The most simple way to get my share of required fruits and veggies in each day? Start with a green morning. Yes, you can be green by conserving water and electricity, recycling and riding your bike to work (and a myriad of other ways!). You’re going to need the right kind of fuel to perform these every day earth-saving feats. Adding green to the start of your day boosts your immune system performance and keeps your energy level high. Saving the earth or the day is no small task, after all. Not to mention greens keep the intestines a “lean, green and well-performing” machine, per The New England Journal of Medicine.
This green smoothie is comprised of tropical fruits and three types of greens, a spin on this previously featured smoothie. I’ve incorporated one of my favorite superfood supplements, Philosophies’ Green Dream (buy this amazing blend here). Keep a close eye on my friend Kate’s site, 365 til 30. She will be sharing our adventures in cooking together, complete with her lesson in massaging kale. I give her an A+ for her skills, along with an A+++ for being such an apt and fun pupil! Bonus – when you read her site, you get a “taste” of her upcoming book! Wish her luck as she embarks on becoming a published author. And fuel up with the recipe below to stay energized for your own goals and dreams!
Prep & Chop. Make your life easier by doing this all in one day.
Up close & personal shot. Know & love thy veggies & fruits.
Fun straws make everything better (from Kikkerland)
Prep & Chop
- 1/4 cup pineapple (frozen if off-season)
- 1/2 cup mango (frozen if off-season)
- 4 kale leaves, stems removed and leaves chopped
- 6 chopped romaine lettuce leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley sprigs
- 1-2 tablespoons of Green Dream Superfood Powder
- 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1 and 1/2 cup coconut water
- Layer with style – frozen fruits first, followed by fresh veggies (or fruits), add 1/2 the liquids and top with superfood powders or blends. If you want to add healthy fats for extra staying power, I recommend adding 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.
- Follow the zen of blending. Start on a low speed setting and blend gently, increasing speed as needed. Slowly add the liquids to get the consistency you prefer for your smoothies.
- This serves 2; you can share or freeze the other half for the next day.
- You can use fresh, un-frozen everything for this recipe. I choose to freeze my fruits because they’re more hearty and retain more of their nutritional value vs. their veggie counterparts. And I don’t like adding ice to my smoothies. Frozen fruit serves as the ice in my recipes.
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I’m giving away a “breakfast makeover” this week. WELL in L.A. posts for this week are focused on easy ways to make your mornings more healthy. Leave a comment below. Tell me what you eat for breakfast on a typical week day. That’s all you have to do to enter!
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