I am sooooo looking forward to spring, the warmer weather and getting rid of the layers of clothing. Is it ever going to get here?
The thing about spring is that we cannot jump all the way from winter to summer, the in-between of spring is exactly what the body needs to transition. So our foods need to support that.
Cooling or warming
or something in between… When the weather is warm we want something cool, when the weather is cool we want something warm. Instead of jumping for the fruit smoothies for a meal or snack, how are a savory smoothie? It is a great way to balance the glycemic index; the fiber in the veggies with the fructose in the fruit.
We need to keep a low glycemic index to not only master our appetite and cravings, but also our health. That is why I always say “food first”, even for snacks.
You can learn more about how to master your health, live nourished and feel better in the online 9-step Path for Life program and my book EAT TO FEEL FULL and nourish yourself for good also helps you learn in easy digestible steps how to take charge of your hunger. My book has gotten a lot of attention on the morning TV news, (which I am super grateful for), because it challenges our old perspective that says, “to lose weight we need to restrict”. We don’t, we need to eat to feel nourished!
WATERMELON AND FENNEL SMOOTHIE
We often overlook fennel, though we shouldn’t as it is a superfood. It helps remove toxins from the colon, boosts the immune system, and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Watermelon – another superfood – has multiple benefits as well. It helps prevent cellular damage, while boosting muscle relaxation and cardio vascular health. It is high in natural electrolytes and boosts the immune system.
for 2 servings:
- 4 cups of watermelon
- 2 cups of cucumbers
- 1 cup of basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon of red peppercorn
- 1 teaspoon of garlic sea salt
- 1/2 cup of scallion or spring onion
Mix everything in a blender. Chill before serving or use chilled ingredients before making the smoothie. If you’re not eating the smoothie immediately, place it in a lidded container as the watermelon oxidizes quickly.
SPRING PEA AND CUCUMBER SMOOTHIE
Cucumbers are a kidney tonic, making it great for detoxing. Peas are lovely to eat in the spring and are easy to store in the freezer. Both cucumbers and peas are high in phytonutrients and contain omega-3 fatty acids.
for 2 servings:
- 3 cups of cubed cucumbers
- 1 cup of frozen organic sweet peas
- 1 apple (optional)
- 1/2 cup of leek or sweet onion
- 1 teaspoon of garlic sea salt or 1 roasted garlic clove
- 1 handful of mint leaves and lemon verbena
Mix everything in a blender. If you’re not eating the smoothie immediately, place it in a lidded container as it oxidizes quickly.
Now I want to add a reminder here. If you use a jar or bottle that you can bring along and clean you help the environment by not using plastic containers and plastic straws. Plastic has a huge impact on our environment and plastic straws, even if they seem to just be small skinny things, get into the oceans and can get stuck in the nostrils of mammals. Just a thought to be more mindful of how you use containers and how you can help make a change.