Stress Less – Drink Smoothies

Hi again, everybody!

SNDA holds a great number of students who have become a part of our awesome association this semester! We appreciate the love and drive, and hope we can all build connections, memories, and friends through our association. Many great volunteering opportunities have happened so far this semester, and there are many more to come!

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I hope everyone’s Fall semester is going smoothly. I know for me, it’s definitely getting intense with project deadlines, exams, and trying to volunteer as much as possible throughout it all! The added stress can make it difficult for a lot of people to stay on their health grind. But in reality, being under stress is one of the most important times to make sure you are investing in your self-care.

A good way to destress, in my opinion, is to find a health-related weekly task to get your mind off of school stresses– at least for a small time. This can include things such as working towards a weight-lifting goal, taking time to make a delicious dinner a couple times per week, drawing, writing, singing, dancing, or anything you love a couple times per week! Remember, you can eat all the “healthiest” food and workout as much as you want, but if your mind isn’t right, are you really as healthy as you think?

What I chose as a fun task to get my mind off of stressors for a small moment, is to create a different “themed” smoothie once per week! With Halloween just having passed, I was inspired by one of my favorite candies—How can I make a healthy, on-the-go version of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups?! And here’s what I came up with:

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Recipe (actual PB cups optional)

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Ingredients:

1 1/3 cup almond milk (I like unsweetened Vanilla flavor)

½ of a medium banana

1 tbsp cacao powder

2 tbsp peanut butter

1 small scoop of chocolate protein powder

¼ cup non-fat plain greek yogurt (for creaminess)

1 tsp agave syrup

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Instructions:

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend!

This recipe was conducted to make a serving of Peanut Butter Cup smoothie for one person, so double or triple the recipe if you want to share! If you love Reese’s as much as I do, but want to make a healthier version that will keep you full, I hope you’ll try my yummy recipe!

[I’ll include another recipe or few on my upcoming blogs for you guys if you like this content!]

What do you do to de-stress?

How much time do you take out of your days or week to do something you love to do?

Really reflect on these questions, and remember to take time for yourself 🙂

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