should be year round in the first place… However, I do love that people do truly take some time to make attainable goals and achieve them! That’s always awesome. I used to make green smoothies for breakfast ALLL the time and I recently slowed that down… I may have to hop back on that train! This looks refreshing and YUMMY!

  5. Love your totally sensible approach to resolutions – so many people set such impossible goals and then give up quickly when they realize how unattainable those goals were. And hey – what better way to start a healthy new year than with this fabulous smoothie!?!? High-five to you!!! Thanks for the inspiration! :D

  6. I’m obsessed with green smoothies lately…although I have yet to try it with kale so I guess I should be trying it asap now that I’ve seen this. I’m not a big resolutions fan, but I do use it as a time to check in with anything I could improve upon.

  7. You hit the nail on the head with the new year’s resolutions issue! I’m going to share it with some of my family members. I can’t wait to try your smoothie! I never thought of adding dates before!

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