Sometimes, despite all the knowledge I’ve gleaned throughout this journey, I find myself falling into old (bad) habits. Like waiting too long after I wake up to nourish my body.
Before the road trip I was on an awesome streak of daily Green Smoothies for breakfast. But long after the road trip has come to an end, I found myself starving hours after I’d woken up.
All my life I have done well at following a pattern, keeping to a schedule. But the minute something upsets that routine, it takes me weeks to get back into the groove. That ends today.
This morning I went back to a previous (healthy) habit. As soon as I woke up, I mixed myself a quick and easy “cocktail” to rehydrate my body.
A squeezed half a lemon into a giant glass of water, and then added a smidge of organic Agave to temper the tartness.
There are many reasons why drinking water with freshly squeezed lemon juice is good for you. Here are just a few:
- Rich in vitamin C – so it supports your immune system.
- Alkalizing properties – so it helps balance your ph levels.
- Kickstarts your metabolism — so having it first thing in the morning will aid your digestive system and help your kidneys do their job in flushing out toxins.
- Good for your skin — Antioxidant properties will help combat free radical damage, and thus help you ward off the signs of aging.
- Cleans your liver — Aids in the detoxification of the liver by purifying and stimulating the production of bile.
- And many other reasons, including but not limited to: reduces your appetite; cleans your urinary tract and provides general (overall) health and immunity benefits through calcium, magnesium and potassium (in addition to the vitamin C noted in #1).
Lemons are great. And cheap. Don’t take the lazy way out and buy something plastic, in the shape of a lemon, pretending to be a lemon. It’s not. Yeah, I know, it lasts longer than a real lemon. That’s because it’s ARTIFICIAL.
Buy a lemon. Cut it. Squeeze it. Easy peasy.
Once I finished my lemon water (500 ml or 16 oz), I made my way back to good habit #2: I made myself a Green Smoothie.
I seem to vary up the recipe daily (when I’m in daily-smoothie-making-mode, that is) – but I always start with the same base. For me, it’s a ton of fresh baby spinach. You can also use kale. Or whatever floats your boat.
I load those bad boys right up to the top. Spinach breaks down to practically nothing, so don’t be afraid to pile this stuff on. Think of all those antioxidants!
Next I add about a cup or so of almond milk. But, you can use any dairy or non-dairy product you like.
At this point I give it a whirl on a low setting, just to break up all that lovely spinach. Once it’s nice and liquid-y (and a really nasty and toxic-looking green colour), I then add the magic:
- 2 teaspoons of chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon of ground flax seeds
- protein: either a couple of heaping tbsp. of plain Greek yogurt – or – one scoop of whey protein powder. (today I went with vanilla protein powder as I planned to workout immediately after my smoothie)
Give it another spin-a-roo in the blender to get all those seeds and powder integrated. And then add the yummy stuff:
- frozen banana pieces
- frozen blueberries
- frozen strawberries
- pick your poison… buy whatever berries make you happy – and then just freeze them! Or buy them frozen. Whatever works for you!
Today I opted for bananas and blueberries from my freezer plus a handful of walnuts from my pantry (another great superfood!) and a handful of fresh raspberries which were threatening to go bad before I have a chance to eat them all.
And, voila! The finished product.
See, it’s barely even green anymore. 😉
Honestly, it tastes fantastic, it’s good for you, and it’s really filling.
This is a smart and healthy way to start the day. With a little planning (i.e. make sure you have the ingredients on hand), The entire process takes all of 10 minutes. And now there’s no reason to skip breakfast!