I have been having some issues with social media lately. I look at younger generations who have only ever known life with technology, with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Some of these kids find their identity and self-worth in social media - the number of likes an Instagram gets, how many friends of followers they have on Snapchat. This isn't real life.
I find myself waking up most mornings and grabbing my phone to looking through social media. I reply to emails. Comment on posts. Edit pictures to post. Somedays it seems excessive, like I should detox for a while.
What I am learning is to change my mindset. Rather than focusing on the engagement and what fulfillment or satisfaction I get out of social media, I have been thinking about the people that I have been able to meet. The inspiration that I have been able to find. The recipes I've tried. Social media can be a good thing.
A few months ago, an LA friend posted an Instagram story about a green smoothie that he makes every morning. I knew that I had to give it a try. Some smoothies are overly sweet because of the fruit that is used. What I love about this Glowing Green Smoothie is that it consists more heavily of vegetables rather than fruits. So while there is just enough sweetness to make it delicious, it is not overly sweet.
Give this smoothie a try and let me know what you think in the comments below. What are some of your favorite combinations that you use when making a smoothie?
The Glowing Green Smoothie.
Recipe from Kimberly Snyder
Makes 4 servings
1-2 cups very cold, filtered water
3/4 pound organic romaine lettuce, rough chopped, about 1 head
1/2 head large bunch or small bunch organic spinach
3-4 organic celery stalks, halved
1 organic apple, cored, seeded, quartered
1 organic pear, cored, seeded, quartered
1 organic banana, peeled
1/2 fresh organic lemon, peeled, seeded
bunch organic cilantro with stems (optional)
bunch organic parsley with stems (optional)
- Place water, romaine, spinach, celery, and optional ingredients, if using, into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
- Starting the blender on a low speed, blend until smooth.
- Gradually moving to higher speeds, add apple, pear, banana and lemon to the blender and blend until smooth.