The most awesome things I learned in 2010 – part 2
It was two summers ago when I first noticed the direct link between taking care of myself and how well I felt.
I know that seems silly; it shouldn’t have taken 22 years to discover that if I sleep well, eat healthy food, drink a lot of water, and get decent exercise, that I will generally feel great. But it did.
This year I picked up two great health hacks.
1) The secret spinach smoothie
If I were choosing my foods based solely on taste, I doubt I would ever eat a vegetable. It’s not that I don’t like vegetables, it’s that I like pizza and doritos a hell of a lot more. So I’ve spent time trying to figure out how to make inexpensive, healthy, quick and delicious meals. Here is how to make one of my favorites.
Get a blender
Put the following into the blender:
1/2 a banana cut into chunks (for easier blending)
A few big spoonfuls of yogurt (I like strawberry flavored Greek yogurt)
1.5 cups of orange juice
1 cup of blueberries
One handful of spinach.
Pour into a cup (or chalice if you happen to have one – that’s more fun) and enjoy. You’ll be surprised by how good this is and by how well the spinach is masked by the OJ. If you match this with a piece of toast and peanut or almond butter, you have an inexpensive, healthy, quick and delicious breakfast.
2) How to wake up with tons of energy
Step 1: wake up at the same time every day
Step 2: go to bed when you feel tired
Admittedly, I don’t always do this. Morning meetings and the entire concept of “the weekend” makes this hard to sustain, but when I do take the time to do this, I feel great from the moment I wake up.