Self-Care Challenge #5
Merhaba (hello in Turkish!), everyone!
We are at our final week of the #MemoallureSelfCareChallenge! If you haven’t been following along, I would highly suggest you do this for your beautiful self! You deserve a moment to yourself.
This week, I am challenging you to make yourself a green smoothie throughout the week. Green smoothies are a great way to sneak in greens into your diet. They are also pretty versatile, so you can add in whatever you please. Now that it is the summer time, I always seem to be reaching more for smoothies in this hot weather.
You do not need to add in all the ingredients I did if you don’t have them. Get creative with it. I think the secret to making green smoothies not taste horrible is bananas and almond/peanut butter. It hides the flavor. Another trick I like to keep in mind is that, I don’t like to add more fruit than I would normally eat in one sitting. So think it through, how much fruit would you really eat, if you were just planning on eating fruit. And if you say, you eat too much fruit, then maybe follow the serving size.
For my green smoothie, I started with a base of kale and soy milk. You may use almond milk or any other milk you have on hand, I personally only had soy milk.
Then add MaraNatha No Stir Almond Butter, Creamy, 12 Ounce (Pack of 2)almond butter, half scoop of protein powder, Barlean’s Organic Oils High Lignan Flax Oil, 16-Ounce Bottleflax oil, wheat germ, Amazing Grass Green Superfood Berry, Box of 15 Individual Servings, 0.28 oz packetsgreen superfood packet, frozen banana and a little bit of frozen blueberries. The superfood packet, I received as a sample and wanted to give it a try, but it’s definitely not necessary as you are already putting in kale for your greens. If you do not have kale, spinach is a great alternative. Also, if you are curious about the benefits of wheat germ and flax oil, you can check out my post here.
I used my Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer SystemNutriBullet, which is AMAZING for smoothies. It just makes it so much easier and you can enjoy your smoothie right after you make it. Plus, less dishes to wash 🙂
After everything is blended, I like to add Viva Naturals – Organic Raw Cacao Nibs, 1 lb Bagcacao nibs on top for a little bit of crunch. I know it may not look appetizing, but it tastes amazing. Like I’ve said, you cannot taste the greens.
That’s it, all you have left to do is enjoy! I would suggest maybe trying mindful eating practice from last week’s challenge while enjoying this. Did you know mindful eating can heighten your senses? I urge you to give it a try.
Hope you enjoy, here is the full printable recipe:
- handful of kale or spinach
- 1 cup dairy free milk
- 1 spoonful of nut butter
- 1 spoonful of flax oil
- handful of frozen blueberries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 spoonful of wheat germ
- 1 packet of green superfood
- 1/2 spoonful of protein powder (optional)
Topings: Cacao Nibs
Mix all together, and enjoy!
Thank you for reading and thank you for joining me in taking care of yourself for the past 5 weeks! I hope this is something you can learn to do everyday and always remember to take care of YOU! We only have one life to live, I hope you can live it well nourished, with the ones you love and with high quality. I just want to leave with one last comment, and say that self-care is never selfish, it is always necessary.
For anyone who wasn’t able to take part in this, stay tuned, I am working on a PDF version for you guys!
“Never underestimate the investment you make in yourself.”