January 23, 2012

Double Time – Avocado Smoothie & Green Juice.

Double Time – Avocado Smoothie & Green Juice

The driving situation in LA is known to be pretty horrendous mot days. As I live in Brentwood and teach in Venice and Santa Monica, I’ve realized that staying on the West side is safe and generally traffic free during the day. Even in the “safe zone” it takes a good 30 minutes to get from Brentwood to Venice, so I normally pack up breakfast and lunch so that I don’t have to worry about coming back to my place half-way through the day to refuel.

Most of my classes start at 9AM and practice directly afterwards from 11-2ish. When practicing yoga, it’s best to have a slightly empty belly, otherwise you can feel heavy and sluggish, and even a bit uncomfortable. So, my magic combination to give me energy first thing in the morning is the avocado smoothie for breakfast before/as I teach, followed by green juice after class and before my own yoga practice. This leaves me with enough physical energy, and a semi-empty belly for my own practice.

To all of you busy little worker bees out there, consider packing your breakfast or lunch as well. I like to use old glass jars from almond butter or honey that I’ve rinsed out. They are easy to carry with you and the perfect size for a morning smoothie or some green juice!

avocado smoothie (to be made in a blender)

  • 1 large avocado
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 10-12 raw, sprouted & peeled almonds
  • 4 strawberries, with greens
  • splash of coconut water or OJ

green juice (to be made in a juicer)

  • 4-5 stalks of kale, rinsed
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • fresh ginger, thumbnail sized piece
  • 2-4 stalks celery
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