How I start my mornings

Do you start your day with caffeine and sugar? Then just rush out the door? Ugh. I used to do that until I got educated. The first thing that you eat in the morning is very important.

Many of my friends are beginning to take their health more seriously. So, I thought they might be interested in how I start my mornings. I begin with a delicious smoothie that I make in my blender. I also take 10 vitamin and mineral supplements. Sounds like a lot? They are easy to wash down with this delicious smoothie recipe.

good morning

Smoothies are easy to make. It’s not an exact recipe. I use the following ingredients:
Frozen berries or other frozen fruit like mango
Unsweetened Non GMO Almond milk
Kefir – Probiotic
Pea Protein powder
Kale, spinach or other green leaf vegetable
and Bea Bread [bee pollen or royal jelly]
Just whiz it all up in a blender.

A list of the supplements I take are:
Isotonix® OPC-3® – a combination of highly potent antioxidants
Isotonix® Vitamin D with K2  – for vascular health and calcium utilization
Ultimate Woman 50+ Multivitamin – important to cover all the basics
Curcumin Extreme™ – anti-inflammatory and joint health
Co-Q10 – cardiovascular and immune health
Omega III Fish Oil with Vitamin E – mood and cardiovascular health
Flax seed Oil -antioxidant and heart health
Magnesium – overall health [too many reasons to list here!]

These supplements have been selected for me by Jean Cornell – Natural Health and Well-being Coach. I highly recommend her. Jean also advised me on the ingredients of this morning smoothie.

Morning Smoothie
Prep time
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This is the recipe for my morning smoothie
Recipe type: Healthy Drinks
Cuisine: Healthy Living
Serves: 2
  • 1 cup Frozen berries or other frozen fruit
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 cups Almond milk
  • a splash of Kefir
  • 1 scoop Pea Protein powder
  • 1 cup Kale, spinach or other green leaf vegetable
  • 1 tsp Bea Bread
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender
  2. Liquify until desired consistency

How you start your day makes a huge difference in your overall health. Smoothies are nutritious and help you feel full so you don’t over eat at lunch. Try my recipe and let me know how you feel after a few weeks. I bet – much better.




Let’s revisit salads

I thought it might be fun to revisit some of my salad recipes and make a list of them all in one place. Enjoy!

Tuna Quinoa Salad with Tomatoes and Basil

Tuna Quinoa Salad with Tomatoes and Basil

Driscoll’s Raspberry and Blueberry Kale Salad

Raspberry and Blueberry Kale Salad

David Rocco’s Panzanella

Recipe of the week: Beet salad

Beet Salad
Beet Salad

Shortcut: Greek Salad Dressing


Potato salad

Driscoll’s Raspberry and Blueberry Kale Salad

I recently was contacted by Danielle Clinton of The Baddish Group in NYC asking if I was interested in doing a post and that if so, she would send along a couple of Driscoll’s berry coupons. After a couple of days thinking about which Driscoll’s recipe I might use I decided upon their Raspberry and Blueberry Kale Salad.

Driscoll's recipe

I received two $5 off coupons! I purchased all the Driscoll’s berries I could find at Kroger. I added blackberries to the recipe. I’ll use the strawberries in my cereal at breakfast tomorrow.

Driscoll's Berries

The kale is growing my garden. I decided to add some red Swiss chard as well.  Make sure to chiffonade the greens so they are uniform, curly, strips.

Kale from my garden

I already had some green onions (the Mexican kind), key limes and avocado.

Green onions, key limes, avocado

This recipe is easy and delicious! Yianni loved it. The two of us finished the entire bowl for dinner.

Raspberry and Blueberry Kale Salad

I will definitely be making this salad again. I might try it with a balsamic vinaigrette next time.

I am planning on using the other coupon to bake something with berries. This Healthy Blueberry Bran Muffins  recipe looks yummy. Feel free to share your favorite blueberry baking recipe in the comments.

Thanks Danielle! Thank you Driscoll’s!