Journal: By thinking what we’ve always thought, we’ll always get what we’ve always got. In order to move forward, we’ve got to think that direction first! What are you moving towards? Can you taste it? Feel it? Smell it? What’s your goal. Get it in writing – look at it daily – then dedicate your energy to making it happen… [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
Journal: List in your journal your greatest current inspirations. Authors, speakers, family members, etc. Next to each – jot down the main thing that inspires you about their lives. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions ~ John Milton Essential Element: Time is the ultimate equalizer. Regardless of age, gender or income we all have exactly the same amount of time to invest every day. [click here to read Spark Insight: 'Balance'] Journal: How are you spending your time? Are you balancing your service of others with your self care? Are you letting your own passions and hobbies rule over your responsibilities? Take a few minutes and write down the five places you spend the most time during an average week. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
In my family, my dad is pretty much the King of Nutrition. For as long as I can remember, he’s been spoon feeding me home-grown vegetables from our backyard garden or recipes concocted at our kitchen stove. If you smirked or gritted your teeth, he’d remind you how ‘loaded with nutrition’ the thing was. I used to sit at our green counter and squirm over each forkful of swiss chard, bite of swordfish, or handful of supplements. Now, I couldn’t be more grateful…
Last year, he mastered the green smoothie. It has become a morning ritual for he and my mom – along with life-extension exercises, supplements, and morning prayer (really, could they get any cuter!?).
Over Thanksgiving weekend, I asked if we could film him putting together one of his morning creations. He was thrilled. He loves sharing his knowledge of lignans, sprout growing methods, and of course, how to maximize fiber intake during their morning routine.
Enjoy the Girvan Family version of the Green Smoothie!
You will not believe how good this smoothie tastes despite looking like lawnmower juice! Feel free to add or subtract what you have on hand and what you like in terms of taste. Be careful to not go overboard on the fruit – this is a green (i.e. vegetable) smoothie designed to deliver great nutrient-dense antioxidants and phytonutrients from vegetables with the fruit added to sweeten and lessen any bitterness from the chard, kale and spinach.
For a fantastic breakfast, serve with either eggs, some Yambanana Bread, or some bacon (uncured – no nitrites or nitrates) or organic sausage.
1 large handful of spinach
2 kale leaves
1-2 chard leaves
1 orange, peeled
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil-
1-2 cups purified water, or combination of water, coconut water, almond milk, hemp seed milk
Frozen berries, frozen pineapple chunks (available at Trader Joe’s), pomegranate seeds
Add all ingredients to Vita Mix blender and blend thoroughly (1-2 minutes)
Can be put into glass jars and refrigerated for up to 36 hours
NOTE: Any smoothie can be made into a meal replacement by simply adding the following: 1 organic raw or hardboiled egg* 1-2 tbsp lemon-flavored fish oil *Use fresh, local and organic eggs (not mass-produced supermarket brands)
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana (frozen or fresh)
1 orange, peeled
1 cup packed spinach leaves and/or green kale leaves (stems removed)
1 tablespoon raw honey or raw agave nectar
1-2 cup combined: filtered water, coconut water, almond milk, hemp milk, rice milk – any combination
Place all ingredients in a Vita Mix or a strong blender.