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Celebrate the Flavors of Spring

Green Smoothies are the Healthy Fast Food

Healthy fast food is an oxymoron, but making healthy food convenient from nutrient-dense, whole foods from home takes on a whole new meaning. My choice of healthy fast food happens to be in the form of a Green Smoothie. It’s easy to make, store and grab on the go. 

Drinking a green smoothie is a quick way to consume optimal nutrition in a single serving.  Everything you need is at your local farmers market, the produce section of your grocery store or your back yard.

The best part of making green smoothies is there are no rules. No real measuring. If there is an ingredient you prefer over another, simply adjust. You can see one of my basic recipes in the video below. I saved it from a story I had made for my Snapchat friends.


 

So how do we make a Green Smoothie? Use any blender. The key is blending in stages. 

I add fresh ingredients from what I have on hand. My process of selecting ingredients is more like a simple mental checklist.
Below are the categories I check off in my mind when I create a smoothie.

Select one or more greens from the ingredient categories and blend them together with your liquid. Feel free to use more than one type of greens. Once blended, add one or more choices of fruit as well as vegetables. Blend again. Add an ingredient from the fourth category to enhance the texture. To boost the nutritional profile of my smoothie, I add items from the Add-In list. Fresh ginger is very common in my green smoothie. 

Liquid: Coconut Water, Water or Almond Milk

Greens: Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Collard Greens, Romaine Lettuce

Fruits: Pears, Green or Red Apples, Melon, Grapes, Peaches, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Mango or strawberries

Veggies: Cucumber, Parsley, Carrot or Celery

Texture: Banana, Avocado, Frozen Fruit (Smoothie Blend is available) (There are many frozen fruit options blueberries are nutritious)

Add-ins: Ground Flaxseed, Chia Seeds, Spirulina or Fresh Ginger

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Depending on which ingredients you have blended, the color of your smoothie will vary. If it appears not as green as you had anticipated, be reassured it will still taste good. Think of it as mixing colors on a palette. 

If you are new to drinking smoothies, I recommend serving one to yourself in the fanciest glass you have. There’s something to treating your body and mind. 

In this world, where our busy lives seem to be in a state of entropy…you know that feeling of chaos and utter disorganization? Am I the only one who experiences this? What helps me is my choice for nutrition by treating my body to a green smoothie. Will you be giving it a try? What is your choice for a nutritious meal?

Please let me know in your comments.

kellee mayfieldIn 2007, Arkansas Women Blogger member Kellee Mayfield and her family moved to Lake Village. Kellee was quickly given the nicknamed “Kelly Jo” and the name stuck. As an Oklahoma native, Kelly Jo writes about living in very southeast Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta which has been penned the most Southern place on earth. She also shares her art as well as the art of resourcefulness as being the key to really small  town living. Kellee is a mother, wife and is in sales representative and clinical specialist for a medical device company. And she has a Southern drawl. Catch up with Kellee Jo at Delta Moxie, Instagram, Twitter, Periscope and Snapchat.

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The Best of Karen

April 25, 2016

I entered a new season this past year when my husband, Dan, retired. So, I decided to record a few of those moments in my blog. I call it “Life in the Gray Zone.”

I hope you’ll join me as I share some of our stories from the “Gray Zone.”

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Sunday Link-Up

April 24, 2016

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April 22, 2016

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by Melinda LaFevers Imagine, for just a moment, a world without imagination. What would it look like? We would have no space shuttles, no sky scrapers, no X-ray machines. No planes, trains and automobiles. We would have no music, no movies, few, if any, books. Most forms of art would be non-existent. We might not […]

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Imagine…..What Memories this Homestead Holds {Wordless Wednesday}

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A Day in the Life of Karen

April 18, 2016

My life changed dramatically this past year—my husband, Dan, retired. And retirement life did not turn out quite like I expected. In fact, I don’t know what I thought it would look like. But I’m adjusting. “How’s retirement?” One of Dan’s friends asked. If you know Dan, you won’t be surprised at his quick humor […]

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Sunday Link-Up {April 17. 2016}

April 17, 2016

Come join us for #ARWB #SundayLinkUp. Click To Tweet  

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Whitney Binzel: Coconut-Cantaloupe Water {Foodie Friday}

April 15, 2016

Celebrate the Flavors of Spring I love living in the south. I love being able to watch the seasons change. When I lived out west, we had two seasons and that was it. With each season comes new harvests. Although technically cantaloupe and coconut are summer produce, it’s perfectly fine, and even encouraged to eat […]

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Imagine: My Life as Walter Mitty

April 14, 2016

by Jeanetta Darley One of my favorite literature assignments from my school days was James Thurber’s short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”.  He uses daydreaming and his imagination to escape the mundane of everyday life.  His peers from the story perceive his “head in the clouds” nature as an element of frustration but […]

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