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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

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

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.


GuaKALEmole Salad

I loooove me some guac! However, because it’s often enjoyed with multiple handfuls of tortilla chips, I don’t indulge as much as I’d like to. This salad tastes like a fiesta in your mouth and is a great way to get in a big serving of dark leafy greens and healthy fats.

Sombrero optional. Enjoy!!

3-4 kale leaves, de-stemmed
1/2 avocado
1 tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 lime, juiced
1 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
*dash: salt, pep, garlic powder, cumin

In a large bowl, tear kale into lettuce-size leaves. Add in the avocado, juice of the lime, and prepare to get your hands dirty! ‘Massage’ in the avo/lime juice to break down the kale and fully coat leaves with the mash. Toss in all other ingredients and mix it up.

¡Buen provecho!



Posted on March 12, 2015 and filed under salad, raw.