January 28, 2012

And We're Back... With Green is the New Breakfast

My, that was a longer break from blogging than expected! Sorry about that. Around the holidays my free time was spent at boot camp, parties, shopping, and relaxing.  I had so many great ideas for holiday blog posts (lots of movie tie-ins) that never came to light.  Next Christmas - I promise.

And again, January got away from me. I've been reading lots of wonderful books. Ironically all by female Chicago writers. I don't know how that happened, but let's hear it for my hometown girls Rebecca Skloot, Melanie Benjamin, and Wendy McClure.

Apparently January is Ladies Month in my book selections.

When I wasn't swept away in a good book, I was detoxing.  In late November I joined For the Glow's Resolution Challenge which kicked off January 1st and all I can say is, "why didn't I do this sooner?"  I had been subscribed to Jenn's updates for years now (back when she ran Sweat in the City), but didn't jump on the chance to join any of her programs until now.  With my newly recommended diet (which I failed miserably with during the holidays) I knew I had to get back on board and make some serious changes, because I felt like crap all of the time. The Detox Diet in the Resolution Challenge was just what I needed to get my body back on track. I never ate so many greens in one day in my entire life, and you know what, I loved it.

Not only did I feel incredible, I was completely satisfied with the recipes and fell in love with my new favorite things: Green Smoothies and Green Juice. I was so hardcore serious when I joined the program. I even went so far as to buy a juicer and powdered seaweed. I'm so glad I did, because I'm now completely addicted to them.  My breakfast every morning is now a Green Smoothie which gives me so much energy (thanks, Spirulina!) I'm practically dancing my way in to the office.  It's so incredible, I can't wait to share it with you.  Try it, you'll like it!

Betsy's All Time Favorite Green Breakfast Smoothie

1 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
2 cups fresh, organic spinach
1 cup frozen organic blueberries (or your berry of choice. I've tried strawberry and raspberry, but they tend to be a little too seedy for my full enjoyment)
1 Tbsp spirulina powder
1 or 2 Tbsp Raw Cacao

Using a blender, blend together the almond milk and spinach. Add in fruit, spirulina, and cacao.  Blend until smooth.  Enjoy!

How the yum is made.

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