May 9, 2011

Energizing Spring Smoothies

Here in North Carolina, Spring is bursting out all over. Green grass is growing again. Lovely bluebirds are nesting in their houses.  Flowers and trees are blooming.  Snakes, yes, a few black snakes, have been spotted.  And the boys are eager to play with water guns.  The unusually cold Winter has past and now it's time to wake up.
My body has been craving fresh greens and it began begging to detox. Yes, my body talks to me in subtle ways if i just pay attention.

To follow my bodies lead, I created this Energizing Spring Smoothie with organic vegetables and a few organic berries that I enjoy and tolerate.  I love the way my body feels much more alive after I drink this.  My cells say "thank you for my food" and reward me with energy to enjoy the beautiful world that is waking up all around us.

  So here is my favorite creation to welcome Spring.


Energizing Spring Smoothie
 serves 2
(I use organic produce)

1 apple, cored
2 carrots, peeled and cut up
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
4 frozen strawberries or frozen cherries
1 small handful of frozen blueberries
juice of 1 lemon
1 Tablespoon hemp Protein Powder (I use Navitas Naturals Brand, because it is not processed with almonds.)
filtered water

Place the ingredients in a high powered blender like a Vita-mix and add water to reach approximately the 1 cup mark on the blender.  Blend together and enjoy.

Optional: add 1 Tablespoon Maca Root Powder (Maca does alter the taste, but it provides energy.) 

Energizing Spring Smoothie

Just to let you know our boys like fruitier smoothies and were not interested in tasting this recipe after they saw it blended.  But for me it's not how it looks, but how I feel that is important. My husband really likes this recipe and therefore I created this to share with him.

If you are like our boys, you may like Navitas Naturals' recipe for Super Chocolate Energy Blast!

As we poured this smoothie into the glass, a drop splashed on the floor and guess who licked it up?  Yes, Beau, our golden retriever.  Here I snapped the picture at the same time as he jumped onto the table! I guess he liked the taste, but since chocolate is dangerous for dogs he wasn't allowed to taste anymore. Even with those pleading brown eyes looking up at me, I had to say no.  

I wish you great health. 

Super Chocolate Energy Blast

Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your health shall spring forth speedily: and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.  Isaiah 58:8

I like this video by Dr. Vicki Peterson. She explains how to tame the sugar monster by eating more vegetables and berries.  I can't think of any better reason to enjoy your smoothies.


  1. Your smoothie looks and sounds great.

    I was craving a green smoothie too, so I made one this morning. I put spinach, banana and acai (the organic frozen acai pulp by sambazon, the plain one without guarana). It was really good! I heat mine, but I have gotten used to it and kinda prefer it warm now

  2. You read my mind, Heather. I was hoping that my post would encourage sharing of favorite smoothie recipes! Thanks!

    I have always wanted to try the sambazon products, but have not done it yet.

  3. That looks and sounds great to me, Debbie! I think you might have to make it sometimes without maca just so Beau can have some (he's a cutie!) ... or blend it, give Beau a little bit, and then add the maca and blend a bit more. It's gotta be good for one's dog to drink a green smoothie (other than the chocolate), right? In fact, I think I'll try giving my Sonny some tomorrow morning and see if he likes it. :-)

    I make mine differently every morning, depending on what I have. Tomorrow's smoothie will most likely have banana, apple, spinach, romaine, kale, cabbage, coconut water, and a little almond or coconut flour. Week before last I was in a mango phase. Pineapple, coconut, dates, and all type of greens regularly make it into my smoothies. I don't use berries that often because I'm not a big berry eater, but I should get some just for smoothies and the different benefits they add. Thanks, Debbie!


  4. Hi Shirley,

    You make me laugh with your comments about Beau! He would agree with you! He does like greens and enjoys kale,and green beans for his regular meals along with sweet potatoes. I guess I could make it into a smoothie for him, too.

    I will be curiously awaiting a post about feeding your Sonny a smoothie! ;)

    Thanks for coming by and starting my day off with a good laugh! Blessings to you.



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