The month of February has been wonderful thus far. It started with the joy of green smoothies, brought to life by the incredibly giving company, Vitamix. To read about this sweet and lovely story, please visit my other blog here: Brita Corradini: A Unicorn, Double Chocolate Cake, and a Perfect Sunset… : Blogs – OCInSite. This blog is different and equally enjoyable! To view the other posts I have written for this website, please visit: User – OCInSite. Multiple blogs, you ask?? Yes, I am a bit of a tart when it comes to my words. This blog is published on Stu News here: Stu News Laguna. I figure if you’ll listen and follow, I’ll write and spread the word!
Back to wonderful February and the chicken dinner! I felt an enormous lift in energy and spirit as I drank my smoothies chock full of dark green goodness. How intense did I get? Very. I started following a smoothie recipe from an inspirational woman by the name of Courtney and her aptly named blog – “Green Drink Diaries”. There is the expected greens like kale and spinach, with a few exciting ingredients like spouts and seaweed. She throws in a very complementary avocado. But the creme de la creme is the raw brussel sprouts. You could not pay me $20 to eat a raw brussel sprout. You could probably pay me $50, but I haven’t seen anyone pulling out their wallets to watch me nibble one of those baby green globes for an hour. It does make sense that if you can’t chew your way to healthiness, why not blend? This is the ultimate big gulp of smoothies, weighing in at a whopping 64 ounces! Thankfully, the Vitamix whips this bad boy into a silky oblivion. The taste is intense but very drinkable. You may notice I use the word “intense” quite a bit. In case you’re wondering what I mean by it, let me do a re-cap of when I use it. My completely drug-free natural labor wasn’t painful, it was “intense”. Going through chemo with two babies wasn’t difficult, it was “intense”. Drinking a smoothie that is full of raw vegetables I wouldn’t normally eat isn’t gross, it’s just “intense”. Why give it a label that has a negative connotation before you’re out of the gate? Why not start the race with a word that leaves room for growth so that moment can create its own feeling? When I say “intense,” I’m reminding myself that I am stronger than any experience. Of course I know there are moments of exhaustion and pain and frustration, but I am setting myself up with verbal armor that looks for the light at the end of the tunnel. Turns out, this “intense” smoothie has become an enjoyable drink.
I am doing myself a favor every morning when I hit that blend button and watch the swirls of emerald and forest green. I have felt the difference in my energy levels and have seen it in the healthy glow I exude. I am even fitting into pre-pregnancy jeans! And by pre-pregnancy, I mean pre ALL babies pregnancy! Oh yes, I think happiness has snuck into my description of the smoothie!
As I watch Alabama stretch her little limbs into the person she’s growing into, I am daily reminded of my influence on her. Her eagle eye doesn’t miss a thing, and she has asked for a drink every time I make a smoothie. Yes, I am making ridiculously delicious noises that would make anyone say “I’ll have what she’s having,” but it works. She has found delight in sunlight and plants and little baby bugs that probably don’t survive her poking and prodding. Combining a green smoothie with a little sunny Vitamin D and my baby soaking up nature leaves me as the happiest camper this side of the Rockies.
Helpful hint of the day: We are all aware that broccoli is incredibly good for you. My dear friend Miss Mahlia clued me into the best way to eat this mini green tree. A quick dip in boiling water opens up the pores and releases any hidden toxins. Even organic broccoli will drink up the floating toxins from the commercially grown plant next door. Then, a quick dip in cold water stops the cooking process and you’ve got yourself a toxic-free, healthful veggie!
Now onto my favorite part 🙂