Green and Proud: The Green Shake

This St. Patrick’s Day, why not go green on the inside and out?

Now that I’m pregnant, I need my greens.  I created this concoction so I can get all of my nutrients in one goopy fell swoop.  My green shake is tasty too (and that’s saying something when you see all the healthy stuff I throw in it…).

This miracle shake contains everything you (and your baby if you have a bun in the oven like me) needs:

  • Berries – for antioxidents to promote cell strength and repel those pesky free radicals
  • Yogurt – for probiotics to promote good digestion
  • Protein powder – for amino acids to build strong bones
  • Chia seeds – for a power packed dose of Omega 3s for energy and heart health, as well as fiber for digestive health
  • Cod liver oil – for Omega 3 (DHA and EPA) and Vitamin D to promote a healthy brain for you and your growing baby, and a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system, and for overall eye health
  • Green Powder – packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and chlorophyll, it supports immune function, kidneys, liver, blood, bones, colon, and overall longevity
  • Banana – for potassium of course, plus Vitamin A and iron, and it gives the shake a nice creaminess

One of these every other day and you’ll be feeling green yourself.  Erin go bragh all you want, you’ve earned the right after drinking one of these.

Try my recipe below. [Note- though I haven’t tried it for this purpose, I’m guessing this will also make a great Guinness hangover cure].

Happy St. Paddy’s Day.

Green and More Green Shake

Serves 2-3
Prep time 6 minutes
Meal type Beverage, Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Frozen fruit (Your choice, I like to use a mix of blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries)
  • 2 scoops Protein Powder (I use whey but feel free to go veggie with Soy)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons Green Powder (I use Vitamineral Green by Healthforce Nutritionals, available at Whole Foods)
  • 2 teaspoons Arctic Cod Liver Oil
  • 2 cups Leafy Greens (Your choice: spinach, collards, kale, beet greens, mustard greens)
  • 2 tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • Any other vegetables you wish (Carrots, beets, etc.)
  • Fruit juice or water

Note

Protein powder will begin to break down after a while.  Drink this shake within 24 hours.

Directions

1.
In a very powerful blender (Vitamix or Blendtec work best), first blend your berries and greens until incorporated. Add water or juice if you need to get the blender going but don't add too much.
2.
Then blend in yogurt, protein and green powders, chia seeds, cod liver oil.
3. Next add greens, then finally the banana. Add water or juice as needed until you have your desired consistency.
4.
Drink and feel instantly healthy, like you can conquer the world. Enjoy.

Magic Belly Oil Take 2: New & Improved Formula

Another project from:

Now well into my ninth month, I’m proud to say that my homemade Magic Belly Oil concoction really is magic- still no pesky stretch marks on this burgeoning belly.  I faithfully slathered it onto my midsection every day after the shower and used up my entire supply.  I’m officially addicted.  I needed more, pronto. magic-bellly-1-of-3

This time around I made a few changes to the formula.  I said adios to lanolin because it is an animal product, and splurged on a few additional carrier and essential oils.  Argan oil from Morocco, which contains high levels of fatty acids and antioxidants and is known for its regenerative properties, was the first welcome addition.  I also added tamanu oil, from a nut tree in southeast Asia, which promotes healing and is a homeopathic anti-inflammatory for aggravated skin.  magic-bellly-2-of-3 Finally, pure essential oils of calendula (aka marigold), which has powerful healing properties, and tangerine, which has been shown to reduce stretch marks and cellulite, were added to power pack the new formula with extra stretch mark fighting goodness.  My new and improved formula is truly luxurious, and contains only the best expeller cold pressed oils for maximum skin penetration.  Thanks to the tangerine and calendula essential oils, the fragrance is much improved and soothing, though not floral at all.

Once again I sterilized my bottles and equipment, and emulsified all the ingredients in my high powered blender.  Finally, I whipped up some labels so I can give my concoction away as presents to pregnant friends.  My belly never feels itchy like most women experience during the last trimester, and it’s still supple and elastic.  The true test will be when I give it to friend J, who is pregnant with twins.  Then I’ll really know whether my improvements paid off.    magic-bellly-3-of-3

Pregnancy remedy: Magic Belly Oil

Another project from:

Now that I’m approaching beached whale size (7 months and widening), I decided to become my own guinea pig to test out a homemade anti-stretch mark oil.  I thought about buying one of the trendy belly oils but discovered the best ones out there cost upwards of $40 bucks a bottle.  So, being the smart innovative gal that I am, I guffawed at those extravagant prices and decided to make my own concoction.  magic-belly-1-of-3 I first started by researching the key ingredients used in the pricey oils, then did more research on homeopathic websites to learn about the healing properties of the ingredients I was considering.  After I decided on a winning formula, I bought my raw materials from a vitamin website.

Once they arrived I sterilized some recycled cosmetic bottles and set to work in my kitchen turned mini chem lab, throwing the exact right ratios of my (now trade secret) formula into my trusty Blendtec blender.  magic-belly-2-of-3 While I won’t reveal my formula, key ingredients include cold pressed coconut and grape seed oils (high vitamin and lipid contents), wheat germ (vitamin E), lanolin (moisturizing), and pure essential oils such as lavendar and rosehips.  Three blissful minutes of emulsification later, I bottled my very first batch of Magic Belly Oil.  (The name comes from my father in law, who proclaimed my mother in law’s belly to be “magic” while it was stuffed with the baby that would grow up to become my husband).

magic-belly-3-of-3 I’ve been using Magic Belly Oil with success now for a couple of months, rubbing it all over after the shower.  The formula absorbs nicely and keeps my taut skin supple, but for my next batch I think I need to work on the fragrance, as my oil has a slight medicinal smell.  I can’t say with certainty that my secret formula has worked but so far so good, no sign of the dreaded stretch marks on this belly.   The real test will come after my belly has deflated.  Then we’ll see if Magic Belly Oil worked its magic on me.