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.
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!