Maybe it’s just that time of year, but many of the conversations that have been going on around me are about exhaustion, burn-out…big butts. They’re about the desire to recharge, regroup, reconnect — both with oneself and with those who really matter.
That’s going on for me, for sure. It’s up to each of us to decide what matters most, but for me, it means a decluttering of house and spirit, a pairing down of non-essentials. We’ll see how it goes.
One step in the process for my family house has been to eat as vegetarians at home. We’ve been doing it for nearly a year and it has been shockingly easy. We’re enjoying it and it hasn’t sent my meat-eating Cuban DNA into any sort of shock or revolution. When I read there is a movement of Meatless Mondays and that some people are freaked out that they could not go there, I was surprised. Really, you can. (Here’s a link to the campaign website, which has lots of interesting information.)
Anyway, a goal around here is to get more fruits and vegetables in during breakfast and lunch and hurrah when I discovered home-made green smoothies. They’re so good I want to share them and maybe you have a recipe of your own to share?
I tasted my first during the Nintendo Wii event I attended in Nashville when I became a Wii Brand Ambassador. The Hutton Hotel, a lovely and chic chic place in Midtown Nashville, served heart-healthy green smoothies so amazing I asked the event coordinator to beg for the recipe. And score! Here it is. (A big thanks to Justine from Brand About Town for her charm and persuasiveness!)
I swear, you can’t taste the spinach in these and they are so sweet and tropical, I fell in love. Even my 7-year-old loves it …but she doesn’t know about the spinach…sssshhh!
Honeydew Lime Smoothie
3 cups peeled, roughly chopped honeydew melon
¼ cup honey
Juice of 2 limes
Pinch of kosher salt
¼ cup of spinach leaves
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1. Briefly freeze the melon until slushy frozen, about ½ hour.
2. Puree all ingredients until very well blended
3. Adjust flavor with more lime juice and/or honeydew to your taste.
Here are some others I’m going to try, but honestly, not sure any will compare to the amazing Hutton recipe.
Groovy Green Smoothie from All Recipes.
Spinach-Mango recipe from Green Diva Mom.
Blueberry Smash at The Green Smoothie Queen blog.
Basic Green Smoothie recipe from Whole Person, Balanced Life.
OK, so what do you think of smoothies with spinach and kale? And, how about giving up meat?