What’s your secret? I hear this question a lot during the holidays from people wanting to know how I can indulge without gaining lots of weight, or feel sick from eating way too much rich food. So… I’ll let you in on the secret: I eat light meals in between the heavier ones. It’s so simple that it’s not really qualified to be a secret, but there you have it!
This might sound crazy, but after a full scale holiday meal, I drink green smoothies for breakfast and lunch the next day. It helps me regain my balance, (and my appetite). Smoothies also give me a boost of nutrition from fresh fruits and vegetables which is sometimes lacking during the festivities.
I love to indulge, and I absolutely refuse to feel guilty about it. However, after too many back to back great meals, I usually don’t feel very well. My way of coping with indulgences and staying healthy, is to keep the indulgences spaced out. By eating lots of fresh raw produce, I feel great and I still eat to my hearts content. Green smoothies are also really easy to make, and the cleanup is much easier than a full meal. I love their time-saving aspect, especially during the holidays when there is so much going on.
For this smoothie, I place the peeled oranges and the cut up apple with the kombucha into the blender. Then, I blend it just to combine. This breaks down the fruit and creates more space for the spinach. Next, add the spinach and blend together until it’s completely smooth.
I find that green smoothies are always at their best right away. But… I often make them early in the morning and drink them throughout the day.
With the New Year coming up, green smoothies are a great way to add more fresh produce to your diet, and lose any extra chocolate incurred pounds. I’ve found myself relying more and more on easy and healthy recipes like these to keep me energized and on track throughout the year.
What’s your secret strategy?
- 2 large oranges, peeled and quartered
- 1 large Honey Crisp apple, quartered and cored
- 1 - 16 ounce bottle of Kombucha, (ginger is my favorite flavor)
- 3 ounces (3 cups) fresh spinach, washed
- Place the oranges, apple, and kombucha in the blender. Blend on low until the fruit is broken down, this makes room for the spinach.
- Add the spinach to the blended fruit and blend, increasing your speed to high and blend until smooth and creamy in texture.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 1 day.
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