This week I’m giving away lots of fun ‘oily’ goodies. On Monday I posted a sugar scrub, on Tuesday, I posted bath bombs. Today you can enter to win a bottle of Citrus Fresh Vitality essential oil. Make sure you read the bottom of this post to find out how to enter (hint: entering is super easy!).
I love starting my day with an essential green smoothie. I figure that I start my day with something full of the good stuff, even if the rest of my day goes off the rails, at least I got some veggies and fruits and water in.
I’ve been having a smoothie a day for a long, long time, but I’ve recently begun adding essential oils and it’s really upped the smoothie game. Young Living has an incredible line of Vitality oils that are FDA approved for using in foods and drinks. I love adding a drop or two of these oils to my smoothies for a flavor boost, along with the support they provide!
I will share my basic smoothie recipe here, but know that you can do whatever you want. I have figured out what I like, and what works for me, but feel free to experiment or use another smoothie recipe you already love.
My Essential Green Smoothie
- 1 or two big handfuls of organic baby spinach. Spinach is incredible – high in niacin, zinc, protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. I buy a pound each week, and it lasts for the whole week.
- 1 organic banana. This is important for a few reasons. They are sweet, and adding sugar or another sweetener would negate all the good effects of having a smoothie for breakfast – add a banana to skip the added sugar. Bananas also have antioxidants, lots of potassium, and other vitamins and nutrients.
- A handful or two of organic frozen fruit. If you want the beautiful green color in these photos, use frozen peaches or mangoes. I also love, love, love frozen cherries (this almost tastes like dessert, it’s so sweet and lovely). Frozen blueberries, strawberries, tropical fruit, whatever you love and have on hand.
- 1 or 2 tablespoons of nut butter. My favorite is almond butter, but peanut butter works. This adds a bit more protein, and the oils in the butter help the essential oils distribute into the smoothie. I feel like adding the nut butter helps this feel like a full breakfast; I don’t get hungry until lunchtime with this addition.
- 1-3 drops of essential oil. See below for some suggestions.
Throw the spinach, banana, frozen fruit, and nut butter into your blender. Add water to your preference. I like my smoothies to be on the thin side, so I put enough water in to almost reach the top of my other ingredients. I also use this as a way to make sure I’m drinking a full glass of water in the morning. Blend away!
Put 1-3 drops of essential oil in the bottom of a glass mason jar, or glass – remember that oils and plastic don’t get along well. Pour your smoothie into the glass and give it a good stir or shake (that’s why I love using a mason jar).
Oils I love to add to my smoothies:
- Peppermint is an uplifting oil that can support your mood and a healthy respiratory system.
- Lemon tastes great and the scent is invigorating and energizing. It can also help with detoxifying.
- Thieves is a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary oils that has a lovely, spicy scent. It can be used to support your immune system and just tastes wonderful.
- Citrus Fresh is one of my favorite oils to add to smoothies. It is a blend of Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, and Mandarin oils with a hint of Spearmint. It is refreshing and happy.
I’m giving away a bottle of Citrus Fresh Vitality to someone on Instagram.
Head over to my Instagram account for a giveaway of Citrus Fresh Vitality Essential Oil! This is part four of my 36 Things for 36 Years project. I’m giving away 36 things this year, and this week will be a whole week of oily giveaways! Details on how to enter here!