I have read a lot about drinking “green” smoothies. They are supposed to help you drink your daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. I have seen people at my work drink them and always thought they looked dreadful and the ingredient list seemed like something I probably couldn’t stomach. However, over the last couple of months I have read a lot about them and the benefits they bring to the body. As a vegetarian, I generally eat a lot of fruits and vegetables along with other things such as nuts, tempeh, seitan, and a bit of tofu. I don’t think I eat enough fruits and vegetables. So I found a great little iPhone app for making smoothies: Green Smoothie. The app was developed by: http://www.rawfamily.com There are actually a lot of wonderful informative websites dedicated to green smoothies. Hit up Google and read all about them. Today was my first day in the green smoothie arena and here is what I made (recipe is below the photos):
- Strawberry Field – Green Smoothie Thank you to the Raw Family website & iPhone app for this one.
- 1 Banana
- 8 Romaine Lettuce Leaves
- 2 Cups of Water
- 1 Cup of Strawberries
- 1 Handful of Blueberries (optional – I added that part myself 🙂
- Blend very well and enjoy!
- It is actually very tasty and I think I may have another one later this afternoon. I’ll post more recipes as I find them and experiment. Additionally, this exact recipe made 3 1/2 8 oz cups, but I have already finished almost the entire pitcher because it is about as filling as my standard EggBeaters and fruit breakfast. This recipe has about 225 – 250 calories.
There is nothing better than a paddling on the ocean. Kayaking is enjoyable for so many reasons. When I paddle out a couple of miles into the ocean I feel so free. Removed from all the things that tend to bog me down during the week. It’s all very mundane stuff during the week, but still enough to make one feel overwhelmed at times. So kayaking is my time to relax.
On my Saturday paddle in Cabrillo Beach of south Los Angeles, I saw sea lions, a harbor seal, dolphin, pelicans, marbled godwits, gannets, and albatross. Not to mention numerous fish swimming through the gorgeous kelp beds. The scenery is gorgeous. The cliffs are stunning, the old Fermin Lighthouse is visible from the water as you go around Fermin Point.
Paddling is an excellent workout. Sometimes I paddle hard and feel the burn in my shoulders and forearms. Other times I paddle in a more gentle, slower rhythm and just cruise around the ocean. Kayaking feels so good because while I use my arms with gusto, my legs can just rest in the kayak for the day. If I could live on the water, I would!!