Monday, January 11, 2016

Good Morning and Happy New Year

Yes, it still the new year and we, here at Black Walnut T's hope your new year is getting off  on a positive note and you are working daily to reach your new years goals.  Sometimes that can be challenging, as we are upbeat and happy about our goals and resolutions during the holidays and the years end,  only to find we get caught up in the same routines that got us in a place of stresses, hurriedness and discouragement in the first place.  Then our goals and resolutions get pushed aside as everyday life requires our immediate attention.  Our goal is to help you  keep those goals and resolutions in the forefront of your day, so you may feel empowered by reaching the goals that will improve your life and bring you happiness.
During the holidays I had some time to think about the changes I wanted to make in the new year.  One thing I decided to do is to continue this blog alone the lines of health and wellness, to include recipes, herbal information, stress management and address some chronic diseases and how to manage them with diet, exercise, relaxation and fulfillment of that which makes you happy.  As I write this blog, I  plan to walk beside you on this journey towards good health, happiness, prosperity and peace.

I'm starting by including a really tasty, quick and healthy green smoothie to start your morning.  I found this recipe on the Vita Mix website.  Any blender should work.

How To Create Your Own Green Smoothie

1.   Choose one item from each column, A, B & C
2.   Place all of your ingredients in the Vitamix (or blender), liquid first, soft ingredients then firmer
3.   Add one cup of ice.
4.   Secure the lid and elect Variable 1
5.   Turn machine on slowly and increase to your machine's highest speed
6.   Blend for 45 seconds or until smooth.
7.   Drink and enjoy.
If using a blender follow blender manuel instructions for making smoothies.

Column A (choose 1 item)

2 cups spinach
1 cup kale
1/2  head of romaine
1 romaine heart
3/4 cup raw broccoli
1 small head of Bibb or Boston lettuce

Column B (choose 1 item)

1 cup grapes
1 apple
1 orange, peeled
1 cup melon, peeled
1 cup pineapple
1 cup berries
1 banana, peeled
1/2 cup cucumber, peele or unpeeled
1 kiwi, peeled
1 carrot
1 cup peaches
1 mango, peeled
1/2 cup papaya, peeled
2 stalks celery
1 pear

Column C (choose 1 item)

1 cup soy milk (plain or vanilla)
1 cup yogurt (flavored or plain)
1 cup fruit juice
1 cup water
Note:   I have found original coconut milk works well and this is what I use in this smoothie)

There you have it.  An easy, refreshing and nutritious start to your day.  I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it as much as I have.  Let me know how it works for you.

Until next time, drink (a smoothie) to your good health and happiness.

The Nuts at Black Walnut T's

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