Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Plant Powered Hump Day!

Hello fancy friends!  It's Wednesday a.k.a. Hump Day...and with the typical mid-week motivation slump, our commitment to healthy living can also falter.  Well not today, not up in here!  No sir!  This morning I got up early, did about 45 minutes of yoga (much needed...git that zen place, girl!  Git it!), and whipped up a plant powered start to my Hump Day!  Start to finish (including juicer/blender clean up) this juice-smoothie mash up took about 20 can do it too!!!

I started off with a nice big glass of a green juice!  I rarely make a specific recipe for my green juice, as I like to have fun with it.  No pressure...just healthy juice.  I always try to get a bunch of veggies in the juicer before adding a couple fruits to sweeten things up, otherwise I can get a little crazy with the apples and oranges.  So tasty.  Anyway, this morning I poured my concoction into a beer just made it feel a little more racy...gotta get through this day!  Woo!

I absolutely love this juice recipe!  It's my go-to when I don't want to take on all the chlorophyll-y tasting wonders of the world.  This juice is subtly sweet with a fresh herbal undertone.  I just had to share it with you!  (both recipes below)  Note: Never know what to do with all that veggie pulp after juicing?? No worries, I'm perfecting a juice pulp cracker recipe..hopefully ready to share soon!!

Now, I am active and love to eat.  Although my green juice gets me going, I can't make it to my mid-morning snack, never mind lunch, on just green juice.  If you can, awesome!  But, I can't.  So, I also made a green smoothie for breakfast.   No drive-thru for this gal today!  This smoothie was an incredible dark forrest pretty...spinach rocks!! =)  This is a simple, classic, all-over-the-internet green smoothie recipe, but I'll share it with you anyways!  Never hurts to add another combo to the repertoire.

Note: If I can do this, so can you!!  Making the commitment to wake up 15 minutes early and do something great for our bodies is often the biggest hurdle in a healthy lifestyle.  Do your best and forget the rest.  Be kind to yourself today, after all, you rock!!

Happy Hump Day Plant Power Juice
Makes two glasses of green juice.  Tip: throw one in a mason jar and save for that mid-day slump later on!!

2-3 celery stalks
3 large kale leaves
3 cucumbers, peeled
2 carrots
1 green apple
1 orange, peeled
Coconut Water, between 1/4-1/2 cup

Directions:  To make, put all ingredients through your juicer.  Once all ingredients are through, put the pulp back through one more time if it is not dry (usually most helpful with centrifugal juicers).  Then, while the juicer is still running, pour coconut water through the juicer to flush any remaining juice out and into your glass.  Rejoice in the added electrolyte bonus of coconut water!  Pour over ice (or don't) and drink, baby, drink!

Go-To Green Smoothie
Makes two smoothies...share one with a friend! =)

2 cups almond milk (or other non-dairy milk of choice)
2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup frozen berries (I used an organic frozen blend from the grocery store)
2 cups baby spinach

Directions: Pour almond milk into your blender (always first!!).  Add in frozen bananas, berries, then all  of the spinach.  It looks like a lot, but you really don't taste it in the end result.  Blend on medium speed until all ingredients incorporate, then turn the speed up to high and blend until smooth.  Add ice cubes if desired.  Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Also, I got this super fun fruit basket yesterday on sale.  Had to share! (Gotta love a good bargain!)

Have a happy and healthy hump day!  What's on your healthy Wednesday agenda? =)

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