Recipe for a Productive & Healthy Day | Listen & Learn Music

This will most likely be the only time you’ll see a literal recipe post from me, as I am definitely not known for my prowess in the kitchen (just ask any of my friends or family members). That said, I felt the need to share this particular kitchen creation after feeling the positive effects of it recently.

I’ve always been a fan of drinking my greens in the form of both green juice and green smoothies. They’ve both been a pretty consistent part of my diet for a long time now, with the exception of the last few weeks. May and June were filled with birthdays, celebrations, and travel, which equated to a whole lot of eating out and not-so-healthy meals.

The results were exactly what you’d expect: low energy, brain fog, and exhaustion. I was having trouble motivating myself to be productive and present throughout the day, which is not a good thing when you a) run two businesses, b) work from home a lot, c) work with kids, and d) have kids of your own.

So a couple of weeks ago, I got my trusty Ninja blender back out and tweaked my typical green smoothie recipe. I traded some of the fruit for more nutrient-dense ingredients, and came up with a recipe that is not only delicious, but is also filling and energizing.

Recipe for a Productive & Healthy Day | Listen & Learn Music

These 6 ingredients, when blended together, are seriously a game-changer! Here’s what goes into what I call my “green greatness” smoothie that I drink every single day:

  • Hempseed (2 tablespoons) – adds texture, amino + fatty acids, and a yummy nutty flavor
  • Kale (1 cup) – adds protein, fiber, and folate, aka brain power
  • MTC Oil (1 tablespoon) – adds energizing fat that is easily digestible
  • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (1.5 cups) – adds low calorie creaminess
  • Unflavored Collagen Powder (1 serving) – adds protein. You can use any kind of protein powder you want, but I like this one because of the additional benefits collagen provides, including joint health and improved nails, skin and hair.
  • Frozen Strawberries (3/4 cup) – adds sweetness, fiber, and antioxidants.

Recipe for a Productive & Healthy Day | Listen & Learn Music

I dump everything into the blender and let it run on the highest setting for about 3 minutes. Although it’s usually pretty cold at that point already, I like to put it in the fridge for a half hour or so before drinking it.

My “green greatness” smoothie usually serves as breakfast AND lunch…THAT is how filling it truly is! Since I usually have a whole lot of work to accomplish before my kids get home, it’s nice not to have to stop for lunch if I’m in the flow.

Recipe for a Productive & Healthy Day | Listen & Learn Music

Another benefit of drinking this smoothie every day is that I feel so healthy afterwards, it makes me want to continue the trend. I’ve found that I make much better meal choices now that it’s a regular part of my diet.

My three big health goals for July (and hopefully indefinitely) are a daily dose of “green greatness”, 64 ounces of water, and closing all 3 rings (exercise, moving, and standing) on my Apple watch. When I pay better attention to my health and body, I find that other areas of my life improve, as well. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with all that extra energy and nourishment!