Like many others, I’m starting this year with a mentality of having a clean slate, a fresh start, and a positive, healthy outlook on life.
For me, this means that I am constantly working on my health and happiness, being present in the moment, and being kind – to myself and to those around me.
(Although I keep seeing these idiots at the gym putting their water bottles in the Pringle holder on the treadmill, and I have to try really hard to refrain from passing judgment.)
After surprising myself with a Vitamix last year, I’ve spent a lot of time experimenting by throwing everything possible in the ridiculously powerful blender to see what will happen. From soups to ice cream to nut butters, it really can do it all! However, more often than not, I’m using it to whip up delicious smoothies for breakfast before work.
The best thing about smoothies is that it can be easily adjusted to suit any palette and is a great way to use up leftover fruit and vegetables. I love to freeze fruit that’s about to go bad – strawberries, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, grapes – and toss them into my blender with some sort of green and an avocado. Celery, parsley, and cucumbers will sometimes get tossed in there if I need to use them up.
The recipe for this green smoothie is my favorite combination – it has a bit of everything without being overly sweet. It’s filled with greens, a frozen banana, mangoes, pineapple, an avocado, chia seeds, and spirulina powder (an algae rich in protein and vitamins). I toss it into the blender with some filtered water, pour it into a cup, and I’m good to go!
- 2 cups greens (kale/spinach)
- 1 avocado
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup mango (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
- 2 cups filtered water (or coconut water)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp spirulina
- Place all ingredients in the blender and combine until smooth.
- If using a high powered blender, everything can be tossed in at once. If using a regular blender, it's best to use part of the liquid at the bottom, then add the greens, frozen fruits on top, and top with remaining water.