Green Applesauce Recipe

I am beat down. Tired. Exhausted. Bruised. Burned. And fairly certain I still have chocolate in my hair. This was the weekend out of h-e-double-hockey-sticks but at the end of it, as happy as I am to be home, it was a good one. I sort of miss being on the water.

Because challenges are here to make us put things into perspective. This weekend, work was HARD. For all of us on the boat. There were more people than expected on one cruise [making food service tough]. The gangway fell in the water [aka the bridge from the dock to the boat]. The dishwasher broke. The waters were rough [hello, vomit city]. We had a small kitchen fire [not my fault, I swear]. But all in all, we worked well. We were a team and we all got through it. As dead as Im sure we all feel now, at the end of a crazy weekend, making it through all of that at once made us all stronger and more ready for whatever the next cruise has in store for us.

Even though it was tough as it has been this season so far, we got to spend the entire weekend working on a beautiful lake in bright sunshine, with great people, having fun while working hard too. Theres life lessons to be learned in any situation, even the most trying of 40-hour work weekends.

So after such weekends away from home, living off of trail mix, quick hemp protein shakes, quick salads and grain-free muffins, its nice to sit down to a bright, fresh nutrient-filled meal with the husband and just relax.

And nothing is better than waking up to a warm, digestive-friendly, five-minute bowl of health to start my week off right. Ive made this concoction three times in the past week, because its quick and easy, healthful and super soothing to my healing belly. I call it green applesauce, because thats really what it is- apple sauce tricked out with some crazy-good-for-you extras.

Green Applesauce

1 apple, diced small
1 large handful spinach
1 date, soaked overnight
1 tbsp almonds, soaked and dried
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp spirulina
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch salt
pinch nutmeg
small (1/2) piece fresh ginger, peeled
1/4 cup almond milk

1. In a steamer basket, steam apple and spinach for about 2 minutes until soft. Set aside to cool slightly (about 5 minutes).

2. Throw all of the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend on high until fully blended.

And thats it! Perfect for a tasty, filling, tummy-friendly meal or a snack in no time at all.

The end of the weekend.