Coffee is just not cutting it for me. Not only was I addicted to it, like I feel-like-I'm-going-to-die-without-it kind of addiction, it left me feeling dehydrated all day, especially living in Denver at such a high altitude.
So I've said "bye-bye" to my morning Joe and HELLO to my Green Monster!!
Meet green monster. Isn't he cute?
He is the ultimate pick me up for my early mornings. Well any morning, really. I have started drinking my fruits and greens for breakfast, and WOW, what a difference! My skin feels better and clearer, my eyes are whiter and I have so much energy for my little munchkins at school. Do yourself a favor. Make your own green monster. He is not so scary, and he tastes a-maz-ing.
Here is how I do it...
Pick a good balance of your favorite fruits and veggies. I do 1/2 of each whole fruit. Pineapple, cucumber and apple are my staples. Pear is awesome when in season.
Add the liquids and greens: spinach and kale (2 big handfuls combined), carrot juice - so sweet-, almond milk (or any milk/liquid you are feelin' that day), drizzles of agave nectar*, and a 1/2 'nana.
Greek yogurt is a MUST. Extra protein, keeps things movin' and makes my Green Monster nice and smooooth.
Layer in blender. Liquids, fruits, greens, yogurt. Grind it up!
Look at that neon green. I think it's actually really pretty. AND kids think it's SO cool too!
Pour. slurp. feel alive.
All ingredients can be changed/added to your liking
1/2 apple (honeycrisp is my fav)
1/2 seedless cucumber
1 pineapple ring (1/3 cup)
2 tbs plain (or vanilla) greek yogurt
2 tsp of light agave nectar
2 handfuls of spinach
a few leaves of kale (leave out the tough middle part of the leaf)
splashes of carrot juice
splashes of milk, almond milk, water or apple juice
*Agave nectar is one of my secrets. It's sugar in a natural form and a little bit goes a long way!