Written by Marisa Richard, the Founder, Editor & Blogger
behind the hit wellness blog FitGreenGal
My idea of what it means to be fit & healthy has changed over the years.
I used to workout at the gym for an hour and only run or use the elliptical machine. I would eat 100-calorie pack snacks and drink diet cokes, hoping that I wouldn’t gain a pound.
In my early 20’s I was more focused on being skinny than fit. Now I am not afraid to pick up the heavy set of weights and I’ve shifted my focus on finding energy through well-balanced eating rather than counting calories. Being healthy and fit was never really a passion until I entered my 30’s. Growing up I was never that active. I didn’t care much for sports and I would eat all the pasta and bread I wanted. It wasn’t until recently that I really started to listen to my body on what it needs to feel its best, energized self.
I find that eating clean, whole foods most of the time has helped me be healthy. But it’s also about finding balance and eating a donut once in a while.
But staying healthy & active has its challenges. I experience them first-hand everyday.
With having a 9-5 job outside of the fitness and health world and now managing my blog, it can be difficult to squeeze it all in and find the energy to do so. That’s why I’ve started fitgreengal.com, to inspire others to be able to make time to do quick and effective workouts at home as well as prepare easy and healthy well-balanced meals that provide more energy.
Being active for me is squeezing in a class at my favorite studios or going for a run along the Boston Harbor before heading into work. Making that extra time to workout in the mornings before I start my day is how I’ve been able to stay fit.
I keep it simple with my meals and make a smoothie for lunch everyday. Smoothies are great for sneaking in those greens! I leave a small blender at work and store smoothie fix-ins such as baby spinach, nut butters, frozen berries, and non-dairy milks in the fridge. You should see my office, I have super foods, protein powders, and smoothie bowl toppings packed in my cabinets!
My favorite thing to add into any smoothie is avocado.
It’s a great healthy fat that keeps me full for hours at work. The key to a good smoothie is a balance of complex carbs, healthy fats, greens and protein. Here is a well-balanced smoothie recipe to get you started:
Four Ingredients to the Perfect Smoothie
I also like to add in coconut or almond milk, but with the avocado, I find my smoothies to be creamy enough as is so I usually just use water instead to blend it. Since the fruit you will add is frozen, there is no need to add in any ice to your blender.
I would use the above order when adding the ingredients to your blender and then add the water or milk last and blend. I usually only use about a cup of water as I like my smoothies thick so that I can add toppings to it and eat it with a spoon.
Read more about this recipe!
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