Strawberry Banana Bliss

Over the past couple of months I’ve been working as a full time cook and have been leaving the house pretty early in the morning. I was always starving by 9:00 am and needed to take a break to eat, but often times didn’t get a break until 11:00. I think a shift happened when I decided to really take control of my life and get healthy, because I’d lost my healthy lifestyle over the past couple of years. That’s when I decided to start juicing in the morning, and something miraculous happened! I stopped getting hungry by 9:00.

You would think that going from a fairly large breakfast of eggs and toast, or oatmeal, or whatever else I had on hand, to eating a purely liquid breakfast would be really hard for me and cause me to be even more hungry. The opposite happened. All of the sudden I was filled with energy that would sustain me for the whole of the morning! No more hunger, no more grouchiness, no more crashing!

Now I have been laid off for the summer and will be going back to work in September. Because of this schedule change I feel like I can have my juice any time in the day and maybe I could start the day with a healthy smoothie. This morning I put it to the test and drank this delicious smoothie before going to the community garden to work on my lovely new plot. I was sustained with energy and didn’t have a snack until two hours of gardening had passed. Here’s the recipe and I hope it works for you too!

TIME: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

2 Cups frozen strawberries

2 Cups unsweetened almond milk

1 banana

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1 tablespoon honey

YIELDS: 4 cups

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Try mixing it up a little by using almond butter or a  different type of nondairy milk.

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