A lot of people have voiced wanting to make themselves healthier meals (especially breakfast) but say they don’t have the time to make something healthy. I have news for you: that’s an excuse!! Our inner ego likes to sabotage good things we are trying to do for our bodies and minds. It’s time to fight back! I promise if you just try to find a healthy option for any meal, you will find it’s not that hard or time consuming.
I like to start my day with a juice or a smoothie. Buying a fresh pressed juice can get expensive (unless you have a kick ass produce market in your neighborhood that happens to have $4 juices which is a steal in NYC, I swear!) I have yet to take the plunge and purchase a juicer yet. I do, however, have a Ninja blender that works great for making smoothies! I have found that it’s healthy, delicious, and minimal clean up. (I’ll tell you how below.)
When you think of smoothies, you may think of something milk or yogurt based which is fine if that’s your thing but dairy tends to bother my stomach so I’d rather save eating dairy for cheese or ice cream because when it’s that delicious then the suffering is worth it? Hey! It’s all about balance!
I prefer dairy-free smoothies. I’ll dive in to the pros and cons of dairy and why it may or may not be something you’ll want to cut back on at a later date! I buy whatever produce looks good and smoothie worthy. It helps if it’s on sale! I do a lot of berry-based smoothies (strawberry, raspberry, blueberry). I’ll also usually always add a banana and a couple handfuls of spinach or kale (or any green).
To save money & time, I buy fruit & veggies when they’re on sale from my awesome neighborhood produce market. Sometimes they have big containers of strawberries for only $1! The catch is that they are extremely ripe so you need to eat them that day OR you can do what I do and freeze them. A lot of times they have organic produce but sometimes I cave and buy conventional (Refer to my post about the dirty dozen & clean 15!). I buy a bunch of fruit & greens on sale for my smoothies and I take some extra time to prep: wash, cut, and store everything in the freezer. You can also buy (organic) frozen fruit if fresh produce isn’t great in your area.
Aloha: The Daily Green: I wanted to pump up the nutritional value of my smoothies and I wasn’t too keen on any of the protein powders I’ve tried but more about that later! I came across a company called Aloha at an event I was at and boy, was I pumped!
What is it?: It’s a dried green juice powder that’s sold in individual packets. It has everything from greens (spirulina, spinach, moringa, peas, wheatgrass) to berries, ginger, and coconut water to mushrooms (king trumpet, enoki, oyster) ground up in there. It’s low in calories per and is packed with tons of vitamins & minerals like vitamin A, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, vitamin D3, vitamin E, calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc.
How does it taste?: It tastes extremely earthy if you drink it on its own. I’m into that but not everyone is. If I know things are good for me, I can usually get past the taste. I’m still working on the taste of spirulina but I’ll get there!!
What can you do with it?: I tried Aloha at the event with almond milk and it was quite good but I knew I could sneak it into my smoothies and pump up the nutritional value! The Aloha website has lots of recipes. You can add it to oats, juice, homemade granola, etc.
1 large handful of blueberries
5-6 medium strawberries
1 small-medium banana
1 packet Aloha
1-2 handfuls of spinach
Juice of ½ lemon
Juice of ½ lime
1 cup ice (or more if you like a thicker, colder smoothie)
Splash of filtered water (I used my Soma. Look for another post soon about the importance of quality water!)
Directions: Blend up ingredients in your blender (I used my Ninja) & drink! I like to put my smoothies in a wine glass or jar that I’ve recycled with a straw & fruit on the rim because I’m fancy like that.
*Experiment & have fun!! Add in a variety of fruits and greens! I'm going to try mango & pineapple tomorrow morning!
About Aloha & Where to buy:
Green juice powder. Order a free trial with this link and get a $5 credit on your account!
About Ninja & where to buy:
Coolest blender since the Vitamix. Shop here!
About Soma & where to buy:
I’m in love with this water filter & carafe. It’s an awesome alternative to a Brita or faucet water! If you purchase through my referral link you will receive a $10 credit & $10 will be donated to charity:water ! Check it out here !
How to easily & quickly clean your blender:
Step 1: Do not leave your dirty blender in the sink all day!
Step 2: Add warm water & dish soap to your blender after rinsing it out. Blend that! Seriously, do it. It does all the dirty work for you!
Step 3: Give the pitcher & lid a quick soapy wipe and rinse and you’re good to go!