D-tox January, Day 1: berry/vanilla smoothie

berry/vanilla smoothie

our favorite berry/vanilla smoothie

It’s hard to believe that it’s actually here. New Years Day (and – coincidentally, day 1 of D-tox January). Seems that we always spend so much time during the last month of each year talking about the next that it should come as no surprise when it finally arrives. There’s something really refreshing about New Years Day. It gives us the ability to draw a line in the sand and mentally wash away the old and start again with the new.

My lovely yogi and – as of yesterday – reiki master friend, Jane, sends me an email that says “Hope you have a wonderful day-night. Remember to do some ceremony if you can – write down and burn your icky stuff from 2010 and write down and keep (in 10 words of less for each intention) your intentions for 2011. Be as specific as you can with dates and ideas…”. I sit by the fire on New Years Eve, surrounded by snow and lots of smiling faces and I try to focus on what’s been “icky” and what I want to bring in to 2011. My thoughts are quite simplistic. I don’t write them down and burn them (no pen and paper, hands to cold to get them out of my gloves much longer than to roast the kids some marshmallows and and…), but it’s good to think things through. It’s good to feel as if you are empowered to change things just by the fact that the clock is about to strike midnight.

We celebrate New Years Eve, New York time. It’s one of the nicest New Years Eves I’ve ever spent. We all skate on the ice rink at Northstar. T skates for the first time and refuses to give in although the first hour is mostly spent falling down. He accepts no help in getting up and grimly pushes on until he gets it. Quite amazing. C turns into a bit of a Michael Jackson on ice and rocks out to the band who are playing. They play mostly Journey and ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ gets played about 4 or 5 times, but C doesn’t mind and thinks it’s the best band he’s ever seen. His highlight is when he is given one of the drumsticks at the end of the evening for being top groupie. Very cute. The fireworks at 9pm are spectacular and even T agrees that it was worth sitting around a fire for 3 hours waiting for them. We even bump into friends that seem to be permanently up here skiing and their company is an added bonus.

So. What about intentions for 2011? As I sit here eating a big bowl of fruit from the hotel breakfast buffet, a lot of my focus is on continued health, both for me and my family. As mentioned in my last post, I firmly believe that good nutrition is a big contributor in the prevention of disease. It’s with this focus and with the intention to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables into my diet each week, that I’m really happy to announce Day 1 of D-tox January.

D-tox January is a month in which 20+ bloggers are contributing to provide you with great juice, smoothie and detoxifying soup recipes. It’s so exiting to have so many amazing foodies and writers, whom I respect so greatly, wanting to contribute. The calendar of events is listed on my D-tox January page. Check out the link to each bloggers site daily for their take on what D-tox January means for them and inspirational recipes to help improve your diet.

Todays  recipe is a smoothie that my entire family thinks is great. I love the fact that it gets C to eat blueberries without even noticing it (he is usually quite happy to let me know how much he dislikes blueberries) and that it even has him asking for more. I’ve been using frozen organic berries. So handy to have them in the freezer ready to pull out whenever we need them. Here’s how I make it:

1 cup of frozen blackberries

1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

1 banana

1 cup of vanilla yogurt (for those who like coconut milk and don’t eat and dairy products, the coconut milk works well too).

1 heaped tablespoon of ground flax

You can also add half a cup of organic apple juice, if you prefer the smoothie to be less thick.

Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend. Enjoy!

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  1. What a great kickoff, Nicola … not only for the D-Tox January event, but for the year as a whole. :-) Thanks so much for sharing your yogi’s (and reiki master’s–reiki fascinates me) words of wisdom! I’ve been reflecting back and looking forward. I’m making my vision board today and thinking all good things for 2011. Oh, and your smoothie looks positively yummy! So happy to be a part of this great event you created with wonderful you and so many other fantastic folks!


    • nstockmann says:

      Thank you Shirley! Reiki is fascinating. ;-). Been helping my little guy with his tummy stuff… SO pleased that you are participating. Exited about what each day of this month will bring. xo

  2. Iris says:

    Happy New Year, Nicola! This smoothie sounds delicious, and I’m so excited to be a part of d-tox January. Having a detox soup right now actually!

  3. This looks delish Nicola! I am thrilled to be participating in this wonderful event…the best way to kick off 2011 in my opinion! :-D

    Here’s to GREAT health my friend!

  4. Such an awesome way to kick off 2011, Nicola! I loved this post. Very thought provoking. I am serving up a green smoothie with dinner tonight to kick off this event! I am so happy to be participating! Thanks for including me! xoxox Happy New Year, my friend! ;)

    • nstockmann says:

      Go green smoothies! Wendy at Celiacs in the House posted an amazing green smoothie today. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring. ;-)

  5. Christina says:

    Thank you for including substitutions for those who don’t eat dairy. I really appreciate that! These dietary changes are new for me and so I’m a little stumped! Thanks for the help!

    • nstockmann says:

      You are welcome Christina. Hope this series proves helpful and gives you a good introduction into a wide range of food blogs with some great recipe ideas.

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  7. Alisa says:

    Wonderful post.Thanks for sharing your smoothie recipe. I’m also starting my detox this week

  8. A great post — looking forward to checking out all the other healthful recipes throughout the month!

  9. Maggie says:

    Okay, I wish I had a fire for new year’s eve! I had lots of icky stuff to burn! Can’t wait to follow this detox. I started mine today since we were away until yesterday. Already feeling better!

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