CLEAN. I woke up with the desire to feel this way on the inside. After a night (and day) of eating much more sugar than normal, in the form of chocolate chip cookie recipe testers and fudge-covered gluten free pretzels, I woke up hungry to feel lifted from the residual sugar weight in my stomach. I knew just the thing to make: a green smoothie! Now, I am one of the biggest fans out there of green smoothies. I have them almost every day for breakfast, 4-5 days of the week. And sometimes I have to be strict with myself and make something else because I end up eating too much fiber during the day if I don’t. However, on a saturday morning when I am not rushing off to class, after drinking a smoothie, I know am prone to looking around for something I can physically chew on. So how do I fix that and make it easy for myself to be satisfied? Put chewable things on TOP of a smoothie and then eat it with a spoon, and voilà! A smoothie bowl is born. (Now trending on a social media near you).
This week for leafy greens, I have collards, which I must admit taste surprisingly sweet. (My guard is up you guys, I am wary of a vegetable that tastes so good after eating so many cookies…) On the bright side, listening in to my tastebuds on this means my body must be telling me what I need! So into the blender it goes. Along with the leftover celery that is starting to get soft, as celery tends to when it has been sitting in the fridge for a week. And what better to make you feel cleansed than some ginger root! *Tosses in not quite a thumb of it, unsure of its great and awesome power* I guess I can sacrifice the apple that I have only taken a bite of this morning too, so into the blender that goes too.
I clean out the fridge some more by tossing in some frozen banana, and some sprouts I have been growing this week (has anyone else noticed that the more sprouts you use, the more that seem to appear in the same container??). This was my first batch in a year, and I have grown so many that I have found a way to put them into every meal so as not to waste them. (Salads, smoothies, wraps, quinoa toppings, burger toppings, you name it!) To top it off, I add some of my favorite blood sugar stabilizers: hemp seeds and avocado. There is just something about the creaming texture that is formed when you pair avocado with bananas, and, well, everything. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon and turmeric, and you are good to go.
Let me tell you: this smoothie was everything you will ask for and more. It feels so light and clean and good for the system. If you make it you will not be disappointed. In fact, side affects may include satisfaction, energy, and the most freaking content stomach of the morning.
Feel Good Green Ginger Smoothie
1 collard green leaf (or any other leafy greens you like)
2 Stalks of celery
1 palm-full sprouts (if you have them!)
1/2-1 Cup water
1/2-1 Inch ginger root, minced
1/2-1 Banana (frozen or fresh)
1 Tbsp Hemp seeds
Cinnamon to taste
Turmeric to taste
Add all of the ingredients in this order, and blend at the * for the best texture! Once smooth, pour into a bowl and add your favorite toppings. Today I added more hemp seeds, goji berries, and bee pollen. You could try some crushed nuts, shredded coconut, chopped up fruit, berries, chia seeds…the possibilities are endless! Sit down, and savor with a smile. (This is essential)
I hope this makes your day (and your stomach’s too!) and helps you remember that you are beautiful as you are now and deserve to feel good!