Meet Charlotte Gilbride
Meet The Muse: Charlotte Gilbride ~ the fun and fabulous founder of crave, holistic health coach, wife, mama, southern girl.
What inspired you to become a holistic health coach?
I love to cook, and I love to eat. That’s where my passion began. When I became a mother, I wanted my family to be as healthy as they could be. I came to realize WHAT my children, my husband, and I ate was possibly the most important aspect of health. That felt very powerful to me
What inspired you to create crave?
As I paid more attention, I began to realize certain foods made me feel great and others made me feel not so great. I started to notice some of my personal health concerns go away. I always want to have radiant health. I want this for a lot of reasons — most are fairly obvious — but one of the main ones is when I am feeling good, I am better equipped to handle difficult situations. Difficult situations that life throws at all of us — all the time! Learning these things for myself and my family was powerful and I decided I wanted to help others feel great, all the time.
We’re hearing a lot of buzz about green juice vs. green smoothies. What’s your take?
I love to juice and I love to make smoothies. And I know it’s always a debate of which is better. I can tell you that they are both really, really good for you. I personally make green smoothies a lot more often for a few reasons:
- I want and can handle the fiber in smoothies
- it’s WAY easier to clean my Vitamix and than my juicer
- there’s not any food waste after making smoothie – what goes in the Vitamix, comes out in my smoothie.
- Smoothies are a great vehicle for adding my powders and seeds (see below)
So what’s the trick to making good smoothies?
My trick to making smoothies yummy and easy to drink – LOTS and LOTS of water.
I love to treat myself to a yummy juice – but I find that I purchase a freshly made juice more than I make one myself. (call me lazy?!)
Would be please share one of your favorite smoothie recipes with us?
Serves at least 2
Handful of spinach
Handful of kale
Half a cucumber
2 celery stalks
apple – cored
lime – I usually put half in with peel and other half I cut most of the peel off
Inch of ginger – peeled
Place all of this in a blender with 5 cups water and about a cup of ice. Blend really well.
Note: I add other goodies to this: flax seed powder, maca powder, chia seeds and a green powder (currently using Vitamineral Green)