I've always loved to eat healthy. A few years after I had my first child in 2007, finances changed, we endured a job loss and the resulting income reduction. Suddenly, healthy eating became less important. The only banquet I had was via the frozen TV dinner meal brand. Stress and lower quality nutrition resulted in weight gain. Misery. The return (with vengeance!) of my anxiety disorder and the worsening of my depression. Eventually, I discovered that feeling like crap isn't as cost effective as it seems. Sure I was sacrificing my body to ensure my children were fed healthy, but at what long term cost? At what point had I failed to invest in myself? Am I any less important? NO! So, I began a journey to find myself and began taking time off to think. Began running away from the phone, social media interaction, editing photos, scheduling sessions and just slowing down. Molasses. My new keyword for when I'm thinking, talking or moving too fast...a reminder to slow down.
Recently, I began drinking green smoothies for breakfast. Each morning. For an entire week. It's been over a week now and I'm addicted. My body craves it. I want one right freaking now! I feel better. I've better control over my emotions. For the first time in forever, I feel like myself again. I smiled. I breathed. I enjoyed the sunlight on my face. I even tackled the 5yr old hoarding nightmare in my spare room. Could a lack of proper nutrition and poison from the additives like MSG in modern food be to blame for the sudden decline in my health and happiness?
So, you may be wondering, what the heck is a green smoothie and why should I care? The name sounds gross. Maybe even brings to mind cow patties or Hulk in a blender. Honestly, it's a pleasant and soft green color. Smooth. Creamy. Not at all scary or freaky. Ok maybe a little freaky, but in a good way. So anyway, I'm sharing my personal breakfast recipe. My beginner green smoothie that has helped me feel better and encourage me to keep going. The recipe is of course adaptable for those who have dietary restrictions or allergies.
I currently use a Ninja Pulse to blend my smoothies. The single serve cups are ideal for my quick breakfast smoothie. Eventually, I'll have to progress beyond the cup to be able to have the room to add a wider variety of nutrients such a citrus and different greens and herbs.
My Personal Breakfast Green Smoothie Recipe:
I currently visually measure to fit the cup. Measurements are estimated.
Blend (I blend separately to ensure smoothness):
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup washed kale (organic preferred)
- 1 tsp unrefined organic coconut oil. Blend until smooth.
- 1/2 green unpeeled apple (sliced/cubed)
- 1/2 banana (sliced)
- 1/4 cup crushed pineapple (or a few frozen chunks)
- 2 tbs natural peanut (or other nut) butter
Blend until smooth. If you didn't use frozen ingredients, leave enough room to blend with ice for a cold smoothie. Kinda not so good warm...
Oh and yes, it tastes fabulous! All I taste is peanut butter and banana. Smooth blended. Creamy. Yum! Of course, I recommend that you limit your sugar intake days or weeks prior to trying a green smoothie recipe so that you can train your taste buds to accept new flavors without having a large sugar content. You can also alter ingredients based upon your personal tastes and what you have available. They can be even more nutritious, but that's for another post.
If you try my smoothie, let me know what you think! I'd love to know if you felt better too! The only other dietary change I've made is to replace coffee with natural lemon ginseng green tea which I'll be using instead of water in my next smoothie and upping my water intake! I already eat as natural as possible. For instance, a yellow potato with skin baked with a coating of olive oil and Italian spices is way healthier than frozen fries with high sodium and additives. Stay tuned for more recipes.
Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? Did you try mine? Leave a comment below! :)