Getting Back on the Horse

Pumpkin smoothies are the perfect way to begin a fall morning. If you don't have fresh pumpkin, I like it roasted, then use canned.

Pumpkin smoothies are the perfect way to begin a fall morning. If you don’t have fresh pumpkin, I like it roasted, canned is an acceptable substitute.




How do you see your failures?

Do you see them as huge, awful testaments to your lack of ability?

Do they haunt you so that you do your best to hide them from friends and family?

Sometimes our failures are huge. We may have made an irreparable mistake in a relationship or done something on the job that warrants being fired. But usually, our mistakes aren’t as huge as we imagine them to be. If we can learn to put our mistakes, or perhaps we should call them opportunities to learn, in perspective, they become more manageable. They take on a different meaning, one that can help us achieve success.

Being of small stature, I have learned over the years that I don’t require as much food as the average person–there just isn’t that much of me to use up that many calories in a day. And I enjoy the fact that I have, somewhat, mastered maintaining a certain weight and healthy BMI. And just like you, I sometimes fall off this particular horse….

I could give you a long list of reasons why I occasionally falter: my day job is stressful, the holidays present many tasty temptations, I enjoy eating out with friends and healthy choices aren’t always¬†an option for a vegetarian…I could go on and on and on. And if I were to look at my misstep in this area of my life as a horrible event I more than likely would cite some grand excuse as to why I failed to follow my normal healthy eating patterns as of late. And it would only be that: a grand excuse.

But I don’t see my recent lack of success as some huge, insurmountable fact that I must criticize myself for or that I need to feel enormously guilty about. If I view it for what it really is: a momentary lapse in following what I know is best for me in the nutrition department, then I can simply move on. And that is what I have done. It is Monday and I begin again on the path that makes me feel my best.

I did jump start my week, as last week was filled with pie, ice cream, and other sweets that I usually don’t indulge in. So this week I’ll be eating more fruits and veggies and whole grains, limiting my sugar and getting back to exercising. I will not be whining about the few pounds I now need to lose or that I can’t have a treat this week.

The following is my base recipe for a really good smoothie with several variation that I use for breakfast a few times a week.

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 3 frozen figs
  • 1 tablespoon natural honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • one scoop PGX Vegan Protein, vanilla
  • 1 cup low fat soy milk (or substitute your favorite milk: almond, rice, etc.)
  • 2/3 cup ice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup fruit

Blend well on high and enjoy! I try to use seasonal fruits for breakfast or ones I’ve frozen during the summer. Cantaloupe makes a really refreshing smoothie as does kiwi. Need an antioxidant boost? Mix blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Need a bit more energy? Omit the fruit and add 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter.

And remember, the only people who really fail in life are the ones who quit trying.

Bon appetite,






Copyright ElleVeg 2014


Bon Appetit,






Copyright ElleVeg 2014