Veggies. They take you back to the days of you staring at those greens on your plate with a face mixed with disgust and agony while the voice of your mother echoes in the background, “Eat your veggies, or no dessert for you!”
The truth is, even as an adult, I struggle to get my veggies in each day. I’d wager to say I’m not alone, right? For me, it’s not even that I don’t like veggies. I do. But I’m a woman of convenience, and to me, veggies just aren’t convenient. Yes I’ll do the occasional raw carrots with hummus, or whip together a delicious salad, but after awhile, it all gets boring and well, why can’t veggies be as fun to grab and go like apples, bananas, and berries?
That’s why lately I am LOVING smoothies. Doesn’t the thought of a smoothie just invite you in? Maybe it’s my inner California hippie talking, but I love the thought of bringing a bunch of raw fruits and vegetables together for one harmonious blend of healthy deliciousness in a glass.
All you need is a nice blender (I LOVE my Ninja), some fresh produce, and a clear, beautiful glass (because let’s be honest, smoothies shine in mason jars and gorgeous glassware), and about 3-5 minutes of your time and WHAM—You have what might be your healthiest meal or snack of the day that includes VEGGIES.
If you’re on the veggie struggle bus like me, I invite you to give these a whirl. Your body will thank you for it.
This recipe eases you in with only 1 cup of spinach, but rest assured there’s plenty of other recipes out there with more servings of veggies.
Berry Beautiful (Can you tell I made this up?)
-1 cup spinach
-1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or cashew, or your base of choice)
-1/2 cup blueberries
-1/2 cup raspberries
-1 tbsp all natural peanut butter (or your nut butter of choice)
-1 tbsp ground flax seed
Blend spinach and almond milk first until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend thoroughly. Enjoy!
Until next time, fit friends.
SIGN UP TO GET JENA'S MOTIVATION, DELIVERED STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX! Subscribe to the Inspired By Jena Mailing List and receive regular fitness communications that include recipes, exercise tips, featured Beachbody® products, and motivational stories from Beachbody Coach Jena Chopson and others just like you.