You don’t have to be a foodie to know that tasting the local treats is a big part of the travel experience. But all of those treats–and all of that extra sugar, fat and calories–can leave you with a food hangover when you get home. Here’s a great recipe for helping get your body back on track.
Eating While Traveling
Too much dessert or cornbread or cocktails on your last vacation? Kale Bliss will make you good as new.
Eating right when I travel is always my intention but part of the fun and gift of travel is enjoying local restaurants and specialties. I am not sure I can pass up chocolate pie at Mami’s in Bardstown, KY, sashimi at Juvia in Miami or an Al’s Beef in Chicago. Maybe I could but I don’t want to. When I return home, however, I find that the best way to get back on track is to pump in the greens.
It’s not so easy to find good green drinks when traveling. But it can be done!
On a Viking Cruise the bartender was kind enough to blend the fruits and spinach I brought him every day so I could get my fix. His smile was genuine but his face said Y-U-K! Jamba Juice is not a terrible choice now that it offers more green options, but beware of drinks made from a pre-mixed frozen concentrate that usually has sugar.
Juice cafes are more common now than even one year ago, but the drinks are expensive, $7-$16 for an 8 oz smoothie. Many Whole Foods stores have a juice bar with smoothie options and Starbucks sells Evolution Sweet Greens, a cold-pressed juice.
The Kale Bliss Cure
Drinking your greens does not have to be expensive. In fact it can save you money. Hundreds of dollars even. Never throw out fruit or veggies again. I am convinced that I have saved hundreds of dollars in wasted fruit and veggies because as soon as they start to become outdated I cut them up and freeze them, to be used in a future smoothie.
Making a smoothie at home is healthy for the body and the wallet. It can be a challenge to get 2-3 cups of kale, 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks plus some fruit everyday. But you can if you drink it!
Food Hangover Recipe: Kale Bliss
- 4 c baby kale (spinach is fine)
- 1 pear
- 1 banana
- 10 oz water
- 2 c ice
- 1 c unsweetened vanilla milk (coconut milk is a great option)
- 2 carrots (beets also offer sweetness)
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 tsp psyllium husks
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
- 1 TBSP peanut butter
- 1 scoop Green Foods
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
Hit the smoothie button on your Panasonic HIgh Power Blender and walk away. It will alert you when it’s done. If you don’t have one, pulse 3 times, blend on medium for 1 minute and 2 minutes on high or until the smoothie is smooth. Substitutions are encouraged (I switch it up with almond butter, mango, aloe vera juice, coconut water). No sugar needed.
Teen approved. Your body will thank you.