When I was 21, my father had a massive heart attack. We were told it was a miracle he survived and thank goodness someone was there at the time to get him to the ER. I was also a few months pregnant and getting larger and larger by the second. As time went by and hearing that heart disease runs in the family and gaining over 50 pounds while being pregnant, I took action. It was time to start moving this body and eating better.
The first step was to figure out what types of workouts I wanted to do and not get bored or quit after a couple of weeks. Since I lived way out in the middle of no-where and didn’t have anywhere to go and join classes, I ordered tapes and used them 3 times a week at home. I started doing this after my son was born and a few months later, I was feeling so much better and losing all that baby weight.
Over the years, I have pretty much stuck with my work out aerobics program, watching my cholesterol and only changed up a few things. Doing the workouts allowed me to still enjoy the occasional hamburger or pizza without worry. Adding hand weights became a really large part of my workout to keep those bones dense. Life was good.
Then as 20+ years flew by and the new century rolled around, I noticed a few healthy changes. My research and a few doctor visits pointed out that I was going through peri-menopause. WHAT? I was only in my mid-40’s!! As my 50’s rolled around, my body started changing, it was getting harder and harder for me to do the same intense step aerobics and bike riding I used to. And, I had put on about 20 pounds. Wow. My cholesterol and blood pressure was still good, I just had to deal with my body changes and move on.
I started walking more, doing videos which pertained to walking in the home (those are fun), using my hand weights and my favorite is walking in the community pool. There is no stress to knees or joints while doing this and who cares that its 90 degrees outside. The pool is refreshing. My workouts really keep my body and my mind in motion in my 55+ years.
I grow my own blueberry’s and just started a blackberry bush. Can’t wait to pick my own berries for my smoothies. Yummy!!! I also love going to You Pick Farms and put my bounty in the freezer. Frozen fruit really makes this recipe. Remember when you put up fruit in the freezer to make sure they are completely dry after washing them. If not you will have a huge frozen berry ice mess in your containers.
I will also take bananas, cut them up into slices, lay them out flat on a sheet cake pan and freeze. After they are frozen, I store in a freezer bag.
My recipe is pretty basic and I change up the fruit all the time. Blueberry’s, bananas, raspberry’s, blackberry’s, etc. Whatever your fancy is will be great in this recipe. This recipe is so easy, the little ones will love inventing their own combination of fruit each time and a great way to get more fruit in their system.
Easy Fruit Smoothie
Easiest fruit smoothie recipe ever!!
- 1 cup yogurt
- 1 cup frozen fruit
- 1/2 cup milk I use Almond Milk
- 1 tbsp honey or to taste I use raw honey
- 1 tsp flax seeds optional
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth or to your desire. Depending on the size of the fruit, you may have to cut into chunks before adding to the blender or Magic Bullet. I always check the sweetness to make sure I don't need to add any more honey.
Have a wonderful day,
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