Berry Avocado Beauty Smoothie

Despite its murky color, this green smoothie tastes GREAT and is packed with all my favorite beauty foods. Coconut water and leafy greens hydrate your cells, berries provide anti-aging antioxidants, and the healthy fats from avocado keep your skin soft (I promise, you won’t taste it in there!). Tocos is an incredible superfood, the "Ultimate Skin Food" as it contains bio-available vitamins D & E. But probably the most potent (and maybe weirdest) beauty food is collagen protein. Collagen is what is responsible for giving skin elasticity, hair its strength, and connective tissue its ability to hold everything in place. It’s pure protein so you will stay satisfied and energized for hours. Isn’t that beautiful?

Head over to The Any Magazine for the recipe!

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Greens with Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Here's the deal: while I LOVE me some salad, as the weather starts to cool, the idea of crunching on raw lettuce just does not sound appealing. At all. Do you feel me?

Even though I'm not eating as much salad, I make sure to still get my green on (since eating greens is one of the best ways to gain energy) - sneaking spinach in smoothies, stirring kale into soups, and (most often) making simple sautéed greens. 

I'm hesitant to call this a "recipe" because it is so easy, but I want to show you guys just how quick and simple it can be to whip up something that is both healthy AND delicious. The garlic infused olive oil is really what makes this dish. It sounds fancy, but don't worry, it's not, and it truly transforms plain ol' greens into something much more flavorful and satisfying. 

You can (and probably should) make the olive oil in advance - the flavors intensify the longer it sits, although it never lasts more than a few days for me. 

Greens with Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Ingredients:

- 1 head garlic

- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

- 1 package pre-washed greens of choice, or 1 bunch of greens washed and chopped (baby spinach, kale, bok choy, collard greens, mustard greens, etc!)

- generous pinch of sea salt

- optional toppings: red pepper flakes, fresh black pepper, gomasio (sesame seed sprinkle), squeeze of lemon

Instructions

1. Make your infused olive oil: Smash and peel cloves of garlic. Place garlic in a medium pot, add olive oil, and heat over medium-low until bubbles form around garlic, about 3 minutes. Let cook 10 minutes, reducing heat to low if garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. [see original recipe + video here!]

2. Get your green on! Add 1-2 tbsp of the infused olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Once garlic begins to brown, sprinkle generously with sea salt and add the greens. Cover and cook until greens are wilted, but still vibrant in color (timing will depend on which greens you choose). 

3. Serve and enjoy immediately! I've included some optional toppings above, but feel free to experiment with your favorite spices and flavors. 

Honestly, I'll eat this whole recipe myself (what can I say, I need LOTS of energy to teach and coach all day long!!). My current go-to is to serve these greens with tempeh, roasted sweet potato or squash, and sauerkraut. YUM!


What is your favorite way to get your greens in during the cooler months? Let me know in the comments below!.

Green Dream Smoothie

Do you want to try a green smoothie but not sure where to start?  Then this is a smoothie for you! It's green, but it seriously tastes like liquid chocolate chip cookie (in the healthiest way possible).  The perfect treat for a Friday morning!

I served this smoothie at Sunday's Blissful Backyard Yoga Brunch and it was a HUGE hit so I knew I had to share it here.  This smoothie is nutrient-dense, satisfying, and downright delicious.  So do the Friday dance, grab some spinach, and make this treat for yourself ASAP!

Green Dream Smoothie // vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar free

Ingredients:

- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of choice

- 1/2 frozen banana

- 1.5 TBSP almond butter

- 1 cup of cold water (you can also use almond milk)

- large handful of baby spinach, baby kale, or a tsp of spirulina

- 1 TBSP cacao nibs (you could also use really dark chocolate, but I like cacao because there's no added sugar or other ingredients!)

- dash cinnamon

- dash high quality sea salt (optional)

Instructions:

Add everything to your blender and blend until smooth! You can also throw in some ice cubes if you are like me and love your smoothies super icy.  Top with more cacao nibs or shredded unsweetened coconut!

 

I hope you all enjoy this recipe!  Let me know in the comments below: have you tried a green smoothie before?  If so, did you like it? What did you use?

6 Ways to Get Your Green On This St. Paddy's Day

Green beer, green bagels, green eggs and ham… all classic St. Paddy’s fare.  Green? Yes. Good for you? Questionable.  Here are six easy ways to get your green on and still feel great this St. Paddy’s day:

  1. Start your day with a Green Smoothie - Still haven’t hopped on the green smoothie bandwagon?  Use this holiday as an excuse to try it out.  I suggest adding a small handful of baby spinach to your usual blend - I promise, you won’t taste it!  Already a green smoothie fanatic?  Great! Experiment with a new green, such as arugula, bok choy, or celery.
  2. Get some green energy with matcha - As discussed in this post, matcha is finely powdered green tea.  It has tons of benefits, and is really pretty to look at!  Drink the tea straight up or try it as a latte.
  3. Fill up on good fats with avocado - Swap the mayo or cheese on your sandwich for avocado.  Not only does it taste delicious, avocado is also packed with heart healthy fats and fiber, which means you will stay full longer.  
  4. Reach for edamame for a high protein snack - One cup of shelled edamame contains 17 grams of protein and 180 calories - that’s more than many “protein” bars, and without the long list of ingredients and added sugar.  You can buy pre-cooked, shelled edamame in the frozen foods section, or try a dried version for extra crunch. 
  5. Pick pesto for your pasta - Pesto is a healthy alternative to many butter- and cream-filled pasta sauces because its packed with greens (basil) and good for you fats (nuts and olive oil).  Most pestos contain cheese, so if you are looking for a dairy-free version make sure you check the ingredients, or better yet, make it yourself!  Here’s an easy and tasty recipe for vegan pesto.  Want to take your pasta up notch?  Pour it over zucchini noodles!
  6. Satisfy your sweet tooth with mint chocolate chip ice cream - Need a sweet treat to end the day?  Look no further than this homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream.  Dairy free and packed with fresh mint, this dessert is a perfect guilt-free indulgence. 

How will you go green this St. Paddy’s day?

Good Morning Green Juice

It's a fact: I LOVE me some fresh green juice.  However, I have been neglecting my juicer the past few months and instead have been frequenting Organic Avenue and Juice Press for a daily hit of fresh pressed fruits and veggies. While this allows me to experiment with flavors and ingredients I don't normally have at home, buying at $10+ juice every day is just not in my budget.  Now that I am back in NYC with no big trips, I am making a conscious effort to juice at home more.  This is my go-to green juice combination - slightly sweet, slightly tart, and easy on the digestive system, this juice gives me a nice kick of energy first thing in the morning, without the headache or stomachache that comes with coffee and sugar-filled breakfasts.

This recipe make one extra large or two regular servings.  It is best enjoyed immediately, but will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge. 

Good Morning Green Juice
2 Granny Smith Apples
2 medium cucumbers
10-12 kale leaves
1/2 inch knob of ginger
Optional: small knob of turmeric, handful of herbs (mint and cilantro are my favorites), squeeze of lemon

Juice and enjoy!