Reflecting on 2012 & A Healthy Start to 2013

Happy 2013 everyone! I hope you had a safe and healthy night of celebrating New Year’s Eve. We unfortunately lost my grandfather this week, but the silver lining was welcoming the new year with my entire family… something that hasn’t happened in quite a few years. This past year was full of great memories to look back on. We got engaged on May 23 and have thrown ourselves into wedding planning this off season! Ryan had another successful year of baseball, joining the Red Sox in August and spending the rest of the season with them. I got to travel to Seattle, New York, Tampa Bay, and Baltimore to watch him play… crossing five stadiums off my Baseball Bucket List. I’m looking forward to another exciting season already. I posted 100 new recipes on Cooking in Red Socks and stretched myself in the kitchen to use new ingredients and different flavors. CIRS had 31,000 views by viewers in 83 countries in 2012. THANK YOU to all of my loyal readers. It’s been so exciting to see my little project grow into a real website! I can’t thank you all enough for your tremendous support.

As of January 1st, Cooking In Red Socks will be going through some changes. You may start to see advertisements on some of my pages as a way to grow revenue and viewership. CIRS turns one year old on January 25th and will be celebrating in a big way! Look for added features that will help you navigate the site and introduce you to past recipes that may interest you. You’ll also see more holiday recipes and weekly menu planning. Craving something that I haven’t posted yet?! E-mail me: and I will make it and post it. 2013 will be a year of expanding horizons in the kitchen and creating healthy food habits. I’m excited to uncover restaurants in New England and visit new baseball stadiums across the country. Speaking of baseball… Ryan is headed down to Fort Myers on January 17th, which means that Opening Day is just around the corner!

And now for a healthy start in the first week of 2013. Some of you may seen my Lean and Mean Green Smoothie… one of my favorites that blends yogurt, spinach, and banana. Today’s recipe also combines fruits and veggies for a filling breakfast or afternoon snack. Apple juice and sliced apple add sweetness and fiber to vitamin-rich kale. Kale is the superman of super foods and a healthy addition to any meal, including breakfast! Kale is packed with Vitamin C, A and iron. It also helps lower cholesterol. Keep a bag of frozen kale in your freezer as part of your 2013 food resolution. You’ll love the health benefits. We can start the new year by working hard and setting healthy standards about the way we eat. This Green Detox Smoothie is just the start to motivation in your day and achieving your health goals.


Green Detox Smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes    Total Time: 5 minutes

1/2 apple, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup organic, naturally sweetened apple juice
2/3 cup packed frozen kale
1/2 banana
1/2 tsp cinnamon
6 ice cubes

  • Put the apple juice, apple, kale, banana, and cinnamon in the blender. Pulse to combine. 
  • Add the ice cubes and blend until completely smooth. Drink immediately.

Other Recipes You May Enjoy: 

Pumpkin Protein Smoothie
Pumpkin Protein Smoothie
Beet the Heat Smoothie
Lean & Mean Green Smoothie

1 thought on “Reflecting on 2012 & A Healthy Start to 2013”

  1. I am a super fan of your Mean and Green Smoothie. I make it all the time thanks to you. I will have to try this one.
    Sorry about your grandfather.
    Wishing you a great new year. I know it will be a special one. Marcie

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