While pregnant with Little Maus, every morning I would waddle myself over to the Loop Juice in The French Market. Craving everything fresh and healthy, one day the owner asked me if I wanted to dip my toes into the green smoothie waters. I hesitated at first, but he assured me it wasn’t too earthy and suggested a couple of chunks of mango sweeten the deal. Slowly drawing the straw to my lips, I was pleasantly surprised this crazy concoction did not taste like grass. in fact, it was quite delicious! My trips to loop juice became a morning ritual until 2 weeks before my due date I was told by my doctor that she was putting me on bed rest.
I returned to work after almost 4 months of maternity leave and immediately started to feel overwhelmed with work life and daily life. Trying to find balance after baby, I became run down, tired, cranky, forgetful, and stressed to the max. My weight loss had plateaued, and I was downright frustrated with everything and everyone, including myself. A complete lifestyle change needed to be made and the only person that could make that change was me. Not knowing where to start, I thought back to my morning walk to The French Market. I needed to put breakfast back into my life. Little did I know, this would be the (small) first step of many to my new healthier self.
I dug through the cabinets, pulled out our old blender, and added ingredients and fruit I thought would be yummy. plop, plop, plop into the cup it went…hmmm, this was a lot chunkier than expected. The first sip was spit out immediately…yuckers! Dear Lord, what was this garbage? It was completely awful! Ok, family adventure to find a new blender was in order! Look out visa card, here comes a big fat charge for the fancy pants Vitamix blender! Let me tell ya, this thing churns out chunk-free smoothies like nobody’s business! Seriously, this thing is amazing and super easy to clean. I was a bit reluctant since you cannot wash the Vitamix in the dishwasher, but the saleswoman taught me THE secret. Rinse it out, fill it with hot water, add a drop of dawn, and blend. Shiny and new in under 2 minutes! Now you are in the know as well.
I’ve blended many different versions of the morning smoothie. the green monster seems to be the one I always come back to. even the boy has been requesting them. Woah, that is a feat! I’ve found it beneficial to add lemon juice to all of my green drinks, and always remove the stems from your kale. It will help with the bitterness. I’m not a big fan of bananas but have managed just fine without them. Recently, I was told by my acupuncturist to add protein into my morning smoothies to cut down on 10 am hunger attacks. I never have an exact recipe…I just eyeball it. But here are some of my morning favorites.
Best Green Smoothie Recipe That Tastes Good
kale (stems removed)
a bit of honey
good squirt of lemon juice
Berry Coconut Smoothie Recipe
egg white protein powder
Pineapple Ginger Smoothie Recipe
ginger (a little goes a long way)
vanilla almond milk
egg white protein powder