This week, the time between Christmas and New Years, is actually one of my favorite weeks of the year. It’s a time for setting goals, figuring out new year’s resolutions, and reflecting on the past year. Now that I have an Erin Condren Life Planner, I’m even more excited to get organized and on track for a wonderful 2016. I have a feeling that 2016 is going to be my year.
One of my new years resolutions (along with every other person on the planet) is to get back into the gym and set up a more consistent workout routine. I definitely put fitness on the back burner in 2015, and used every excuse in the book. “I don’t have time. I’m tired. I’ll go tomorrow.” Those were just a few of the reasons I told myself it was OK to skip the gym. Since many of you might also have the same goal this year, I wanted to put together a delicious green smoothie that you can enjoy after your workout and actually at any time of the day.
- 4 ice cubes
- handful of spinach and kale
- 1/2 cucumber
- 5-6 chunks of frozen mango
- 1 apple
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1/3 cup coconut water
- Combine all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend on low until consistency is creamy.
- Pour into glass.
- Top with additional seeds (optional).
- Enjoy immediately.
- Coconut Water: Replenishes electrolytes
- Kale: Rich in folate, calcium, vitamins C and K, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, and beta-carotene. Balances hormones and boosts digestion.
- Spinach: High in magnesium, which the body requires for muscle function and recovery.
- Cucumber: Packed with minerals, vitamins and electrolytes. Prevents water retention and promotes healthy digestion.
- Apple: Great source of fiber and vitamin C. Balances blood sugar, reduces inflammation, and boosts digestion.
- Mango: Rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, and fiber. Helps break down protein in the body.
- Banana: Replenishes lost carbs, sodium and potassium.
- Hemp Seeds: Complete protein, high in fiber, and contains an ideal balance of omega 3-6-9 fatty acids. Reduces inflammation and balances hormones.
- Chia Seeds: Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids for sustained energy and antioxidants. Provides tissue repairing protein.
I already have a bunch of other yummy smoothies on my mind and can’t wait to share them all with you. Comment below and let me know what types of smoothies you’d be interested in reading about.