There’s no denying that I’m a morning person. I love to rise early and if I’m well rested, it’s easy to do. Waking before the sun. Sneaking into the kitchen. Turning on the espresso machine and lighting a candle. It’s one of the quiet times in our busy household. I can spend a few silent moments reading and remembering what I’m thankful for. Or I can take a walk during the time when the sky is the most amazing. Those moments really ground me for the entire day and I’ve come to depend on them. When I skip my morning ritual, I really miss it and I feel out of sorts. It’s one more form of structured framework that I live within and benefit from.
But this post is not only about being an early bird, it’s about the recommendation from the food and drug administration that came out nearly twenty years ago which suggested that we all eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. After I was diagnosed with cancer, a dietician upped that recommendation to 9 a day and frankly, that can be challenging. Then I met an incredible old soul online named Dhrumil Perohit. Dhru calls himself a raw food sherpa and works to educate others on the benefits of a diet that is made up exclusively of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds (oh and chocolate).
One of the tricks of raw foodists is the green smoothie and it works equally well for those of us who aren’t raw foodists. With the purchase of my Vitamix 5200, I find it simple to have at least 5, 6, 7 or all 9 fruits and veggies every morning before I go to work. Smoothies are a fabulous way to incorporate more greens into a diet and you can do so by masking the flavor with fruits such as strawberries, oranges and bananas. I’ve definitely made a few that were hard to get through but after a bit of experimentation, I’m pretty good at this and am getting to the point where the kids will always at least try it. A green smoothie and a prayer are a great way for me to begin my day.
What morning ritual might you perform that will increase your opportunities for a successful and productive day?
- 2 medium carrots chopped in large chunks
- 3 oranges or clementines
- a giant helping of locally grown greens (I prefer spinach, collards or swiss chard)
- 1 cup of frozen fruit (strawberries, bananas, pineapple, mango – suit to your own taste)
- About 8 oz of water
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend baby blend. The Vitamix works wonders. You can also add any other fruit and veg to experiment; beets, celery, pears, fennel, and berries have all worked well for me. If it’s too bitter, sweeten with agave.