Achieving wellness while it is cold and windy outside may seem like an impossible task- on top of my 60 hour work week schedule, it has been challenging. I found myself dipping back into old bad habits- coffee was my substitute for food and water, meals were non-existent since I was mindlessly snacking at my desk, as a person who never sat down, I find myself sitting for at least 10 hours a day. It would be easy to give up on myself and eat + drink what I wanted, just to make it through the work week but I wouldn’t be happy with myself, and isn’t that what life is about?
One of the things that keeps me going is my smoothie intake- raw, delicious ingredients, blended up, and ready to drink every day. I usually have them in the morning, much to the dismay of Mark, who is woken up by the roar of my Vitamix. I pour it into my 4-cup Mason jar, seal it, and throw it into my bag along with my desktop Crockpot filled with soup (I had My New Roots: Mulligatawny for a week!), and usually a few clementines since they are so damn good right now.
Getting into a new routine can be tricky and even after a month of working this 7-day work week, I am still not used to it. I always wondered how people with a desk job just went home to watch TV and spend their night sitting on their couch, and I eat my words on this issue.
A few things I have done to change it up is not to sit as soon as I get home, to take off my coat + boots and do something! Anything really- make some soup for my week, do the ever nagging dishes, some yoga (crazy amazing to do after sitting all day), take a hot shower with some essential oils (lavender is divine), or create these artful smoothie bowls- whatever it is that you need to do to feel well.
What do you do for you- just for you?
- 1 Bosc pear, cored, chopped, and frozen
- 1.25 cup cold filtered water
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1.5 cups baby spinach
- Big handful of flat-leaf parsley
- Few mint leaves
- 0.5 cup diced pineapple
- 2" inch piece of peeled ginger
- Superfood Add-In: 3 tablespoons hulled hemp hearts and 0.5 spirulina
- Add all the ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
- **Green smoothies are best served fresh and do not keep well.
- For the smoothie bowl, I recommend some hemp seeds, sweetened cashew cream (see Red smoothie bowl), sliced kiwi or pear, or some more lime.
- 1 cup diced frozen mango
- 1 orange, peeled and chopped
- 1 very ripe banana, peeled
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1-inch knob peeled ginger
- 1- 1.5-inch knob peeled fresh turmeric
- 0.25 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Superfood Add-In: 1-2 teaspoons maca powder
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blend and blend until smooth- Drink up!
- If you are making a smoothie bowl, I topped mine with diced pineapple, clementine segments, and slices of ripe banana.
- 1 ripe golden delicious apple, cored, chopped, and frozen
- 1 small beet, peeled and diced
- 0.75 cup
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1" inch piece of peeled ginger
- 0.25 teaspoon ground turmeric
- Pinch of cracked black pepper
- Superfood Add-In: 2 tablespoons soaked goji berries + 1-2 teaspoons lucuma powder (for sweetness)
- Add all the ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth- Drink or make into a smoothie bowl.
- I topped mine with extra raspberries, soaked mulberries, dragonfruit, goji berries, and sweetened cashew cream (recipe below)
- Sweetened Cashew Cream:
- /3 cup raw cashews soaked overnight
- tablespoon pure maple syrup
- Splash of pure vanilla extract
- tablespoons filtered water (or to desired texture)
- Add the soaked cashews, syrup, and vanilla to a high powered blender. Start the blender and slowly add the water from the top until it reaches your desired consistency. I made my fairly runny since I was decorating my bowls but if you wanted a thicker consistency, add less water.