I'm 24 days into my month-long cleanse and feeling great. As much as I love cheese and a delicate espresso, I'm doing okay with healthy substitutions. I've even been able to expand my creativity into new recipes and projects at work with my renewed sense of focus.
That's not to say that I still don't often want those things. In fact, I went around to four different stores on Wednesday evening looking for geletin sheets to make a key lime tart with a huckleberry sauce. I was in a craze to bake with butter and sugar... but my frenzy didn't last long, as no place in town had the ingredients I required. I felt like an addict looking for a fix, and since I couldn't find what I was looking for, I made a green smoothie instead. That recipe will soon follow this one, as it was a tasty way to satisfy my sweet tooth in drink form.
That being said, over the past two weeks I have been introduced to "greens" powders. Now, these aren't just the colors that you find in your fruits and veggies (although it's great to include those in our diets regularly). However, these are green foods supplements that come in powder form and can be added to water, juice, or smoothies.
I tried this years ago and the horrible taste put me off almost indefinitely. Yet, at the local market they had a Garden of Life greens packet (with an apple flavor) that I could try for $1.49. This was much easier to swallow than the $30 commitment, especially after I ended up throwing my last bottle away after only two uses.
It was pretty good with apple juice and some water. But, knowing that I make a green smoothie for breakfast just about every morning, I had to come up with some cool concoction that would actually make me excited to get my healthy dose of nutrients.
And, viola, the apple of my eye smoothie was born. It's a great pairing of some natural buddies in the food-flavor world... including apple, hazelnut, and ginger.
- 1/2 green apple (I used granny smith)
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/8 cup hazelnuts
- 1-2 inch ginger piece, grated
- 1 cup apple juice
- juice from half a lemon
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 Tbsp greens powder
- 3-4 ice cubes
- Filtered water, as necessary
I recommend blending all of the ingredients together, minus the ice cubes first. Then, once you have a creamy mixture, add the ice and any additional filtered water as needed to get your smoothie to your desired consistency.