Winter Green Smoothie Reset – Let’s Go Green!
Hello Ovenhugger friends! It’s November! Can you believe it??
Fall is flying by – so fast that I’m already thinking winter and Winter Green Smoothies. Next week I will be turning 49. This month marks the one year anniversary of OvenHug! Yay!
Please press pause on your reading device as I diverge from the topic of resetting our health with daily green smoothies as I send out a big, huge THANK YOU HUG from the bottom of my heart!
Thank you for sticking by me this past year as I stumbled around the kitchen and hammered away on the laptop. I hope that you tried at least one recipe from OvenHug or were even just inspired by a photo or a story shared. Thank you motivating me through your Comments both virtual and live. Most of all thank you for guiding me on this Fun health journey where I get to learn something new everyday and share with this community.
I certainly don’t have it all figured out yet and I’m not sure where Ovenhug is headed. There’s a part of me that wants to do an OvenHug Cookbook with big glossy pictures – a big, beautiful coffee table book you want to gift to your favorite people. For now I plan to keep the healthy recipes coming, share what I learn, and continue to grow. With Ovenhuggers like you, I know Ovenhug will shape into a great thing!!
October was filled with pumpkin spice baked goodies and one too many Halloween chocolates. Here we are with November already tempting us into holiday mode and I for one am ready to reset healthy eating standards.
The plan –
Going Green with Winter Green Smoothies
Spinach is the best place to start. If we had to rank the dark, leafy greens in order of which is healthiest, kale would beat spinach for first place. Spinach has a milder flavor, however, hence is easier to start with. We will graduate to kale 🙂
Spinach has a beautiful resume:
- iron – lots of it and great for those that verge on anemia like me
- loads of vitamins! vitamins A, C, E, B6 and K
- folate/vitamin B9 – encourages cell and tissue growth
- phyto-nutrients, help build a strong immune system and to help prevent diseases
- tons of minerals!
- omega-3 fatty acids – help with brain and cardiovascular function
- alpha lipoic acid – help to stabilize blood sugar
- low calorie and low fat with good fiber
Ok, we know spinach is super good for you. Just think back to Popeye and all his muscles! Bottom line is Winter Green Smoothies taste really good too and are very refreshing actually. The pineapple and mango make the smoothie sweet. Sweet helps when we’re weaning off a sugar addictions of October.
Starting November 1st I’ve been having a green smoothie a day and I feel great! I’m not replacing any meals or restricting myself in any way – simply adding a refreshing, healthy drink. What I’ve noticed is that starting my day with a green smoothie does make me feel good, gives me energy and motivates me to eat well all day long. I need that kind of motivation!
Do you have a mini personal blender? I am on my second one. Several years back hubby gifted me with a Magic Bullet. I loved it a little too much and burned out the motor – the motors on these little guys are weaker than the motors on standard sized blenders. I currently have a Bella which is very similar to the various Bullets.
There are all sorts of brands and versions of personal blenders out there – Nutribullet, Hamilton Beach, Oster, Ninja, and Cuisinart are just a few. You can start out with one in the $20-30 range. What I like about the personal size blenders is that you blend and drink out of the same container so there is less mess and less clean up. Some of the personal blender kits even come with lids for the cups making it extra easy to pre-pack smoothie ingredients for blending and drinking later. Some even come with sippy lids and straws.
- 1 Cup spinach (about two grabs of fresh), stems removed fresh or frozen
- ¾ Cup pineapple chunks (about 1 spear fresh), fresh or frozen
- ¼ Cup chopped mango, fresh or frozen
- ½ a sliced banana, fresh or frozen
- 1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger (optional)
- 1 Cup plush a splash unsweetened Almond milk or nonfat milk
- Load all the ingredients into a Super Bullet, Bullet, Bella, or other individual sized blender
- Pulse blend until contents is smooth and no spinach chunks remain
- Insert a straw
If you want to jump on the winter smoothie band wagon, I have a great resource for you. For more awesome smoothie recipes and expert smoothie preparation tips, hop on over to Simple Green Smoothies. The founders of Simple Green Smoothies, Jada Sellner and Jen Hansard have a such positive vibe. Listening to podcasts and reading about these women I have been nothing but inspired to go green and get healthy!
Hope you try this recipe for Winter Green Smoothies and reset your batteries this November. I predict you will start to have more energy, feel better, and your skin will glow! Share your thoughts in the Comments – I love to hear from you ?