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Coco-Berry Smoothie and Spring Update

March 26th, 2015 | no comments

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I don’t know about you, but I am SO happy that signs of Spring are starting to show and the last days of “bundling up” are upon us. I love the smell of the crisp, clean Spring air. The longer days and brighter evenings breathe new life into everything it feels like.

I feel totally revived after the long winter. I am ready to come out of winter hibernation and be outside, get moving and implement some new ideas that have been brewing all winter long.

The winter cold brought with it some bumps in the road; one of them being a slow leak in my radiator, which led to wood floor boards buckling (fun, fun!). The good news is this led to a complete overhaul of my apartment… new wood floors, an entire repaint and lots and LOTS of decluttering and redecorating. I probably wouldn’t have been as inspired to de-clutter had it not been for the leak (silver lining!) but sure am I grateful that it happened.

I have to tell you, after seeing how many bags of trash, sell and donate piles were made, it’s amazing how much “stuff” was accumulated in my quaint Brooklyn apartment. If I had to guess, there were about 20 trash bags full of “stuff” removed from the apartment including clothes, jewelry, old papers, books, furniture, lamps, broken or chipped cookware, and much more. I feel 10 20 lbs lighter! I also feel much lighter emotionally. Isn’t it crazy how much ‘clutter’ in our lives (both physically and emotionally) takes its toll on our mood and inspiration?

While de-cluttering I tried to tidy up little areas of clutter and re-purpose them in a decorative and functional way, like my “coffee bar. ” I was inspired by my favorite HGTV interior designers to make spaces clean, functional and pretty. For some reason having my appliances contained and displayed neatly in cut jars and on platters just makes it look a bit cuter, and really adds to my happiness. Sounds a bit silly but do you agree?

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I didn’t realize how much I was “holding on to” until I let it go. Even if the “stuff” was stuff I clearly didn’t want any more, it was taking up precious physical and emotional space.

Have you done your spring cleaning yet? Is there anything you’re holding onto that you could let go of?

Anyway, let’s talk about the real reason we’re here; Smoothies. One of my favorite ways to get a BIG nutrition boost, an easy on-the-go breakfast or afternoon snack, and most especially post-workout recovery is to whip up a delicious smoothie. There are so many seasonal ingredients to get inspired by and fun mix-ins that it is absolutely impossible to get bored. Smoothies are a staple in my diet.

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This past weekend was all about Spring cleaning, Soul-Cycling and eating clean. I caught up on sleep, organization and made some delicious smoothies and juices. After Soul Cycle on Sunday, I picked up some Young Thai Coconuts. I absolutely love all things coconut. I especially love the replenishing and hydrating effects of fresh coconut water after a good workout.

Last year I discovered The Coco Jack (use my code GREATLIFE10 for 10%OFF yours) and it is one of my most loved kitchen utensils. The Coco Jack makes it very easy to open a young Thai coconut and enjoy the fresh coconut water as well as scoop out the coconut “meat”. I love to add the coconut meat to smoothies as it adds a nuttiness and creaminess that is so delicious. Plus, coconut flesh is full of healthy fats, anti-viral properties and vital fiber.

First I enjoy the refreshing and hydrating coconut water and then scoop out the coconut meat (with a tool that came with The Coco Jack). I like to freeze coconut meat I am unable to use right away and add it to another smoothie the next day.

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How much fun is this? I love The Coco Jack for opening Young Thai Coconuts with ease. I made this little video to show you how quick and easy it really is! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay onto the recipe. This smoothie is high in fiber, omega-3s, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It also has protein, probiotics and is full of luscious greens. This recipe will keep you full and satisfied and restore your muscles after a tough workout. Plus, it is SO so so delicious. Try it!

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You’ll Need:

  • 1 ½ cups coconut water
  • ½ the coconut meat from 1 Thai Coconut
  • 1 Sambazon Acai packet
  • ¼ cup frozen cherries
  • 1 pinch chia seeds
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use/love: Vega One, Nutrimeal Free or PerfectFit Protein)

To Make:

Use The Coco Jack to open your young Thai coconut, pour water into a bowl. Then scoop the coconut meat using the Coco Scoop. In a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix), add ingredients in the order listed and then blend. I find that I blend it a bit higher and longer to incorporate all parts. Once silky smooth, pour and enjoy.

Enjoy 10%OFF your Coco Jack and Coco Scoop using my special code just for you: GREATLIFE10

*Vegan *Gluten-Free *Dairy-Free 

Coco-Berry Smoothie
This smoothie is high in fiber, omega-3s, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It also has protein, probiotics and greens. This recipe will keep you full, satisfied and restore your muscles after a tough workout. Plus, it is SO so so delicious. Try it!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ cups coconut water
  2. ½ the coconut meat from 1 Thai Coconut
  3. 1 Sambazon Acai packet
  4. ¼ cup frozen cherries
  5. 1 pinch chia seeds
  6. 1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use/love: Vega One, Nutrimeal Free or PerfectFit Protein)
Instructions
  1. In a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix), add ingredients in the order listed and then blend. I find that I blend it a bit higher and longer to incorporate all parts. Once silky smooth, pour and enjoy.
Notes
  1. *Vegan *Gluten-Free *Dairy-Free
DeAnna Lynn Englezos, Certified Life Coach, Wellness Expert, Speaker http://createyourgreatlife.com/