There’s such a nice feeling knowing that the sun won’t be long behind you when you wake up. It’s so neat to think that soon I’ll be waking up with the sun again. It’s also so cool to not even have to turn my car lights on when I leave my work parking lot (I mean, they’re always on by the time I get home, but still).
I feel a lot healthier overall lately, which I owe largely to my decision to leave the gym and pursue yoga and dance with more dedication. The way I pushed myself at the gym was not as gentle and healthy as I normally advocate for. While I did enjoy lifting a lot, I gain just as much strength and empowerment from dance, yoga and climbing. Now I just wish I could fit it all into my schedule!
I wanted to celebrate my current uplifted attitude with a very fresh-tasting smoothie, but I also wanted this smoothie to leave me feeling full and energized. So get ready for this citrus green tea smoothie — it’s such a packed smoothie I had to make it in my larger blender and pour it into a bigger mason jar!
Citrus green tea smoothie, serves 1
- 1 cup spinach or kale
- 1/2 a frozen banana
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup coconut water*
- 2 peeled navel oranges
- 1 skinned kiwi
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp fresh ginger
- 2 tbsp avocado
- 1-2 tbsp matcha powder**
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder or 1 tbsp hemp hearts (optional, for added protein)
- A few fresh mint leaves (optional)
Blend all ingredients on the highest setting until they are very smooth.
*This made the smoothie more juicy. If you want a more substantial, heavy smoothie, go all milk.
**Matcha powder can be found at most tea shops — I got mine at Teavana. It’s also great for a latté!
This was the perfect blend of a nice, morning zing kind of flavour that still managed to taste mellow. Definitely made me smile to drink, as silly as that sounds.
I saved my orange peels so that I can have some fun with orange zest and matcha later on in the week — there may be a cool new muffin coming your way!