We're all busy. As much as we preach (and try to practice) slowing down, cooking meals for yourself and your family, sometimes we just need some quick energy or something easy to travel with. Occasionally we need a meal that can be consumed while catching up on emails or making the kids their lunch. Of course, this isn't the ideal way to eat, and we hope it's not an everyday occurrence, but sometimes it's our only option and isn't it better to eat something packed with nutrition, rather than grabbing processed or packaged junk? I definitely think so. This is my personal go-to meal when I want something nourishing, easily assimilated and digested, substantial but not heavy, energizing and super quick to make. I drink it slowly from a glass mason jar (hopefully without multi-tasking too much) and am energized for yoga or a long dog walk soon after. Try it out, make your own delicious combinations, and as always, we'd love to hear what your unique twists are, so leave your comments below!
Clean and Green Shake (Meal-in-a-Jar)
- 1/4 cup liquid mint flavored chlorophyll (I use Nature's Way)
- one handful macadamia nuts (if they don't blend all the way, it gives me something to chew on, and slows me down when drinking this)
- 1 heaping tablespoon almond butter (if you're really active and need more fats and protein in your daily meals, you can absolutely add more, sometimes I do several tablespoons)
- half a cup water (more or less depending on how thick you like it, add slowly as you're blending to your own preference)
- a pinch of cinnamon (stabilizes blood sugar levels and of course is delicious)
- a spoonful of coconut manna (you can also use coconut oil)
- 1-2 tablespoons Clean Greens
- optional: chocolate flavored Nourish (I use this whether or not I'm on the actual cleanse)
- optional: Move if you need some extra fiber or if you're on the 21 day program
- optional: coconut or almond milk (or extra water) as needed to make it as thick and creamy or as thin as you want
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. I don't mind if the macadamia nuts don't blend up entirely, the chewing action slows me down so I don't drink this very filling shake too fast! Making it super thick and creamy helps with that too.
- Enjoy as slowly as possible. . .
- Here's a whole list of other possible ingredients you can choose from to mix and match your own yummy meal-in-a-jar. You'll notice that my shake is very low glycemic. This means it's mostly fat and protein which keep me energized, full for hours (so no need to snack) and my body burns those two things as the most efficient sources of fuel available to it. Blood sugar remains stable so there's no insulin spike and subsequent crash, which makes me (and everyone around me) happy.
- I recommend these low-sugar shakes for everyone, since I tend to feel that in general, fruit makes a wonderful treat when it's in season where you live, that way you're not eating it all the time. Even though fresh fruit is a natural source of sugar and has many health benefits, it's still high in sugar and too much (especially out of season) can cause blood sugar imbalances. Nature knows what she's doing by making it abundant in the warmer summer months when we're more active and outside for longer hours, typically gravitating towards lighter, quick energy- foods.
- The Nourish has stevia in it, the mint chlorophyll is naturally sweet and you can always add stevia to the shake if you like. If you do choose to use fruit, I recommend apples, pears and berries as they're the lowest on the glycemic index.
Jenny Nelson is one of Dr. Alejandro Junger’s Clean Wellness Coaches, working every day with the thousands of people who are on the Clean Program, helping them with challenges and sharing their triumphs. She is one of the resident “Clean Chefs,” combining her passion for local, organic and seasonal ingredients with how to eat while following the Elimination Diet, which for many people is a completely new way of eating. Jenny is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, freelance writer and photographer, metalsmith, and local food activist. She is a self-proclaimed yoga, non-fiction, Ayurveda and Herbal Medicine junkie. She currently lives in Portland, Maine.