Mango Peachy Green Smooothie 

It felt like a morning like any other, but little did I know what awaited me in just a few minutes. 

A ballin’ green smoothie. 

Normally, I just throw what I find in the fridge into the blender to make a smoothie.  This usually turns out a pretty good smoothie, but nothing to get too excited about. This morning was not this way.  I tasted it and immediately danced around my house asking anyone in my family I could find if they wanted to taste what if made. And this time my dad tried it, loved it, and recreated it for his breakfast.  

This is a great smoothie for the morning, it is sweet (though not overly so), refreshing, filling, and makes you feel like you just put some liquid gold into your stomach. 

Thick Mango Peachy Green Smoothie 
serves 1

2 leaves kale 
1 peeled lemon 
1 handful frozen peaches 
1 handful frozen mango 
2 tbsp hemp hearts 
3-4 Brazil nuts 
1/2 zucchini (optional, but gives it body!)
1/2 scoop pea protein 
1/2 tsp cinnamon and turmeric (to taste!)
Sprinkle bee pollen (optional)
Crushed Black pepper 
Handful ice 

Blemd all ingredients together until smooth. sit down, savor, and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy this just as much as I did! 


Surprise Green Dream Smoothie 

Wow you guys, this morning’s smoothie was a surprise.  I just put things into the blender for my smoothie this morning (as per usual), and what ensued was amaaaaaazing!  I’m calling it the “surprise green dream smoothie”  because I was incredibly surprised by how deliscious and creamy it ended up tasting (like a dream smoothie should taste!!), the ingredients pile up to be a stacked nutritional team…and it just happens to be green. If you don’t believe me, believe my sister because she had a taste of mine and started recreating it immediately.  
Do yourself and your digestion a favor and make this smoothie!! 

Surprise Green Dream Smoothie (P, V, GF, NF, SF)      
Serves 1 

2.5 handfuls of greens (I used a “power green mix)
1/2 lemon, peeled 
2 inch chunk of ginger
2 tbsp hemp seeds 
1 tbsp sunflower seed butter 
3/4 scoop protein powder (I use the PlantFusion vanilla bean pea protein )
1/2 cup water (or less–just enough to get it blending smoothly) 
1 tbsp cilantro 
1 1/2 tsp turmeric 
1/4 tsp ground black pepper 
1 tsp cinnamon
Small handful ice 

Blend all the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Sit down and enjoy! 

How to Love Your Body 

Easier said than done, right?  Well step 1: focus on what your body does for you. 

It’s usually during the summer that I feel the most pressure to look a certain way.  I mean, how hard is it not to with all of the ads and magazines and what seems like every social media post out there.  Queue the “get that summer bod” and “best diet to burn fat” and “eat your way to a flat stomach” flashes here.  I know I can’t be the only person out there to get at least a little drawn to these messages. Other than the fact that these promises are often accompanied with questionable nutrition plans, there is a much more disturbing message behind these ads. 

They are telling you flat out that no matter what your body looks like or how you feel in and about it, you should be striving to look like the airbrushed models on top. Because if you aren’t, then you are going be behind or something in the running for bikini bods. It is almost a subliminal message that is brainwashing us into thinking that we should always be focused on being skinnier and looking perfect. All so that they can sell more magazines, dieting products, you name it. 

Sometimes I feel offended by these medias assuming I am always trying to lose weight! No, I am not the skinniest person, nor am I the heaviest. If I don’t have legitimate health issues, what is the problem?  I get mad that our society bombards us with the message that skinny equals attractive, when it is kid not the case! CONFIDENCE and loving yourself and your body is what is attractive at the bottom line. 

So what to do about this? For me, this is a struggl sometimes, and the easiest thing is to start simple. 

  1. Create a list of things that your body does for you. It’s hard not to be grateful for what you have when you realize everything your body does to keep you alive and kicking.  In every single person, there is a heart that beats all day and all night, thousands of times a day, and has been beating every day of their life! How amazing is that? But you can get more specific, like I love my legs because they enable me to run miles at a time. Or I love my feet because they keep me standing up and let me run around work all day while I serve food at the dining hall. Or whatever it is. 
  2. Create a list of things you love about yourself or personality that don’t include your body. Sometimes focusing on the body is hard, but it’s easier to start with something as simple as I am a loyal friend. Or I love that I am funny or hardworking or always willing to lend out a hand. 
  3. Create a list of things you love about your body.  Even loving your eyelashes counts. Or your toes. Or your butt. Or your eyes.  Or teeth. Or hair. Every little thing counts. 

Simply recognizing the processes that your body goes through to keep you living and protected and growing and learning is the best way to start the road to self love. 

I hope this food for thought helps anyone who might be struggling with body image. You aren’t alone! 

Love, as always,