I’m not blogging about loss of toenails or a bee sting to the face today. Instead, I want to share one of may favorite mini meals with you.
In mid 2008, a Vitamix blender became my new best friend. I was on the brink of turning 41, was going through many changes in my professional and personal life, and was seeking to maintain my energy. It is amazing how life’s stresses can sap your vitality. Stress can be overwhelming and people have many outlets to deal with it.
I turned to a daily green smoothie. I thought that if I were at least eating properly, maybe some of the other areas in my life would feel a little more stable. And you know what, I started to feel better.
Fast-forward almost 4 and a half years. The green smoothie has gone mainstream. But “mainstream” doesn’t mean “old hat”. A simple smoothie, where the blender does a major part of the digestion process (chewing) for you; allowing that energy to be diverted to other areas of the body (injury or sickness) is one of the most nutritious and easiest things to make. It’s a great way to get a few cups of greens into your body without feeling like a cow grazing in a pasture.
My friend JJ has a peach tree and I was lucky enough to receive a small bounty of its fruit. I had made some really good/quick/easy hazelnut milk yesterday so that became a star ingredient when I whipped up a peach and spinach smoothie this morning. A pinch (well really FOUR pinches) of cinnamon was a great nuance to the concoction and I added some hemp and flax seeds for even more heath.
I often tell my culinary and corporate wellness classes that if every person had a green juice, a large salad and a smoothie each day that our nation would be a whole lot healthier. Good eating for good health does not have to be that complicated.
I sent Geoff into work with half the batch and he called to tell me specifically how great the smoothie was. So I felt that this particular smoothie was worthy of its own blog.
- 2 ripe Peaches (if frozen you don’t need ice)
- 1 ripe Banana
- 3 cups of Baby Spinach
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Cup of Hazelnut Milk (or Almond, Soy, Hemp, Rice or Coconut)
- 6-10 Ice cubes (depending on how icy you like a smoothie
- 2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
- 2 Tbsp Ground Flax Seeds
- Water to adjust consistency if necessary
Combine all ingredients except water in high speed blender and give it a whirl. Adjust the consistency to your liking with either water or more milk.