Healthy Mandarin Orange Cream Smoothie

It’s Sunday night and I’m sitting here watching the Oscars, dressed in my PJ’s and feeling extremely under dressed and somewhat inadequate in the looks department.  I tell myself these beautiful women get paid to look the way they do.  Personal trainers, beauty spas, personal chefs, etc, etc, etc.  Funny how even at my age these illusions and standards of beauty seem to affect me.
Truth is, I have always struggled with body image issues.  As I have matured, I have gotten better, but there is this little voice in my head that shows up from time to time and tells me that my arms should be more toned, my legs leaner and the list goes on and on.

As a mother of three, I know how important it is to set a good example in self acceptance, especially for our 9-year old daughter. But I also want to model a healthy lifestyle without taking things to extremes.  So they see me work out and eat healthier choices, but at the same time have a slice a pizza or two during family nights.  I am a work in progress and as I learn to accept myself, I am reminded of this verse.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
 marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14

Mandarin Orange Cream Smoothie
- 2 orange mandarins; peeled, segmented and frozen
  • - 1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt
    - 1 tablespoon of Omega 3 orange flavoured fish oil or orange flavoured flaxseed oil- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional) or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
In a blender, combine ingredients and process until smooth.  Serve immediately. 

I hope you have a beautiful start to this new week! 

much love,


  1. says

    We all struggle with this especially when our husbands work in a job that involves beautiful women. I feel most at peace and happy with myself when I stay away from TV and magazines. You are so gorgeous and Im sure you have a husband who thinks your the prettiest girl on earth (who else do you need to impress). Teach your daughter that confidence is beautiful and only to diet to live a healthy and balanced life but God made many women including herself beautiful and we should love them and not be jealous.

  2. says

    I thought everyone seemed to be cast in a soft focus hue.. I wondered if the whole event was shot or produced with some sort of filter? And everyone had the same lip gloss, so I think we would have all looked gorgeous with that sort of help. Lovely photos and recipe this morning, just full of joy!

  3. says

    you look to me like you could easily fit into the Hollywood beauty scene! I do know, however, that it is easy to compare and be hard on oneself. I also try to be a good roll model for my daughters, but find it a challenge at times!!

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