Feel Good Smoothie Bowl.

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

Ingredients:

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 Apple
1/2-1 Banana (frozen or fresh)

*

1 Tbsp Hemp seeds
1/2 Avocado
Cinnamon to taste
Turmeric to taste

Method

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)

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I spelled goji berries “gogi berries” (hah!) … will I ever learn to spell?

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!

Love,
Lucy

 

Say “Oh Kale Yes” To Spring! Smoothie

I got back to my apartment completely famished this afternoon after a workout, and all I wanted was peanut butter.  Until I realized that there was nothing to put it on, except for kale–I am all for experimenting, but I wasn’t quite there yet.  So I pulled out the kale and realized that I also had some avocado left from my last smoothie and made up my mind to make a wonderful, replenishing smoothie.  This was one of those “smoothies on a journey”, where you just start packing ingredients into the blender and go from there.  I was so on board after putting just the first three ingredients in.  This smoothie is super fresh, light, creamy, fluffy, and is sure to make you feel happy afterwards.

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Say “Oh Kale Yes” To Spring Smoothie
vegan, gluten-free, soy-free
serves 1 happy belly

Ingredients:
1-2 leaves kale
1/2 cup water
1/2 banana
1/3 avocado
1/2 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp hemp seeds
1/4-1/2 cup frozen blueberries
3/4 tsp maca powder (optional)
1/4 tsp spirulina powder (optional)
1/4 tsp green earth minerals (optional)

Method:
Place the the kale, banana, avocado, water and almond milk in a blender and blend until smooth.  Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.

Notes:
Definitely taste the mixture before adding the second half of the ingredients because it tastes incredibly wonderful and fresh.  If I had an orange or something light like that, I might think about adding that as well.  Be careful with the optional powders, they can take over very easily, so just remember to start with a little and add more as you like.

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I am just so excited that spring is here that I cannot help but make smoothies! I hope you all feel the same way, and join me in celebrating by making your own! Have a wonderful day, and remember that you are worth putting in the time and effort of making good food for yourself.

Love,
Lucy

Return of the Chavonana Smoothie!

It is officially spring! Hallelujah! But besides great weather, do you know what this means? I start craving something other than hot oatmeal for breakfast….namely my favorite green smoothie of all time: The Chavonana.   This is what I am calling the combination of chocolate (in the form of cacao), banana, and avocado.  It sets up the best light, creamy, chocolatey, thick, milkshake texture that I find extremely satisfying in the morning.  Since I have a kitchen now, it is much easier for me to do smoothies at school (this one is number 2, however…) because the clean up effort is so much less.  I normally use spinach, but I only had kale today, so that is what I used! Anyway, I was so excited about this smoothie that I just had to share it with you all!  So without further adieu, here is my celebration to the beginning of spring!

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The Chavonana–Kale/Hemp Editoin
vegan, gluten-free, soy-free
serves 1 small portion

Ingredients
1-2 leaves curly kale
3/4 cup- 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 ripe avocado
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1/2 Tbsp cacao powder

Method
Blend up the avocado, banana, cacao, and most of the milk first until creamy.  Add the hemp seeds, then the rest of the kale and almond milk to taste.  Include more almond milk if you desire a thinner texture, and enjoy!

Notes:
I only used half a banana and avocado, but as long as you keep the proportion 1:1, you will be on the right track.  I recommend putting in the kale a little at a time as it tends to become overpowering very quickly, and different people have different tastes for it.  You can definitely try adding different leaves if you would like as well–spinach works wonderfully if you have it.  Garnish with seeds, nuts, or favorite super foods.  I chose some hemp seeds for some crunch!

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I hope you have a wonderful start to spring and are getting inspired and energized to work on new projects.  I know I am!

Love,
Lucy