100 DAYS OF HAPPINESS

100 DAYS OF HAPPINESS

Day 23: My daily green smoothies (I make all of them–except the chocolate ones–green) make me happy. I was so psyched when this book came out. RA moved into my left jaw last year, making it painful to chew. How to get my greens, veggies, and fruit?

Ta-da! No, I didn’t buy the recommended $500 Vitamix; even if I had the money, I couldn’t spend that much on a blender. My $70 Ninja (KAPOW) works just fine, thank you, and takes up little space in my little kitchen.

I recommend this book to everyone no matter what you eat. It’s broken up into 12 chapters that coincide with the months of the year so, for example, January is “Detox Smoothies” after the excesses of the holiday season, March is “Slimming Smoothies” as spring and summer are fast approaching (it doesn’t feel like it, but they are), etc.

I eat more greens and fruit than ever before and it shows, apparently. Last week Peggy told me that the smoothies must be working ’cause I looked healthier and more vibrant and energized. I’ll take that! Every prelude to a full-blown sinus infection or flu has been nipped in the bud within two days. Not too shabby for someone with a suppressed immune system.

Here’s an example of ingredients for a recent smoothie (named “Saving Grace”): an orange, frozen mixed berries, banana, 2 kiwis, 1 c. kale, 1 c. dandelion greens, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 c. flax milk, 1/4 c. pomegranate juice, 1/4 c. coconut water, 1 tsp. maca powder (nature’s Viagra), and 2 Tbsp. flax/chia seeds.

Pureed happiness in a glass.

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