Ex-boyfriends usually leave behind little more than heartbreak and big t-shirts. But Gina Ragnone’s gave her an idea that helped shape her healthy business.
“Whenever I was traveling, I carried this Mary Poppins bag with me filled with healthy snacks,” says Ragnone, a holistic health coach and part-owner at Los Angeles’ Fala Bar. “My ex said to me, ‘you’re such a granola bitch with all of your health stuff.'” She ditched the guy and kept the name.
The irreverent moniker is now the name of her popular wellness blog and Instagram account centered around beautiful, healthy recipes (like Maple-Miso Glazed Brussels Sprouts and a Coconut Rose Smoothie Bowl), fitness, and holistic health.
Granola Bitch grew so much that Ragnone even launched her own granola, although she went with a more PC name, Gigi’s Remix, she says.
And while granola is at the heart of her brand, gorgeous green smoothies are a mainstay of Ragnone’s blog. Here, the Granola Bitch shares one of her favorites—an alkalizing, nutrient-dense smoothie she promises will “set the tone for your day and help keep illness at bay.” —Jamie McKillop
The Green Gigi
1 handful spinach
1 ripe pear, chopped
1 ripe avocado
1/2 cucumber, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh parsley
1 Tbsp fresh cilantro
1 thumbnail-sized chunk peeled ginger root
1 handful ice
Juice of 1/2 of one lemon
Splash of aloe vera juice
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Himalayan sea salt to taste
Liquid stevia to taste
Enough filtered water or coconut water to make it blend
Place all ingredients, minus the avocado and ice, into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Add in the avocado and ice and blend until smooth. Pour into your favorite mason jar and enjoy!
For more information, visit www.granolabitch.com
(Photos: Gina Ragnone)