August 19, 2015

What You Can Eat to Energize Your Art Practice


It takes a tremendous amount of energy to make art. I do my best work in the morning. I start early. What really helps me maintain my energy during this time is what I eat for breakfast. I am not an expert on diet but I can say from my experience that having a smoothie for breakfast totally sets my day up. This is not just a drink – it’s a meal. It is loaded with super foods, fresh greens, vitamins and minerals. If you sometimes feel like you are running low on energy in the studio you might consider starting your day with a green smoothie. I literally couldn’t pull off my busy life without them.

Here are the 3 reasons why:

It’s fast

I have everything I need all prepped in my freezer and refrigerator. I literally can make and clean up a 24 oz. smoothie in about 5 minutes.

It’s Sustaining

I drink a 24 oz. smoothie and I am good to go till lunchtime. This particular smoothie I make is the most, by far, nutritious meal I eat in my day. I don’t need to drink coffee or tea in the morning (or the afternoon) anymore. I feel super clear but most importantly very energetic while I am making art.

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It’s Portable

I pour the smoothie into a 24 oz. container with a lid that has a tiny hole for a straw. I drink my breakfast as I go about my morning whether it is reading, walking my dog Maizy or even driving to the studio. I love to go wherever I want while I am having breakfast.

I am interested and continuing to learn about nutrition and diet as I see what a difference it is making in my life and art, so I spend time perusing different sites on the internet for information and recipes.

One of the best resources for general info on smoothies, blenders, and over-all nutrition I have found online is Robyn Openshaw’s site Her knowledge is exhaustive and from all my research I feel she has one of the best lines on total health. She also sells and reviews blenders, food related products and has great tips and tricks on maintaining optimal health, easier.


Here is my basic smoothie recipe.

The Art2Life Smoothie Recipe:

3-4 frozen strawberries

3-4 frozen 1″ pieces of banana

1/3 C frozen blueberries

1 C fresh organic spinach

1 C almond milk unsweetened

1 C water

3 tbs frozen orange juice concentrate.

1 tbs goji berries

1 tbs ground flax seed (raw)

2 tsp. bee pollen

1 tbs Organic cold pressed flax seed oil

1 tbs chia seed

1/2 tsp. coconut flakes unsweetened

Makes approx. 24 oz. (3 cups)


Does what you eat matter? How do you sustain your energy for your Art and Life?

In gratitude, Nicholas

Nicholas Wilton

Hi! I’m
Nicholas Wilton
the founder of Art2Life.

With over 20 years experience as a working artist and educator, I’ve developed a systematic approach that brings authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process.

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