My mother was born on March 20th, the first day of spring. Growing up, one of her nicknames was Dame Printemps (French for ‘Lady Spring’). I have to imagine that this wasn’t just a reflection of her birthday, it was a reflection of her incredible spirit. My grandmother always said this about my mom as a child: “The minute you turned your back on her she was naked and up a tree!” Though clothed and on level ground as an adult, my mom continues to have that incredible energy of springtime. Even at 80+ years old she still has the passion, energy, joy, and generosity of someone who is just getting started. As we turn the bend from winter to springtime and turn our intention to energy and renewal, this recipe is in honor of Dame Printemps!
1 cup filtered water
1/2 lemon juice (squeezed)
4 frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup kale
optional 1 serving protein powder
Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth.
What does it do?
Lemon—one of nature’s greatest gifts, lemon juice is antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory, giving your immune & detoxification systems a boost! Meanwhile magnesium, calcium, iron, vitamin C, and B help to restore your electrolytes and balance your pH.
Strawberries—one of the tell-tale signs that spring is here, fresh strawberries are high in vitamin C, anthocyanins, antioxidants, and ellagic acid, helping the immune system, heart health, and even cancer prevention!
Blueberries—high in bioflavonoids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that rejuvenate the cells of the brain and body, blueberries promote memory function and anti-aging.
Kale—this superfood is packed with vitamin C, B, iron and healthy fats, making kale a powerhouse for many body functions!