You know what they say, “health is wealth,” so make a deposit first thing in the morning with this delicious, tropical smoothie. Frozen mango, raspberries, lime juice, coconut milk, almond milk, shredded coconut and plenty of ginger make for a flavourful return on investment.
Maybe one of your new year resolutions was to have more health wealth or maybe you resolved to just have more wealth wealth. There are plenty of things I waste money on, and I’m sure I’m not alone. Do I need $6 chai latte with one shot of espresso from Starbucks several times a week? Probably not. Do I need another pair of heels? If you saw my shoe rack, you’d probably advise against it.
Budgeting isn’t something I do particularly well. I am going to try to avoid buying any new clothes until March, I really don’t need anything new, even if I’m not planning to implement a capsule wardrobe any time soon. I will be immensely proud of myself if I manage to exercise that kind of restraint.
Even if you’re like me and aren’t particularly good at setting and staying within a budget, I think we all have our limits. When it comes to spending, we set an imaginary line in the sand that we refuse to cross, come hell or high water.
Often, because this limit is almost completely arbitrary, it can lead to some pretty strange decision-making. My mom has proffered some pretty striking examples of how this hard-stop on spending can become illogical.
Once we were on vacation in Mexico, my parents, myself and my friend Joanna. The four of us were going to play tennis and we dispatched my mom and Joanna to rent racquets from the front desk. My dad and I staked our claim on the tennis court as we waited for them to come back with the equipment.
When they arrived at the court, my mom and Joanna were carrying only three racquets. My dad and I asked why they had only brought three, thinking the front desk must have rented out the rest of the racquets in the whole place and there were only three left.
But no. The rental fee was $6 per racquet and out of protest at the exorbitant rate, my mom and Joanna agreed that they would only rent three. Making our intention of playing doubles, a pipe dream. Sure, we’d spent a small fortune on the family vacation but a fourth tennis racquet was entirely out of the question. The extra $6 would have been the final nail in the coffin and we would have been insolvent.
Needles to say, my dad and I were less than impressed by this dynamic duo of decision-making. Instead of lose face by going back to the front desk to rent a fourth racquet, we played a truly memorable game of 2-on-1.
So, while I am trying to set my own limits for 2019, and am sending you lots of positive vibes if you’re similarly resolved, just remember, you can’t play doubles with three racquets.
To a high-speed blender add mango, raspberries, coconut and almond milk, lime, ginger, shredded coconut, cayenne pepper (optional), and protein powder of choice (optional).
Recipe adapted from: “Gingery Mango & Berry Smoothie.” Minimalist Baker. August 2017.