How I beat the heat

Best way to enjoy a smoothie? In nature, of course!

Best way to enjoy a smoothie? In nature, of course!

It is HOT out there. Not just typical summer hot, I mean rising temps and 80%+ humidity. And while I'm a huge fan of routine, especially when it comes to my favorite nourishing foods, I'm reminded the last few weeks that our bodies really know what's best for us. Usually after my gorgeous long morning walks around the neighborhood, I come home and whip up some eggs and veggies for breakfast (one of my absolute fave meals). Yet these days I just can't turn the stovetop on. It's like my body knows the heat will do no good. 

So I've been listening. I've been turning in. And I've been drinking morning smoothies almost every morning for the last 2 months.

This is SO unlike me! Let me explain. I got my Vitamix 5 years ago, and went to smoothie town. If it's possible to OD on smoothies, I definitely did. It was then that I realized the dangers of smoothies -- sometimes I'd add 3-4 servings of fruit at a time, and end up consuming way more sugar than I intended to. My body, wise as she is, gently let me know when it was time to explore other foods. I had had enough of the sweets. I started turning to more cooked foods, more vegetables, and my smoothie days tapered away.

So you can imagine how weird this is that I'm on a smoothie kick again. Old Michelle would be judgmental, accusing myself of eating too many fruits, not getting enough protein. Luckily, I am much more in tune with my body now, what she needs, and listening to what makes me feel best. I've gravitated toward my newest go-to smoothie as I balance what my body craves and what makes me thrive.

Since I'm loving this cool-down morning treat, I'm sharing my go-to smoothie that hits the spot every time. It has the perfect balance of protein, antioxidants, dark leafy greens, and most importantly, SIMPLICITY. I mean, let's be honest, if it ain't easy, it ain't gonna happen.

Summer Green Smoothie
Servings: 1

1 banana
1/4 c. frozen blueberries
Handful kale leaves
2 tbsp. almond butter
Dash of cinnamon
1/4 c. almond milk or coconut water, just enough to get things moving
1-2 ice cubes

Place all ingredients into a high speed blender in the order listed, and blend until fully incorporated. Adjust ingredients to your taste buds and enjoy!

During these last few summer weeks, I encourage you to experiment in your blender. Some of my best concoctions happen when I'm testing out new flavor combinations, and totally winging it. And let me know in the comments below what YOUR favorite smoothie recipe is. Who knows, you may just inspire someone else to get blending.

Happy cooking!

Michelle KablerComment