Feeding Your Body Goodness--A Positive Cycle
I truly believe that when your body feels good, you want to feed it goodness. When you feed it goodness, it feels good. Get the positive cycle? That's why a delicious, healthy snack after exercise feels so good, and why eating healthy foods makes exercise more appealing.
I've been excited about smoothies and juices for years now, but most recently I've gotten obsessed with green smoothies. They're easy to make, delicious, and healthy. A couple weeks ago I invited my cousin to a yoga class and made her a green smoothie afterwards; she was instantly addicted, especially when she found out how simple it was to make.
I've been experimenting with different variations, and although you really can't go wrong, this is one of my favorites so far:
- 3 leaves lacinato or curly kale
- half ripe banana (frozen if you have it)
- handful of frozen strawberries
- soy or nut milk, or water (about 1/2 a cup, adjust for consistency)
- ice cubes
- 2 or 3 pitted dates
- half carrot or apple
- small handful of raw almonds or cashews
- substitute with spinach, lettuce, or other leafy greens
If you have a Vitamix (consider yourself envied!), go ahead and toss it all in. Otherwise, I would recommend putting the kale in last as it can be tough on the blades to blend first.
*Tip: when blending with dates, it helps to soak them in some hot water for 10 minutes or so to soften and plumpen; it makes them easier to blend, and is also less mess on your blender.
Again, you really can't go wrong. Just experiment, and enjoy! Go on, get yourself some greens and fruit to blend!