The Gratitude Smoothie
I don’t know what it is about spring, but every year I feel completely transformed and alive with energy.
I love this time of year and I love living in New York, a place where if you’re paying attention, tiny miracles abound – the sweet tweets of birds reappearing after a long, icy winter, tiny new leaves sprouting up through dead grass and dirt, bright purple crocuses sprinkling the landscape with color, and sun-shiny mornings that flow into warm, inviting afternoons.
This past weekend my family and I attended a Passover Seder on Saturday and an Easter breakfast on Sunday. What I love about these spring holidays is how they both celebrate hope, freedom, and renewal.
Perhaps that is why I feel so good this time of year. For me, spring is a time to get outside and be free! It is a time to let go of layers (gloves, hats, scarves be gone!), to shed excess weight (hello exercise!), and to bring in yummy delicious foods that energize me and put a spring in my step.
To help YOU celebrate spring, I give you the Gratitude Smoothie Recipe…
1/4-1/2 avocado – rich in good fats to fuel your brain and keep you satisfied
1/2 banana – high in potassium and fiber
5 fresh or frozen organic strawberries – rich in antioxidants, help reduce sugar cravings
1 handful organic spinach – rich in B vitamins and folate
1 sprig of parsley – has a cleansing effect and is a symbol of fertility
1/2 tbs cacao powder – rich in magnesium and antioxidants and a natural mood booster (note: if you’re sensitive to caffeine, start with 1/2 teaspoon and see how you feel!)
1 cup water – energizing
1 cup ice – invigorating
1 sprinkle Vitamin G – rich in serotonin and a natural stress-reducer
Blend and serve!
The gratitude smoothie can help you start your day remembering that:
- You are free to love your body.
- You are free to nourish yourself with whole, energizing foods.
- You are free to live without symptoms, cravings, worry, or fear.
- You are free to choose positive thoughts and to surround yourself with positive people.
I am free to choose positive thoughts
and to surround myself with positive people. @Gratitude2Bliss
So now I’d like to hear from you! Please share in the comments below, or on my Facebook page, what you love about spring!