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CULLINANE: Boost energy and nutrition with green smoothies

Monica Cullinane
Free Press Health Columnist

This is a great time to boost your energy and get the best nutrition through the summer harvest time.

Farmer’s Market is happening downtown on Thursdays and you can support your local farmers and stock up for the week with lots of fruits and vegetables; on top of charging up your health.

If you are new to green smoothies, I suggest that you start with spinach. Then, add some berries that have a great amount of antioxidants and a banana or avocado for some cream consistency. You can also add some nuts or seeds for additional fiber.

It is simple, easy and your body will be thankful and happy.

I literally visualize my cells with a smiley face and saying “yippy!” with all the good stuff I am putting into my body.

Recently, I got a post on Facebook that said, “Every time you eat or drink you are either feeding disease or fighting it.” Sounds so true to me.

What a way to start the day with a super green smoothie, which you can spice up and make delicious.

Often I hear from clients that they don’t like to cook or that they don’t have enough time, usually I suggest them to be willing to try the green smoothies for breakfast and soon they report back feeling more energy. A few lifestyle changes make a big difference such as starting the day taking charge of your health. One of my clients even reported lower levels of cholesterol. That is great news.

On Tuesday, July 23, at 6 p.m., we will be having a FREE seminar called “Eating for Energy” at the Integrative Medicine Center, 2470 Patterson Road, suite #8. This will be a great opportunity to learn and share with each other what it would be like to have an abundance of energy and vitality and what foods are best to increase your energy.

Below are a few recipes for you to try.


1-2 cups of spinach

1 banana

1 cup of mixed berries

1/8 cup of pumpkin seeds

1 cup of water or almond milk

Blend and drink


1-2 cups of kale leaves

1 banana

1/2 cup of peaches

1/2 carrot

1/8 beets(optional)

12 almonds

1 cup water or almond milk

Blend and drink


1-2 cups kale or spinach

1/2 avocado

1 cup blueberries

1/2 cup raw cauliflower

1/2 banana or some frozen mango

1 cup of water or green tea

Blend and drink

For sweetener you can add some Stevia. Also, a dash of cinnamon, besides spicing it up, helps with your blood sugar levels.

Some of the diseases in America can be reversed and prevented with lifestyle changes. Go back to the basics and start eating real foods including fruits and vegetables, whole grains and unaltered meat.

It is important to get educated and to be reminded to stay on the right track.

Download for FREE a few chapters of the book “Integrative Nutrition,” and you still can get for FREE a 3-day detox program for the next week. Visit for the latest nutrition tips and programs offered.

Connect with me on Facebook or via email at or at 970-683-0166.

Academy of Yoga owner and certified health coach Monica Cullinane has a private practice coaching clients on how to reach their goals for health, weight loss and stress reduction. Additionally, she teaches yoga, presents workshops and lectures on living a healthy balanced life. She is available for a FREE initial consultation at the Integrative Medicine Center of Western Colorado ( Call 970-245-6911 to schedule an appointment.

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