Hey, ya’ll! It’s Amanda again from A Cookie Named Desire. Lately, I’ve been obsessing over the fact that I am 27 and officially well into my late 20’s which is kind of a big deal for me. I keep thinking about turning 30 soon and what that means for my metabolism and overall health. Unlike most people I know, I am not a big coffee drinker. I am not a huge fan of the taste and never really liked hot drinks in general. (I will, on occasion, drink the heck out of a frappuccino, however), so the best way for me to wake up is to stretch and get down some energy-boosting foods. Sooo…. as a way to help wake me up in the morning and make me feel as though I am preparing my body for – ahem – aging gracefully, I’ve started drinking nutrient-packed smoothies in the morning.
I have a formula of how I like to prepare my smoothies for optimal creaminess and nutrition, and I am going to share one of the many recipes I’ve come to love and depend on in the morning to get me started. I think out of every smoothie I’ve made so far, this is by far my favorite. It’s got almost 2 cups of kale and spinach, plus avocado, apples, a few grapes, maybe some honey, and my secret weapon, Juvo raw meal powder. Most of my smoothies come out like this really weird brown-grey color that reminds me of Polyjuice Potion (any Harry Potter fans? No? Just me?) It’s just that I love moxing in a ton of berries and fruits together with my leafy greens. It taste delicious and that’s what counts, right?? Well, fear not, because one of the reasons why I love this smoothie is because it has a beautifully bright green color that screams health and you don’t have to hide away from your co-workers. As it turns out, the trick is to stick to similarly-colored fruits and veggies and leave behind that “But I want all the pretty colors at once!” mentality.
What I love about my “secret weapon,” Juvo, is that it has whole grains, vegetables, sea vegetables, fruits, and mushrooms all in one and it has little to no flavor to it. Seriously, you can drink the stuff with plain water if you wanted. I usually add just one or two tablespoons per serving. You can replace it with any raw meal that you prefer, or skip it altogether, so please don’t feel as though you must run out and buy anything cause then I’d feel guilty if you decided you hated it. This smoothie still has a ton of health packed right into it without it.
This smoothie reminds me of a thick, creamy milkshake and is ready in only a couple of minutes, which is why I think I go to it every morning. Since there is so much packed into one glass, it is super thick (you can thin it out as much as you like with a bit of water or apple juice if you don’t like your smoothies too thick), ice cold and has a wonderful sweetness to it that isn’t too overwhelming for the morning. It’s just perfect!
As with all simple recipes, the quality of the ingredients is key. Organic ingredients, homegrown, if possible. I use kale I grow myself, and apples and honey from the local farm. The spinach I get in bags from a family friend’s garden. I know it isn’t always possible to get everything as fresh (No one is growing avocados anywhere near me), but seriously, do it with anything and everything you can. The depth of flavor is second to none.