lean, mean and green.
That photo up there? Yep, that's me––a pizza-loving, occasional donut-inhaler––going healthy. I wake up for these smoothies. They're that good, and I'm not just referring to how they taste, though they're actually pretty delicious. I'm talking about how they make me feel. Energized, refreshed, not bloated (quite the rarity). And maybe better skin. I've received three genuine complements on my skin within the past month. That's more than I've had... ever?
My point is that I've become a green smoothie junkie/addict/enthusiast/other-super-cliche-word. I'm not a foggy-brained, grumpy butt walking hypnotically toward my French press in the morning anymore. To be honest, that was the deciding factor. I'll never give up good coffee, but I really do appreciate the relief from an almost painful craving, and sometimes pounding headache, every morning before I get my dose of crack caffeine.
It's all thanks to Ellen Fisher of Mango Island Mamma and my friend who wouldn't stop talking about Ellen and her perfect, healthy family. I remember asking my friend, "You're not gonna go vegan on me, are you?!" Well. Ellen is a raw vegan, and I've been following her on Instagram and YouTube. I bought her ebook, too, and I've read most of her blog. So, I really have no room to criticize anymore––not that I did in the first place.
I'll come clean. Smoothies aren't all that I've become a huge fan of. I've made several of the recipes from Ellen's ebook, and they are so good. John loves them, too, which automatically gives them credibility in my mind. We've been eating like casual raw vegans for the past two and a half or three weeks, and we haven't felt this good in a long time. I think there's something there. It's crazy how our bodies have responded to quality, fresh fruits and veggies. In only a few weeks.
We're not going completely raw vegan. (You can push the judgmental thoughts and eye rolls aside.) ;) At least not yet. I still buy meat, and I don't think I'll ever be able to stop eating seafood. But overall, I've been buying fruits and veggies of all kinds and making new and different meals with them. What's cool is that Ellen really pushes the idea of abundance and eating the freshest and most delicious fruits and vegetables available. She makes the most gorgeous salads and never shies away from huge portions. Eating healthy produce until you're full and satisfied is one of the most freeing thoughts.
(But don't worry, I'll still eat pizza and nachos occasionally. I'm definitely not about banning myself from certain types of food.)
This morning's smoothie (pictured above) is my own creation. It's really simple, and once you make a few of Ellen's, you'll get a general idea about ingredients and portions. I like to include some greens and ground flaxseed in each of my smoothies depending on what I have, of course. Big tip: If you're planning to use kale in a smoothie, be sure to add an apple or banana to cut down on the bitter aftertaste.
Green Energizer Smoothie
2 cups chopped up or frozen mango
2 handfuls kale
lots of water (to desired consistency)
Add all ingredients to a blender, blend until smooth and enjoy! :)