Monday, December 31, 2012

To a Happy, Healthy Food Year

As I sit here drinking my last green smoothie of the year I raise my glass to everyone who's taken the time to prepare food for themselves, their families and their friends. There really is no better way to bring people together or to restore your health and well-being. Preparing whole foods that sustain and nourish us is an honorable endeavor, and one that I hope we continue to share into the new year.

My Farewell to 2012 Green Smoothie
1 large ripe pear (cored)
2 stalks of celery (ends removed)
1 small english cucumber (ends removed)
1/2 ripe avocado (scooped out of the skin)
Two leaves of kale
4-6 stalks of parsley
1 lime (peeled)
1 handful of raw cashews
2 healthy pinches of unsweetened coconut
1 cup of orange juice
1 handful of ice

Place all ingredients (I use organic fruits and vegetables) into your blender ( I use the Vitamix) and begin blending on low speed. As the smoothie comes together switch to high speed and blend until it's smooth and creamy. Now sit back, relax and allow your digestive system to wake up to this wholesome goodness. This healthy morning ritual also sets the tone for what you'll eat for the rest of the day.  Once you give your body good food, it will always crave more.

Visit my recipes page and scroll down to the Smoothies section for a little inspiration. I also invite you to explore my soup, whole grain and vegetarian recipes as you start planning menus for the new year. 

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Wishing you a happy, healthy new year.