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ENERGY SMOOTHIE RECIPE

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As a forty-eight-year-old woman with a full life, drinking healthy smoothies has greatly increased my energy level. Dragging my body through the day is a distant memory since I began making homemade energy smoothies. I drink a smoothie most every morning and I feel the best on the days that I make time to drink another variation of this smoothie later in the day.

I have tried several different kinds of blenders. The Nutra-Bullet is my favorite blender for making smoothies. With its unique cyclonic action, it makes the smoothest energy drinks. There are some precautions necessary though. The Nutra-Bullet cup should only be filled to the ‘MIX’ line when using it and the motor shouldn’t be used for more than a minute at a time. Another thing I love about the Nutra-Bullet is that it’s easy to travel with because of its compact size.

 

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Energy Smoothie Recipe

1 cup almond milk, rice milk, water, or juice
5 to 6 ounces vanilla Greek yogurt (place the cartons in the freezer and let freeze; substitute with any berry flavored yogurt)
1 cup chopped kale or spinach or red chard (it’s best to use a different vegetable each day in order to keep a balanced diet)
1/4 cup frozen strawberries (substitute with any kind of fruit)
1/4 cup frozen blueberries or blackberries or raspberries
2 tablespoons of vanilla protein powder (optional)

Combine the leafy green vegetable, fruit, yogurt, and liquid in a blender; blend until smooth, but for no more than sixty seconds at a time. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more liquid to get the desired consistency. Add a little agave nectar if more sweetness is desired. Feel free to substitute any of the fruits with those you love best. I prefer to use Greek yogurt that is sweetened with honey, but today I used Yoplait strawberry yogurt.

It may sound a little questionable to put kale and spinach in a smoothie, but this recipe tastes great. The fact that my sixteen-year-old son drinks one of these every day speaks volumes about the taste. If I forget to make one for him, he always reminds me, because it helps him with his daily work-outs and sporting activities.

If you try this recipe, please let me know how you like it. I pray that you will live a healthy life by nurturing your body, mind, and spirit in 2014.

Note: I am not affiliated with Nutra-Bullet, nor do I know anyone who is. I have expressed my personal experiences with their products only for helping to improve the health of others.

THE SECRET GARDEN OF GRACE

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As a young teen girl, I was thrust into a deeply painful situation when my dad moved out of our home and divorced my mother. As difficult of a season as that was for me, I am grateful for the pain. It was that very trial that led me into the secret place with God. In my distress, I learned how to draw away with Christ and to allow Him to comfort my hurting heart with His healing balm. In the moments of heartache, I was drawn into the arms of the greatest love of my life. It was in His presencein the secret garden of God’s grace where I found His never-ending love.

Psalm 147:3 (NIV)

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” 

I pray that you will rest in Christ’s secret garden on this Valentine’s Day and every day until His return.

I’m linking up for Five Minute Friday where Lisa Jo Baker and other awesome people write for five minutes flat with no self critiquing or no striving for perfection. This week’s prompt is: “Garden.”

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