Y’all know how much I love green juice and smoothies and lately I’ve been craving a switch up from my usual recipe. I added a few new ingredients to add to the nutritional benefit and even my roommate, who I think wants to vomit every time she sees me drinking something green, says she likes this! For 1 smoothie you’ll need:
1 cup water
Half a bag of organic spinach
1 cup organic frozen tropical fruit mix (love this one from Trader Joe’s!)
the juice of 1 lemon
1 TBSP chia seeds
1 inch chunk of fresh ginger
1 tsp core greensStart by pouring the water into your blender and add chia seeds and spinach next, add everything else on top and blend until smooth. (The vitamix will give you the best texture!) Enjoy! In case you aren’t familiar with chia seeds, here are a few of the benefits: and as mentioned in my raw brownies recipe, you know I’m obsessed with Core Greens To learn more about the benefits of lemon and ginger, check out my recipe for the immunity/weight loss shot! Start your week off with some goodness, Happy Monday!
I feel sorry for anyone who doesn’t have access to a Trader Joe’s. Not only do they have great products in great packaging and let you sample ANYTHING you want (seriously), but they also have the most engaging cashiers. I find myself having good/funny/meaningful conversations with them almost every time I come in the store (which is several times per week). With the strict diet I’m on these days, Trader Joe’s has some really amazing snacks that are quick and healthy. Here are my current favorites:
Just Mango Slices – The only ingredient in this snack is just as the label reads, just mango. This dried fruit satisfies my intense sweet tooth and is legitimately so good! You can also feel good about this snack knowing that mango contains Iron, Vitamin E, and Calcium!
I’m actually eating them as I write this…
Zesty Nacho Kale Chips – Ok, so they don’t realllllly taste like my beloved nachos but they are still super tasty. This variety also happens to be vegan and gluten free. It definitely satisfies the chip craving and these are baked at such a low temperature that they are actually considered raw, which means that they maintain all of their enzymes! Each serving has six grams of protein and three grams of fiber.
See what I mean about the cute packaging? I’m a sucker for it!
Kale and Edamame Bistro Salad – I know, I know I’m obsessed with kale right now but why shouldn’t I be? It has the highest nutrient density rating, so you’re getting a lot of health benefit in something that is very pocketbook friendly! I usually prefer to make my own salads, but ain’t nobody (me) got time for that right now, so this is a delicious option to the tune of $3.99!
On another note – some of you may have seen me talk about the official Miss USA OPTX Eyewear fan vote on Facebook or Twitter, but just in case you didn’t – I am starting my first grassroots marketing campaign for the The Official Miss USAOPTX Eyewear Fan Vote by uploading a new video every day. Let it be known that I am not above using cute children and celebrities in my campaign! Stay tuned! Loving how these first videos turned out! Feel free to share, and feel free to vote for me here: http://www.missuniverse.com/missusa/members/profile/656290/2013