I’ve done enough juice cleanses to say I’m finished with juice cleanses for a long time. However, I can’t help but still love to make a refreshing green smoothie to enjoy first thing in the morning – especially after a weekend full of chips and salsa for lunch. (Texas, man.)
Some nutritionists say that lemon and ginger can have some digestive benefits, and who can deny that even just the smell of ginger is so energizing. But together, the flavor combination can be a little hard to swallow, which is why enjoying it in a smoothie can really help you reap the benefits and actually enjoy doing it.
For a dose of greens and energy, here is a recipe for an smoothie we’re loving this week and calling the Energreen Smoothie – you can make it in a flash!
For two Energreen Smoothies…
Spinach: Three handfuls
Cucumber: One cup
Lemon juice: Two teaspoons
Grated ginger: Two teaspoons
Stevia or sweetener of your choice, like honey or agave: Two teaspoons
Water: One cup
Ice: One cup
Place all the ingredients into your blender, starting with the spinach and saving the ice and water for last. Blend at about medium speed until smooth. Pour into two mason jars or glasses and enjoy immediately, preferably first thing in the morning.
Most to be expected in terms of Middle Eastern food but one that gets a little attention despite its more flavorful composition: ful medames (also called foule, or foule madammas), a bean dip like hummus, but made with fava beans instead of garbanzo beans. It’s so easy to make, it’s madness. We’ll show you how!
My Whole30 is officially wholly complete! I can’t believe I did it, and aside from just a couple beers he had, Jody did it, too! The Whole30 is exactly what it sounds like – a 30-day nutritional program in which you eat nothing but whole foods in the hopes you’ll balance your hormones, reduce inflammation, and reset your relationship with foods. In this post, I’ll list the foods I eliminated, the foods I enjoyed, the benefits I got out of the Whole30, the things I didn’t like about the Whole30, and what this experience has taught me.
Despite the cold temperatures throughout much of the States at this time, you can still get your hands on a lot of wonderful and fresh fruit, like pears, passion fruit, citrus fruit, and one of our favorites, pineapple. An easy and delicious breakfast or a pre- or post- workout snack, this sweet and salty bento will pick you up like a ray of sunshine and offer you almost 10 grams of protein to help keep you energized throughout the day.
“We’re so worried about what we eat during the time between Christmas and New Years that we forget it’s the months between New Years and Christmas with which we should be really more concerned.” Translation: enjoy the holidays but get back on track thereafter. So that’s what I’m setting out to do with the help of the Whole30.