The Greenest Smoothie

by Natalie on April 1, 2014

Hello!

I hope your week is off to a good start.

After a really poor night’s sleep (one of those wake up at 1am…2am..2:45am…3:30am…etc.), I got up and headed to FITC to train.  I recently picked up my first (!) client here and I remember how much I love training.  I hurried from there to CAC for a meeting and a full day of work.  For a little mid-day break, I popped into a BodyPump class to evaluate one of the instructors and it was fun to take instead of teach for a change.

After work, I ran home to gather a few things before the evening yoga practice and teacher training.  I left a little later than I had hoped and ran into traffic, but somehow I still made it with 10-minutes to spare.  Phew!

The class was hot and hard, but I’m sure some of that is because my body was feeling pretty tired out.  I just did the best I could and tried to listen to my body.  It still really felt good to sweat.

Post-yoga green smoothie:

photo(30)In the mix:
1 cup coconut water
2 tbsp. hemp seeds
3/4 cup frozen pineapple
2 huge handfuls of spinach

I loved this combo!  The hemp seeds gave it a sort of “earthy” taste-if I were drinking it immediately, I would use chia seeds-and it was super refreshing.  Best part, it was a gorgeous bright green color and full of nutrients.

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In our evening YTT session we talked about the eight sutras of yoga it was really interesting to learn about the history and philosophy behind yoga.  The actual practice is only one part (asanas) and the other seven have more to do with life as a whole.  I liked this session a lot.  During the second half we practiced teaching in a small group setting; the first time through a series of poses vocally and the second time through without using any verbal cues, which was quite challenging.

I think the long day and bad night’s sleep caught up with me because I felt a bit like a zombie when I left the studio.  I was ready to come home and crash!

Tomorrow is a full day–run+work+teach at FITC+yoga practice–but I get to sleep in a bit :D

Night!

*TIP TIME*
To keep green smoothies a vibrant green color, use a neutral fruit (mango, pineapple, banana) that will allow the greenness to come through.  Strawberries and blueberries are tasty, but will give your smoothie a brown hue!

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