It’s a glorious morning here in Palm Springs and I’m sitting at the pool with this simple-to-make, refreshing smoothie, a perfect way to alkalize the body after a morning coffee. The habit of drinking water has taken me years to perfect, and it’s a good habit. Years ago when I moved from Ireland and settled into Malibu, I did not drink enough water, but drank copious amounts of tea. I woke up one night doubled over in excruciating pain and went to the emergency room where they discovered I had kidney stones. Ever since then, I have been diligent in my water intake and care of my body. Finding balance in my life has been a challenge as I’m a bit of an all-or-nothing girl. When kale became the super food I went crazy blending smoothies, making chopped raw kale salads, wilted flash fried kale with scrambled eggs, kale tarts with leeks and kale chips with black pepper and sea salt. I fed Bill, kale every day in some form or other. My digestion ran havoc with serious bloating and I looked like I was 8 months pregnant. Then Chia seed came to my attention and I put them in our morning drinks, in oatmeal, sprinkled on salads and yes, chia pudding. I created a dreamy dessert with chia, fresh raspberries, almond milk and Balinese Cacao nibs with a hint of mint. Its soft texture reminded me of tapioca pudding mom made as a kid.
Yoga called me to a class one day, and my rusty body became more flexible as the weeks turned into months, and the minute I bought my own yoga mat, I stopped. Now that seems to be a pattern for me. I start something creative, make something of it, then let it go and move on to something else. It’s been years since I did yoga and my body needs to stretch and exercise, perhaps it is time to start again. And, I still have the mat.
Spinach Apple Lime Smoothie
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 1 Fuji apple cored
- 1/2 lime juiced
- 1 handful of parsley
- 2 Tbs raw shelled hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup of coconut water or filtered water ( add more if needed)
- 1/2 cup of ice
Blend till smooth
Pour into a nice glass and enjoy the goodness.