Having a baby six months ago on top of everything else had put a bit of a damper on my workout habits. Oh, who am I kidding, they came to a screeching halt! It hasn't been easy or convenient, but I'm back to running again (which is the best de-stressing, mind clarifying, boost of endorphin ever! It's like a shot of happy!) and I've joined a gym and am loving trying out all the different classes they offer. You know what, having that hour a day of exercise back in my routine is not only making me feel better physically, but I'm telling you it makes me a better mom.  Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm way more able to handle the daily challenges that being a mom brings and feel more relaxed so I can enjoy this time with my crazy kiddos.

Speaking of feeling good and doing good stuff for yourself...how about a green smoothie?!

This smoothie is creamy and filling while still refreshing and super good for you. My kids love green smoothies too and they gave it a thumbs up. Even my hubby who prefers his greens non-pureed thought it was yummy!


Citrus Ginger Green Smoothie

1 orange; peeled, segmented and frozen
1 cup organic frozen mango pieces
1/2 large avocado, removed from skins
1/2 inch ginger, peeled
about 2 packed cups fresh spinach
1 to 2 cups almond milk
*opt. 5 drops wild orange essential oilI threw in some frozen pomegranate arils (seeds) just cause I had them

Put it all in the blender and puree away! If your blender isn't the best you may end up with some of the orange not getting blended thoroughly. If you're worried about this, skip the freezing part and just use the juice of the orange.