I seem to have one non-stop cold after another. I swear I have been sick since October. I am getting really, really, really tired of it to say the least!!!!! Well, the New Year rolled around and everyone around me was making resolutions. Many sounded like:
- I’m giving up carbs!
- I’m going Paleo….no grains, legumes or dairy for me!
- I’m giving up sugar.
- I’m giving up coffee.
Ugh….lots of “giving up” and things I knew I couldn’t commit to long term. Then I read the lovely Jen’s (@littlemissmocha) article about gaining in the New Year. Yep, she said that dirty word…..GAIN. No she’s not signed up to gain 20 pounds but she’s looking at what she can add to her life….like healthy fruits & veggies.
Her thoughts really resonated with me. I usually eat pretty healthy but I don’t always get all the fruits and veggies I need. I decided to change that!
Enter the Green Smoothie!
Both Evan and I LOVE them and they have 5 servings (or more) of fruits and veggies! What a great way to start your day. If you eat more veggies later….GREAT! If not, you’re probably still okay. Here’s the recipe I use & it is Evan approved! He and I drink these every morning.
Green Smoothie (though it’s actually purple)
~3 cups organic baby spinach (fresh)
1 peeled frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 big dollop of 0%fat Greek yogurt (I would say approximately 1/2 cup)
~1 1/2 cup milk or juice (I prefer juice)
Put the ingredients in your blender in this order. If you put the spinach last, it will fly all over the place and won’t get blended properly. Blend on the highest setting for about 1 minute.
Recipe Notes: It will turn a great purple color if you use juice (and a more grey/purple color with milk) and your kids will never know there is spinach in there (you can’t taste it at all). In fact, Evan loves these smoothies & he knows there is spinach in them. This recipe makes enough for me to have a water bottle full of smoothie & Evan to have a medium glass full. You can also use frozen spinach. I bought frozen spinach in the bag & it comes in little bricks. Just throw them in the blender and blend like normal (you won’t need as much frozen spinach, though).
I soooo hope that this will help me get well & stay well.