Can we talk about this whole inspirational healthy living thing? I’m beginning to be annoyed. If I see one more post about how to be better, happier, healthier, wealthier, thinner and more spiritually evolved with “6 easy things you can do today” I will spit.
I understand these posts, and why they’re titled this way. Hell, they get even me to click. But the items are never what I’d think. And if they are, then I’m almost always already doing them.
And I’m not perfectly healthy, wealthy, skinny, evolved and spiritual. Go figure.
Drink lemon water? Don’t eat on the run? Get up early? Schedule in my mat time? Get rid of processed/packaged food? Check, check, check, check and check.
And oh, green juice is the ANSWER. Green juice is the DEVIL. Meat is bad. Meat is good. Plant milks are better. Processed plant milks are the path to destruction with their added emulsifiers. Can you really get to the bottom of it in 6 easy steps?
I tell you what, health does not come in pre-packaged sound bytes. No my friend, health and wellness and spiritual connection are hard. They are not linear and straightforward paths and there is no one answer for everybody. Also, there is no one answer for you at all times in your life. There’s still a lot of mystery to how the human body works, no matter how much we may have learned. And no one has the one, easy perfect answer.
On the other hand, there are some things we know. Real food is better than chemicals. Eating while stressed out isn’t a great idea. Moving your body is important. People who feel loved are healthier.
Ok, there’s somewhere to start. Go hug your husband/wife/dog/child. Stop texting or working on your report while you eat. Take a walk in the lovely spring weather. Oh, and make this smoothie. It’s jam packed with real food. No creepy food coloring, processed sugar or conventional dairy. Also, I didn’t replace the dairy with icky GMO, pesticide rich, mucus producing soy milk, as so many of the vegan shakes do. It’s pretty simple, a spin on my cashew milk, nog and hot chocolate recipes (which you can get by subscribing to updates in the sidebar, or if you’re already subscribed, by contacting me here). And it’s healthy enough to have for breakfast.
This shake is one step closer to a whole foods lifestyle, in a goblet or jar or glass. And it’s delectable. That’s my big idea.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Go drink your greens (and I don’t mean Midori or Jaegermeister).
- 1Cup water
- 1 Cup Ice
- 1/4-1/2 Avocado
- 1/3Cup CashewsRaw
- 1Large Handful Raw Spinach
- 1-2 medjool dates
- 1tsp. coconut oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4tsp. peppermint extractor more, to taste
- 1Tbsp. raw cacao nibsor more, to taste
- Measure all ingredients except cacao nibs into jar of blender.
- Blend well until completely emulsified.
- Add more ice, avocado or water to desired consistency.
- Taste for flavor and add more peppermint extract if desired.
- Measure cacao nibs into blender and blend briefly on low, just to break up slightly.
- Serve and enjoy!
I like 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract for a mildly minty flavor, but you can add more if you're a big mint fan!
For extra sweet, you could add a little maple syrup or stevia.
For a little caffeinated morning kick add 1 teaspoon of matcha powder.
For extra decadence replace the raw cacao nibs with chopped super dark chocolate.
And, feel free to share, as dessert instead of a meal. But I bet you won't want to!