Smoothiliciousness (or the Appliance that Stole my Heart).

I am not ashamed to say that I am in the midst of a full-on love affair with an appliance.  My husband is well aware, and in fact quite supportive, of my new love. Actually, I think he’s got his own crush going on as well.   I am not one to "fall" for anything with a cord you know.  I like my refrigderator and I tolerate my oven.  I thought I was in love with my washer and dryer but  I now realize that was a mere school girl crush.  Honestly, seeing my new blender on my counter makes me swoon just a bit.  

I wish I could say that I am exaggerating a little bit but I’m not.  If anything I am restraining myself from gushing even more.  This blender has changed my life!  Dramatic I know, but so true.  I have always been a fruit and veg kind of girl.  I was a vegetarian for over 20 years and if there was no such thing as bacon, I would probably still be one today.  I now consider myself to be a flexitarian.  Which means I can eat meat (bacon) with just a little bit of guilt.  Even though I love my veggies, cleaning them, preparing them and cooking them takes time and effort.  At least that was before my new love showed up.  Now all I have to do is throw a bunch of veg and or fruit in my blender, hit a button, and in a blink I have a fresh, yummy, nutrient-rich drink.  

A M A Z I N G!!   

You may be wondering how a blender has anything to do with essential oils?  As you may have noticed this site is called Young Living Life.  When I found Young Living Essential Oils it became quite clear to me that I had found a company that supported the type of lifestyle that I had been looking for.  I found a way to take care of myself and my family with safe & natural products that healed our hurts and supported a healthier way of living.   As a mom, really as a human being, I feel like part of the deal of living on this earth is to be always wanting more.  Not in the sense of the latest this or that but more life out of life.  Better health, more vitality, more fun, more joy…….I want more of those for myself and my family.  Young Living is the only company I have ever found whose products support my family in that way.  The products enhance our wellbeing.  That is really quite something.  This blender is just one stop that I’ve made along the way that also supports my goal of better health for myself and my family.

Of course the two mix in another way.  I have been using 1-2 ounces of Ningxia Red in my drinks which adds a great taste as well as an extra antioxidant boost and I’ve added orange oil to a mixed berry smoothie.  I’ve also used peppermint oil to make a chocolate mint ice cream.  Definitely yum! 

Below is a recipe from Dr. Oz.  He is a big believer in the power of the green smoothie.  I recommend using either a Blendtec blender or a Vitamix blender.  Yes, these machines are expensive but they are absolutely worth the price.  You will use them over and over and they will do things a "normal" blender just can’t do.  For instance I was able to make "ice cream" for my kids after school today.  I added heavy cream (yes, I know but it is ice cream after all), whey powder (sweetened with stevia), unsweetened chocolate, agave, vanilla and 1 cup of spinach!  The first question my son asked was if I put anything green in the ice cream.  Of course I lied.  My picky eater ate it all up and said it was the best ice cream that we had made yet.  Which it was (just don’t tell my husband that).  

I half this recipe and I only added 2 stalks of celery.  This is a very green drink if you haven’t tried a green smoothie before add more apples or other fruit like grapes to sweeten it a bit.  I loved it and plan on having it every morning.  Also, please use organic produce.  Celery is on the dirty dozen list and I recently read how "dirty" (covered in pesticide residue) parsley is.  Core the apples but leave the skin on.

Make the breakfast drink that Dr. Oz swears by! This "green drink" is high in fiber, low-calorie and rich in vitamins. 

Ingredients
2 cups spinach
2 cups cucumber
1 head of celery
1/2 inch or teaspoon ginger root
1 bunch parsley
2 apples
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lemon

 

 

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender. This makes approximately 28-30 ounces, or 3-4 servings.

 

 

 Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe?  Please share!

 

-Francine

 

 

 
 
 

 

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