Imagine – we’ve created a national holiday as a time to sit and reflect on all that is right and good in our lives, our family, our community and our world! A time to acknowledge that although we each may have our personal struggles, there are also people and events and things that we can appreciate.
Slowing down to take a breath and reflect on the positives is even more critical, in my opinion, the more frenzied my life gets. It’s too easy for me to get caught up in the “have to’s” and the “need to’s” and “why is this happening to me” dramas that regularly unfold each day. What an emotional relief to sit back and sigh in wonderment that although things may appear bleak, challenging and worrisome, there is also wonder, joy, love and fulfillment in all that surrounds me as well.
If I care to look for it. If I care to see it.
As always, it’s a choice. A personal choice.
Maybe it’s because I’m getting older or maybe it’s because I’m getting more challenges in Life these days, but I am choosing to dwell in gratitude at least once a day now. Just taking a pause in my day to notice what is good. A spider web glistening with morning dew, a friend that connects to tell me they appreciate me, birds screeching wildly overhead, my family wanting to spend time with me … it’s all there if I choose to see it. And it’s up to me to choose to accept those blessings with a thankful, aware heart.
Thanksgiving Protein Shake
Named for the season, this protein shake combines the flavors and textures and colors that remind me of everything that is wonderful about autumn.
I have to admit to having it almost daily now … thankfully it’s a healthy way to begin – and sometimes end – my day! Pumpkin contains anti-oxidants: vitamin A, C and E and is a good source of the B-complex group of vitamins. It has fiber and contains no saturated fat. And we all know what “the doctor” said about an apple a day!
8 ounces of non-alcoholic spiced apple cider
8 – 10 ice cubes
2 scoops Arbonne Vanilla Protein Shake Mix
1 scoop Arbonne Fiber Boost
4 heaping tablespoons unsweetened pumpkin puree
¼ – 1 full teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Note: if you cannot locate spiced apple cider or if you really love the warmth of autumn spices, use the full teaspoonful of pumpkin pie spice
How To Make Thanksgiving Protein Shake:
Place all ingredients, in the order given, into a blender. It’s always important to put your liquid ingredients into the blender first, and then the dry ones, so the blades don’t’ clog up and overheat the motor.
Blend well for at least 1 – 2 minutes.
This is autumn and dessert and all things wonderful in a glass – enjoy!
Makes 1 generous serving or 2 smaller servings to share with someone you care about