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Mom-to-be Shares: Chocolate Kale Smoothie, Part 2

This week’s Wellness Junkie, Carrie

Earlier this week, I posted my interview with Carrie Putman, who in the last year has completely transformed her health and wellness by starting with simple, doable steps.  Go here to read that interview.

We promised to share her daily chocolate shake…so here you go – Happy Friday!

Carrie’s Daily Dose of Chocolate Shake (serves 2)

2 c. chocolate almond milk  (if you have regular almond or non-dairy milk, just add 2 T. of cocoa or cacao powder for every cup)

2 T. pure virgin organic coconut oil (if you’re in a cold climate, you may want to set the jar on the counter for awhile to soften back into a liquid)

2-3 leaves of kale

1 handful of carrots (Carrie uses the organic baby carrots, but you could also use one large carrot or two small ones)

1 scoop protein powder (look for a non-GMO powder, or  see my reviews of protein powders.)

1/4 cup of ice

Blend in the Vitamix or other high-speed blender until smooth.

As always – you can add to or modify however you need.  If you want a sweeter shake, consider adding a tablespoon of agave nectar or honey.

Enjoy!

 

Mom-to-be Shares her Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle

Are you a wellness junkie? If so, we want to hear from you!  We’re talking to people – all ages, from all over about the changes they’ve made in their life to be more healthy.  Leave a comment below with your email if you’d like us to profile you.

Meet Carrie Putman, 41, married, entrepreneur and expecting her first baby…congrats!

This week’s Wellness Junkie, Carrie with her Veggies & Chocolate Shake

Describe your eating and wellness habits before we met.

Well, I never exercised.  I drank big Starbucks drinks every day.  We ate out about 5-6 times a week.  A healthy meal at home was pasta with Ragu.  I had to have my gall bladder removed and I had really bad digestive problems, mostly constipation.  Overall, I just didn’t feel great.

What prompted you to seek out a healthier lifestyle?

I had been wanting to make a change for the last eight years, but didn’t really know how to cook and it just didn’t seem easy.  Growing up, a “healthy” meal was McDonalds… Walking into Trader Joes or Whole Foods, I was embarrassed and overwhelmed.  I didn’t know where to start. Then, I met you at the dog park and we started talking more about wellness…

How did you get started?

Purchasing the Vitamix Blender was really the first step that I took and it was life-changing. It was an investment, but I was able to purchase a refurbished one to save some money and received free shipping through Wellness Junkie.  Having a shake every day with fruits and vegetables has made it easy to get whole food nutrition in my body.  This way, I know that I’m getting a daily dose of kale and other veggies every day.   I also drink a ton more water than I used to.  I changed out all of the beauty products that I put on my body, such as lotions, soaps and shampoos to more natural, organic products free of chemicals and other toxins.

So, what’s changed about your life since making these changes?

Well, I’m expecting!  I’ve been with my husband 18 years and had never conceived.  We were always told everything was fine – but had never gotten pregnant.  We’re just thrilled…and super excited to raise our baby on whole foods from the very beginning of her life.  Also, my energy levels and digestion are great and I’m not on any medication.  I’m walking twice a day with our dogs and doing yoga regularly.

What would you tell someone who’s contemplating a healthier lifestyle but they’re not sure how to do it?

I really think investing in the Vitamix gave me momentum and made it so easy.  Initially, when we went to the grocery stores together and you pointed out different foods to try and showed me what to put together for meals, it was so helpful…so finding someone who’s already made those changes and learning from them works well too.  Also, surround yourself with like-minded people who you can share ideas and recipes with.  And, it really helps to be organized for meal planning…have a plan before you go to the store for meals that week.

Any final words of advice?

For those that think they have to give up their favorite foods and do without, you really don’t.  You can have the flavors that you love – just in a different format.  I really like chocolate so instead of candy bars, I have cocoa powder or chocolate almond milk in my daily shake with kale and other veggies.  Or instead of buying a store bought cake, I choose the one at the farmer’s market with only five ingredients.  You can eat what you love, just in a different and better way.

Check back with us on Friday for Carrie’s Daily Dose of Chocolate Shake…(yum!)

More Green Smoothie Recipes

Lately, I’ve been exploring green smoothies without lemon.  I have a friend that just can’t tolerate the lemons and the greens together.  If that’s you, here are some great smoothie options:

Green Smoothie Love:

1 ½ cup coconut water (or filtered water)

2 handfuls of greens (kale or spinach)

1 banana peeled and cut in half

½ zucchini

1 inch sliver of fresh ginger, peeled — optional

1 apple, quartered

Fresh or frozen pineapple chunks (if you used fresh pineapple, then add a cup of ice cubes)

1 scoop protein powder ( I love Tera’s Whey Protein and Vega All Natural)

1 T. coconut oil

Berry Greens:

1 ½ cup coconut water (or filtered water)

2 handfuls of greens

1 banana peeled and cut in half

1 cup of blueberries or blackberries

1 apple, quartered

1 scoop protein powder

1 T. coconut oil

 

My Favorite Vitamix Green Smoothies

With the exception of our 5 days in San Diego escaping from the desert heat, we’ve used our Vitamix every morning for 2 months now and feel WONDERFUL.  I know it’s a blender and I’m surely showing my age in how excited I am about a blender but it’s been life-changing.

I will admit that I’m not much of a recipe follower. I love the cookbook that came with my Vitamix, and have made many of the recipes…but often I just look in the fridge to see what we have and let my creative juices flow (pun intended).  Here are some of our “home runs” that I’d like to share.

Green Ginger Goodness

1 cup Coconut Water or Orange Juice

1 lemon, peeled and cut in half

1/3 cucumber, cut in half (no cucumber? try zucchini)

handful of washed greens (I usually use kale or chard — whatever you have)

1 apple, quartered (no apple?  try a pear)

1 inch slice of fresh ginger root

1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil

1 banana (if you freeze your bananas, put it in second to last – just before the ice.  if you don’t, they can go in before the apple)

1 cup of ice

Follow the Vitamix blending instructions for other smoothies: Start on Variable 1 and slowly move up to 10 and then switch to High. Blend for 45 sec – 1 minute.  While it’s blending add in your favorite protein/fiber powder.  I love Vega’s Whole Food Smoothie Infusion.

Green Smoothie Disguised

1 cup coconut water

1 lemon peeled and cut in half

1/4 avocado

1/3 cucumber, cut in half

handful of greens – kale, chard or spinach

1-2 apples, quartered (depending on if you need a bit more sweetness for your drinkers)

1 carrot, peeled and cut in half (if carrot top is still on, just wash and leave on)

1 cup of favorite berries (strawberry, raspberry, blueberry)

1 banana (see banana placement instructions above)

1 cup of ice

See blending instructions above… This one is great because with the berries and bananas, it tastes wonderful but also has greens and healthy fats.