Army of One Smoothie

Good morning everyone! (Or afternoon, or evening, or night depending on when you're reading this.) Are you ready for an amazing day? After drinking this smoothie you will be!

I was inspired to blend up this concoction by one of my favorite songs as of late, "Army of One" by Coldplay. Coldplay is my favorite. band. ever. Some people might think they're bland, untalented, depressing, or whatever, but I disagree.

If you listen to the lyrics really closely, they're actually uplifting and inspiring. You could say that the words are almost so basic that they're inane, but maybe the simplicity of their lyrics can mean something to many different types of people. Like I think a lot of their songs sound like they're talking about running, so that's super helpful when you're trying to focus before a race.

In general, I'm really inspired by their sound. I can just listen to them and go to another place. (I think everyone has a favorite artist or song that does that for them, or at least I hope so!) I remember the first time I heard "Paradise" my mind was basically blown.

But that's just me. It's totally cool for everyone have their own opinion, but Coldplay helped me to get through a tough time in my life, as cheesy and dramatic as it sounds. Their music reminded me that against all odds, I am here, so it must be for a reason. This is really deep stuff for just liking a band, but their music means a lot to me. By no means am I a crazy fan girl (most of the time), but, yeah, you could say that I'm a little more passionate about it than most people. Just a note, Coldplay did not "save" me or anything like that, but they were a part of a journey that I can now look back on and appreciate the personal growth that took place.

(And guys. Have you SEEN Guy Berryman? You're welcome.)

All of this is also relevant because Coldplay is playing the Super Bowl half time show on Sunday! And I'm like the only person on the Internet that is excited about it! I might be biased, but I don't understand why people will think they'll be boring. I mean they've turned themselves into dancing monkeys and elephants, so even if you don't like their music, I'm sure they'll do something that will be interesting to watch. Although, I don't know if they're going to beat Left Shark. That's a high standard right there.

And even though most of us will have our butts glued to the couch and our eyes on the TV on Sunday night, we can pretend that we're all bad ass athletes who need to refuel with this smoothie right? I mean watching football is basically the same thing as playing football. In all seriousness, drinking this smoothie instead of mindlessly munching the typical game day snacks will leave you feeling light and energized, but filled at the same time. (And if you consider watching football your physical activity for the day, we should work on that.)

This smoothie is bursting with nutrient dense foods like blueberries, ground flaxseeds, kale, turmeric, and more! You might recall that I am not usually a smoothies-for-breakfast person, but this blend might be delicious and filling enough to make me change my mind.

I highly recommend using a high powered blender or letting ingredients like the pumpkin seeds soak for a little while to soften up. The food processor I have at school with me is great, but it left my smoothie tasty but a little too chunky. Please don't be put off by the color because it tastes sweet, but only from the natural sweetness of fruit! (Okay well I guess my plain Kite Hill almond milk yogurt does have some added sugar, but it's a very small amount. If you wanted to replace it with a different, unsweetened brand, or regular yogurt or Greek yogurt that's okay too.) The yogurt offers a surprisingly high amount of protein, but I also added in some Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 50 protein powder just so this smoothie packs a little more of a punch. (Feel free to sub in your favorite protein powder or omit it all together.) I also added a little bit of matcha green tea powder for a caffeine boost that won't make you jittery and some cocoa powder because DUH chocolate for breakfast! (Or snack!) But let me move on before I give you the entire recipe right now!

I also created this smoothie as a way to honor my mind, body, and spirit, and to remind myself how strong I am. I can do and achieve whatever makes me happy, and so can you! This smoothie is for those days that want to bring you down. You have a monstrous exam that you spent all night preparing for at the expense of sleep. You have an intense workout planned early before class or work, and you just need to get out of the door. Your hair won't lay straight or you accidentally set the toast for your PB and J sandwich on fire. You're just feeling blah. While this smoothie isn't a magic bullet, it just might fuel you up, cheer you up, and help you get your game face on for whatever the day will bring! Find someone or something that inspires you and fills you with life, like the joy I get from listening to Coldplay. Promise me that when you drink this smoothie, you'll remind yourself that every obstacle you face will make it that much sweeter when you achieve your dreams, and everything you need you already have! You're an army of one!

So I never say die
Aim never untrue
I’m never so high as when I’m with you
And there isn’t a fire that I wouldn’t walk through
My army of one is gonna fight for you
— Coldplay
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Army of One Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Serves an army of 1 as a meal replacement or 2 as a snack

Ingredients:

1 c. coconut water

1 container of plain Kite Hill almond milk yogurt (or about 3/4 c. of yogurt of choice)

2 bananas, peeled, sliced and frozen

1 c. watermelon

1/2 c. blueberries

1 tbsp. ground flax seeds

2 tbsp. pepitas

1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tbsp. protein powder of choice (optional)

1 tsp. matcha green tea powder (optional)

1 tsp. fresh ginger, peeled and grated

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground turmeric (if you can find fresh, I bet that would be really great too!)

1 c. kale, thick stems removed

Directions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to your blender, and blend, baby, blend!

Feel free to change up/omit any/all of the ingredients to make your special mix to power your army of one! I would love to see what all of you come up with!

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Rumi "The Guest House"

I also want to mention my Grandpa because at this time last year, my family and I weren't worried about Super Bowl commercials and the perfect party snacks. We were celebrating my Grandpa's life and mourning his death. A year later, it only hurts a little less, but I know that he'll be in my heart forever. 

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