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I’ve been on a green smoothie kick for two months now and I love it. Having my smoothie every morning has become a vital part of my day. I can’t wait for that first delicious sip and I’m craving (and eating) more fresh and healthy foods.
Sometimes, though, I still crave chocolate. Chocolate cake? Yes, please. Chocolate chip cookies? I’d steal one out of Cookie Monster’s mouth. And because I know I’m weak, I try not to have these things in my house to tempt me. So, when I found out that I could make a smoothie that is the healthy equivalent of a chocolate milkshake, I was all in.
Eating healthy is wonderful but it’s even better when it tastes like you are eating something sinful!
Decadent Chocolate Smoothie
1 cup spinach
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (almond, cashew and soy milks also work well)
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon 100% unsweetened cacao powder (it’s in the baking aisle)
1/2 teaspoon ground ceylon cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth and enjoy!
My entire adult life, I’ve had awful breakfast habits in that I’ve had no breakfast habits. Aside from my morning cup of coffee, I usually don’t eat anything substantial until lunch. The older I get, the more I feel the negative effects of this throughout the day. I’m often sluggish and hangry for all the chocolate by 10 A.M. I’m realizing that in order to fuel my body and keep my energy level going, I need to start the day with more nutrients.
The problem is that I’m never really hungry when I wake up so things like cereal, oatmeal or eggs don’t tempt me. But, since I’ve been good about drinking 8 ounces of water first thing in the morning, I decided to step up my liquid intake game by drinking green smoothies in the morning. This weekend, I spent an hour packing single serve bags of smoothie ingredients so when I wake up, I can quickly blend up a healthy nutrient packed drink. The bags contain equal parts greens (like kale, swiss chard and spinach) and fruit (like pineapple, blueberries, and strawberries) plus a banana. I made enough to freeze eight days worth of smoothies and each bag is a little different so I don’t get bored. When I wake up in the morning, all I need to do is take a bag out of the freezer (or refrigerator if I remember to thaw it the night before), dump the contents into my blender with two cups of juice or non-dairy milk and blend it up. While this sounds easy, my 5 A.M. brain may disagree so I even included the ingredients and instruction for blending on each bag.
I did a test drive of a couple recipes over the weekend. They were delicious and I felt an immediate change in my energy levels throughout the day. I’m looking forward to getting up this week and trying a new, delicious smoothie each day and reaping the benefits of proper morning nutrition!
And now, on to the rest of today’s musings!
There are so many creative soap makers that inspire me. Check out some of my favorite finds on Pinterest! (Are we pinning buddies there? We should be.)
Good, clean fun
If you’re not following Emmet Street Creations on Twitter, here’s some of the fun you missed:
- The sixth great extinction – We’re going through it now. One photographer is trying to photograph as many species as possible before they are lost forever.
- Unnatural balance – See how our food waste affects not only humans but many other species on the planet.
- Dog with a selfie stick – Maybe those last two links weren’t so much “fun” as they were informative in a, “holy crap the world is ending,” way. To make it up to you, here’s a dog running with a selfie stick.
Previous musings from Emmet Street you might have missed
If I’m going to eat a healthy breakfast, I might as well follow it up with a healthy lunch! Salad is easy to take to work when it’s packed ahead of time in a jar. Soup is another favorite lunch treat and my favorite soup recently is Kelly’s creamy mushroom soup (it’s vegan and surprisingly filling).