I kind of freak myself out a lot. I get overwhelmed by details. I stress myself out by thinking I have to have life all figured out. I get down on myself for feeling like I don’t have anything figured out. Then I get all dramatic and think I’ll never really find what I’m supposed to do in life and I’ll end up working some job I can’t stand and hating every minute of it.
Oh man, I need to take a chill pill… like, for serious.
All this stuff going on in my brain has been stressing me out! But then, faithful as he is, God shows me the verse above — reminding me that good work is everywhere, waiting to be had. It may not be glamorous. It may mean waking up at 4:30 (am) sometimes. It may not make any sense, but I do have a purpose in this place in time.
Ahhh, what breath of fresh air… words I need to hear and hold close.
When I’m stressed out I like to try to take advantage of things that make me feel good. Eating well gives me a boost of energy inside and out, and helps me feel like I’m doing something good for myself… loving myself well.
The new year is full of resolutions to eat better and this smoothie is a great thing to add to your list of “healthy stuff.” Smoothies in general can be a great way to add extra nutrients to your diet in a tasty and satisfying way.
This one is pretty simple: spinach, a banana, a scoop of chocolate protein powder, flax seed meal, ice, and water. I usually drink this or something similar after a workout, but its great to start your day with or as a refreshing snack in the afternoon!
You can switch it up however you’d like. Add things in or take things away. Smoothies are totally versatile… like a dress you can wear to work and out on the town or that pair of shoes you could wear with any outfit.
Pretty much if you make a smoothie you’re gonna be winning. Just accept it. Give someone a high five. And know that you did good work.
Chocolate Banana and Spinach Smoothie
Makes one large or two small smoothies
- About 2 cups spinach
- 1 Banana
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 cup water
- About 1 cup ice
- 2 Tbsp flax seed meal
- Blend together spinach, ice, and water until spinach is blended into small bits.
- Add banana and chocolate protein powder and blend until fully incorporated.
- Pour into a glass and top with flax seed meal.
*Don’t have protein powder or hate the taste of it? Try adding in some greek yogurt and chocolate syrup instead. You’ll still get the chocolate flavor and a some protein too!