How are your Resolutions holding up?
I didn’t really make any. I feel like I’m constantly goal-making, so…. why bother making a big thing of it once a year? Every Monday is New Years over here!
We do make family goals though– three. We try to make one goal financial, one spiritual, and one that’s fun (like go on a family vacation). 2012 was a big, fat Swank family FAIL on all three counts. So our goals this year were easy to make… we’re just trying again for all the same goals in 2013 Wish us luck… apparently these aren’t easy feats for us!
Weight loss is, of course a DAILY struggle for me. I had really wanted to lose about 15 lbs before Blog Conference season. And instead, I gained 5! So here I am, with about 20 lbs to lose, and less than 6 weeks till my first Conference. Not ideal…
While I’m certainly no master, obviously, of the weight loss game, there is one trick that I’ve found to be really helpful: smoothies. I shared with you my stand by smoothie recipe last summer. It’s simply Crystal Light and frozen fruit blended together into one perfectly sweet smoothie. I know there’s a lot more you can do with smoothies beyond my little ol’ recipe. But I really love it because it’s SUPER easy to blend, affordable, easy to change up, and takes care of a serving of water and two serving of fruit. Plus you can always add to it if you need a little extra protein or iron or whatever.
This smoothie is the more decadent cousin to that recipe. I used almond milk instead of Crystal Light and a little bit of cheesecake pudding mix, and the whole thing comes in at 1 WW points+ (gotta love that free fruit)!
Notes about this recipe:
- I always blend my smoothies in a mason jar for minimal dirty dishes! For a visual on how to do this, check out my Easy Skinny Smoothie post from the summer.
- The almond milk measurement is somewhat approximate. Add a little more for a thinner smoothie, a little less for a thicker smoothie. I like to make the milk just level with the strawberries– I eyeball it rather than measure.
- Add a big fat dollop of whipped cream (fat free of course!) and some crumbled graham crackers for the full “cheesecake effect.” Not included in my WW points calculation.
- You can skip the additional sweetener if you want– it wouldn’t be a deal breaker. But I do think it makes it taste a little more dessert like. And I like that
Skinny Treats from Friends:
- Skinny Lemon Ice Cream by Crazy for Crust
- Skinny Frozen Hot Chocolate by Skinny Taste (this is where I go for all my skinny recipes!)
- Skinny Pancakes by Chef in Training