|Spicy Emerald Adrenal Smoothie|
Happy Tuesday, friends! I'm popping in to share a quick recipe with you, but I can't linger long...I am on vacation at CANYON RANCH in Tucson, Arizona!!!
This incredibly special trip was a present from my fiancé for my birthday, and I am jumping out of my skin to be here. Just when I thought that man couldn't get more perfect, he went on and did it! Experiencing Canyon Ranch has been a dream of mine as long as I can remember—an oasis of cutting edge and ancient therapies from all over world, every outdoor activity you can imagine and OF COURSE...an entirely health-focused, whole foods menu.
I just woke up to my first full day here, and words cannot describe the beauty and peace that surrounds me. I see blue foggy mountains in the background, stoic cactuses and palm trees in front of me, and an orange sun is just starting to rise. You can bet I'll be sharing my adventures with you in a post when I return.
Before I head off to enjoy this rejuvenating, cleansing vacation, I thought it appropriate to share a rejuvenating, cleansing recipe. Have y'all ever heard of adrenal fatigue? Your adrenals are little glands that sit atop your kidneys, and they provide a host of vital functions to the body. In particular, they manage and secrete your stress hormones, mainly cortisol and adrenaline. When we live in a state of constant stress, which most of us do, our adrenals get overworked and overstimulated, and they stop functioning properly. This state is called adrenal fatigue. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include excessive exhaustion, feeling "tired and wired" at the same time, feeling overwhelmed, brain fog, cravings for sweet and salty food, poor digestion and immune function.
I have suffered from adrenal fatigue on and off the last few years, but a whole-foods, plant-packed diet can nourish and reboot your adrenals. In particular, green vegetables and anti-inflammatory spices can help get your adrenals back on track, which are the basis for my Spicy Emerald Smoothie bowl. By spicy, I don't mean hot, but the combination of ginger, turmeric and cinnamon packs a delicious, slightly spicy punch. I find this smoothie to be addictively delicious!
I know that some of you might be off-put by the inclusion of broccoli, but I swear you cannot taste it. I also include hemp seeds for some protein and fat, to help further slow down your insulin response and keep your adrenals working at a nice, relaxed pace.
Also, please note that if you are recovering from adrenal fatigue (and even if you're not), it is SUPER important to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up to keep your blood sugar levels stable. This recipe also makes a great post-workout lunch, which is how I enjoyed it several times this week!