It's Fall! Fall is my favorite. The leaves. The cooler temps. The food! Oh yes, the food.
I also get that little flutter of fear that I associate with all the eating that happens starting with the candy fest called Halloween. From here on out, it's a few months of straight celebratin' and feastin'.
Good thing I've done so much work on my relationship to food. Old habits die hard, that's for sure. But I definitely notice my old habits have changed from four years of practice!
Starting with this beauty.
I call this my Harvest Green Smoothie because it was a combo of some local and seasonal foods and had a massive dose of fresh, local green kale--two varieties!
Everyone is all over kale these days because it's probably one of the most nutrient-dense foods available. You can pack in tons of vitamins and minerals with a serving of these tasty and versatile leafy greens.
I used lacinato and green kale in this smoothie. Why two varieties? Well, like people, food has unique properties and qualities. The wider the range of diverse foods in your diet, the more you benefit from everything all those different foods have to offer. Same goes for people. Think about it. ;)
Lacinato kale is often called DINOSAUR kale. Do I have to tell you why?
And then plain old green kale. Those aren't my hands.
OK, so here's the recipe. Hope you enjoy!
HARVEST GREEN SMOOTHIE
2 frozen bananas, in chunks
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 cups kale leaves, washed and removed from center spine
1/2 cup fresh, local apple cider
1/4 cup fresh, cool water
1 pinch ground cardamom
1 pinch ground cinnamon
Instructions 1) Blend and drink, first thing in the morning!
**cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar. Helps with those nasty energy dips around 10am and 3pm**
Between this drink, my morning 2-mile run and some coffee around 11am, my energy levels were through the ROOF until 10:30pm last night.
Enjoy--and try to make a new friend today.