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Post-Mexico Detox Smoothie

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I have to say college was an absolutely amazing experience for me! I made some of the best friends I could ever ask for (most of which I still keep in touch with and see as often as possible), I spent four years on one of the most beautiful campuses (I terribly miss living in Southern California), my college had delicious food…. oh, and I learned stuff.

Looking back there’s only one thing I might have missed out on: an epic, party-filled spring break. Every year I opted to go home and see friends and family while most people in college so often went to Mexico (or somewhere warm) for more festive and rowdy adventures.

While it may have taken six years since college graduation to actually make it to Mexico, I finally did!

A dear friend from college and her fiancée planned a destination wedding and decided Cabo San Lucas was the perfect location. While I would have gone anywhere in the world to see these two amazing people walk down the aisle, I was especially eager to go to Mexico. Who wouldn’t want to escape the rain and cold of the Pacific Northwest to experience 80-degree weather on the beach?

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The past week has been a whirlwind of packing, laundry, travel, and most importantly, seeing old friends, making new ones, and sitting poolside with unlimited cocktails. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort and I have to say it was so hard to not gorge ourselves on all of the food (and perhaps cocktails) constantly surrounding us. Watching the couple getting married was definitely the highlight, but I certainly didn’t mind living out my spring break fantasies of party buses, clubs, pools, and friends.

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Still wearing shorts and flip flops, it was rather sad to touch down back home in Seattle and nearly freeze walking to my car. While I would rather still be on vacation forever, I’m sure my waistline is appreciative to be back home where I’ll be on a more sensible diet.

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Air-runn’s Greenish Smoothie

  • 1/3 of an English cucumber, diced
  • One cup kale (I use frozen because I think it blends better)
  • 1 cup plain kefir (or 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup milk)
  • 3/4 cup milk (I use rice) use more for a thinner consistency, less for a thicker consistency
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon matcha (green tea powder)(optional)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (optional)

Place kale and milk in a blender and blend until very smooth (I find this a necessary step as if I blend everything together at once, the kale doesn’t get fine enough—a problem you probably won’t have if you have a Blendtec or Vitamix or professional grade blender—which I do not).

Add remaining ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.

Kale, Beets, and Other Healthy Things in Juice Form

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My kitchen is pretty darn small. There’s a ton of stuff I already own and there’s a serious lack of cabinet space and counter space. But still, this is me, and I always want more and more stuff for my kitchen (new plates and a cherry/olive pitter at the top of my list).

A few weeks ago I spent my Saturday night watching Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. I have such an exciting life, right? I mean who doesn’t spend their weekend nights watching a documentary on juicing? Don’t be jealous, you all can’t be as cool as me. While I do a good job of eating plenty of fruits and veggies, I feel like I could do a better job. I’m not planning on going on an all-juice diet anytime soon, but the idea of adding some juice every day seems like a solid idea.

So, seeing as my kitchen is so small (and I don’t have all the money in the world) I’ve been hesitant to get a juicer. I’m 99% positive I’ll get one, but before I do I want to make sure I enjoy different veggie and fruit combinations.

Anyone have any favorite combinations they drink?

My favorite recipe so far has been apple, beet, carrot, cayenne, cucumber, lemon, and kale. I think ginger and parsley/cilantro would be a great addition.

  • 1 apple
  • 1 beet
  • 1 carrot
  • Cayenne (I used probably 1/2 a tsp but feel free to use more or less)
  • 1 cucumber
  • The juice of half a lemon
  • 2 or 3 leaves of kale (I used ridiculously large, curly leaves)

Since I’m doing this in a blender, I did take some extra steps to ensure my combo was actually drinkable and not a glass of fibrous mud. I took my apple and peeled/cored it. Peeled my cucumber and seeded it. Peeled the beet. Removed the ribs from the kale. Used the juice of half a lemon. Peeled the carrots. Then I blended. And blended. And blended. I used some water to thin out the mixture, which helped. I’m pretty sure my blender has never worked that hard. I tried to strain the mixture with mixed results and it ended up being somewhere in between the consistency of a smoothie and juice.

The final result tasted delicious and while I’m no nutritionist, I’m pretty sure it’s quite healthy for you. It also provided a great pick-me-up and a nice amount of energy! ALMOST as good as an espresso.

I can eat junk food the rest of the day now that I’ve had something healthy, yeah?