Drink These and Think Summer Thoughts

The ability to be in tune with your body’s nutritional needs is as close to a health destination as you can get in my book. I say this because I’m on the ‘health is not a destination, but a journey’ team, too.

As a health coach I am always seeking to strengthen that connection and intuition not only in myself but also encourage my clients to do the same. The one thing I can say that my body is loud and clear about is how I eat seasonally. I have been repulsed by thoughts of a big salad, raw veggies and fruit, and even green smoothies all winter. Because raw food has a lighter, cooling effect on our body, I’ve been gravitating towards baked sweet potatoes, steamed greens, and tons of soups and stews. This is my body altering cravings according to what I need to survive this relentless winter. Primal instinct really.

However, ever since my quick trip to Florida last month, I have been JONESIN for green smoothies! Spoiled by the in-season local pineapple and citrus, I had a hay-day recipe perfecting. They have been calling my name so much that I plan to buy a new blender this week. I’m convinced it’s beyond craving; it’s a direct order from Mother Nature to start faking-it-till-we-make-it until the groundhog retracts his prediction. These smoothies are my warm weather rain dances in drinkable form. They will take you away via your taste buds to a feeling of sand between your toes and ocean breeze against your face.*

Piña Colada Green Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 cup (large handful) spinach
1 cup coconut water
1/2 banana
3/4 cup chopped pineapple
2 Tbsp. shredded unsweetened coconut
1 Tbsp. spirulina

Directions: Blend and garnish with coconut shreds and a pineapple chunk! Get fancy.

Creamsicle Green Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 cup (large handful) spinach
3 oranges, sliced, peeled, de-seeded 
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Stevia: 10 drops liquid or 1 packet

Join me on this delicious and noble quest of conjuring up warmer weather by making these and thinking summer thoughts! Post your smoothie pics and hashtag #conjuringsummer @thatlushlife

*bikini not required.

Enjoy!