This week my German teacher asked me about my new year’s resolutions. Huh? I replied. ‘Der Vorsatz?’ she enquired. I scratched my head. Although the scratching might have been more to do with the fact that I was trying to put my thoughts into German, immediately I thought to myself, ‘But I don’t have any’. And no, it’s not because I’m perfect. It’s not because I don’t think there’s anything I need to improve within myself. And it’s certainly not from not trying to think constructively of anything. On the contrary. It’s really because I am always doing things, setting new goals and challenges. I don’t wait until the new year – if I want to do something, I do it without hesitation. And that is at any time of the year. I think Matthias is much the same. So when it comes to setting new year’s resolutions, the conversation in our household can be rather boring.
But over the last few weeks I’ve pondered this notion. I really would like to have a new year’s resolution, I just can’t think of anything. I have my list and I’m ticking along very nicely, thank you. But perhaps that’s just it. Am I doing too much? Do I have too many goals? Has the list really grown that long? When I stop and think about how already a month has passed since Christmas, how it seems such a distant memory, how the next holiday seems so far off, how I’m more mindful (than ever) that I need to keep practicing my meditation and yoga in order to prevent stress, how I need to get a certain amount of exercise in per week, I suddenly find myself wondering whether my new year’s resolution is hidden there somewhere amongst all of that stuff?
So that’s it – my 2015 resolution is to not worry so much, to enjoy what I’m doing without feeling stressed or overloaded. Sounds pretty good huh? 2015 is the year that I (Nicola) am going to worry less.
Meanwhile, mangoes are still in season in the Australian tropical summer and so we have a treat for you! And yes, there is kale in this recipe. And no, we are not going to bang on about how good kale is for you (though it is) and how fabulous it tastes. Because we don’t lie here. Kale is bitter, it’s pretty awful tasting stuff on it’s own. But a decent amount of baby kale in this smoothie will give you plenty of fibre and nutrients and you won’t even notice it’s in there, there’s so much flavour packed in from the mango and mint. If your NY resolution is to take better care of yourself, eat more healthy, get more fibre, do a detox or just enjoy your food more then this one is for you!
- 3 green apples
- 1 large handful fresh mint leaves
- 3 mangoes
- 2 large handfuls of baby kale leaves
- 8 ice cubes (made with filtered water)
Blend the apples, mint, mango flesh and kale leaves using a hand held blender or smoothie maker. Add the ice cubes and whizz them enough to break them into tiny pieces, they will melt pretty quickly in your glass on a hot day anyway but will add a nice cool touch. Enjoy immediately!
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