I love food, and if I'm not hanging ten on my longboard I am usually eating something or concocting something delicious. Check out this Do It Yourself Superfood smoothie variation I have created, and drink religiously because of the positive benefits it has had on my body and mind. When time permits, there is nothing I enjoy more than cooking up a big fancy meal for friends or family, and afterwards watching them smile cheek to cheek with satisfaction and a full belly. When cooking a lavish meal, cooking for others is an essential component in these instances... You now have leverage from which you can guilt trip them into doing the dishes. But I digress, eating healthy on the go is the primary issue I am here to address - not how to snake your way out of cleaning dishes.
In our personal lives, time is a commodity and we often neglect budgeting a sufficient amount of time to our diet. I am an active person, the fact your on this site reading our blog is probably a pretty strong indicator that your an active person as well. Surf sessions, work, dogs, groms, yoga class, going to the gym, bowling perhaps, whatever else you can think of to add to the list.
Cooking food takes time. Even a bowl of Ramen takes five or ten to prepare. Or, your like my roomate and while you love to eat food, you have this extreme aversion to doing dishes. Subsequently, you don't cook wholesome meals to avert dish duty.
Fear not my fellow busy bees or dish cleaning phobics - if your tight on time / if your able to atleast rinse a blender, then I present to you my ultimate super duper green, do it your self, superfood smoothie.
A smoothie? I'll pass you say?
If you own a blender, you owe it to your self to try one of these beasts for a smoothie. They are awesome. Please... excuse my modsety. If you dont own a blender, I recommend either making friends with someone who has one, or going out and buying so you may partake one of these green creations.
Whats in it?
2 Cups Spinach Leaves
1 Cup Broccoli
2 Tablespoons Ginger Root ( Half inch thick slice )
1/2 Cup Celery Stick
1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
.5 Cups Frozen Pineapple
.5 Cups Frozen Mango
1 Cup Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt
2 Tablespoons Honey
1/2 of an Avocado
1/2 Cup Ice
1 Cup Carrot Juice
1/2 Cup of Water
1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
Prep and "Cook Time": 2 Minutes!
Blend it up for a solid minute if not longer depending on your blender type. You want it to blend long enough to puree some of the more fibrous ingredients. Drink it immediately as a meal or you can do what I do and toss it into a container. I'll put it in the freezer for twenty or thirty minutes to make it extra cold and then I'll carry with me to work.
If you drink one of these consistently every day you will feel the benefits of all the raw food your consuming - your skin will start turning green and you will begin growing grass for hair. Because all of the ingredients are already blended, you have reduced the mechanical work your stomach must do to absorb the essential nutrients.
I practice a form of hot style yoga daily and my body's ability to maintain proper homeostasis is vastly improved when I drink one of these thirty minutes prior. Mentally, I have greater focus and increased attention span. When surfing, I couple this smoothie with a granola bar or some other type of complex carbohydrate and I notice sustained energy and performance - especially on hard paddle days where I would often experience muscle fatigue without one of these beasts.
So get out, make one of these puppies, and let me know what you think. I have a whole arsenal of tasty treats and healthy quick eats that I would be happy to share :) Surf on, JG