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Harvest Green Smoothie

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.

pump
pump

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?

dino
dino

And then plain old green kale. Those aren't my hands.

green
green

OK, so here's the recipe. Hope you enjoy!

HARVEST GREEN SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

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.

Good Green Morning Banana Colada. You're welcome.

colada  

Yo.

For those of you living in the Chilly Northeast, Spring is just around the corner---don't worry. For everyone else, I'm jealous.

My body is gearing up for this cleansing time of year and I help it out by adding more greens to my day. I made this drink this morning and thought you'd like to know about it.

Why greens?

Well, they are jam-packed full of nutrients your body needs to cleanse and detox. It's like natural scrubbing action inside your blood and organs. YES!! All the natural fiber from greens helps with elimination (read: poop) and helps boost your mood and energy levels naturally.

I drank this and imagined I was sitting poolside or beachside somewhere warm...it was a good try but I need the real thing. Soon. Cheers 'til warmer days are here!

Good Green Morning Banana Colada

Ingredients

2 frozen bananas 3 cups baby spinach 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 Tbsp coconut oil or 2 Tbsp shredded coconut (or both!) 1/2 frozen pineapple chunks 1 Tbsp chia seeds (these add more fiber, omega 3 fats and bulk up your colada)

Blend all ingredients until smooth and enjoy!

 

 

Waste Not, Want Not

Dear Dillan, I made that recipe you posted, where you cooked the collard greens in chicken broth. They came out great! Super soft and tasty.

I wondered, do all the nutrients get lost when I cook them like that? What should I do with the broth after I cook the greens in it?

signed,

your rad client

Dear My Rad Client,

Drink the broth. That's where the nutrients go. Makes for a tasty warm drink!