There’s one more week in January. How are your resolutions going?

I stopped making resolutions a few years ago because they are a trap. You aim high, you aspire to be better, then when life happens and you stumble, you’re a failure and might as well give up.

Well, that’s how it went for me.

After years of rolling my eyes at resolutions (you can’t fail if you never try!), I heard about choosing a single word for the year. A theme or focus, not a goal. Worth a shot, right?

I LOVE it. This is my 4th year doing so. Here’s what I came up with.
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Babies take up a lot of time. Like a lot a lot. He doesn’t leave me much time to prepare food at all, let alone take pictures of it.

Breakfast is usually our most work-intensive meal since he’s now content to play in the living room while I prep. We have egg-and-mushroom scrambles and oatmeal a lot, but the kiddo also LOVES green smoothies. He bounces up and down in his high chair and squeals with anticipation.

Someday I’ll remind him of this, I’m sure.

Super Hydrating Green Smoothie

My favorite green smoothie is delicious, but it has more ingredients. More ingredients that I need to have all at the same time AND cut up? This one will work just fine, thanks.

It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and probably paleo! It’s even extra hydrating to help replace all the fluid and electrolytes I’m losing to nursing at all hours of the night.

This time of year I might toss in some lemon or lime and omit the cucumber. You could throw in a little
banana, either frozen or fresh, if you wanted to add some heft. Just do it quickly before your 1-year-old wants to steal it from you.

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Super Hydrating Green Smoothie
Quick and refreshing, like getting slapped in the face with a sunbeam. If using fresh mango, you may want to add more ice. I only add cucumber in the summer.
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 2-3 cups spinach or other greens, packed
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup mango, cubed (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup cucumber (optional)
  • 4 ice cubes
1.) Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. If you don’t have a great blender, puree the greens and coconut in the coconut water before adding the frozen stuff.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 servings

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When I found out I was pregnant, I promised myself that I wasn’t going to be That Mom who overshares about bodily fluids on social media. Now that I have a 6-month-old (whaaaat?) I realize that dealing with bodily fluids occupies much of my day. I’m doing pretty well on social media.

But I never said I wouldn’t blog about bodily fluids! Indirectly, since this is really about digestion before anything exits your system. Ahem.

Is it glamorous? No. But what goes in must come out, and I’ve had several clients with questions about this topic. So here goes!

Fiber is good stuff. It’s not nutritious (in fact, babies starting solids shouldn’t have too much because it can clog their developing digestive tracts), but adults need fiber to help our systems work. When people switch from refined (white) to whole grains and increase their produce intake, they’ll often notice the impact of all that fiber.

Some people, however, can have uncomfortable side effects from a high fiber diet. The main reason is that they’ve increased one type of fiber more than the other.

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