by Alex Erickson, Chef, Raven Café
One of the most important lessons I have learned in my youthful career of being a culinary artist is self-care.
When I have a full plate of tasks and responsibilities at The Raven, my time is narrow and valuable. I have looked for many ways to maintain my health while keeping up with my obligations to The Raven and my personal life. I have considered meal prepping, having full healthy meals at hand. But I have found that it is a little too time consuming and taxing for my taste. Especially considering I “meal prep” for a successful restaurant daily.
My main focus is saving time and getting all the nutrients I need.
So I began experimenting with smoothies! I am talking about healthy, conscious, full-spectrum-of-nutrition kind of smoothies. I want to feel satiated and nourished using my small timeframes. Smoothies are quick, easy and affordable. My smoothie game keeps me firing on all cylinders.
My go-to smoothie is about 2 cups of spinach, half of a cup of fresh blueberries (or frozen) and half a cup of pineapple for natural sweetness. I then add 1 to 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, which are loaded with omegas. Next, I add ½ of a banana, and when I am feeling frisky, I top that bad mama-jama with some fresh broccoli pieces.
Smoothies need a liquid and my choice is almond milk. I like my smoothies on the thinner side, so I am generous with my almond milk.
I get all of my necessary nutrients: protein, fiber, natural sugars, carbs and omegas. Not a lot of flavor sacrifice. This is a time-friendly, dietary-conscious, single-meal replacement that will leave you feeling energized and satisfied. You will be ready to conquer any obstacle your day throws at you.
Take care of your body and your mind! If my smoothie can help you in any way, I am truly honored to have shared it with you.
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