Feeling like a bit of a sloth this morning? Suffering perhaps from a case of the Mondays? I concur. It’s more than a little tough to feel energized knowing that you’ve got a solid work week ahead of you. Memories of leisurely bicycling, beers with buddies, ice cream in the park, strolling in the sunshine, and other weekend-ish whims linger as you fill up your “world’s best” (fill in title here) mug. No time for daydreaming now. Time now to focus, to work, to make the donuts. How can one muster the energy and positivity in a healthy way? Thanks to Karolina Gumpert of Awakening Café (on Manhattan Avenue), I’ve found a lovely way to get that healthy boost. A bit of background about Awakening if you haven’t popped into this little spa and café yet, they’ve got a wonderful fresh juice and smoothie bar as well as an extensive menu of wellness services such as craniosacral therapy, Reiki, sound therapy, and yoga. I recently ran into Karolina from the café, and she recommended this lovely recipe to me as an energizing way to start the day, so I whipped it up in the blender and gave it a go. Delicious and clean-tasting, this nutty, vegetal, sweet treat was supremely satiating as well. A nice, clean, and simple start to the week! Now, I beseech you. Go forth and blend!
Awakening’s Spring Energy Smoothie
1/2 cup packed roughly chopped kale, stems removed
1 cup frozen bluberries
1 frozen banana
1 Tbsp. raw almonds
1/2 small avocado
1 cup coconut water
1/2 cup ice
1 tbsp. agave
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Thanks so much to Karolina and Awakening Café for sharing this amazing recipe with us. Here’s to good health!
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