Yoga Love with Raspberry Spinach Smoothie
A delicious breakfast smoothie using frozen raspberries, today I’m sharing a Raspberry Spinach Smoothie recipe and my thoughts on yoga.
Earlier this year I started doing yoga, and I love it! I love the discipline of yoga—to body and mind—and all that stretching does a body good!
For me, I’ve appreciated the one hour of disciplined exercise, and also the slowing down and focusing on things that come to mind, which always lead me to a better place.
From the ages 49 to 51, there have been a few changes in my body, like more gray hair, I cannot read without my glasses, my balance isn’t what it used to be. Just a few minor things, but noticeable as I age. That’s why I love yoga. There’s something about it that helps slow down the inevitable aging process, and I’m happy to say I’ve enjoyed all the different age groups that come to my class. I’m always so impressed with the older folk; it’s very inspirational to be exercising alongside older and wiser people.
At first I thought the breathing exercises were all silliness, as in, was it really necessary? But rightfully so, breathing becomes the central axis of the practice. You can actually “feel” the workout better when you’re breathing appropriately. The fun yoga poses are challenging, and I love having a goal to “stretch myself” and focus more on aligning my posture. That’s when we hit that sweet spot physically and mentally, when we know we’re doing it right. The energy of the outer world does leave, when I allow it to, and I replace it with things that come to mind. Some say that yoga is all about you, but I love to think of it as being good for me, but also making it about others, as it leads me to pray for others.
My new teacher Sue is awesome. She takes the practice a little faster and we end up getting the cardio we need, with no pounding on my bones (running) and ruining my feet! :) At the same time, it’s a great class for runners and bikers to help improve flexibility, and core strength. She gets the body moving and heated, and the words out of her mouth are inspirational and so encouraging. Having a yoga teacher you love makes all the difference. I also go to yoga with my friend, Cindy. Having a friend to help motivate and get me out the door (so I don’t find other things to do), is also important.
When I come home from yoga, I often make a smoothie. Having frozen tons of raspberries, earlier this summer, I whip up this recipe I’m sharing today. It’s full of goodness and it’s a favorite in our house. You can’t taste the spinach — promise! Great way to get a couple of servings of fruits/vegetables first thing in the morning, or, if you don’t want the greens, you can make the smoothie without the spinach.
To make the smoothie, I used a frozen banana, some fresh raspberries, one small handful of baby spinach (fresh not frozen), unsweetened almond milk, plain nonfat Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, honey for added sweetness, and ice to make it nice and frosty. I always add protein powder, because my body needs protein right after a workout.
So delicious, I hope you enjoy!
Do you have a favorite breakfast drink that you enjoy after working out?
Raspberry Spinach Smoothie