Delicious Strawberry and Kale Green Smoothie Recipe

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“Our bodies run on the fresh green fuel of the land.” ~Terri Guillemets

 

Today’s my birthday, so you’d think I’d be blogging about cake, but no. I’ve decided to post something virtuous instead. We’ll get to the cake later. ūüôā

I love a good green smoothie. It’s a tasty, easy way to eat whole foods and to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Kids and fussy eaters usually enjoy them too, where they often wouldn’t eat the same vegetables served another way.

If you have a high-speed blender like a Nutribullet, Blendotherm, Vitamix or Thermomix you’ll make short work of putting this all together.

This smoothie recipe¬†is dairy, gluten and sugar-free, but it is creamy and sweet from the berries, and has high levels of protein, Vitamin C, antioxidants, iron, Vitamin K, calcium, omega 3 fatty acids, lauric acid and trace minerals. It will fill you up, is kind to your liver and digestive system, and has beneficial amounts of fibre. Plus – it’s YUM! I often have a green smoothie as a complete meal. It’s a great choice if you’re time poor, or if you’re feeling unwell. They are quick to make, and easy to digest.

PS: Drinking this smoothie also helps you to feel more internally harmonious¬†when you fully expect to be eating cake sometime in the near future…

Ingredients for two generous serves:

1 punnet of strawberries (250 grams or one heaped cup), two very generous handfuls of kale (or your favourite leafy green Рspinach is good too!), 1 orange, 2 tablespoons of raw nuts of your choice,  1 and 1/2 cups of coconut water, 1/2 cup of coconut milk or coconut cream)

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Method:

Wash the strawberries and kale. Dehull the berries. Add to blender. Remove skin from orange, cut into chunks and add to blender along with all other ingredients. Blend until the drink is smooth.

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Your green smoothie will taste creamy, light, fruity and the very best kind of green. You can seriously feel every mouthful doing you good. Enjoy!

Feeding the Heart Chakra

Energy of the Heart Chakra

The heart chakra, an energy centre located at our heart, is an open doorway, the anchor for our soul, and the seat of love. Its colour is a magnificent shade of rich emerald green.

When your heart chakra is open and balanced¬†you will be in a space of self-love, self-nurture, generosity, kindness, humour, empathy, non-judgement, happiness, tolerance, expansion, optimism and FLOW. ¬†You’ll see beauty everywhere!

When the chakra is unbalanced you may experience too much empathy,and hypersensitivity to the moods and emotions of others Рwhere you will process these emotions as your own or feel responsible for them.  This is draining emotionally, physically and spiritually.

When the chakra is closed down you may experience loneliness, depression and anxiety, a sense of not belonging, shy away from intimacy and commitment, be overtly critical of self and others, be defensive and even paranoid. This lack of flow can create addiction, including workaholism, because addictions mask and numb PAIN.

In all instances, what the heart chakra needs is LOVE, and to feel good. Treat yourself and others with kindness, and spend time listening to your heart. ¬†Your heart holds all the wisdom of your soul, it truly knows what is best for you and what direction best serves you. ¬†All you need to do is tune in to that wisdom. That’s what we’re going to explore this week!

Activity: Feeding Your Heart Chakra:

Food contains energy, trapped sunlight, known as Bio-photonic Energy.  It also contains a myriad of chemicals, vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, fats and all sorts of amazing properties, many of which are not yet known or understood by us. Consciously incorporate some of these heart-chakra friendly foods in your diet, and begin to FEEL the difference.

For the Heart Chakra think green!  Salads, steamed vegetables, green oils, juices and smoothies.  These foods are full of calcium, magnesium, iodine, selenium, sulphur, essential fatty acids, B group vitamins and Vitamin C Рall great for heart health, cleansing of the  blood, and general circulation.

Spinach, silverbeet, artichokes, asparagus, broccolini, celery, cucumbers, green capsicums (peppers), leeks, lettuce, all edible green leaves, winter melon, bitter melon, okra, watercress, green beans, broccoli, zucchinis, snow peas, green peas, kale, rocket, chard, asian greens such as bok choi and choi sum, parsley, coriander, shallots, basil, green pesto, sage, thyme, brussel sprouts, avocado, spirulina, seaweeds, cabbage, limes, honeydew melons, kiwi fruit, green grapes, green apples, green pears,  fennel, olives, extra virgin olive oil Рcold pressed, hemp oil, green tea, barley greens, pepitas, pistachio nuts, capers, rosemary, green lentils, chlorella, aloe vera, oregano, green lipped mussels, wheatgrass, all forms of sprouts.

One of my favourite recipes for a green smoothie is one cup of coconut milk (or coconut water and flesh from young coconut) and a few handfuls of young spinach leaves, a frozen banana, dash of organic vanilla and a spoonful of spirulina.

And for a beginners green juice you can’t go past apple, cucumber, zucchini (trust me – it makes it so creamy and delish!), parsley, celery and a hint of ginger.

Journalling:

One of the most powerful ways to work with the energy of the Heart Chakra is to recognise what makes you happy.  Today, write a list of things you enjoy, are grateful for, and that make you smile and feel good.

If you have time, and feel so inclined, create a collaged double-page spread in your journal of pictures, images and words that uplift you and speak to your heart. If you like, go crazy and make a full-sized dreamboard.

Simple Meditation:

Picture your heart chakra as a rose bud, tightly furled and lusciously green, and then opening into a beautiful red rose with the most gorgeous fragrance. Do this once or daily.  And use some rose scent or a fresh rose to anchor this new energy!

This short clip has an excellent visual for you:

Above all, this week, choose to feel good. ¬†Even if that means you don’t win the argument, or get the last word in, or be ‘right’. ¬†Let this week be about flow, and ease and listening to your HEART.

Focus on you.  Focus on happiness, and on drawing into your world more of the energies and activities that nurture you, uplift you, make you smile, make you FEEL all of that incredible love that is within you and all around you.

The happier and better you feel, the higher your vibration.  The higher your vibration, the more good you attract into your life. Trust me on this Рit really works.

I’ll be meditating all week on heart healing and helping you open up to the wisdom and love within you. ¬†Know that you are much loved¬†‚ô• Nicole xx

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