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Super Duper Power Smoothie


(clockwise from blender): Smoothie, Chlorophyll, Chia Seeds, Frozen Organic Spinach, Frozen Organic Blueberries

10-12 hour work days, followed by cleaning, cooking, dishes, laundry, gardening, chicken chores, changing diapers, grocery shopping, etc. ~ the list seems never ending. As mothers and/or wives, you all know this list well. I was beginning to believe that only a miracle could help me keep up with the workload and responsibilities in my life. Instead of ignoring my responsibilities by throwing my list in the trash and grabbing a big bowl of Ben&Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream (my fav) to eat while watching "Days of Our Lives"....or running away to a deserted tropical island (this is an occasional fantasy of mine), I turned to the Internet. I was searching for a Miraculous Super Mom Power Boost when I turned to a group of wise moms for suggestions. One mom suggested to check my levels of  iron and Vitamin B. Another suggested chlorophyll, chia seeds and a multivitamin. I frantically looked through my vitamins, ready to try anything, and found I had some B6...that would have to do. A few days later I made the trip to the food co-op to purchase some liquid chlorophyll and chia seeds (every time I say chia I think of the Chia Pet song. "Ch-ch-ch-ch-chia"). 

My morning smoothies are now SUPER POWER SMOOTHIES! I add the liquid first (about a cup of milk, coconut milk, coconut water or any combination of the three) and toss in 1/4 t. of chia seeds and 1 T. chlorophyll. I let this sit a minute so the seeds can absorb some of the liquid. Next I add approximately a cup of frozen blueberries. Sometimes I add 1/4-1/2 cup of spinach. Add more liquid if needed. I add a splash of maple syrup if it needs a little sweetening. Warning: your teeth may turn blue and/or green. This is only temporary but you may want to brush your teeth after drinking your Super Power Smoothie. :)

My smoothie has given me a boost. I am still often wiped out at the end of the day but at least I'm able to have a bit more endurance during the day to my tasks done. At this time I am not taking a multivitamin because most make me sick. I did get a list of more gentle vitamins from my super mom friends but I'm scared to spend a bunch of money (some of those babies are expensive!) to find that they only make me sick. Flashbacks of my experiences with prenatal vitamins intensify these fears. I may explore the vitamin realm at a later time.

Two more habits that would increase my productiveness and energy level are an earlier bedtime and exercise. I know that going to bed a little earlier at night and rising a little earlier in the morning to exercise would benefit me greatly. But knowing and doing are two different things. And it's so easy to hit the snooze button on the alarm clock. Maybe my Super Power Smoothie will motivate me to accomplish these goals too.



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Comments

  1. Most important question ... how does it TASTE? :)

    I feel so bad - I have about a zillion vitamins that I've acquired over the years. (Although I will vouch for the effectiveness of Vitamin B combating stress ... gee, maybe I should keep taking that!) But I'm terrible at taking a daily pill.

    Have you tried the whole fish oil thing yet? One of my natural foods friends swears by fish oil capsules ...

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  2. It tastes GREAT! It really does. I've notice that if I go overboard on the spinach it tastes too "green".

    I have tried fish oil but usually only for a few days because I can't get over the fish burps (Eww). I'm told that they go away but I've never stuck to it long enough to find out. I know fish oil does great things though!

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