I never thought this would be my life. I never envisioned myself to be that person who would wake up and decide to drink a green smoothie! I love sweet things just as much as I hate things that do not look or smell amazing, inviting or appetizing.
So believe me, I’m just as surprised as you that this is now my life! I know, I know, I sound super dramatic but I love to celebrate small victories. And to me, deciding to eat healthier DAILY is a small victory! I decided that I wanted more out of life. I’ve been on a wellness journey for awhile now, but it’s really been during the last couple of months that I became excited about it. And that excitement is probably why I have been seeing such amazing results lately (i.e. clearer skin, more energy, slimming down of my belly etc.).
Something finally clicked when it sunk into my soul that wellness is best looked at and managed holistically— incorporating mind, body and spirit. When I began to see the benefits of all 3 working together, I became convinced that this is the life I desired and was worthy of working for.
Something wellness consultant, Monica Bundy said really stuck with me: “I deserve the self-loving act of caring for my health.” I deserve to be in good health. Not only do I deserve to be in good health, but I deserve to literally live my best life— and the best way to do that is to care for my body just as much as I do my mind or my spirit.
In the past couple of years I have become very intentional about what I allow into my mind and my spirit, so why not do the same for my body? Though I may not ever become a vegan or vegetarian, I do intend on incorporating a lot more fruits and veggies into my diet— especially greens. One easy way to do this is with smoothies! Green smoothies in particular have been a quick, easy, and filling option, that is surprisingly more tasty than I thought.
One of our mottos at MindfullyMOTIV8 is to “Start Where You Are.” So here’s a quick recipe of the green smoothie I made with what I had readily available in my house (and that works with my current diet). Feel free to modify to our own dietary restrictions or personal preferences.
2 handfuls of organic baby spinach
2 tablespoons of pineapple chunks
1/4 cup of fresh mango chunks
1/3 cup of frozen papaya chunks
1 organic banana
1/3 cup green tea
1/3 cup of whole milk
1 vanilla yogurt cup
1/2 strawberry-banana yogurt cup
dash of ground ginger
*These measurements are estimates. I usually just do what feels right and toss it in the blender🤷🏾♀️
Blend half of the green tea, 1 handful of spinach and the remaining ingredients together. Once the mixture is smooth enough for you, add in the 2nd handful of spinach and remaining green tea. Enjoy!
Light + love,