I'm trying to eat healthier these days and I'm still doing the green smoothie for lunch 3 or 4 days of the week. I know it doesn't look very appetizing in that picture above, but I promise it is very refreshing and I have the recipe down now and it is actually very good.
Remember last year when I found out I had high levels of mercury and lead in my body (blog post Here ) and it was suggested that I use cilantro to help chelate it naturally out of my system.
Well, that's exactly what I've been doing and I already feel better. No more "brain fog." I haven't had my mercury levels tested lately because of the expense, but I am still adding plenty of cilantro to my green smoothies every week.
Ingredients for my favorite green smoothie are : Kale, cilantro, banana, pear or apple, honey, flax seed, cinnamon, turmeric, protein powder, ginger or ginger root, almond milk, diet cranberry juice, herbs such as basil, mint, rosemary, honey, sometimes walnuts, fiber such as Benefiber (otherwise you'll be pooping like a rabbit after eating all that greenery). Oh, and ice. Add a couple of handfuls of ice.
I think I have covered just about all the food groups here. I also add Diet Cranberry juice to the smoothie, but I thought I was out the day I took this picture. The Murph pointed out that I had a back up bottle in the pantry. I totally didn't see it and the smoothie wasn't as good. I added too much almond milk to make up for the lack of cranberry juice and it just wasn't as good. It only needs a splash of almond milk and about a cup (or less) of cranberry juice. I also add a splash of either lemon juice or lime juice.
I love to add fresh herbs if I have them. Just a little, but it gives it a really good flavor and added antioxidants.
I use to take a flaxseed pill every night, but now I add flaxseed to my smoothie. I grind them up first in the coffee grinder before adding it to the blender. A trick my husband taught me.
This is a very satisfying lunch and it keeps me from wanting to snack during the rest of the day.
Sort of. But I have cookies stashed away if I need a snack. Healthy cookies like Fig Newtons cause everybody knows that figs are good for you. Right?
At the grocery store today, I was sure I needed a back up bottle of wine although the Murph said I already had a back up. I said no, I opened the back up bottle last night. He insisted that no, I had another back up in the pantry. He was certain. I said no.
To be on the safe side, I went ahead and got another bottle just in case. Of course, when we got home, the Murph pointed out first thing that he was right and I had a back up bottle hidden in the back of the pantry.
Way in the very back, so how was I to know!
He was right about the cranberry juice and now he's right about the wine.
He loves being right!
Oh well, now I have a back up bottle of wine for my back up bottle of wine.
You can never be too prepared!