Gems of Gratitude, Reflections

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #137

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Today I am thankful for smoothies. Smoothies are one of my absolute favorite comfort items for many reasons, including the fact that they are especially refreshing on a hot day and they can be made with so many different recipes. At times I make my own smoothies at home, making it a point to include different types of fruit such as strawberries, bananas, pineapples, and blueberries, just to name a few. In addition to the fruit, I also add other items such as frozen yogurt, milk, orange juice, sherbet, or maybe even a little apple juice (which I have already professed my appreciation for here). And one of the things that I appreciate about making my own smoothies at home is the fact that I can control which ingredients are used and the quantities of those ingredients, as well as the fact that I can make the smoothies whenever I want to.

However, on occasion there are times when I either do not feel like making my own smoothies, or I am in the mood for a specific smoothie that I generally like to obtain when I am out and about. And in those moments, when time and my budget permit it, I will treat myself to a meal from one of the restaurants that I like to frequent and I will top it all off with a smoothie from one of my favorite smoothie spots. And there is something about having a delicious smoothie at the end of a hard and busy day that helps you to relax and allow the cares of the day to roll off of your shoulders.

Now I certainly want to make it a point to say that partaking of smoothies is one of those activities that should be done in moderation because they can be fattening and full of calories that are not the most beneficial. And it is important to make sure that more often than not the ingredients are healthy and nutritious. However, it is just as important to make sure that your smoothies are fun, taste good, and are satisfying as it is to make sure that they are nutritious. And I enjoy finding ways to develop smoothies that represent that perfected balance. #lovebythedrop

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