We are three weeks into our Strong Calm Smoothie: Nutrition Overload challenge. Your pics and post are the best! I’m beaming because I’ve had so much positive feedback. I’ve also seen some of your friends comments on your posts. Some encouraging and interested and others quite the opposite. I’m not surprised that there are some nay sayers. I’ve even seen comments of people asking “Why would you do this?” or “Do you hate yourself?”. I understand that some of this is just fun banter, but it is very true that many believe that eating healthy, nutrient dense foods is a hassle, or disgusting, or won’t yield results. I’m sure I can’t change the mind of everyone. Even if that’s the case, I’ll go ahead and preach, because I know how rewarding and powerful eating real food and challenging your body physically is.
With our green drink challenge, it’s not about losing weight. It’s not about vanity (although you may experience some weight loss, and you’ll certainly be radiant). This is about you. Nurturing you, inside and out. As you wake up in the morning and chop your fresh veggies and sip on your magic health potion, you’re nurturing your body. Even more than that, you’re nurturing your spirit. As you take the time in the morning to treat yourself to a glass of green goodness, you are reminding yourself of the following truths:
You deserve to be nurtured
You deserve to be loved
You deserve to be healthy
You deserve to have joy
You deserve to feel amazing
When you you wake up and start your day with all of these vitamins and minerals, you’re setting the tone for your day. Not only are you reminding your subconscious that you are worth the effort, you are actually loading your body with something that supports your ultimate performance. Get ready to take on the world. When you’re good to you, you’re good to everyone else too <3
Glow With It
Here is another smoothie that you can incorporate into your green drink rotation:
1 Cup Almond or Cashew milk (homemade is best, but do what you have time for 🙂
1 cup strawberries
The zest of 1 small lemon plus a squeeze of the juice
1 small peeled orange
1/2 banana (or 1/2 cup mango)
2 cups kale leaves
1 TBSP Chia Seeds
Blend well & enjoy the benefits!
Did You Ditch the Java?
I’m seriously missing my late morning coffee. Not the caffeine, but the taste and the decadence of a good morning Joe. I’ve been testing plenty of alternatives and have discovered some herbal teas that I am loving. In addition to tea, I’ve been blending up some superfood concoctions that have been interesting, to say the least.
In a blog post from Move Nourish Believe, they shared 3 alternatives to coffee. I made all three of them and wanted to share my unsolicited opinion with you 😉
You can click on the link above for the recipes. I’ll just give a brief opinion below with the coordinating number.
1.) Pretty much just tastes like a matcha latte, which I love! But don’t really feel the need to add tahini and sesame seeds if it you can’t taste the difference. While they do add a nutritional boost, I’d rather make a side of homemade hummus and eat the extra ingredients/calories.
2.) This one was my absolute favorite. It had an interesting and bold flavor. It was a beautiful color (a feast for my eyes!). It was the lowest in calories of the 3 and it was absolutely amazing both iced and hot. I will make it over and over and over.
3) This was the most decadent. Highest in calorie, but packed with nutrition. Good for gut health, skin, hair nails and everything in-between. It was dessert-like and nice to sip slowly in lieu of breakfast. I will make it again, but probably not on the regular. I will use these ingredients in plenty of other dishes though, so it was worth the investment.
Because You Can
Don’t forget to move your body. Lift, walk, run, stretch dance, etc. At 35, I continue to get stronger and more flexible than I was 10-15 years ago. I can do more push-ups & pull-ups. I can run longer distances. I can help you move your furniture 😉 And believe it or not, after doing yoga for 17 years, I’m actually having breakthroughs on and off the mat that I can attribute to a consistent practice. I promise you this is not my ego talking. I just want you to know that no matter how old you are or what level of fitness you’re at, you can improve. You can feel better & stronger. That feeling of fitness is so empowering, just watch it overflow into all areas of your life.
Stay tuned for new ways to move in our next 8 Minute Meltdown!
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