Happy New Year! I always feel so energized, so ready for a New Year after the holidays. Bring it on 2015!
The holidays at our house were a flurry of guests and activity and even a bit of snow. And there was so much food! We enjoyed tamales and Chile Relleno Casserole on Christmas Eve. We munched on Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip all day on Christmas, along with a ham and baked eggs and Cranberry Orange Rolls. There was homemade eggnog and ginger cookies , warm bread, and I even made my first successful hollandaise sauce for eggs benedict at my brother's request. I served Braised Pork Ragu one night and Mom made a perfect lasagna the next. It was a delicious week.
And now, I'm in recovery. I'm eating a lot of spinach and things like these Mango White Bean Smoothies.
Have you ever put beans in a smoothie before? It's good stuff. The white beans in this smoothie add to the creamy texture and make the smoothie a more filling, hearty snack or breakfast. You can taste them, but paired with mango, a bit of fresh mint, and unsweetened coconut, they don't steal the show.
This Mango Smoothie is a healthy smoothie, but still a delicious smoothie. It's an important part of my recover-from-eating-so-much-food-last-week plan.
After a cup of this nutrient dense smoothie this morning, I'm feeling ready to conquer the year. I'm writing my resolutions today and setting goals. How about you?
Check out these posts for some resolution inspiration and help:
Gretchen Rubin has 5 Tips for making effective New Year's Resolutions. And since I'm such a HUGE Gretchen Rubin fan, I'll also point you to her 13 Suggestions For Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions.
I had fun browsing these Famous Resolutions on Brain Pickings.
The 8 Kindest Resolutions. #8 is one of my biggest plans this year.
And if you're having trouble coming up with resolutions, here's a Resolution Generator for you.
Mango White Bean Smoothie
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
O my gosh! This looks AMAZING!!! Happy New Year friend 🙂
Thank you Rebecca! Happy New Year to you too!
I have taken a little break from blogging and am not officially back til Monday, but just thought this looked so yum, I had to comment.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! Thanks for taking the time to comment, even on break 🙂
Millie | Add A Little says
This sounds amazing and so creamy! Yum!
Thanks Millie. The beans really add to the creaminess!
We make a yummy mango lassi smoothie that we add spinach to. Next time we'll be adding beans and we may just call it dinner!
I haven't tried spinach in this one yet but I will now!
I have to admit, I have never seen beans in a smoothie before but it is GENIUS!! I love this!
Thanks Joanne! Beans in a smoothie add a lot of protein without affecting the flavor very much. Hope you like it!
I am so intrigued by you using the white beans! I am definitely going to have to try this out, because it sounds delicious!!
Thanks Karishma! I hope you like it - even my kids downed this smoothie without complaint.
Beautiful! Are these beans dry? Soaked? Cooked? I was trying to imagine putting dry beans into blender. I do not buy canned beans only dry.Thank you!
They are cooked white beans. You can use canned beans, but they would need to be rinsed really well because I think canned beans tend to be saltier than home cooked beans. Thank you for commenting - hope you enjoy the smoothie!
When I pin this, I end up with Roasted Green Chile Relleno Casserole instead. I tried from 2 different pictures of the smoothie.