Caretaking can be a 24/7 role. Whether your loved one lives in the same house as you, or you provide support from across town or even a different province, caring TAKES ENERGY. After a night of interrupted sleep, or fatigue from all you’re doing to make sure the other person is alright; you might really appreciate having some accessible ways to boost your energy.
My nutrition savvy friend introduced me to the Oh She Glows cookbook, which contains a whole range of healthy, energizing vegan recipes. These two smoothies sound super refreshing, and though the ingredients aren’t terribly exotic, having all of them in your kitchen does take a little pre-thought.
These flavour combinations will give you an infusion of vitamins and minerals, and hopefully make you feel able to tackle whatever the day has in store.
All Day Glow Green Smoothie
From http://ohsheglows.com/2016/05/18/all-day-glow-green-smoothie/ -Recipe by Angela Liddon
Keep in mind this is a large batch that just fits in a 64-ounce high-speed blender, so if your blender is smaller you might want to make a half batch. I love to have a glass first thing in the morning, and another in the afternoon. Since there’s no banana in it, it also keeps well until the next day when stored in an airtight container. Be prepared to feel that “all-day” glow!!
- 1 cup (250 mL) coconut water
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) mango juice (I love Happy Planet Organic Mango juice)
- 2 large (400 g total) Granny Smith apples, cored and roughly chopped
- 2 cups (70 g) packed red leaf lettuce or romaine
- 2/3 cup (18 g) loosely packed fresh parsley leaves
- 1/3 cup (15 g) packed fresh cilantro leaves*
- 1/2 cup (70 g) frozen mango chunks
- 1/4 cup (50 g) packed avocado
- 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste
- 2 small, pinky-sized pieces (12 g total) peeled fresh turmeric**
- 5 to 6 large ice cubes, or as needed
- Add the coconut water and mango juice into a (64-ounce) high-speed blender. (If your blender is on the small side, you may want to make a half-batch.)
- Now add the rest of the ingredients. Blend on high until super smooth. If you have a Vitamix, use the tamper stick to get things moving. Taste and adjust sweetness if desired. If it’s too tart, feel free to add a bit of liquid sweetener.
- Serve and enjoy! Place any leftovers into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 24 hours. I love to enjoy half in the morning, and the other half in the afternoon.
- * The cilantro flavour in this smoothie is quite pronounced. If you aren’t a cilantro fan, feel free to swap it with more romaine or fresh mint (start with 1/4 cup of mint).
- ** Fresh turmeric root is becoming more and more common in grocery stores these days; keep your eyes peeled for it in the produce section.
The Blender Girl’s Mystical Mango Smoothie
This recipe is lightly adapted from Tess Master’s The Blender Girl.
“With a creamy texture and exquisite flavor, this immunity blend is a fabulous for collagen formation and glowing skin, hair, and nails. Mango’s enzymes and vitamins A, C, and E cleanse the liver and aid digestion, and its potassium and fibre help regulate blood pressure and cholesterol. This one will make your heart happy.” -Tess
4 cups (2 servings)
- 1.5 cups orange juice
- 1/2 cup water, or more if needed
- 1/4 cup avocado
- 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
- 2 cups frozen mango (I used an entire 300g bag)
- Pure maple syrup, to taste (optional – I added a teaspoon)
- Add all of the ingredients into a high speed blender and blend on high for 30-60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. If using the Vitamix, you can use the tamper stick to get things moving. If the mixture seems too thick you can thin it with a bit more water.
Note: You can boost this smoothie with 1/2 teaspoon wheatgrass powder, 1 teaspoon chia seeds, and 1 teaspoon of flaxseed oil.
Let us know how you like these blends. We’d also be glad to hear about any of your favourite smoothie combinations!