3 Fantastic Smoothie Recipes
If you're like me, the smell of coffee waiting for you downstairs is the only thing that gets you out of bed in the morning! But, if you're like me, you have learned that if you suffer from stomach issues, coffee is on the no no list. So, what do you do to satisfy the ritual of your morning cup of joe?
For me, hot water and lemon just wasn't cutting it, so I starting experimenting with every type of organic tea I could find. I finally found a few that passed muster and, over time, served as a fairly decent substitute but it wasn't until I received my Christmas present from my husband, that my mornings were restored to their former glory. Yes, he got me the dreaded blender. I consoled myself that it wasn't a vacuum cleaner but I still wanted to conk him on the head for thinking of his wife and a blender in the same sentence! To be fair, I was a former goldsmith in one of my many past careers, so am already bedecked with jewels and the only perfume I wear are my beloved essential oils, so I guess he was working from a short list. After I finished growling a thank you, he patiently said, "just try it and if you don't like it you can return it and get what you want." Great, I thought, what else would would appeal to me from Bed, Bath and Beyond?...sheets? dishes? hangers? So, I decided to go ahead and give it a try. Well, instant conversion does not even begin to describe what I experienced after I made my first morning smoothie! It was like a Hallelujah moment! The trumpets sounded, the angels sang, and my body and mind jolted awake!
Now, I must disclose that I have juiced and made smoothies before but if you're familiar with juicing, although the end result is great, the clean up isn't! While juicing gives you a great vegetable drink and blenders make lovely fruit drinks, sometimes all you have in the refrigerator is a little of this and a little of that and wouldn't it be great if you could throw them all together and have it turn into something? That's what was special about this little sucker that now holds a prominent position on my kitchen counter--it can take anything solid or liquid and within 30 seconds, whip it into a liquid elixir! There are actually many brands out there you can choose from but my favorite, and maybe it's just because my husband gave it to me, is called the Nutribullet (www.nutribullet.com). I have the Pro series only because the container is bigger and I like to put a lot of different things in it at the same time.
But if you want to start out with just a few things, you can check out one of my favorite juice gurus, Joe Cross (http://www.rebootwithjoe.com). Leave it to an Australian to bring health and vitality to us here in the northern hemisphere!
Here are 3 great smoothie recipes to start with, the first two from Joe Cross (www.rebootwithjoe.com) and the last one is one that I created. The ingredients with an * are for those of you familiar with Young Living products. The great thing I have learned is that you can use just about any kind of combination of fruits and vegetables you want depending on how adventurous you are and still have it come out tasting not only delicious but nutritious! I find that I have energy all day long and that those afternoon slumps have all but disappeared.
Enjoy and let me know what you think!
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CREAMY COCONUT CITRUS SMOOTHIE
GARDEN GARNISH JUICE
J.R.'s SUPER ENERGY POWER-THROUGH-THE-DAY SMOOTHIE