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3 Refreshingly Delicious Smoothie Recipes
Wellness
Published Tuesday Oct 24, 2017 by Heather Meister Dremak

3 Refreshingly Delicious Smoothie Recipes

Drink
Nutrition
Recipes

Is your smoothie game a little lackluster? Looking to spice that blender beverage up a bit? You’re in luck—we’ve broken down a few of our favorite go-to smoothie recipes. Start your day off right with one of these cool morning smoothie drinks.

1. Always A-Peeling Smoothie

If green smoothies aren’t your thing, this easy-to-make icy treat is the perfect fit for you. Packed with potassium, fiber and protein, Bon Appetit calls this drink “Monkey on a Date” (and we think you’ll go bananas for it).

Recipe
Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups buttermilk (or nut milk, coconut milk, etc.)
  • 2-3 Medjool dates (don’t forget to remove the pits!)
  • 2 tablespoons of your preferred nut butter
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of ice

Mix all ingredients in together in a blender and enjoy.

2. Matcha Mojo Smoothie

Matcha madness is in full effect, and we’re seeing shades of green everywhere. This smoothie taps into the trend and can replace your cup of joe. Made with green tea, the easily obtainable matcha powder can provide you with the get-up-and-go you need to make the most of your day.

Recipe
Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup of ice
  • 1 cup of kale
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp of matcha powder

Mix all ingredients together in a blender. Watch this video for added tips and guidance.

3. Time To Get Tropi-Cool Smoothie

Craving a vacation? Find paradise with this refreshing smoothie. Featuring citrus flavors—as well as a fun orange color—this drink will instantly transport you to a faraway place. As for benefits, research has shown that turmeric can boost immunity, which will help keep you on the move all day long.

Recipe
Ingredients

  • 1 blood orange or navel orange, peeled and white pith removed
  • 1 large carrot, scrubbed, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 2/3 cup coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon shelled raw hemp seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon finely grated peeled ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated peeled turmeric
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Mix all ingredients in together in a blender, adding ice last. Optional: Add a paper umbrella, close your eyes and picture your toes in the sand!

Heather Meister Dremak
Written by
Heather Meister Dremak
Consumer Product Program Manager
About the author
Heather is an outdoor enthusiast and entrepreneur at heart. Originally from the East Coast, Heather is most at home in nature—camping amongst tall trees and hiking misty mountain tops.
Acupuncture Benefits - MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 11, 2019 by Amber Scriven

How Acupuncture Can Benefit Your Body

Acupuncture
Recovery
Expert Advice

Acupuncture is extremely beneficial for various ailments ranging from digestion to carpal tunnel, but the level of effectiveness varies from person-to-person. I’ve had Sciatica patients spend months combating their back and leg pain, and others hop off the table in two hours, never needing a follow-up appointment. Some rotator cuffs take six weeks; others take two years. 

Why is this?

While your body's response to acupuncture depends on the complaint or injury, it also depends on your overall health, and how well you take care of the injured site between sessions. If we eat junk food all the time, are inactive, don’t sleep well, or overwork ourselves, then injury is imminent, and recovery is going to be hard. Equally, if we ignore an injury or don't care for it, then we will likely stay injured for longer. 

So, let’s break down what’s best for you when it comes to acupuncture:

 

Acupuncture Benefits - MINDBODY

 

“How often should you get acupuncture with specific ailments?”
This is different for everyone, but here are some general guidelines.

 

More is better.
Acupuncture has cumulative effects, so while most feel relief after one session, it likely will not have resolved the issue. Multiple follow up sessions are needed, and for your own comfort, it’s recommended that you use sessions before the effects have completely worn off each time. 

Every time you receive a session, your relief should be more significant, and the effects should last longer—bringing the injury closer to resolution. With this in mind; the worse the injury, the more frequent you’ll want to receive acupuncture. Several times a week is standard, that way you will get out of discomfort faster, and you’ll need fewer sessions overall.

 

Understanding acute versus chronic ailments.
Some acute symptoms like nausea, dizziness, bleeding, swelling, or anxiety will clear up on the spot. However, for recent injuries pertaining to tissues, like a strained muscle, you can use three acupuncture sessions in one week with great effect. For example, with strained lower back muscles, you will feel less pain in one session, a significant reduction in inflammation and symptoms within three sessions. An ankle sprain is a little more serious and may take two or three weeks, but the general idea is the same.

With stubborn pain, or chronic issues like sciatica, skin rashes, nerve pain, hormone irregularities, it can take a bunch of sessions to see lingering results. Often there will be relief right after each session, but the symptoms return quickly (albeit with a little less vengeance). This just means the results are happening in smaller increments. For this reason, your practitioner will tell you to come in over three times a week for two or three weeks so you’ll get more relief faster, but you can space the sessions out as you begin to feel better. 

 

Acupuncture Benefits - MINDBODY

 

“What can I do to make my acupuncture benefits bigger?”
As mentioned, how you care for yourself between sessions makes a big difference. Here’s a few pro tips.

 

Immediate aftercare.
Your practitioner will give you specific directions they want you to follow for your ailment, but generally, after an acupuncture visit, it is wise to drink a lot of water and rest. 

 

Between sessions. 
Here’s the obvious thing we don’t often consider. If you get instant relief for your pulled hamstring, but then you go running the next day, it’s going to take forever to heal! That injured body part needs to be pampered and catered to. Your acupuncturist will give you food, supplement, lifestyle, and movement suggestions to use between sessions– use them all. 

I’ve seen countless patients walk in with frozen shoulder, spend 90 minutes in the chair with various points and stimulation techniques, and then leave swinging their arm painlessly with 50% more range of motion. If they eat well, do their physical therapy, and are kind to their shoulders, the effects will last. Then, next time, we can add another 50% on to their range of motionBut, if they paint a house or swing a baseball, then I see them go right back to square one overnight. How we take care of ourselves between sessions really matters.

 

Share everything. 
You will want to note any changes; no matter how small or irrelevant they seem. Your practitioner is armed with many protocols and techniques. They will always start with the combo that they’ve seen work best for your complaint, from there they will work backward or tweak it slightly based on the information you give them. Make sure to tell them every detail, even if it seems unrelated.  

One lady, with unrelenting pain, finally revealed a game-changing nugget to me while nonchalantly laughing about her need to wear neck scarves everywhere. I found out she had been experiencing chills and had a significant aversion to wind during the summer. This “irrelevant” snippet made me radically change the protocol, and she was pain-free and healing rapidly within four sessions.


So, there you have it. How acupuncture benefits various body parts depends on the area concerned, but also on how we treat our bodies before, during, and after injury. 


Want to try acupuncture, or another wellness service? Download the MINDBODY app to book something new! 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.