If December is a month of celebration. Of fun, food, familytimes and fabulous holiday dresses…then what the heck is November? If you ask me, November is a month of dodging bullets.
Bullet #1: STRESS – Whether you’re a student or a working stiff like me, the month of November tends to fall into that “crunch time” category. End of year budgets, final drafts of papers, it all seems to culminate smack dab in the middle of this strange penultimate month.
Bullet #2: SAD – And by SAD I mean SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER. Ie. “Its grey and cold and dark and I’m depressed” syndrome.
Bullet #3: DEBT – Christmas is coming….is your bank account ready? No? Then charge it! January-me will find a way sort this out.
Bullet #4: ILLNESS - Everyone, everywhere is sick. Always.
My tips to dodging bullets 1-3 are mainly to stay conscious of them. Recognize that stress is fleeting, weather is changing and no gifts are worth the hassle of paying off that credit card.
As for Bullet 4…well there’s not much you can do to stop a cold once it’s started you can do your darndest to PREVENT it before it starts. And this nutrient-rich, energizing smoothie is a heck of a good start.
Love antioxidants? This smoothie packs em in like it’s nobody’s businesses.
Energizing Antioxidant-Rich Green Smoothie
- 3/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 2-3 frozen chunks of spinach (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 small zucchini, chopped
- 1 scoop vegan protein powder
- 1 heaping tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp ground flax
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or a few drops of stevia
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- a few drops of vanilla extract
- 8-10 ice cubes
- pinch of xantham gum (optional, for thickness)
- 1/4 cup of brewed coffee (optional)
Blend until smooth, adding more liquid if necessary.
Want another antioxidant rich recipe? Check out these delicious espresso berry muffins!
How do you dodge the November doldrums? Any tips on preventing winter colds?