Earth Day Green Smoothie

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Green smoothies really have become so mainstream and a staple for many people, myself included.  They are really the best way to get fruits and veggies in your system — today on Earth Day and every day!  I love how I feel after I have a green smoothie and find myself craving them when I can’t make one or find a shop that does.  This recipe is easily tweak-able to your liking but I’ll give you the basics of how I make sure my smoothie is always tasty, creamy and just cold enough to be easily digested by my body.

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These are my smoothie mainstays: fresh ginger, chia seeds, raw walnuts and cinnamon.  I love the taste of ginger and cinnamon but they’re also both super good for you and have anti-inflammatory properties, which is great.  Chia seeds and walnuts are both high in omega-3 fatty acids and have good protein.  I don’t particularly like walnuts so I sneak them into my smoothie because they’re really one of the best nuts for you!

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Shopping in the middle

Going to the grocery store can be overwhelming. You’ve heard the tips from “the experts” who say to stay on the outside of the grocery store, not allowing yourself to be tempted by the middle aisles, which carry foods responsible for our expanding middles. I agree with those experts, but also spend hours at the store, and at home researching food products located in those middle aisles. These products are ones I trust and enjoy, both because of the way the food tastes and makes me feel, but also because I believe the brands are worthy.

First off is Theo Chocolate.  I look forward to indulging in it each day. Theo is the first organic chocolate to be made in the U.S. and as far as I can tell, it is one of the only brands of chocolate not made with soy lecithin, which is used mainly as an emulsifier but it is debatable whether this is an ingredient we should be consuming, so I try my best to avoid it.

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Theo’s products are all organic, non-GMO, Fair Trade certified and made in Seattle. It’s pricey, but worth it and whenever I see it on-sale, I stock up! My favorite is the Dark Salted Almond. Delicious, good for you (in moderation, of course), and available in a center aisle near you, I hope! I get mine at Whole Foods.

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Homemade Almond Milk

I drink a lot of almond milk, and I absolutely love it!  I put it in smoothies and pour it over my homemade granola.  Recently though, I’ve been reading a lot about different additives that are used in store bought almond milk and decided to try and make my own.  Now, I am never going back!

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It is so easy and you can adjust the taste to your liking: sweeter with added agave or cinnamon, or subtle with just a touch of vanilla.  The first step is to soak a cup of almonds in a cup of filtered water.  You can do this for 5 minutes, or up to overnight.

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Watermelon Mint Spritzer

Watermelon is a summer staple.  It reminds me of childhood barbecues and the smell of chlorine.  As an adult, I realize how absolutely refreshing watermelon is, especially when paired with a little mint and agave like we’re doing today.

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Make sure your watermelon is ripe and seedless for this recipe. I used one medium-small sized melon.

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Pro-Pineapple and Mint

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I know not all of the country feels this way just yet, but in Southern Arizona, Spring is here! The sun is shining, people are wearing shorts and flip flops and I can almost taste the summer fruits that will fill my local farmer’s market in just a few weeks.

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I figure it is time for longer workouts and tastier post-workout drinks to make it seem worthwhile.

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Juice that will make you Glow

Sometimes there’s too much temptation. Too many cookies, too much wine. Waking up and still feeling full from what you had the night before isn’t the most pleasant feeling but if you get in this situation (as I did recently), might I suggest a yummy juice to start the day?

So many beautiful colors and healthful nutrients on one small cutting board.

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Don’t let the color fool you: Green Smoothie

Don’t judge a book by its cover and don’t judge a smoothie by its color. I bring some variation of a green machine smoothie into work most days and most days I get stares of disgust, or at least looks of extreme question. People wonder why? Why would I drink something that looks that way? Well, their minds change once they have a sip. I get a lot of requests for the recipe to my healthy green smoothie, but the truth is I try and make each one a bit different. However, this recipe is tried and true.

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