When I can, I like to start my days with a relaxing routine. I find it helps me set intentions for my day, and provides me with a greater sense of peace and a better handle on what I need to accomplish to honor my priorities. I am successful doing so about 50% of my mornings (the others are a wild race to get out of the door), but as I become accustomed to how rewarding it feels to complete a pre-work routine, the more my motivation and follow-through grows.
Whether I am calmly meditating or racing against the clock, I always have time to incorporate at least one healthy step in my morning routine: drinking a greens smoothie, or "sludge," as we affectionately call it around my house. Drinking my greens is particularly important for me, as I do not like salads and have a hard time choking down lettuce.
I got this idea from Kimberly Snyder, who promotes the practice of drinking a produce-only smoothie in the morning before breakfast to nourish your body with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and promote healthy digestion. She recommends using a VitaMix, which I do not own and can't currently justify purchasing, so I have adapted her recipe slightly to suit my purposes. I use a Breville Hemisphere blender, which, while it does not blend me a new life like a VitaMix, is a great blender and more than enough for my current needs.
Adapted from the amazing Kimberly Snyder, who is superhuman and healthy in a way I can only dream of
*buy organic when possible, particularly with greens, celery and apple*
- 1 organic banana
- 1 organic apple
- 2 cups organic spinach
- 1-2 cups organic romaine lettuce
- 2-3 stalks organic celery
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- dash of ground turmeric
- healthy dash of cinnamon (this goes a long way in enhancing tastiness!)
- 3 cups of water
- Clean your apple, celery and greens (I like EatCleaner's sprays)
- Blend your greens and two cups of water on your blender's highest setting (for the Breville, this is "liquify")
- Chop your apple to remove the core, you can also chop your celery and banana
- Squeeze lemon juice into a separate bowl to avoid getting any seeds in your blender
- Add fruit, lemon juice, and spices to your blender and blend on highest setting
- Optional: add another cup of water. I do, because I find it easier to drink and less "plant-y"
This makes a large pitcher that will last in your fridge for several days. I try to drink a tall glass of this each morning and I wait about 30 minutes before noshing on breakfast, which for almost every single day of the past decade has been oatmeal. I love oatmeal. The 30-minute wait period is recommended by Kimberly Snyder to aid digestion.
In addition to this produce-heavy smoothie, I love sweet and protein-heavy smoothies, as well. While struggling with pregnancy heartburn (I'm still waiting for the "glowing" part of pregnacy...) a cooling smoothie is a life-saver. Stay-tuned for more of my favorite smoothie recipes!
Are you a morning person, night owl, or just really passionate about sleep?
(I'm the third option - I love to go to bed early and sleep in late!)