Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Green Smoothies

Today was a good day. It started off with happy kids who got dressed and out the door without a fuss, followed by gently forcing myself to get on the elliptical for half an hour. I almost quit after 15 minutes, but a good song came on and then I was distracted by cute little fluffy birds in the trees outside. I'm happy to have such a wonderful view while I exercise :) Makes the time go a little faster.

After I exercised, I headed straight for the blender and I made myself a wonderful green smoothie for breakfast. One of my online friends had mentioned a website called Oh She Glows a few days ago and its filled with tons of amazing vegan recipes. One of these recipes was called Virgin Green Monster - for first time green smoothie drinkers such as myself. It's SO easy, tastes great and really fills you up. I have amazing energy after I drink one. Not the kind of jittery nervous energy coffee normally gives me, but a clean and calm feeling energy.

I've tweaked the recipe a bit. Here's what I put into mine:

2 cups of baby spinach
1 banana
1 cup of almond milk
1 tbsp of ground flaxseed
1 scoop of wheatgrass powder
1 tsp of honey
Blend it all up for about a minute. It's really green!

I pour mine over ice into a medium sized cup that you'd get at a fancy coffee shop. It just tastes better when you have the right cup and drink it through a straw :)

Seamus and I went to the grocery store and then over to see Grandma for a visit and some lunch today. She had some amazing lemon cupcakes with cream cheese icing for us to sample. They were so good that it would have been easy to eat several of them and not even regret it. Fortunately most of them went to the bake sale at the girls school. (Thanks for staying up late baking those Ma :)

When we got home we stayed outside and played for awhile. I wandered around in the sparkly snow taking pictures and then stood in the spot where I'm determined to plant my first garden this summer. Planting seeds, watching them grow and then making wonderful things with all of the fresh fruit and vegetables - how amazing would that be? :) 
I can't wait to get my hands in the dirt, pick weeds, water the plants and just BE in nature. I guess I better start planning my garden :)

Seamus and I had a cozy little nap this afternoon. He curled up next to me singing and being wiggly at first but quickly fell asleep under the warm blankets. All of the visiting and fresh air must have caught up with him.

I let the kids stay up past their bedtime tonight while I sipped coffee, tidied up the kitchen and made their lunches for tomorrow. They were having so much fun building a giant fort with the kitchen table and chairs that I didn't want to disturb them. Bedtime wasn't as much of a struggle tonight which was nice :)

I'm revelling in the simplicity and calmness of my life recently. The 'just being' and the amazingness of it all. The word 'stress' isn't really a part of my vocabulary anymore. I got rid of or changed all of the things that used to stress me out and ended up feeling HAPPY. Weird, right? :)

1 comment :

  1. WOO! The Green Smoothie Revolution! hehe

    They are almost TOO good! I add pitted dates to mine now for added sweetness and lots of pineapple. :D